Susan Bartie

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Susan Bartie


Room 2.20, Faculty of Law Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6292 1953 (phone)

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General Responsibilities

Research Interests

Dr Susan Bartie's primary research interests are:

1) The history of the discipline of law and legal intellectuals;

2) The history and sociology of the legal profession;

3) American legal theory and its translation to British colonies;

4) The politics and human provenance of ideas about law and its relationship to science and society;

5) The history, theory and pedagogy of legal reasoning and its operation in contexts beyond courts and legal practice.

Over the last few years she has been working on a large scholarly work entitled, The Political Enterprise of Theory and Education within Australia's Discipline of Law. It examines the connections between scholarly activity and politics within the discipline of law in Australia.


Dr Bartie teaches in the following areas:

1) Legal Reasoning;

2) The history of law as a social phenomenon; and

3) Legal Theory.

In 2015 she was awarded a Vice Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.  The award recognised the strength of the materials she designed to facilitate a highly interactive approach to teaching Legal Reasoning.  She is currently designing a new unit, 'Law — History and Context', that will, amongst other things, give students the opportunity to improve their ability to contribute to scholarship and public debate.


Full Publications List

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Research Fields

  • Law (180199)
  • Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation (180122)
  • Legal Institutions (incl. Courts and Justice Systems) (180120)
  • Law and Society (180119)
  • Tort Law (180126)

Research Impact

  • Justice and the Law (940499)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies (970118)


Total publications


Journal Article

(8 outputs)
2014Bartie S, 'Towards a History of Law as an Academic Discipline', Melbourne University Law Review, 38 pp. 444-481. ISSN 0025-8938 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2013Bartie S, 'Histories of Legal Scholars: the power of possibility', Legal Studies pp. 1-23. ISSN 0261-3875 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/lest.12019 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2


2012Bartie S, 'Review essay: The social sciences in Australia and the experience of law', Sydney Law Review, The, 34, (2) pp. 371-389. ISSN 0082-0512 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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2012Bartie S, Gava J, 'Some problems with extrajudicial writing', Sydney Law Review, The, 34, (4) pp. 637-658. ISSN 0082-0512 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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2010Bartie S, 'The lingering core of legal scholarship', Legal Studies, 30, (3) pp. 345-369. ISSN 0261-3875 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-121X.2010.00169.x [eCite] [Details]


2010Bartie S, 'A full day's work: A study of Australia's first legal scholarly community', University of Queensland Law Journal, 29, (1) pp. 67-99. ISSN 0083-4041 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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2009Bartie S, 'The impact of legal meta-scholarship: Love thy navel', Griffith Law Review, 18, (3) pp. 727-751. ISSN 1038-3441 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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2007Bartie S, 'Ambition Versus Judicial Reality: Causation and Remoteness Under Civil Liability Legislation', University of Western Australia Law Review, 33, (2) pp. 415-436. ISSN 0042-0328 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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