The limits and benefits of international mobility

an empirical examination of the biographies of Australian legal academics

Angela Melville, Amy Barrow, Patrick Morgan

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Academics are becoming increasingly internationally mobile, and yet there is still limited research into the nature, outcomes and limits of academic mobility. This paper examines the biographies of over 700 academics employed within Australian law schools. It identifies legal academics who hold academics qualifications have been employed outside of Australia. Almost a quarter of legal academics in our sample hold a first degree outside of Australia, over a third hold a non-Australian post-graduate degree. While it could be expected that possessing international experience would broaden an academic’s cultural experiences, we also found that the internationally mobile academics have typically studied and worked previously within an elite international law school, and are now employed within an elite Australian law school. In addition, experiences of international mobility are not equally distributed, and male legal academics are significantly more likely to have international experience than female legal academics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-24
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of the Legal Profession
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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