Associate Professor Belinda Smith

BEc(SocSci) (Hons) LLB (Hons) (Sydney) JSD (Col) GradDipLegalPrac (College of Law)
Program Coordinator, Masters of Labour Law and Relations

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 0229
Fax +61 2 9351 0200

Website Papers on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
Member Work + Family Policy Roundtable

Biographical details

Dr Belinda Smith researches primarily in the area of anti-discrimination law, gender equity, and work-family conflict. After working at the Australian Industrial Relations Commission and the Industrial Law Group of Blake Dawson Waldron, Belinda took up a teaching fellowship in the Law School at Columbia University in New York where she began her academic career and undertook a JSD.

Office hours: Wednesday 1:30-2:30, during teaching weeks.

Research interests

  • Anti-discrimination
  • Work and Family
  • Labour Law

Teaching and supervision

  • Anti-discrimination law
  • Discrimination in the Workplace
  • Foundations of Law

Awards and honours

  • Editorial Board, Australian Journal of Labour Law

Selected grants

2011

  • Using Law to Balance Work and Family; Smith B; DVC Research/Thompson Fellowships.

2007

  • Is the UKs new legal duty to promote equality a viable reform option for Australian gender equality laws?; Smith B; University of Sydney/Career Interruption.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Smith, B. (2014). What would an engendered human rights approach to social security mean for sole parents in Australia? (Forthcoming). In Beth Goldblatt, Lucie Lamarche (Eds.), Women's Rights to Social Security and Social Protection. United Kingdom: Hart Publishing Ltd.
  • Smith, B. (2011). Anti-discrimination Law. In C Sappideen, P O'Grady, J Riley, G Warburton (Eds.), Macken's Law of Employment: Seventh Edition, (pp. 583-612). Sydney, Australia: Thomson Reuters.
  • Smith, B. (2010). Rethinking the Sex Discrimination Act: Does Canada's Experience Suggest We Should Give Our Judges a Greater Role? In Margaret Thornton (Eds.), Sex Discrimination in Uncertain Times, (pp. 235-259). Canberra: ANU E Press.
  • Smith, B. (2008). Australian Anti-Discrimination Laws - Framework, Developments and Issues. In R Blanpain, H Nakakubo & T Araki (Eds.), New Developments in Employment Discrimination Law, (pp. 115-146). The Netherlands: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (Kluwer Law International).
  • Smith, B. (2008). The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission: A New Role for Equality Advocate? In Michelson G, Jamieson S & Burgess J (Eds.), New Employment Actors - Developments from Australia, (pp. 89-108). Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Smith, B. (2006). A regulatory analysis of the 'Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth)': Can it effect equality or only redress harm? In C. Arup, P. Gahan, J. Howe, R. Johnstone, R. Mithchell & A. O'Donnell (Eds.), Labour Law and Labour Market Regulation - Essays on the Construction, Constitution and Regulation of Labour Markets and Work Relationships, (pp. 105-124). Sydney: Federation Press.

Journals

  • Smith, B. (2014). How might information bolster anti-discrimination laws to promote more family-friendly workplaces? Journal of Industrial Relations, 56(4), 547-565. [More Information]
  • Smith, B., Orchiston, T. (2012). Domestic Violence Victims at Work: A Role for Anti-Discrimination Law? Australian Journal of Labour Law, 25(3), 209-236.
  • Orchiston, T., Smith, B. (2012). Empowering victims of family violence: Could anti-discrimination laws play a role? Australian Review of Public Affairs, 2012, 1-6.
  • Smith, B., Allen, D. (2012). Whose Fault Is It? Asking the Right Question to Address Discrimination. Alternative Law Journal, 37(1), 31-36.
  • McCrystal, S., Smith, B. (2011). Industrial Legislation in 2010. Journal of Industrial Relations, 53(3), 288-302. [More Information]
  • Smith, B. (2011). What Kind of Equality can we expect from the Fair Work Act? Melbourne University Law Review, 35(2), 545-577.
  • Smith, B. (2010). Fair and Equal in the World of Work: Two Significant Federal Developments in Australian Discrimination Law. Australian Journal of Labour Law, 23(3), 199-219.
  • Smith, B. (2008). From Wardley to Purvis - How Far Has Australian Anti-discrimination Law Come in 30 Years? Australian Journal of Labour Law, 21(1), 3-29.
  • Smith, B. (2008). It's About Time - For a New Regulatory Approach to Equality. Federal Law Review, 36(2), 117-144.
  • Smith, B. (2007). Work and Family: A Gender Issue and More for Labour Lawyers. Australian Journal of Labour Law, 20(1), 92-103.
  • Smith, B. (2006). Not the Baby and the Bathwater: Regulatory Reform for Equality Laws to Address Work-Family Conflict. Sydney Law Review, 28(4), 689-732.
  • Smith, B. (2006). Review: "Gender Injustice: An international comparative analysis of equality in employment". Journal of Industrial Relations, 48(1), 124-125.
  • Riley, J., Smith, B., Sarina, T. (2005). Industrial Legislation in 2004. Journal of Industrial Relations, 47(2), 171-185.
  • Riley, J., Smith, B. (2004). Family-Friendly Work Practices And The Law. Sydney Law Review, 26(3), 395-426.
  • Smith, B. (2003). A Time To Value: Proposal For A National Paid Maternity Leave Scheme. Australian Journal of Labour Law, 16(2), 226-233.
  • Smith, B. (2002). Maternity Leave: Still Unpaid and Still Uncertain. Australian Journal of Labour Law, 15(3), 291-297.
  • Smith, B. (2002). Time Norms in the Workplace: Their exclusionary effect and potential for change. Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, 11(2), 271-360.

