Professor Pamela O'Connor

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Professor Pamela O'Connor

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Teaching areas

  • Property Law
  • Administrative Law

Research areas

  • Property law
  • Sustainable management of natural resources
  • Judicial and tribunal administration and education

Program coordinator

Profile

Professor Pamela O’Connor joined the USC Law School in August 2014. Previously she worked for more than 20 years in the Faculty of Law at Monash University, most recently as Associate Dean (Education) (2011, 2013-14). Before becoming an academic, she practised law in Victoria for 11 years, working with Fitzroy Legal Service and Victoria Legal Aid.

Professor O’Connor has an international reputation for her publications in property law and has advised law reform commissions in England, Scotland and New Zealand. In 2009-10 she led the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s work on two reports to complete its reference on reform of property laws. She is a co-recipient of four ARC research grants, including a current cross-institutional project (with QUT) on carbon property rights. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Monash University, where she is a team member for the 'Better Regulatory Frameworks for Water Sensitive Cities' project in the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities.

Professor O’Connor has undertaken 5 research projects funded by public sector bodies, and has held senior government appointments as a member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and the Commonwealth Legal Aid Advisory Committee, as a Victorian Law Reform Commissioner, and as a Board member of the Leo Cussen Institute and the Judicial College of Victoria.

She currently represents the Law School on the University's Research Management Committee, Research Degrees Committee and HDR Coordinators Committee and is the Law School's HDR Coordinator.

Professional memberships

  • Member, Australian Institute of Administrative Law
  • Member, Sunshine Coast Law Association
  • Member of Editorial Board for the Property Law Review (peer reviewed)
  • Member, Sustainability Research Centre, USC

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • New property rights in transferable resource licences
  • Land titling issues
  • Administrative law and regulation
  • Judicial and tribunal administration

Research grants

Project name Investigators Funding body Year
Promoting Tribunal Independence in Member Appointment Processes P O'Connor Council of Australasian Tribunals 2014
A legal framework for specifying and defining carbon property rights S Christensen, P O'Connor, W Duncan ARC 2012
A3.2: Better Regulatory Frameworks for Water Sensitive Cities G Hodge, A Frieberg, P O'Connor CRC 2012
An Integrated Regime for a Sustainable Carbon Cycle S Christensen, D Fisher, P O’Connor, W Duncan, N Durrant ARC 2009
An Institutional Framework to Facilitate Sustainable and Integrated Natural and cultural Resources Governance Christensen, S, Fisher, D, Duncan, W, O'Connor, P ARC 2006
Publication on making lawful decisions. P O’Connor Administrative Review Council 2006
Development of the COAT Practice Manual for Tribunals McSherry, B, O'Connor, P, Potter, B, Freckelton, I, Sallmann, P Council of Australasian Tribunals 2005
National Uniformity in Real Property Law: a Comparative Study with Proposals for Implementation MacCallum, S, Neave, M, O'Connor, P ARC 1996


 

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