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Susan Bartie

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Dr Susan Bartie is a legal historian at the School of Law in the College of Arts, Law and Education. She is currently developing a 50-year socio-legal history of Australia’s environmental lawyers, with the aim of creating new resources to benefit the environment and the community.  From 2022 this project will be supported by a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council.

Biography

Dr Susan Bartie is a legal historian who has spent the last decade studying the intellectual agendas, social relations and endeavours that have accompanied the rapid growth in the size and stature of law schools in the 20th century.  Her book, Free Hands and Minds — Pioneering Australian Legal Scholars(Hart Publishing, 2019), is the first work to study in depth, the ideas and endeavours of three Australian legal scholars, and their contributions to liberal and progressive legal culture and Australia’s discipline of law.

Recently Susan, along with David Sandomierski, created a network of legal historians to examine a common element within legal education systems: US influence. Their book, Legal Education Abroad – Critical Histories, is designed to provide stronger understandings of the degrees of global homogeneity and local distinctiveness among legal educational systems, uncovering the reasons why certain models, practices and ideas have emerged.

Susan is a committed law teacher who draws on her broader studies of the discipline to inform her teaching.  She has been awarded citations for outstanding contributions to student learning from the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training (2016) as well as from the Vice Chancellor at the University of Tasmania (2015). She received a full British Chevening Scholarship to study a Masters of Law at the University of Cambridge and was awarded a Dean’s Commendation for her PhD in legal history. She has practised law as a litigator, working on cases litigated in English, Australian and Hong Kong courts, and began her career as an associate to a Federal Court judge.

Career summary

Qualifications

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 (1st class Hons)   Flinders University Australia 2000

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Susan has channelled her interests in the history, present and future of lawyering into the subject, Law and Social Change, designed to provide her students with a deeper appreciation of the social, intellectual and political issues they will encounter following their studies.

She also co-ordinates a large compulsory legal reasoning subject that adopts interactive methods (both face to face and online) to promote an emphasis on student learning. The subject also concentrates on technological change within the field of legal reasoning.

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Expertise

Susan’s research seeks to change the way we think about lawyers and to scrutinise their central contributions to society.   Her current historical study of 50 years of Australian environmental lawyering (1970-2020) aims to develop and preserve an unprecedented data set of environmental lawyers over multiple generations. It is designed to create important new knowledge, challenging the common and limited treatment of lawyers as mere instruments of social causes and revealing a novel, and previously unexplored, layer of environmental governance. This new knowledge can be used by environmentalists, researchers and policy makers to better understand and engage with this important class of social reformers. It can also inform environmental advocacy, governance and environmental protection. In 2021 this project received $451,711DECRA (Discovery Early Career Researcher Award) funding from the Australian Research Council.

Susan welcomes proposals for supervision on issues falling within any of her research or teaching expertise.  She is currently supervising two intellectual histories of prominent lawyers (a trailblazing woman lawyer from Bangladesh and an architect of the International Criminal Court) and a project investigating the role of women judges in Sri Lanka.

Fields of Research

  • Legal practice, lawyering and the legal profession (480505)
  • Public law (480799)
  • Legal theory, jurisprudence and legal interpretation (480410)
  • Law and society and socio-legal research (480405)
  • Legal institutions (incl. courts and justice systems) (480504)
  • Australian history (430302)
  • Tort law (480605)
  • History and philosophy of law and justice (500202)
  • Environmental law (480203)
  • Climate change law (480202)
  • Environmental and resources law (480299)

Research Objectives

  • Justice and the law (230499)
  • Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies (280117)
  • Other law, politics and community services (239999)
  • Understanding Australia's past (130703)
  • Environmental policy, legislation and standards (190299)
  • Legal processes (230406)

Publications

Total publications

19

Journal Article

(11 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Bartie S, 'Twining, Arthurs and Histories of Academic Lawyers', Law and History Review, 3, (3) pp. 1-7. ISSN 0738-2480 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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2018Bartie S, 'Studying women legal scholars: the challenges of life history', International Journal of The Legal Profession, 25, (3) pp. 279-301. ISSN 0969-5958 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/09695958.2018.1481849 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Bartie S, 'Is Mazur the new Langdell? The strange trajectory of interactive law teaching', Legal Studies, 37, (3) pp. 520-542. ISSN 0261-3875 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/lest.12164 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

