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Liam Elphick is an Associate Lecturer in the Monash Faculty of Law.

Prior to commencing at Monash, Liam was a Sessional Teacher at La Trobe University, Associate Lecturer at the University of Western Australia, and Associate to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. He also worked as an AFL Scout for the Port Adelaide Football Club for 8 years. Liam is currently an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia and Member of the Australian Discrimination Law Experts Group, and is completing his PhD at the University of Melbourne.

Liam's research focuses on how tort law principles can be used to strengthen the effectiveness of discrimination law, and how this applies in particular rights contexts. He is a regular media commentator and contributor to law reform inquiries on issues concerning LGBTIQ+ equality rights and religious freedom, such as marriage equality, religious body exceptions to discrimination protections, the inclusion of transgender, gender-diverse and intersex athletes in sport, and the federal Religious Discrimination Bill. Liam has been involved in LGBTIQ advocacy for many years, including as LGBTIQ Advisor and Equity & Diversity Advisor at the University of Western Australia Law School, member of the University of Western Australia LGBTIQ Working Group, and Chair of the Board at Proud 2 Play.

Liam has over seven years of tertiary teaching experience, largely in private law subjects, for which he has won school, faculty and university teaching awards. He has led several large-scale empirical research projects on legal education, particularly focusing on student attendance, engagement and wellbeing. He is also on the Editorial Board of the Alternative Law Journal, and is the Co-Convener and Founder of the Berkeley LGBTIQ Network, Berkeley Equality Law Early Career Network, Melbourne Law School Obligations Reading Group, and Australian Discrimination Law Reading Group.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), University of Western Australia

Award Date: 1 Mar 2016

Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), University of Western Australia

Award Date: 1 Mar 2013

Doctor of Philosophy (Law), University of Melbourne

2019 → …

External positions

Adjunct Research Fellow, University of Western Australia

Jan 2019 → …

Editorial Board Member, Alternative Law Journal

Nov 2018 → …

Member, Australian Discrimination Law Experts Group

Jul 2017 → …

Research area keywords

  • Torts
  • Discrimination
  • Legal Education
  • Sport Law
  • LGBTI Rights


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