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Biography

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

Liam is a leading expert on the intersection between LGBTIQ+ rights and religious freedom, and how best to ensure protection from discrimination for LGBTIQ+ communities. He is a prominent media commentator on contemporary debates in discrimination law, including on marriage equality, religious body exceptions, the rights of LGBTIQ+ staff and students in religous schools, the proposed federal Religious Discrimination Bill, and the inclusion of transgender and gender-diverse athletes in sport. As a member of the Australian Discrimination Law Experts Group, Liam regularly provides expertise to law reform inquiries and parliamentary committee inquiries on discrimination law.

Liam has been involved in LGBTIQ+ advocacy for many years. He is a committee member for the Victorian Pride Lobby, sits on the LGBTIQA+ Advisory Committee for the City of Stonnington Council, and advises the Victorian Government on LGBTIQ+ legal and equality issues through its LGBTIQ+ Taskforce Justice Working Group. Liam was previously LGBTIQ Advisor and Equity & Diversity Advisor at the University of Western Australia Law School, and Chair of the Board at Proud 2 Play, an organisation focused on improving LGBTIQ+ inclusion in sport.

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 is completing his PhD at the University of Melbourne.

Liam has over nine years of tertiary teaching experience, largely in private law subjects, for which he has won school, faculty and university teaching awards - including the prestiguous Monash Students Association Teaching 'Above and Beyond' Award in 2021. 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, is the Early Career Academic Representative on the Australasian Law Academics Association Executive Committee, and and is the Co-Convener and Founder of the Berkeley LGBTIQ Network and Berkeley Equality Law Early Career Network.

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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