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Rachael Field

Bond University

Dr Rachael Field is currently a Professor at Bond University Law School, Queensland, Australia. Until May 2016 Rachael was an Associate Professor in the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Law School. Her key teaching interests are in the first year experience and dispute resolution. She was a University Teaching Fellow for 2005 focussing on the development of blended models of teaching delivery. Rachael was also the co-Program Leader (with Prof Sally Kift) of the Scholarship of Higher Education Learning in Law and Justice Program in the Faculty’s Law and Justice Research Centre until 2011. Rachael was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation in 2008 and was made an ALTC Teaching Fellow in 2010. In 2010 Rachael worked with Professors Sally Kift and Mark Israel on the development of the Threshold Learning Outcomes for Law. In 2013 Rachael and Prof Nick James published a first year law text entitled “The New Lawyer”. Rachael has been a member of the First Year in Higher Education Conference organising committee since 2007 and will chair that committee from 2014. Rachael has published widely in her areas of research interest which include dispute resolution, the first year experience, women and the law and family law. Rachael was the Chair of the Faculty Equity Committee between 2003-2005. Rachael has also been a member of the Women’s Legal Service, Brisbane Management Committee since 1994 and has been President of the Service since 2004. In 2010 Rachael, along with the Women’s Legal Service Brisbane, was commissioned by the Federal Attorney-General to design a model of family dispute resolution for use in matters where there is a history of domestic violence. This model was implemented in 5 locations around Australia for 18 months and was evaluated by the Australian Institute of Family Studies. In 2011 and 2012 Rachael was invited by the Australian Human Rights Commission to contribute to their International Program by presenting the model to bi-lateral workshops with the All China Women’s Federation. Rachael completed her PhD through the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Professor Hilary Astor in 2011. Rachael was awarded WLAQ Queensland Woman Lawyer of the Year in 2013 and received an AAUT Teaching Excellence Award in 2014. Her thesis explored the notion of neutrality in mediation and offers an alternative paradigm based on professional mediator ethics.


Open Access Journal
ISSN 2205-0795