Researcher biography

Associate Professor Rebecca Ananian-Welsh is a constitutional law scholar at the TC Beirne School of Law, where her research focuses on courts, national security and press freedom. She has published widely in these fields, including more than 25 journal articles and two edited collections.

Rebecca's research in national security, press freedom and fair trial rights has been recognised in an Academy of Social Sciences in Australia's Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research and a UQ BEL Faculty award. Her book 'The Tim Carmody Affair: Australia's Greatest Judicial Crisis' (co-authored with Profs Gabrielle Appleby and Andrew Lynch), was shortlisted for a Queensland Literary Award and her Sydney Law Review article 'The Inherent Jurisdiction of Courts and the Fair Trial' has been shortlisted for the 2020 Article of the Year in the Australian Legal Research Awards.

Rebecca sits on a number of committees and organisations, including: the Australian Judicial Officers Association Inaugural Standing Committee Judicial Independence; the Centre for Public Integrity, Accountability Institutions Committee; and the Executive Committee of the SHAPE Futures Network (a joint initiative of the Australian Academies of the Humanities and Social Sciences to support early and mid-career researchers).

Rebecca writes regularly for The Conversation, has given evidence to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, and has contributed to numerous submissions to government with respect to national security, human rights and constitutional issues. Prior to joining UQ Law, Rebecca held positions with the Laureate Fellowship Project 'Anti-Terror Laws and the Democratic Challenge' and the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law's Terrorism & Law Project at UNSW, as a litigation solicitor at DLA Piper, and as a legal officer with the Federal Attorney-General's Department.

Featured projects Duration
Judicial independence
The University of Queensland
A fair go: Achieving fair process in Australian courts
UQ Early Career Researcher Grant
Journalistic Freedom in Australia