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Assoc/Prof Stella Tarrant

Senior Lecturer
UWA Law School

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UWA Law School
The University of Western Australia (M253)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2944
+61 8 6488 1045
BJuris LLB W.Aust., LLM Yale
Associate Professor Stella Tarrant is a graduate of the University of Western Australia (B.Juris (Hon) first class) and Yale University (LLM). She began her career as Associate to Justice Toohey of the High Court of Australia and a solicitor in the Land and Heritage Unit of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia. She studied as a Harkness Fellow and Fulbright Scholar in the United States before joining the Law Faculty at the University of Western Australia, from 1996-2002. After raising her two sons in their early years, Associate Professor Tarrant returned to teaching at UWA Law School in 2009 and resumed her research career in 2013.

Her research focuses on criminal law, criminal law theory and gender and the law. She has explored the impact of law on women's lives and the part law plays in maintaining gender relations in society, in the areas of criminal law, constitutional law and reproductive technology law. Her current research projects concern gender equality in the law of self-defence and the incorporation of philosophical method into the teaching of Gender and the Law.

Associate Professor Tarrant's teaching interests are criminal law, evidence and gender and the law. At UWA she teaches Criminal Law, Evidence and Gender and the Law, and has taught feminist jurisprudence in LLB, LLM and SJD courses.
Burton, K., Crofts, T., Martin, R., Nisbet, T., and Tarrant S., THE CRIMINAL CODES: COMMENTARY AND MATERIALS (7th ed) (Thomson Reuters, 2018) (forthcoming).

Tarrant, S., "Self-defence Against Intimate Partner Violence: let's do the work to see it" (2017) UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA LAW REVIEW (forthcoming).

Tarrant, S., and D'Olimpio, L., "Philosophy in the (Gender and the Law) Classroom (2017) 38 ANALYTIC TEACHING AND PHILOSOPHICAL PRAXIS (forthcoming)

Crofts, T and Tarrant, S, 2016 "Criminal Law Pedagogy and the Australian Code States", in Kris Gledhill and Ben Livings (eds), THE TEACHING OF OF CRIMINAL LAW: THE PEDAGOGICAL IMPERATIVES (Routledge, 2017)

Tarrant, S 2015 Criminal Responsibility and Objective Fault Requirements: A Feminist Assessment of Reasonableness, in CRIMINALISATION AND CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY IN AUSTRALIA, Oxford University Press.

Tarrant, S 2015 "The Violation of Principle and Perpetuation of Gender Bias in the Western Australian Assault Causing Death Offence", UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA LAW REVIEW 40, pp415-435.

Tarrant, S, 2015 "Self Defence in the Western Australian Criminal Code: two proposals for reform", UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA LAW REVIEW, 38, 2 pp11-23.

Tarrant, S 2013 "Building Bridges in Australian Criminal Law: Codification and the Common Law", MONASH UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW, 39, 3 pp838-63.

Burton, K., Crofts T., Tarrant, S., 2011 "Principles of Criminal Law in Queensland and Western Australia (Thomson Reuters, 2011)

Tarrant S, "Something is Pushing Them to the Side of Their Own Lives: A Feminist Critique of Law and Laws" in Naffine, N (ed), Gender and Justice, The International Library of Essays in Law and Legal Theory, second series (Ashgate, 2002)

Tarrant S, 'State Secrets: Access to Information Under the Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991 (WA) (2002) 9 Journal of Law and Medicine 306

Tarrant S, 'Reasonableness in the Sex Discrimination Act: No Package Deals' (2002) 19 University of Tasmania Law Review 38

Tarrant, S 'Western Australia's Persistent Enforcement of an Invalid Law: Section 23(c) of the Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991 (WA)' (2000) 8 Journal of Law and Medicine 92.

Tarrant S, Using the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act and s109 of the Constitution to Challenge State Abortion Laws (1998) 20 Adeliade Law Review 207.

Tarrant S, 'The 'Specific Triggering Incident' in Provocation: Is the Law Gender Biased?'(1996) 26 University of Western Australia Law Review 190

Tarrant S, 'The Woman Suffrage Movements in the United States and Australia: Concepts of Suffrage, Citizenship and Race' (1996) 18 Adelaide Law Review 47.

Funding received
ANROWS project "Transforming the Australian Judiciary's Understanding of Intimate Partner Violence" (2017-2018)
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