Ms Kathleen McEvoy

  • Biography/ Background


    Kath McEvoy has been law teacher for many years, and is at present seconded to the Faculty of the Professions as the Faculty’s Associate Dean Learning and Teaching. 

    Most of her research has been in the areas of Dispute Resolution (including Arbitration, International Commercial Arbitration, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Mediation), Industrial and Labour Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Housing Regulation.  Her teaching in the Law School has generally mirrored these interests, and she has also taught in Introductory Law subjects.  Her other areas of particular interest are in Human Rights Law, Equal Opportunity and Discrimination Law, Ethical Issues and Law, and the functioning of courts and tribunals.  These interests have in general been reflected in her other community, professional and consultancy work.  Her most recent research has been in two areas: learning and teaching pedagogy; and dispute resolution and administrative law.  Currently she is working on two law projects: judicial dispute resolution, in particular the use of mediation by judges; and the nature of the ethical obligations lawyers take on when they are engaged in dispute resolution (other than as judges).

    Kath, with some other colleagues, has recently received a grant of $215,000 from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council to work on university teaching and its development and support, Developing a culture of peer review of teaching through a distributive leadership approach.

    At the same time as she has been engaged in her academic career Kath has also practiced law mainly as a member of numerous State and Commonwealth tribunals.  At State level these include Chairman of the Residential Tenancies Tribunal, Presiding Member of the Housing Appeal Panel, and Deputy Presiding Member of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal.  At Commonwealth level she has worked on the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, the Child Support Agency, and was an Inquiry Commissioner of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.  This extensive experience in the application and analysis of the law has informed both her teaching and research.

    Kath’s recent major consultancy work has been in relation to governance, the design and operation of dispute resolution systems, and mediation and other dispute resolution practices in the courts.



    LLB (Hons), BA (Hons), Dip. Ed, Grad Cert Ed (HEd)

    Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of SA and the High Court of Australia.

    Teaching Interests

    Australian Constitutional Law

    Administrative Law

    Alternative Dispute Resolution


     Kath is a founder of the Law School’s legal advice clinic which provides legal support for disadvantaged people, Adelaide Legal Outreach Service

    (, and continues to supervise at ALOS.

    Recent Publications:

    Building Secure Communities; Delivering administrative justice in Public Housing, (2011) 65 AIAL Forum 1 (pp1- 24) and,


    The Public/Private Confluence: Administrative Law and Community Housing (with C Finn), (2010) 62 AIAL Forum 30 (pp30 – 53), and,

    University Pro Bono: An Institutional Pro Bono Role For Universities And Law Schools? (with Margaret Castles)   2011

    Private Rights and Public Responsibilities: the Regulation of Community Housing Providers (with C Finn) (2010) 17 A J Admin L 159

    Education or Service? The Nature of the Relationship between Australian Law Schools and their Communities (with M Castles) (2008)


  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesHuman Rights & Civil Liberties, Politics & Government
    ExpertiseConstitutional law; legal history; Australian republic; constitution; courts; specialised tribunals; industrial law; housing law; human rights
    NotesAlt phone: (08) 8303 4017
    After hours(08) 8271 3253

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Entry last updated: Sunday, 3 Oct 2021