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2014Bartie S, 'Histories of Legal Scholars: the power of possibility', Legal Studies, 34, (2) pp. 305-327. ISSN 0261-3875 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 12

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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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Citations: Web of Science - 7

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2012Bartie S, 'Review essay: The social sciences in Australia and the experience of law', Sydney Law Review, 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]

Citations: Scopus - 26

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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]

DOI: 10.1080/10854662.2009.10854662 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

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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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Book

(2 outputs)
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2021Bartie S, Sandomierski D, 'American Legal Education Abroad: Critical Histories', New York University Press, New York, USA ISBN 9781479803606 (2021) [Edited Book]

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2019Bartie S, 'Free Hands and Minds: Pioneering Australian Legal Scholars', Hart Publishing, United Kingdom, pp. 1-344. ISBN 9781509922611 (2019) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

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2021Bartie S, 'Alice Erh-Soon Tay and the Character of Legal Knowledge', Gender and Careers in the Legal Academy, Hart Publishing, U Schultz, G Shaw, M Thornton and R Auchmuty (ed), UK, pp. 1-27. ISBN 9781509923137 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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2021Bartie S, 'Functionalism, Legal Process and the Transformation (and Subordination) of Australian Law Schools', American Legal Education Abroad: Critical Histories, New York University Press, S Bartie and D Sandomierski (ed), New York, USA, pp. 1-25. ISBN 9780814345351 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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2021Bartie S, 'Introduction', American Legal Education Abroad: Critical Histories, New York University Press, S Bartie and D Sandomierski (ed), New York, USA, pp. 1-14. ISBN 9780814345351 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Bartie S, 'The Teaching of Criminal Law: The Pedagogical Imperatives by Kris Gledhill and Ben Livings (eds.), Routledge, 2017, 212 pp (ISBN 978113841994; 9781315731902 (ebook))', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 29, (1) pp. 103-106. ISSN 1034-5329 (2017) [Review Single Work]

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2017Bartie S, 'Review of The Campaign Against the Courts: A History of the Judicial Activism Debate by Tanya Josev, Federation Press, 2017', University of New South Wales Law Journal, The pp. 1-4. ISSN 0313-0096 (2017) [Review Single Work]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Bartie S, 'Book Forum: Susan Bartie', Australian Public Law, AusPubLaw, Australia, 3 February (2021) [Magazine Article]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

2

Total funding

$461,913

Projects

A Socio-Legal History of Australia's Environmental Lawyers (2022 - 2024)$451,710
Description
This historical study of 50 years of Australian environmental lawyering (1970-2020) aims to develop and preserve an unprecedented data set of environmental lawyers over multiple generations. It will create important new knowledge, challenging the common and limited treatment of lawyers as mere instruments of social causes and revealing a novel, and previously unexplored, layer of environmental governance. This new knowledge can be used by environmentalists, researchers and policy makers to better understand and engage with this important class of social reformers. It can inform environmental advocacy, governance and environmental protection. Other benefits include building capacity in Australian socio-legal historical research.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($451,710)
Scheme
Fellowship-Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bartie S
Period
2022 - 2024
Grant Reference
DE220100264
Beyond Harvard: Transplanting Legal Education (2018)$10,203
Description
This project will critically examine the role that US legal education played historically in the development of law and law schools globally during the 20th century. It will bring together at a symposium legal scholars who share an interest in the history of legal education, legal transplants and US legal theory. The symposium will form the basis of further research collaborations including a book (edited collection) and journal articles
Funding
American Society of Legal History ($10,203)
Scheme
Funding - Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bartie S; Sandomierski D
Year
2018

Research Supervision

Current

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDTowards an Effective Engagement with the Critiques of Human Rights2017
PhDAssessing the ICC's Responsibility for International Criminal Accountability: Tracing the history of the court to better contextualize its current challenges2018
PhDThe Impact of Women Judges on Shaping the Law: A review of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka2018