Conferences

  • Smith, B. (2013). Affirmative Action in Australia. Berkeley Comparative Anti-Discrimination Law Virtual Study Group Second Annual Conference 2013, Berkeley, CA, USA: Presentation.
  • Smith, B. (2013). Could gender equality laws be made more effective? The potential use of best practice codes and guidance materials to prompt and enable workplace change. Fifth International Community, Work and Family Conference (CWF) 2013, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Hayes, M., Smith, B. (2013). Thinking beyond rights and remedies to promote gender equality: regulatory evolution? Second New Zealand Labour Law Society Conference 2013: "Regulating for Decent Work?", Auckland, New Zealand: Presentation.
  • Smith, B. (2013). What would an engendered human rights approach to social security mean for sole parents in Australia? Interpreting and Advancing Women's Rights to Social Security and Social Protection Workshop 2013, Onati, Spain: Presentation.
  • Shackel, R., Smith, B. (2009). Teaching Case Analysis Skills - an Electronic Tool to the Rescue? Australasian Law Teachers Association (ALTA) Conference 2009: The Doctor as GOD, The Corporation as QUEEN, What about the Country?, Parramatta, NSW: Presentation.
  • Smith, B. (2008). Models of Anti-Discrimination Laws- Does Canada Offer any Lessons for the Reform of Australia's Laws? 25th Annual Conference of the Law and Society Association Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ 2008), Sydney: Sydney eScholarship Repository.

2014

  • Smith, B. (2014). How might information bolster anti-discrimination laws to promote more family-friendly workplaces? Journal of Industrial Relations, 56(4), 547-565. [More Information]
  • Smith, B. (2014). What would an engendered human rights approach to social security mean for sole parents in Australia? (Forthcoming). In Beth Goldblatt, Lucie Lamarche (Eds.), Women's Rights to Social Security and Social Protection. United Kingdom: Hart Publishing Ltd.

2013

  • Smith, B. (2013). Affirmative Action in Australia. Berkeley Comparative Anti-Discrimination Law Virtual Study Group Second Annual Conference 2013, Berkeley, CA, USA: Presentation.
  • Smith, B. (2013). Could gender equality laws be made more effective? The potential use of best practice codes and guidance materials to prompt and enable workplace change. Fifth International Community, Work and Family Conference (CWF) 2013, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Hayes, M., Smith, B. (2013). Thinking beyond rights and remedies to promote gender equality: regulatory evolution? Second New Zealand Labour Law Society Conference 2013: "Regulating for Decent Work?", Auckland, New Zealand: Presentation.
  • Smith, B. (2013). What would an engendered human rights approach to social security mean for sole parents in Australia? Interpreting and Advancing Women's Rights to Social Security and Social Protection Workshop 2013, Onati, Spain: Presentation.

