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Catherine Kelly

Adj/A/Prof Catherine Kelly

Adjunct Associate Professor
Adjunct and Honorary Staff (Law School)

Contact details
Adjunct and Honorary Staff (Law School)
The University of Western Australia (M253)
35 Stirling Highway
BA LLB ANU, MSc DPhil Oxon.
After finishing her LLB at the ANU, Catherine worked at Freehills and the Australian Medical Association before undertaking an MSc and DPhil in the History of Medicine at the University of Oxford. She joined UWA in 2012.
Key research
My research focuses on the law’s interaction with medicine and the medical profession in both historical and contemporary contexts. In my historical work I examine the ways in which laws relating to medicine were made, applied and changed. My work on current medical laws is informed by my experience in Australian health policy and focuses on professional regulation and the implementation of public health legislation and policy. In both contexts I encourage reflection about the development of the medical profession and the legal system’s framing and understanding of disease.


War and the Militarization of British Army Medicine, 1793-1830 (Pickering and Chatto, London, 2011)

Edited Volume

Lawyers’ Medicine, The legislature, the courts, and medical practice, 1760–2000 (Hart Publishing, Oxford, September 2009) (with Imogen Goold)

Peer Reviewed Articles

'Parliamentary Rewards and the Evolution of the Patent System' (2015) 74(3) Cambridge Law Journal 28pp. (forthcoming) (with R. Burrell)

'Public Rewards and Innovation Policy: Lessons from the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries' (2014) 77 Modern Law Review, pp. 858-887 (with R. Burrell)

‘Medicine and the Egyptian Campaign: The development of the military medical officer during the Napoleonic Wars c. 1798-1801’, (2010) 27(2) Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, pp. 321-42

‘“Not from the College, but through the public and the legislature”: Charles Maclean and the relocation of medical debate in the early 19th century’, (2008) 82 Bulletin for the History of Medicine pp. 545-569

Book Chapters

‘Parliamentary Inquiries and the Construction of Medical Argument in the Early 19th Century’ in, Goold & Kelly (eds) Lawyers’ Medicine, The legislature, the courts and
medical practice, 1760–1990 (Hart Publishing, Oxford, September 2009)

‘Lawyers' Medicine: The Interaction of the Medical Profession and the Law, 1760- 2000’ in, Goold & Kelly (eds) Lawyers’ Medicine, The legislature, the courts, and medical practice, 1760–2000 (Hart Publishing, Oxford, September 2009) (with Imogen Goold)

Invited Reviews

Hudson, G (ed), Military and Naval Medicine in Britain, 1600-1830 (Rodopi Press, London, 2007) in Medical History (2010, 54:410-411)

Bruijn, I, Ship's Surgeons of the Dutch East India Company, Commerce and the Progress of Medicine in the Eighteenth Century (Leiden University Press, Leiden 2009) in Medical History (2011, 55:128-129)
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Director, Undergraduate Major in Law and Society
Co-ordinator, Master of Law, Policy and Government (coursework)

Room: 1.10 Law Library Building
Funding received
2015 Australian Research Council LIEF Grant: 'The Australasian Legal History Libraries: Stage II'. Chief Investigators: Professor Graham Greenleaf (Lead); Catherine Kelly; Peter Handford and 26 others. $410,000

2015 AHRC Network 'Technoscience, Law & Society' ECR Travel Bursary £800

2014, Dr Tamara Tulich, Dr Catherine Kelly, UWA Improving Student Learning Grant, ‘The Development of Digital Film Resources to Enhance
Student Learning in LAWS1111, Law Conflict and Change’ $2,950.

2014-2015, Dr Catherine Kelly (UWA), Dr Joan Tumblety (Southampton), 'Physicians as lobbyists in Britain and Europe, c. 1850 - 1950', UWA Research Collaboration Award, $11,880

2014 Harold White Fellowship, $10,000

2004 - 2008 Doctoral Studentship from the Wellcome Trust, £70,000

2003-2004 Masters Studentship from the Wellcome Trust, £10,000
Honours and awards
2014 UWA Student Guild Students’ Choice Award
2014 Harold White Fellowship, National Library of Australia
2008 Caird Short-Term Research Fellowship, National Maritime Museum, UK
2005-2008 Clifford Norton Fellowship in the History of Science, The Queen’s College, Oxford.
Previous positions
2010-2012, Senior Policy Adviser, Australian Medical Association (Federal)
2008-2009, Research Officer, University of Oxford, joint project with the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich investigating ‘Medicine and the Royal Navy in the Nineteenth Century’
Masters Units

LAWS5227 Foundations of Law and Governance
LAWS5222 Working with the Written Law

Undergraduate Units

LAWS1111, Law Conflict and Change
LAWS2227, Law in Action
LAWS3341, Investigating Law and Society
LAWS3347, Law Crime and Public Policy

Current PhD Supervision
Kelly-Ann Couzens, ‘Medicine on Trial: A Critical Analysis of Medical Testimony and Medical Expertise in the Scottish High Court of Justiciary, c.1820s-c.1890s’ (with David Barrie).
Stephanie Clair Price, 'Implementing the World Heritage Convention in a legally pluralist Small Island Developing State: Lessons from East Rennell, Solomon Islands' (with Erika Techera)
Current external positions
2014-2015 Academic Visitor, University of Southampton

July 2015 Academic Visitor, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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