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. In 2022 she received the Dean’s Award for Equity, Diversity and Social Inclusion Research Excellence. In 2023 she received the Dean's Commendation for Excellence in Research Engagement and Impact (with Adriana Orifici).

Dominique was awarded funding from the Australian Research Council to examine mechanisms for resolving human rights complaints (with Prof. Tamara Walsh, University of Queensland). Commencing in 2023, the project is being conducted in partnership with human rights agencies and community legal centres in four Australian jurisdictions.

In 2022 Dominique completed a research project on women's experience of using Victoria's anti-discrimination laws (with Adriana Orifici) which was funded by the Victorian Women's Benevolent Trust. The project built upon their research on pregnancy discrimination in the workplace and the impact of COVID-19 on workers with family responsibilities.

In 2020 Dominique 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 were published in a special edition of Law in Context.

Dominique 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. In 2019 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, the impact of COVID-19 on workers with family responsibilities, pregnancy discrimination in the workplace 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 the Director of Research and Director of the Labour, Equality and Human Right research group in the Monash Business School. She served as Secretary of the Australian Labour Law Association 2016-2023.

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 and Acting Director of HDR in 2021. She currently teaches employment law.

Dominique has a PhD from Melbourne Law School and an Honours degree in law from the Australian National University. She was a Senior Lecturer at Deakin Law School from 2010-2016 and taught contract law and workplace law. 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.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

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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