Sarah Kendall researches national security law, in particular espionage, sabotage and foreign interference law. This research has been published in leading law journals and has been featured in the media. More generally, Sarah is interested in evidence law, the intersection of law and science/medicine, and all aspects of national security law. In addition to her research in law, Sarah has experience developing and managing research projects in various science disciplines, including ecology, biology and psychology.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Laws (with first-class honours) from UQ. She also has a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and is admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of Queensland.

HDR project title: Understanding lawyers’ approaches to prosecuting and defending domestic and family violence cases (including the offence of non-fatal strangulation)

Supervisors: Dr Caitlin Goss (UQ Law), Associate Professor Robin Fitzgerald (UQ Social Science) and Professor Heather Douglas (Uni of Melb, UQ Law honorary professor)

Project overview

Sarah’s doctoral thesis examines how lawyers have approached the prosecution or defence of criminal domestic and family violence (DFV) charges (including charges of non-fatal strangulation) that go to trial. She is particularly interested in whether and, if so, how lawyers’ approaches to prosecuting or defending DFV charges have been informed by characteristics of the victim. Her research aims to enhance the legal response to DFV and might result in law and/or policy reforms in relation to the DFV criminal trial.

Publications and Conference Presentations

  • Rebecca Ananian-Welsh, Sarah Kendall and Richard Murray,  ‘Risk and Uncertainty in Public Interest Journalism: The Impact of Espionage Law on Press Freedom’ (2021) 44(3) Melbourne University Law Review (forthcoming).
  • Sarah Kendall, ‘Australia’s New Espionage Laws: A Necessary Evil’ (Paper presented at Australian and New Zealand Law Honours Student Conference, University of Technology Sydney, 24 November 2018).
  • Sarah Kendall, Espionage and Press Freedom in Australia (Reform Briefing 1/2020, Press Freedom Policy Papers, The University of Queensland).