Associate Professor Jennifer Nielsen

BSc(Monash), LLB(Hons)(Monash), PhD(Melb) 

Jennifer is an Associate Professor in the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University, NSW. She completed her Science / Law Degree with Honours at Monash University and holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She is the School’s Deputy Director, Teaching and Learning, and a former Dean/ Head of School (2009-2011). She has a solid record of publications and grant funding, and her research reflects her commitment to social justice and inclusion, especially for rural, regional and remote communities. Much of her work applies critical race and whiteness theory to reveal the normative standards inherent in mainstream Australian law that privilege ‘white’ interests in preference to those of First Nations’ peoples and other ‘non-white’ groups. She was a founding member of the Norther Rivers Community Legal Centre, and is the current Chairperson of its Committee of Management.


Teaching and research keywords

#DiscriminationLaw, #anti-racism, #race, #whiteness, #colonialism, #workplaceLaw, #socialJustice, #lawyersInRuralAndRegionalCommunities


Member Law and Society Association for Australia and New Zealand

Member, Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association

Member, Australian Labour Law Association

 Selected publications

‘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, Simon Young and Jennifer Nielsen, ‘ “The Difficulties of Communication Encountered by Indigenous Peoples”: Moving Beyond Indigenous Deficit in the Model Admission Rules for Legal Practitioners’ (2018) 28(2) Legal Education Review,

Jennifer Nielsen, ‘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), pp 3-25

Jennifer Nielsen, ‘McLeod v Power’, in Heather Douglas, Rosemary Hunter, Trish Luker, & Francesca Bartlett (eds), The Australian Feminist Judgments Project: Writing and Re-writing Law (Hart Publishing, 2014), 409-418

Jennifer Nielsen, ‘Whiteness at work’ (2013) 26(3) Australian Journal of Labour Law 300-325