Emeritus Professor Reg Graycar

LLB (Hons) (Adelaide) LLM (Harvard)

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Emeritus Professor Graycar is a member of the International advisory board for SSRN, Women, Gender and the Law, and a member of the editorial boards of theAustralian Feminist Law Journal, theAdelaide Law Review,Griffith Law Review, theMedia and Arts Law ReviewandAustralian Feminist Studies. She is also a member of the International Advisory Board for the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies, University of British Columbia, and the AHRB centre for Gender, Sexuality and Law (UK). Emeritus Professor Graycar has worked with the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration and a number of courts, both in Australia, and overseas, on their judicial education programs. She practises as a barrister, and is a member of the Human Rights Committee of the NSW Bar Association. She was a Director of Women's Legal Services (NSW) Ltd (the largest community legal centre in NSW) from 2000 to 2009 and was Chair of the Board from 2006-2008.


Former Positions

Full time Commissioner, NSW Law Reform Commission (October 1998 to February 2002); Professor of Law, UNSW (to April 1997); Professor of Law, University of Sydney (to 2012).


Visiting Positions

Visiting Professor, Université de Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) (2004, 2006); Visiting Scholar, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, Kings College, London (2006); Visiting Professor, Cornell Law School, USA (2005); Visiting Fellow, Department of Law, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, (2003 and 2004); Visiting Professor, Law Race and Gender Research Centre, University of Cape Town, South Africa (1996); Douglas McK Brown Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada (1996).


Former Part-time Professional Appointments

Member, Family Law Council; Hearing Commissioner, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission; Commissioner, Australian Law Reform Commission; Legal Member, Social Security Appeals Tribunal.

Research interests

  • Public law / Administrative law / Constitutional law
  • Legal systems/processes
  • Law reform
  • Legal responses to systemic injuries
  • Law and gender

Selected grants

2012

  • The Sydney Social Justice Project; Carney T, Celermajer D, Connell R, Freebody P, Goodwin S, Graycar R, Ivison D, Keane J, Kinley D, Meagher G, Schlosberg D, Sluga G, Tormey S; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2007

  • A study of law reform and its responses to rapid social and community change; Graycar R, Morgan J, Mori T; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2005

  • Legal responses to systemic injuries: What can we learn from the Canadian Redress Programs?; Graycar R; Canadian High Commission/Faculty Research Prog.

2004

  • Legal responses to systematic injuries: towards a new paradigm for compensation; Graycar R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2003

  • Legal responses to systemic injuries: towards a new paradigm for compensation; Graycar R; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

2002

  • Injuries and compensation: legal responses to systemic harms; Graycar R; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).

2000

  • Third party guarantees; Millbank J, Harland D, Graycar R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Strategic Partnerships with Industry - Research and Training (SPIRT).

Selected publications

  • The Hidden Gender of Law

    The Hidden Gender of Law (Federation Press, 2002)

  • The Family Law Reform Act: The First 3 Years

    The Family Law Reform Act: The First 3 Years (Sydney University & Family Law Court of Australia , 2000)

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Books

  • Graycar, R., Morgan, J. (2002). The Hidden Gender of Law. Sydney, Australia: Federation Press.
  • Graycar, R., Harrison, M., Rhoades, H. (2000). The Family Law Reform Act: The First 3 Years. Sydney: Sydney University & Family Law Court of Australia.

