Dominique Allen

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students


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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 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 is currently using 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 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. She is a member of the Labour, Equality and Human Rights (LEAH) research group in the Monash Business School and has served as Secretary of the Australian Labour Law Association since 2016.

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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Using transparency to achieve equality

Blackham, A., Thornton, M. & Allen, D.


Project: Research

Research Output

Major court and tribunal decisions in Australia in 2019

Allen, D. & Landau, I., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Industrial Relations. 15 p.

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1 Citation (Scopus)

Addressing Discrimination through Individual Enforcement: A Case Study of Victoria

Allen, D., Aug 2019, Melbourne Vic Australia: Monash University. 32 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportResearch

Open Access

Major court and tribunal decisions in Australia in 2018

Landau, I. & Allen, D., Jun 2019, In : Journal of Industrial Relations. 61, 3, p. 421-437 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Resolving discrimination claims outside the courts: alternative dispute resolution in Australia and the United Kingdom

Blackham, A. & Allen, D., 2019, In : Australian Journal of Labour Law. 31, p. 253-278 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Adverse effects: can the Fair Work Act address workplace discrimination for employees with a disability?

Allen, D., Sep 2018, In : University of New South Wales Law Journal. 41, 3, p. 846-870 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access