Marilyn Pittard


1997 …2023

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Personal profile


Professor Marilyn Pittard is Interim Dean and Professor of Law in the Law Faculty. She was appointed Associate Dean Engagement in 2022, after completing a term as LLM Director in 2022 and a three year term as Associate Dean Academic Resourcing in the Faculty of Law, Monash University at the end of 2020. She served as  Associate Dean, International and Engagement from 2011 to end 2015, Associate Dean (Postgraduate Studies) in the Faculty of Law in 2009, and also for the period 2003 to 2006. She was Associate Dean (Research) for two periods, 1997 to 2000 and 2007 to 2009. Professor Pittard has also served as Director of the Honours Programme; Deputy Associate Dean, International and Engagement (2016-2017); and Acting Dean in the Faculty.

Professor Pittard is chair of the Academic Course Appraisal Committee of the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB).  She is Deputy Chair of the Cancer Council Human Research Ethics Committee (Victoria), and since 2005 served as legal member of that committee.  She was a consultant at leading national law firm Clayton Utz for many years.

She is the International Academy of Comparative Law’s national special rapporteur for Australia on the theme of Contemporary forms of slavery, for the International Academy of Comparative Law's General Congress,  Asunción, Paraguay, 23 – 28 October 2022, and with Anthony Hallal has written the report 'Anti-Slavery Law and Practice in Contemporary Australia' (2022).

She is co-convenor of two public law lecture series: the Monash Law Faculty’s Lucinda Lecture series and the Fiat Justitia Lecture series, covering topical issues in the field of both constitutional law and administrative law. These lectures are published in the Monash University Law Review.

She was President of the Australian Labour Law Association (ALLA) from 2017 until end 2021, served as Vice President of ALLA for many years and contributes to and organises many national conferences of ALLA. She is a  current national ALLA committee member.  Admitted to practice as a lawyer, she is Principal Examiner for Law Institute of Victoria Workplace Law Specialisation Accreditation.  A founding member of the editorial committee of the Australian Labour Law Journal, she serves on the editiorial committee. She is editor of LexisNexis Employment Law Bulletin, which is disseminated broadly to lawyers and human resources practitioners as well as academia in 10 issues per year.

Professor Pittard has responsibility for labour and employment law in both the undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes and she publishes extensively in labour and employment law in books and law journals, with research publications arising from the award of Australian Research Council grant funding and research grants from other funding bodies. 

Her international book chapters and articles include:

  • “A Fair Deal? Justice in Dismissal in Australia” (2022) 33 King's Law Journal 248;
  • "Protecting Vulnerable Workers, Fairness and State Intervention", chapter 13 in Alan Bogg, Jacob Rowbottom, Alison L Young (eds), The Constitution of Social Democracy, Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK, 2020, pp237–260 (IBSN 9781509916597); and                       

  • "Criminalisation, Social Exclusion, and Access to Employment" , chapter 24 in Alan Bogg, Jennifer Collins, Mark Freedland and Jonathan Herring (eds), Criminality at Work, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 2020, pp 474 - 495.

 Her books include:  

  • Asia-Pacific Judiciaries: Independence, Impartiality and Integrity, editted by HP Lee and Marilyn Pittard, publisher Cambridge University Press, UK, 2018 (18 chapters, 431 pages).
  • Australian Labour and Employment Law, LexisNexis, 2015 (1095 pages, co-author Dr Richard Naughton) (new edition in press);

  • Business Innovation and the Law: Perspectives from Intellectual Property, Labour, Competition and Corporate Law (27 chapters, editors Professors M Pittard and Ann Monotti and Assoc Prof John Duns, Edward Elgar Publishing, UK, 2013).

She has published several editions of Australian Labour Law: Text, Cases and Commentary published by LexisNexis (co-author R Naughton); and Public Sector Employment Law in the Twenty-First Century, (Professors M Pittard and Professor P Weeks eds, ANU E-Press, 2007), arising from an Australian Research Council Grant.

Her article on redundancy law appears in French in the second issue, 2017, of Revue de droit comparé du travail et de la sécurité sociale, entitled 'Les licenciements économiques en Australie: un cadre légal équitable?'.  Her chapter, "Women and Flexible Work" in the book, The feminist legislation project, will be published in 2024 by Routledge.


Research interests

Administrative Law and Regulation

Anti-Discrimination Law

Australian Legal System


Employment Law

Employment Rights

Human Rights

Labour Law

International Labour Law

Workplace rights

Monash teaching commitment

LAW4199/LAW5633 Contemporary Workplace Relations Law SEM1/T2

LAW 5358 Current Issues in workplace law SEM1/T1

LAW 5374 Federal Labour Law SEM2/T3

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
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Deputy Chair, Cancer Council Research Ethics Committee, Cancer Council Victoria

Apr 2023 → …

Chair, Academic Course Accreditation Committee, Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB) (Victoria)

Dec 2021 → …

President, Australian Labour Law Association

Nov 2017Nov 2021

Chair, conference committe, Eighth National Conference Australian Labour Law Association 2016


Vice President, Australian Labour Law Association


Legal member, Cancer Council Victoria

Principal Examiner, Law Institute of Victoria Limited (trading as Law Institute of Victoria)

Convenor, Victorian Chapter Australian Labour Law Association

National conference committee member, Australian Labour Law Association 2019-2021

Member, editorial committee, Australian Journal of Labour Law

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