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Dr Jennifer Nielsen
BSc(Monash), LLB(Hons)(Monash), PhD(Melb)
Current Appointment: Senior Lecturer
Organisational Unit: School of Law & Justice - Lismore

Telephone: 02 6620 3081
Facsimile: 02 6622 4167
Location: L2.06
Campus: Lismore

Brief Biographical Details Jennifer Nielsen is a long-term member of the School of Law and Justice's academic team. She has held several leadership roles in the School including Head of School from 2009-2011, School Director of Research and Research Training 2011-2013, and LLB Course Coordinator from 2005-2007. As well as being an active researcher, she has taught across the School’s undergraduate curriculum, teaches into the LLB Honours program , and is a principal Supervisor to a number of PhD candidates . She is also active in community organisations in the Northern Rivers region in NSW, and is the current Chairperson of the Committee of Management, Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre. In 2001, she was awarded ‘Volunteer of the Year’ by the NSW Law & Justice Foundation for her long-term commitment to improving access to justice in the region, particularly for socially and economically marginalised people. Before joining Southern Cross in 1994, she practised as a solicitor in New South Wales and Victoria, and worked in academic positions with both the Monash Orientation Scheme for Aborigines and the Faculty of Law at Monash University.

Research Interests 
Jennifer’s research follows two main themes. The first is discrimination and employment laws, with a particular focus on the application of critical race and critical whiteness studies to law. The second relates to social justice in rural, regional and remote communities. In 2012, she worked on an ALTC funded project to develop strategies within the undergraduate law curriculum to prepare and attract lawyers and other legal professionals for legal careers in rural and regional Australia.

Critical race and whiteness studies, colonialism and postcolonialism
Discrimination law, employment law and workplace issues
Social justice and Indigenous peoples
Social justice in rural, regional and remote communities


Areas of Teaching 
Employment and Industrial Relations Law
Equal Employment Opportunity and Occupational Health and Safety
Law Placement
Contract Law
Race and the Law
Legal Research, Context Method & Perspective
Independent Legal Research
Previously taught in:
Welfare Law, Human Rights, Clinical Legal Education
Legal Project, Legal Research & Writing, Law Review, Information Technology & the Law

Professional Organisations 
Research Affiliate, Indigenous Studies Research Network, Queensland University of Technology (Faculty of Education), 2009-current; Profile at:
Member of the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association, 2006-current; See
Member, Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand, 2013-present; See
Member, Centre for Tourism, Leisure & Work, Southern Cross University, 2012-2013

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