Dominique Allen

Assoc Professor

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Dominique is a socio-legal scholar, researching anti-discrimination law and equality. Her work uses doctrinal, comparative and empirical methodologies.

She is currently completing research projects on the impact of COVID-19 on workers with family responsibilities and flexible working arrangements (with Adriana Orifici), an interdisciplinary project on racism in the delivery of health services, and on pregnancy discrimination in the workplace (with Adriana Orifici). In 2020 she co-convened a workshop funded by the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia entitled 'Using Transparency to Achieve Equality' which brought together researchers from law, politics, health and demography along with government and industry. Papers will be published in a special edition of Law in Context in 2021.

Dominique recently completed a large empirical research project that assessed the impact of the innovative mechanisms contained in Victoria’s Equal Opportunity Act 2010, which was funded by the Victorian Legal Services Board. Building on that project, she used empirical methodologies to assess the ADR practices used to resolve discrimination claims in Queensland, NSW and federally.

Previously, she has conducted research projects on the enforcement of anti-discrimination law, the role of statutory equal opportunity agencies in Australia and overseas, and the role of ADR in resolving legal disputes. Details of Dominique’s research can be found on Google Scholar. In 2017 and 2019 she received an Advancing Women's Research Success grant from Monash University.

Dominique has published widely in law journals in Australia and internationally on anti-discrimination law, comparative law, equality, critical race theory and human rights. She regularly presents at local and international conferences and contributes to local and national law reform inquiries. With Professor Neil Rees AM and Professor Simon Rice OAM, she is the author of Australian Anti-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Law (Third Ed, The Federation Press, 2018).

Dominique is currently the Director of the Labour, Equality and Human Right research group in the Monash Business School. She has served as Secretary of the Australian Labour Law Association since 2016.

Dominique sits on the Advisory Board of the Anti-Discrimination Law Review (Wolters Kluwer) and on the Advisory Board of the US-based Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law.

From 2017-2019, Dominique was the Director of Postgraduate Coursework and Course Director of the Master of Business Law. She served as Acting Director of Education in 2018. She currently teaches employment law.

Dominique has a PhD from Melbourne Law School and an Honours degree in law from the Australian National University. Prior to becoming an academic, Dominique practiced as a solicitor in the ACT.

Dominique is interested in supervising HDR students in areas relating to race, sex, age and disability discrimination, enforcement of anti-discrimination laws, equality agencies, sexual harassment, and workplace equality.


External positions

Secretary, Australian Labour Law Association

5 Nov 2016 → …

Research area keywords

  • Anti-discrimination law
  • Equality
  • Employment Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Law
  • Human Rights Law


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