2012

  • Smith, B., Orchiston, T. (2012). Domestic Violence Victims at Work: A Role for Anti-Discrimination Law? Australian Journal of Labour Law, 25(3), 209-236.
  • Orchiston, T., Smith, B. (2012). Empowering victims of family violence: Could anti-discrimination laws play a role? Australian Review of Public Affairs, 2012, 1-6.
  • Smith, B., Allen, D. (2012). Whose Fault Is It? Asking the Right Question to Address Discrimination. Alternative Law Journal, 37(1), 31-36.

2011

  • Smith, B. (2011). Anti-discrimination Law. In C Sappideen, P O'Grady, J Riley, G Warburton (Eds.), Macken's Law of Employment: Seventh Edition, (pp. 583-612). Sydney, Australia: Thomson Reuters.
  • McCrystal, S., Smith, B. (2011). Industrial Legislation in 2010. Journal of Industrial Relations, 53(3), 288-302. [More Information]
  • Smith, B. (2011). What Kind of Equality can we expect from the Fair Work Act? Melbourne University Law Review, 35(2), 545-577.

2010

  • Smith, B. (2010). Fair and Equal in the World of Work: Two Significant Federal Developments in Australian Discrimination Law. Australian Journal of Labour Law, 23(3), 199-219.
  • Smith, B. (2010). Rethinking the Sex Discrimination Act: Does Canada's Experience Suggest We Should Give Our Judges a Greater Role? In Margaret Thornton (Eds.), Sex Discrimination in Uncertain Times, (pp. 235-259). Canberra: ANU E Press.

2009

  • Shackel, R., Smith, B. (2009). Teaching Case Analysis Skills - an Electronic Tool to the Rescue? Australasian Law Teachers Association (ALTA) Conference 2009: The Doctor as GOD, The Corporation as QUEEN, What about the Country?, Parramatta, NSW: Presentation.

2008

  • Smith, B. (2008). Australian Anti-Discrimination Laws - Framework, Developments and Issues. In R Blanpain, H Nakakubo & T Araki (Eds.), New Developments in Employment Discrimination Law, (pp. 115-146). The Netherlands: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (Kluwer Law International).
  • Smith, B. (2008). From Wardley to Purvis - How Far Has Australian Anti-discrimination Law Come in 30 Years? Australian Journal of Labour Law, 21(1), 3-29.
  • Smith, B. (2008). It's About Time - For a New Regulatory Approach to Equality. Federal Law Review, 36(2), 117-144.
  • Smith, B. (2008). Models of Anti-Discrimination Laws- Does Canada Offer any Lessons for the Reform of Australia's Laws? 25th Annual Conference of the Law and Society Association Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ 2008), Sydney: Sydney eScholarship Repository.
  • Smith, B. (2008). The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission: A New Role for Equality Advocate? In Michelson G, Jamieson S & Burgess J (Eds.), New Employment Actors - Developments from Australia, (pp. 89-108). Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang Publishing.

2007

  • Smith, B. (2007). Work and Family: A Gender Issue and More for Labour Lawyers. Australian Journal of Labour Law, 20(1), 92-103.

2006

  • Smith, B. (2006). A regulatory analysis of the 'Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth)': Can it effect equality or only redress harm? In C. Arup, P. Gahan, J. Howe, R. Johnstone, R. Mithchell & A. O'Donnell (Eds.), Labour Law and Labour Market Regulation - Essays on the Construction, Constitution and Regulation of Labour Markets and Work Relationships, (pp. 105-124). Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Smith, B. (2006). Not the Baby and the Bathwater: Regulatory Reform for Equality Laws to Address Work-Family Conflict. Sydney Law Review, 28(4), 689-732.
  • Smith, B. (2006). Review: "Gender Injustice: An international comparative analysis of equality in employment". Journal of Industrial Relations, 48(1), 124-125.

2005

  • Riley, J., Smith, B., Sarina, T. (2005). Industrial Legislation in 2004. Journal of Industrial Relations, 47(2), 171-185.

2004

  • Riley, J., Smith, B. (2004). Family-Friendly Work Practices And The Law. Sydney Law Review, 26(3), 395-426.

2003

  • Smith, B. (2003). A Time To Value: Proposal For A National Paid Maternity Leave Scheme. Australian Journal of Labour Law, 16(2), 226-233.

2002

  • Smith, B. (2002). Maternity Leave: Still Unpaid and Still Uncertain. Australian Journal of Labour Law, 15(3), 291-297.
  • Smith, B. (2002). Time Norms in the Workplace: Their exclusionary effect and potential for change. Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, 11(2), 271-360.

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