Book Chapters

  • Graycar, R. (2013). A Feminist Adjudication Process: Is There Such a Thing? In Ulrike Schultz, Gisela Shaw (Eds.), Gender and Judging, (pp. 435-457). Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.
  • Graycar, R., Morgan, J. (2013). Feminist Legal Theory And Understandings Of Equality: One Step Forward Or Two Steps Back? In Julie Goldscheid (Eds.), Gender and Equality Law, (pp. 51-73). United Kingdom: Ashgate.
  • Graycar, R. (2012). Damaging Stereotypes: The Return of 'Hoovering as a Hobby'. In J Richardson & E Rackley (eds) (Eds.), Feminist Perspectives on Tort Law, (pp. 205-226). Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Graycar, R. (2012). Gender, Race, Bias and Perspective: OR how Otherness Colours Your Judgment. In U Schultz & G Shaw (Eds.), Women in the Judiciary. United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Graycar, R., Millbank, J. (2011). From Functional Families to Spinster Sisters: Australia's Distinctive Path to Relationship Recognition. In Ruthann Robson (Eds.), Sexuality and Law, Volume 1, Family and Youth, (pp. 65-108). United Kingdom: Ashgate.
  • Graycar, R., Morgan, J. (2010). Equality Unmodified? In Margaret Thornton (Eds.), Sex Discrimination in Uncertain Times, (pp. 175-195). Canberra: ANU E Press.
  • Graycar, R. (2010). Gender, Race, Bias and Perspective (Or How Otherness Colours Your Judgement). In Helen Irving, Jacqueline Mowbray & Kevin Walton (Eds.), Julius Stone: A Study in Influence, (pp. 130-144). Sydney: The Federation Press.
  • Graycar, R., Morgan, J. (2008). Equality Rights: What's Wrong? In Rosemary Hunter (Eds.), Rethinking Equality Projects in Law: Feminist Challenges, (pp. 105-124). Portland, Oregon: Hart Publishing.
  • Graycar, R. (2006). Judicial Activism or "Traditional" Negligence Law? Conception, Pregnancy and Denial of Reproductive Choice. In Ian Freckelton and Kerry Peterson (Eds.), Disputes and Dilemmas in Health Law, (pp. 436-457). Sydney, Australia: The Federation Press.
  • Graycar, R. (2005). Frozen Chooks Revisited: the challenge of changing law/s. In Rosemary Hunter & Mary Keyes (Eds.), Changing Law: Rights, Regulation and Reconciliation, (pp. 49-76). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.
  • Graycar, R. (2004). Claire L'Heureux-Dube: Some Reflections From Down Under. In Elizabeth A. Sheehy (Eds.), Adding Feminism to Law: The Contributions of Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dube, (pp. 81-107). Toronto: Irwin Law.
  • Graycar, R. (2003). Law Reform by Frozen Chook: Family Law Reform for the New Millennium? In John Dewar, Stephen Parker (Eds.), Family Law : Processes, Practices and Pressures : Proceedings of the 10th World Conference of the International Society of Family Law, July 2000, Brisbane, Australia, (pp. 473). Portland, USA: Hart Publishing.
  • Graycar, R. (2003). Putting gender on the damages agenda: Michael Chesterman's contibution to accident compensation. In Kam Fan Sin (Eds.), Legal Explorations: Essays in Honour of Professor Michael Chesterman, (pp. 139-154). Sydney: Lawbook Co.
  • Graycar, R., Morgan, J. (2002). Women. In Michael Coper, Tony Blackshield, and George Williams (Eds.), The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Graycar, R. (2002). Women's Work. In Michael Coper, Tony Blackshield, and George Williams (Eds.), The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Journals

  • Graycar, R. (2012). Family Law Reform in Australia, or Frozen Chooks Revisited Again? Theoretical Inquiries in Law, 13(1), 241-269.
  • Graycar, R. (2009). Juvenile Detainees in Adult Prisons: Restraints on Involuntary Transfer. Law Society Journal, 47(1), 49-52.
  • Graycar, R. (2008). Gender, race, bias and perspective: OR, how otherness colours your judgment. International Journal of the Legal Profession, 15(1-2), 73-86.
  • Graycar, R. (2007). From Functional Families to Spinster Sisters: Australia's Distinctive Path to Relationship Recognition. Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, 24, 121-164.
  • Graycar, R., Millbank, J. (2007). From Functional Family to Spinster Sisters: Australia’s Distinctive Path to Relationship Recognition. Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, 24, 121-164.
  • Graycar, R., Morgan, J. (2006). Feminist Legal Theory and Understandings of Equality: One step forward or two steps back? Thomas Jefferson Law Review, 28(3), 399-422.
  • Graycar, R. (2005). Gender Issues and the Law. Legaldate, 17(4), 5-6.
  • Graycar, R., Morgan, J. (2005). Law Reform: What's in it for Women? Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, 23(2), 393-419.
  • Graycar, R., Morgan, J. (2004). One Step Forward And Two Steps Back: Examining Understandings Of Equality. The Australian Feminist Law Journal, 20(June), 23-42.
  • Graycar, R. (2004). Remembering Marlee Kline: A voice against Anti-Semitism. Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 16(1), 221-225.
  • Graycar, R., Morgan, J. (2004). Thinking About Equality. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 27(3), 833-839.
  • Graycar, R. (2003). Teaching Torts as if the world really existed: reflections on Harold Luntz's contribution to Australian law school classrooms. Melbourne University Law Review, 27, 677-696.
  • Graycar, R. (2002). Public Liability: A plea for facts. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 25(3), 810-818.
  • Graycar, R. (2002). Sex, Golf and Stereotypes: Measuring, valuing and imagining the body in court. Torts Law Journal, 10(2), 205-221.
  • Graycar, R. (2001). Complaints against Lawyers: An interim report. NSW Law Reform Commission Report, 99.
  • Graycar, R., Lovric, J., Johansson, R. (2001). Guaranteeing Someone Else's Debts. Journal of Banking and Finance - Law and Practice, 12(3), 181-198.
  • Graycar, R. (2001). Law Reform: Concept of Family under Review. Law Society Journal, 39(3), 64-68.
  • Graycar, R. (2001). Researching Family Law Reform: The Authors Respond. Family Matters, 59, 68-75.
  • Graycar, R. (2001). The Family Law Reform Act 1995: The First Three Years. Australian Family Lawyer, 15(1), 1-8.
  • Graycar, R. (2000). Review of the property (relationships) act in 1984. Australian Journal of Family Law, 14, 69-74.

