Susan Bartie

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Susan Bartie


Room 2.20, Faculty of Law Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6292 1953 (phone)

+61 3 6226 7623 (fax)


National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning from the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training (2016 – Legal Reasoning)

Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence (2016)

Vice Chancellors Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning – University of Tasmania (2015 – Legal Reasoning)

Teaching Responsibilities

Susan promotes a highly interactive classroom and gives her students the opportunity to develop strong reasoning, leadership and critical thinking skills.

She teaches, and has expertise, in the following areas:

  1. Legal Reasoning;
  2. Legal Theory;
  3. Law — History and Context;
  4. Honours Research Methods.


Full Publications List

Recent Presentations

‘Professor Alice Erh-Soon Tay’, June 2016, Law and Society Association, New Orleans, United States

‘Writing about the ‘Brains and Beauty’ of Alice Erh-Soon Tay’, May 2016, Workshop: First Women Law Professors (invitation only) Schönburg, Germany

‘Visions of Law and Social Change within Australia’s Legal Academy’, July 2016, Annual Meeting of the Working Group on the Legal Profession (invitation only), Andorra

Career summary


Degree Title of Thesis University Country Awarded
PhD The Political Enterprise of Theory and Education within Australia’s Discipline of Law University of Adelaide Australia 2016
LLM   University of Cambridge UK 2002
LLB (Hons)   Flinders University Australia 2000

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Susan’s areas of expertise include the role of lawyers in society (historical and sociological), US legal theory and its translation to British colonies and the history, theory and pedagogy of legal reasoning and its operation in contexts beyond courts and legal practice.  Her research uses life and intellectual histories to offer new insights into the role of law, lawyers and legal education in society.  She is a lawyer, legal academic and educationalist. She previously practiced as a commercial litigator and played a key role in advancing litigation (mainly corporate fraud) within Australia and abroad.  She also spent several years volunteering part time at a community legal service.

Susan welcomes proposals for supervision on issues falling within any of her research or teaching expertise.

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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