Personal details

Adjunct Professor Rachael Field
Adjunct Professor
Faculty of Law,
Law School
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD (University of Sydney), LLM (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations

Member of Women’s Legal Service Management Committee since 1994 and President between 2004 and 2014. Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Coordinator of the Australian Wellness for Law Network. Co-founder of the ADR Research Network. QLD Woman Lawyer of the Year 2013.


dispute resolution, family law, legal education, mediation, women and the law

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Prior to joining QUT in 1998, Rachael worked in a number of different legal contexts including private practice, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Branch of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General, the Ombudsman Office of Queensland and the Litigation Reform Commission. Rachael has been an Associate Professor in the Law School since 2012. Her key teaching interests are in the first year experience and dispute resolution. She was a University Teaching Fellow for 2005 focussing on the development of blended models of teaching delivery. Rachael was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation in 2008 and was made an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow in 2010. Rachael was also the co-Program Leader (with Prof Sally Kift) of the Scholarship of Higher Education Learning in Law and Justice Program in the Faculty’s Law and Justice Research Centre until 2011.  In 2010 Rachael worked with Professors Sally Kift and Mark Israel on the development of the Threshold Learning Outcomes for Law.  In 2013 Rachael and Prof Nick James published a first year law text entitled “The New Lawyer”.  Rachael has been a member of the First Year in Higher Education Conference organising committee since 2007 and chaired that committee in 2014. In 2015 Rachael was co-chair with Prof Karen Nelson of a new higher education conference focussed on student success – STARS. In 2015 Rachael was made a Senior Fellow of the High Education Academy. She has been a foundation member of the Higher Education Research Network at QUT’s executive since 2012.

Rachael has published widely in her areas of research interest which include dispute resolution, the first year experience, legal education, student success and well-being, women and the law and family law. Rachael was the Chair of the Faculty Equity Committee between 2003-2005.  Rachael has also been a member of the Women’s Legal Service, Brisbane Management Committee since 1994 and was President of the Service between 2004 and 2014. Rachael integrates her research, teaching and service expertise to achieve national and international impact.  For example, In 2010 Rachael, along with the Women’s Legal Service Brisbane, was commissioned by the Federal Attorney-General to design a model of family dispute resolution for use in matters where there is a history of domestic violence.  This model was implemented in 5 locations around Australia for 18 months and was evaluated by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.  In 2011 and 2012 Rachael was invited by the Australian Human Rights Commission to contribute to their International Program by presenting the model to bi-lateral workshops with the All China Women’s Federation.

Rachael completed her PhD through the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Professor Hilary Astor in 2011. Her thesis explored the notion of neutrality in mediation and offers an alternative paradigm based on professional mediator ethics. In 2013 Rachael was named Queensland Woman of the Year.

Research Interests

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Family Law
  • Legal Education
  • Transition to Higher Education
  • Student Success and Well-Being
  • Women and the Law
This information has been contributed by Adjunct Professor Rachael Field.


Units Currently Taught

  • LLB103 Dispute Resolution (co-coordinator, lecturer, tutor)
  • LLB104 Law in Context (co-coordinator, lecturer)
  • LLH Ethics and the Legal Profession (ethics and resilience workshops)
This information has been contributed by Adjunct Professor Rachael Field.


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