Other

  • Graycar, R. (2003), A Loved Baby can't cancel out a Clear Case of Negligence.
  • Graycar, R. (2003), Sex and High Court Appointments: Must all Judges have been Barristers?.

2013

  • Graycar, R. (2013). A Feminist Adjudication Process: Is There Such a Thing? In Ulrike Schultz, Gisela Shaw (Eds.), Gender and Judging, (pp. 435-457). Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.
  • Graycar, R., Morgan, J. (2013). Feminist Legal Theory And Understandings Of Equality: One Step Forward Or Two Steps Back? In Julie Goldscheid (Eds.), Gender and Equality Law, (pp. 51-73). United Kingdom: Ashgate.

2012

  • Graycar, R. (2012). Damaging Stereotypes: The Return of 'Hoovering as a Hobby'. In J Richardson & E Rackley (eds) (Eds.), Feminist Perspectives on Tort Law, (pp. 205-226). Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Graycar, R. (2012). Family Law Reform in Australia, or Frozen Chooks Revisited Again? Theoretical Inquiries in Law, 13(1), 241-269.
  • Graycar, R. (2012). Gender, Race, Bias and Perspective: OR how Otherness Colours Your Judgment. In U Schultz & G Shaw (Eds.), Women in the Judiciary. United Kingdom: Routledge.

2011

  • Graycar, R., Millbank, J. (2011). From Functional Families to Spinster Sisters: Australia's Distinctive Path to Relationship Recognition. In Ruthann Robson (Eds.), Sexuality and Law, Volume 1, Family and Youth, (pp. 65-108). United Kingdom: Ashgate.

2010

  • Graycar, R., Morgan, J. (2010). Equality Unmodified? In Margaret Thornton (Eds.), Sex Discrimination in Uncertain Times, (pp. 175-195). Canberra: ANU E Press.
  • Graycar, R. (2010). Gender, Race, Bias and Perspective (Or How Otherness Colours Your Judgement). In Helen Irving, Jacqueline Mowbray & Kevin Walton (Eds.), Julius Stone: A Study in Influence, (pp. 130-144). Sydney: The Federation Press.

2009

  • Graycar, R. (2009). Juvenile Detainees in Adult Prisons: Restraints on Involuntary Transfer. Law Society Journal, 47(1), 49-52.

2008

  • Graycar, R., Morgan, J. (2008). Equality Rights: What's Wrong? In Rosemary Hunter (Eds.), Rethinking Equality Projects in Law: Feminist Challenges, (pp. 105-124). Portland, Oregon: Hart Publishing.
  • Graycar, R. (2008). Gender, race, bias and perspective: OR, how otherness colours your judgment. International Journal of the Legal Profession, 15(1-2), 73-86.

2007

  • Graycar, R. (2007). From Functional Families to Spinster Sisters: Australia's Distinctive Path to Relationship Recognition. Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, 24, 121-164.
  • Graycar, R., Millbank, J. (2007). From Functional Family to Spinster Sisters: Australia’s Distinctive Path to Relationship Recognition. Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, 24, 121-164.

