DR Olivia Barr

DR Olivia Barr


  • Academic, Law
  • Contemporary Legal Relations, Inheritance, and Geographical Sites of Law (Jurisprudence, Geography, Anthropology, Public Art)



  • Olivia Barr joined the Law School as a Senior Lecturer in February 2016. She completed her LLB (Distinction) and BA (Anthropology and Philosophy) at the University of Western Australia, an LLM at the University of British Columbia, and a PhD at Melbourne Law School. Prior to returning to Melbourne, Olivia was a Lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney. She has also worked as a government solicitor, in law reform, and for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. With Dr. Karen Crawley (Griffith University), she is the Managing Editor of the Australian Feminist Law Journal: A Critical Legal Journal.

    Olivia writes in jurisprudence, and her cross-disciplinary work engages with geography, anthropology, philosophy, architecture and contemporary public art practices. Her research focuses on questions of inheritance, especially ongoing relations between Anglo-Australian common law and Aboriginal law in Australia. Olivia recently published A Jurisprudence of Movement: Common Law, Walking, Unsettling Place (Routledge, 2016) in Routledge's 'Space, Materiality and the Normative' series. Her current research concerns questions of lawful place, and argues for greater attention to the place-making practices of law.   


Member of

  • Centre for Resources, Energy and Environment Law, Melbourne Law School. Member 2016 -
  • Institute for International Law and the Humanities, Melbourne Law School. Member 2016 -
  • Australian Feminist Law Journal Editorial Board. Managing Editor 2014 -
  • Space, Place, Country Research Clustre, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Steering Committee Member 2014 -
  • Law, Literature and Humanities Association of Australasia. Committee Member 2011 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2013
  • LLM, University of British Columbia 2004
  • LLB (DIST), The University of Western Australia 2002
  • BA, The University of Western Australia 2002


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Available for supervision of research in jurisprudence, indigenous issues, and cross-disciplinary research in law and the humanities.