Robin Banks

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Robin Banks

PhD Candidate

Room 1.01 , Faculty of Law

613 6226 7504 (phone)


Robin holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of NSW (1999). In 2000 she was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia.

Robin grew up in Tasmania and has worked in government, private and not-for-profit legal roles, including most recently as Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Commissioner (2010-17). Immediately before returning to Tasmania to take up this statutory appointment, Robin held the position of CEO of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (NSW) and Director of the Public Interest Law Clearing House (NSW). Robin worked for a year with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (1999-2000) and was a lawyer then Senior Associate with the Sydney law firm, Henry Davis York (2000-2005). Robin has been involved in a broad range of human rights advocacy activities and has a strong background in disability rights in particular.


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Robin commenced her PhD candidature in February 2018.


An examination of whether and how discrimination law could use a conceptual framework that incorporates learnings from other disciplines, such as those of prejudice and unconscious bias from psychology, and what effect this might have on prevention and resolution.


Professor Margaret Otlowski

Professor Winnifred Louis

Research focus areas

Discrimination law, human rights law, stigma and prejudice.

Other research interests

Public interest legal practice, clinical legal education, disability rights and access.