2006

  • Graycar, R., Morgan, J. (2006). Feminist Legal Theory and Understandings of Equality: One step forward or two steps back? Thomas Jefferson Law Review, 28(3), 399-422.
  • Graycar, R. (2006). Judicial Activism or "Traditional" Negligence Law? Conception, Pregnancy and Denial of Reproductive Choice. In Ian Freckelton and Kerry Peterson (Eds.), Disputes and Dilemmas in Health Law, (pp. 436-457). Sydney, Australia: The Federation Press.

2005

  • Graycar, R. (2005). Frozen Chooks Revisited: the challenge of changing law/s. In Rosemary Hunter & Mary Keyes (Eds.), Changing Law: Rights, Regulation and Reconciliation, (pp. 49-76). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.
  • Graycar, R. (2005). Gender Issues and the Law. Legaldate, 17(4), 5-6.
  • Graycar, R., Morgan, J. (2005). Law Reform: What's in it for Women? Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, 23(2), 393-419.

2004

  • Graycar, R. (2004). Claire L'Heureux-Dube: Some Reflections From Down Under. In Elizabeth A. Sheehy (Eds.), Adding Feminism to Law: The Contributions of Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dube, (pp. 81-107). Toronto: Irwin Law.
  • Graycar, R., Morgan, J. (2004). One Step Forward And Two Steps Back: Examining Understandings Of Equality. The Australian Feminist Law Journal, 20(June), 23-42.
  • Graycar, R. (2004). Remembering Marlee Kline: A voice against Anti-Semitism. Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 16(1), 221-225.
  • Graycar, R., Morgan, J. (2004). Thinking About Equality. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 27(3), 833-839.

2003

  • Graycar, R. (2003), A Loved Baby can't cancel out a Clear Case of Negligence.
  • Graycar, R. (2003). Law Reform by Frozen Chook: Family Law Reform for the New Millennium? In John Dewar, Stephen Parker (Eds.), Family Law : Processes, Practices and Pressures : Proceedings of the 10th World Conference of the International Society of Family Law, July 2000, Brisbane, Australia, (pp. 473). Portland, USA: Hart Publishing.
  • Graycar, R. (2003). Putting gender on the damages agenda: Michael Chesterman's contibution to accident compensation. In Kam Fan Sin (Eds.), Legal Explorations: Essays in Honour of Professor Michael Chesterman, (pp. 139-154). Sydney: Lawbook Co.
  • Graycar, R. (2003), Sex and High Court Appointments: Must all Judges have been Barristers?.
  • Graycar, R. (2003). Teaching Torts as if the world really existed: reflections on Harold Luntz's contribution to Australian law school classrooms. Melbourne University Law Review, 27, 677-696.

2002

  • Graycar, R. (2002). Public Liability: A plea for facts. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 25(3), 810-818.
  • Graycar, R. (2002). Sex, Golf and Stereotypes: Measuring, valuing and imagining the body in court. Torts Law Journal, 10(2), 205-221.
  • Graycar, R., Morgan, J. (2002). The Hidden Gender of Law. Sydney, Australia: Federation Press.
  • Graycar, R., Morgan, J. (2002). Women. In Michael Coper, Tony Blackshield, and George Williams (Eds.), The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Graycar, R. (2002). Women's Work. In Michael Coper, Tony Blackshield, and George Williams (Eds.), The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2001

  • Graycar, R. (2001). Complaints against Lawyers: An interim report. NSW Law Reform Commission Report, 99.
  • Graycar, R., Lovric, J., Johansson, R. (2001). Guaranteeing Someone Else's Debts. Journal of Banking and Finance - Law and Practice, 12(3), 181-198.
  • Graycar, R. (2001). Law Reform: Concept of Family under Review. Law Society Journal, 39(3), 64-68.
  • Graycar, R. (2001). Researching Family Law Reform: The Authors Respond. Family Matters, 59, 68-75.
  • Graycar, R. (2001). The Family Law Reform Act 1995: The First Three Years. Australian Family Lawyer, 15(1), 1-8.

2000

  • Graycar, R. (2000). Review of the property (relationships) act in 1984. Australian Journal of Family Law, 14, 69-74.
  • Graycar, R., Harrison, M., Rhoades, H. (2000). The Family Law Reform Act: The First 3 Years. Sydney: Sydney University & Family Law Court of Australia.

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