The Future of Democracy (2:20pm, Wednesday November 15th)
Professor, Australian National University
Kim Rubenstein is a Professor in the ANU College of Law, and is Australia’s leading citizenship law expert; author of Australian Citizenship law (2nd ed, 2016), consultant to the Commonwealth in its redrafting of the 2007 Australian Citizenship Act and member of the Independent Expert Committee set up to review the Australian Citizenship Test that reported in 2008.
She has appeared three times in the High Court of Australia on citizenship matters, with her work cited in Singh v Commonwealth (2004). From 2006-2015 she was Director of the Centre for International and Public law at the ANU and edited the groundbreaking Cambridge University Press six volume series Connecting International law with Public law, including the 4th volume ‘Allegiance and Identity in a Globalised World’ which is pertinent to democracy issues relevant to this session.
She was the Inaugural Convener of the ANU Gender Institute from 2011-2012 and her work also examines questions of citizenship, constitutional law and gender. In 2012 she was appointed an ANU Public Policy Fellow and she was also in the first batch of Westpac ‘100 Women of Influence’ Australian Financial Review awards for her work in public policy.
She is graduate of the University of Melbourne and Harvard University, where she was a Fulbright recipient and a Sir Robert Menzies Scholar to Harvard.