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Jennifer Nielsen
Associate Professor Jennifer Nielsen
BSc(Monash), LLB(Hons)(Monash), PhD(Melb)
Current Appointment: Deputy Head of School, Teaching & Learning
Organisational Unit: School of Law and Justice

Telephone: 02 6620 3081
Facsimile: 02 6622 4167
Location: L2.06
Campus: Lismore
Personal Website

Brief Biographical Details
Jennifer Nielsen is a long-term member of the School of Law and Justice's academic team. She has held several leadership roles in the School including Head of School from 2009-2011, School Director of Research and Research Training 2011-2013, and LLB Course Coordinator from 2005-2007. As well as being an active researcher, she has taught across the School?s undergraduate curriculum, teaches into the LLB Honours program, and is Principal Supervisor to several PhD candidates. She is active in the community and is the current Chairperson of the Committee of Management, Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre. In 2001, she was awarded `Volunteer of the Year? by the NSW Law & Justice Foundation for her long-term commitment to improving access to justice in the region, particularly for socially and economically marginalised people. Before joining Southern Cross in 1994, she practised as a solicitor in New South Wales and Victoria, and worked in academic positions with both the Monash Orientation Scheme for Aborigines and the Faculty of Law at Monash University.

Research Interests
Jennifer?s research focuses on discrimination and employment laws, and applies critical race and critical whiteness studies so as to expose the normative standards within Anglo-Australian laws that privilege `white? interests in preference to those of Australian Aboriginal peoples, and other `non-white? groups. Her work also engages issues related to social justice in rural, regional and remote communities; in 2012, she worked on n national project to develop strategies within the undergraduate law curriculum to prepare and attract lawyers and other legal professionals for legal careers in rural and regional Australia.

Critical race and whiteness studies, colonialism and postcolonialism
Discrimination law, employment law and workplace issues
Social justice and Indigenous peoples
Social justice in rural, regional and remote communities


Areas of Teaching
Equal Employment Opportunity and Occupational Health and Safety
Professional Conduct
Law Placement
Race and the Law

Previously taught: Welfare Law, Human Rights, Contract Law, Employment and Industrial Relations Law, Legal Research & Writing

Professional Memberships
Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association, 2006-current; See
Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand, 2013-present; See
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