PROF Carolyn Evans

PROF Carolyn Evans


  • Honorary, Law
  • Administrative/Public Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • International Law
  • Legal Education
  • Parliamentary Law
  • Religion and Law
  • Religious Freedom, Church-state Relations, Bills of Rights, Parliaments and other non-judicial mechanisms for the protection of rights
  • Religious Legal Studies



  • Professor Carolyn Evans is Dean of Melbourne Law School. Carolyn has degrees in Arts and Law from Melbourne University and a doctorate from Oxford University where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar and where she held a stipendiary lectureship for two years before returning to Melbourne in 2000. She worked for a period as a lawyer at Blake Dawson Waldron after graduating from Melbourne. In 2010, Carolyn was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to allow her to travel as a Visiting Fellow at American and Emory Universities to examine questions of comparative religious freedom.

    Carolyn is the author of Religious Freedom under the European Court of Human Rights (OUP 2001) and co-author of Australian Bills of Rights: The Law of the Victorian Charter and the ACT Human Rights Act (LexisNexis 2008). She is co-editor of Religion and International Law (1999, Kluwer); Mixed Blessings: Laws, Religions and Women's Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region (2006 Martinus Nijhoff) and Law and Religion in Historical and Theoretical Perspective (CUP 2008). She is an internationally recognised expert on religious freedom and the relationship between law and religion and has spoken on these topics in the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, Greece, Vietnam, India, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Malaysia, Nepal and Australia.


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Oxford 2001
  • BAL(hons), University of Melbourne 1993

Awards and honors

  • Fulbright Senior Scholar, 2010
  • Rhodes Scholarship, 1995



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Professor Evans supervises in the area of religious freedom in both international law and domestic constitutional/legal systems.