Personal profile


Jeff Giddings is Professor of Law at Monash University and Director of the Monash-Oakleigh Legal Service.  He joined the Monash Law Faculty in 2017 after 22 years at Griffith University in Brisbane, Queensland. Jeff remains an Adjunct Professor of the Griffith Law School. He received an Australia National Teaching Fellowship in 2013 for the Effective Law Student Supervision Project. Jeff also received the Australian Award for University Teaching in Law and Legal Studies in 1999 along with multiple Griffith University teaching awards, including the inaugural Griffith Award for Excellence in Teaching. From 2013-2015, Jeff served as an International Scholar for the Academic Fellows Program of the Open Society Foundation, working extensively with the American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Research Interests

Clinical Legal Education - Jeff has written extensively on clinical legal education and established the Griffith clinical program in 1995. In 2010, he completed his PhD on the sustainability of clinical legal education programs. His thesis was subsequently published as a book, Promoting Justice Through Clinical Legal Education. A Mandarin version of this book has been published in 2017 by China-Renmin University Press. Jeff is a co-author of Australian Clinical Legal Education, published in 2017 by ANU Press.

Access to Justice - Jeff has researched and practised in the access to justice field for more than 30 years. He edited the monograph, Legal Aid in Victoria: At the Crossroads Once Again. 1998 Fitzroy Legal Service Press, Melbourne, writing 4 and co-writing a further 3 of the 11 chapters. Jeff was a Chief Investigator on Australian Research Council Discovery Projects on Access to Justice Without Lawyers: Understanding Legal Self-Help in Australia (with Michael Robertson) and Australian Innovation in Legal Aid Services: Balancing Cost and Client Needs (with Rosemary Hunter).

Alternative Dispute Resolution - Jeff has extensive ADR experience as a teacher, researcher and practitioner. From 2005 to 2015, he convened the Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution at Griffith University. Jeff conducted mediations for the Dispute Resolution Branch of the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General from 2002 to 2015. From 2001 to 2003, he worked on a $350,000 project for the Federal Attorney-General’s Department delivering a national training program on the use of child-centred practices in family law.  


  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Access to Justice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Research Output 2011 2018

Beyond the boom: Prospects for Australian legal education

Giddings, J. M. 2018 Re-thinking legal education under the civil and common law: A road map for constructive change. Grimes, R. (ed.). Oxon: Routledge, p. 211-226 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)

Clinics and Australian law schools approaching 2020

Giddings, J. M. 2017 Australian clinical legal education: Designing and operating a best practice clinical program in an Australian law school. The Australian National University, p. 11-37 27 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)

Rhyme and reason in the uncertain development of legal aid in Australia

Giddings, J. M. 2017 Access to justice and legal aid: Comparative perspectives on unmet legal need. Flynn, A. L. G. & Hodgson, J. (eds.). Hart Publishing, p. 43-62 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)

Risks and rewards of externships: exploring goals and methods

Smith, L. F., Giddings, J. & Wortham, L. 2017 In : International Journal of Clinical Legal Education. 24, 3, p. 30-79 50 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle