SCU Staff Directory

Jennifer Nielsen
Associate Professor Jennifer Nielsen
BSc(Monash), LLB(Hons)(Monash), PhD(Melb)
Current Appointment: Associate Professor
Organisational Unit: Faculty of Business, Law and Arts

Telephone: 0436805944
Mobile: 0436805944
Location: B6.21
Campus: Gold Coast
Personal Website

Jennifer is a long-term member of the Faculty's Law and Justice team, and former Dean/Head of School (2009-2011) and Director of Research and Research Training (2011-2013). She is an active researcher and teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. 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/ Expertise
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. She also worked on a national project that developed 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

Recent publications
‘Lawful Destruction, Native Title and Epistemicide’ (2022) 1 Legalities 46-63

'The Problem with Research’, in Dorota Gozdecka and Anne Macduff (eds), Feminism, Postfeminism and Legal Theory: Beyond the Gendered Subject (Routledge, 2019) 117-136
Marcelle Burns and Jennifer Nielsen, ‘Dealing with the “wicked” problem of race and the law: a critical journey for students (and academics)’ (2018) 28(2) Legal Education Review,
‘Working With Clients and Diverse Communities’, in Trish Mundy, Amanda Kennedy, and Jennifer Nielsen (eds), The Place of Legal Practice: Lawyering in Rural and Regional Australia (The Federation Press, 2017) 146-166
‘Breaking the Silence: the Importance of Constitutional Change’, in Simon Young, Jennifer Nielsen, and Jeremy Patrick (eds) Constitutional Recognition of Australia’s First Peoples: Theories and Comparative Perspectives (Federation Press, 2016), 2-28

Equal Employment Opportunity
Professional Conduct
Law Placement
Race and the Law

Professional Memberships
Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand, 2013-present; See

NSW Law & Justice Foundation ‘Volunteer of the Year’ (2001), awarded for long-term commitment to improving access to justice in the Northern Rivers region, particularly for socially and economically marginalised people.