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Meri Oakwood has degrees in Science (with first class Honours) from Macquarie University, Law (with first class Honours) from Southern Cross University and a PhD (in Science) from the Australian National University. Between 1997 and 2002, she tutored in ecology at the Australian National University (Canberra), lectured and tutored in biology and statistics at Charles Darwin University (Darwin) and lectured (Level B) in ecosystem management at the University of New England (Armidale). Meri was the proprietor of an environmental consultancy from 2001 to 2013, undertaking research projects for various government agencies in remote areas in New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory. In recent years, Meri has worked and volunteered in a wide range of law related roles and has experience in criminal law, victim's rights, family law, conveyancing and wills & estates. She was recently employed as a Solicitor at the Mid North Coast Legal Centre.


Meri has written one book on ecological management, a chapter in a reference book and numerous journal articles on research (in ecology). Her recent research focus is on law reform, working towards abolition of the defence of lawful correction.

Current Teaching (2022-2023):

Meri is a Sessional Academic at Southern Cross University, NSW.

2022: Unit Assessor for: Conveyancing Law, Property Principles and Drugs, Crime and the Law. 2023: Unit Assessor for Environmental Law, Conveyancing Law; Tutor for Constitutional Law.

Writer: Environmental Law 2023, Property Principles 2023.


Meri has supervised research assistants and volunteers in environmental research, and a MSC student at UNE. She has also organised and/or supervised tertiary student field trips in the Northern Territory, New South Wales and Victoria.

Other: Current Professional Collaboration:

Member of the Legislative Reform Working Group for the End Corporal Punishment of Children Campaign

Steering Committee Member for SCU law discipline's "Children, Trauma and the Law" Conference 2023.

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