Staff profile - Dominique Allen

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Dr Dominique Allen

Position: Senior Lecturer
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Business and Law
Department: BL Law
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 925 17204 +61 3 925 17204



Dominique graduated with an Honours degree in law from the Australian National University. Her thesis applied critical race theory to the decision in Mabo v Queensland (No 2) and was later published. After practicising as a solicitor in the ACT, Dominique completed her PhD at Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne. Her doctoral thesis evaluated Australia's existing anti-discrimination protections and proposed a series of reforms for improving the law's effectiveness at tackling discrimination and promoting equality using empirical and comparative methodologies.

Dominique has published widely in highly ranked law journals in Australia and internationally on anti-discrimination law, comparative law, equality and human rights. With Neil Rees and Simon Rice, she is the author of Australian Anti-Discrimination Law (Federation Press, 2014).

In 2014 she was a visiting fellow at the Faculty of Law, University College London and the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, Melbourne Law School where she completed research on the role of statutory equal opportunity agencies.


  • Bachelor of Communication, University of Canberra, 1999
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Australian National University, 2004
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Australian National University, 2004
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2009
  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2012


  • National Committee, Australian Labour Law Association
  • Executive, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship & Globalisation
  • Convenor, Deakin Law School Research Forum
  • Berkeley Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group
  • Discrimination Law Service Providers Group (Melbourne)

Personal website


Subjects and units currently teaching

MLL342 Workplace Law

MLL111 Contract Law

Conferences and seminars

'Alternative Dispute Resolution in Australia and the United Kingdom’ (with Dr Alysia Blackham), Berkeley Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group Conference, KoGuan Law School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 9-10 May 2016

‘Enabling Disability Discrimination Law’, Disability, Equity and Human Rights,  Melbourne Social Equity Institute’s Second Conference, 4-5 February 2016

'Carrots and Sticks - A New Regulatory Model for Australia's Equal Opportunity Agencies', Centre for Employment at Labour Relations Law Labour Law Seminar, Melbourne Law School, 12 June 2014

'Addressing Race Discrimination in Australia – What More Could the Law Do?, 'Law and Inequalities: Global and Local', Law & Society Association's 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, USA, 29 May–1 June 2014

'Barking or Biting - What is the Role of the Equal Opportunity Commission in Tackling Discrimination?', Global Challenges and New Perspectives on Equality Law, Berkeley Comparative Anti-discrimination Law Study Group Conference, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, 5-6 May 2014

'The Inadequacies of Legal System’s Approach to Tackling Racism', Reconfiguring Anti-Racism: Tolerance, Harmony, Inclusion or Justice? Melbourne, 9-10 December 2013

'Reconsidering Australia's Anti-Discrimination Laws', Berkeley Comparative Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group Second Annual Conference, UC Berkeley, 4 April 2013

'Rethinking the Australian Model of Promoting Gender Equality,' En/gendering Governance: from the Local to the Global, Centre for International and Public Law, College of Law, the Australian National University, 6-8 August 2012

'Lifting the Lid on Discrimination Complaints and the New Approach to Tackling Discrimination in Victoria,' 14th AIJA Annual Tribunals Conference, Melbourne, 9-10 June 2011

''Enforcing Anti-Discrimination Law: A Comparative Perspective,' Melbourne Law School, 7 November 2007

'The Limitations of Australia's Anti-Discrimination Legislation,' Valparaiso Law School, Indiana, 7 September 2007

'Where do we go from here? 30 years of Anti-Discrimination Law in Victoria,' University of Sydney, 17 November 2006


Research interests

Anti-Discrimination Law

Equality Theory

Labour Law

Human Rights

Research groups

  • Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (Executive Committee)




Neil Rees, Simon Rice, Dominique Allen, Australian Anti-discrimination Law (Federation Press, 2014)

Book Chapters

Dominique Allen, ‘Rethinking the Australian Model of Promoting Gender Equality’ in Kim Rubenstein, Katherine Young (eds), The Public Law of Gender (Cambridge University Press, 2016) 391

Journal Articles

Dominique Allen, 'Barking and Biting: The Equal Opportunity Commission as an Enforcement Agency' (2016) Federal Law Review (forthcoming)

Dominique Allen, 'Wielding the big stick: lessons for enforcing anti-discrimination law from the Fair Work Ombudsman' (2015) 21(1) Australian Journal of Human Rights 119

Dominique Allen, 'In Defence of Settlement: Resolving Discrimination Complaints by Agreement' (2014) 14(4) International Journal of Discrimination and the Law 1

Dominique Allen, ‘Settling Sexual Harassment Complaints – What Benefits Does ADR Offer?’ (2013) 24 Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal 12

Dominique Allen, ‘Consolidate, Eradicate or Vacillate? The Uncertain Future of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill’ (2013) 38(2) Alternative Law Journal 120

Belinda Smith, Dominique Allen, ‘Whose Fault Is It? Asking the Right Question When Trying To Address Discrimination’ (2012) 37(1) Alternative Law Journal 31

Dominique Allen, ‘Removing Barriers to Substantive Equality: A Case Study of Remedying Disability Discrimination Complaints’ (2011) 17(2) Australian Journal of Human Rights 159

Dominique Allen, ‘Unfinished Business – Victoria’s New Equal Opportunity Act’ (2011) 36(4) Alternative Law Journal 273

Dominique Allen, ‘Strategic Enforcement of Anti-Discrimination Law: A New Role for Australia’s Equality Commissions’ (2010) 36(3) Monash University Law Review 103

Dominique Allen, ‘Victoria Paves the Way to Eliminating Discrimination’ (2010) 23(4)  Australian Journal of Labour Law 318

Dominique Allen, ‘Voices in the Human Rights Dialogue: the Individual Victim and the Australian Human Rights Commission’ (2010) 35(3) Alternative Law Journal 159

Dominique Allen, ‘Remedying Discrimination: the Limits of the Law and the Need for a Systemic Approach’(2010) 29(1) University of Tasmania Law Review 87

Dominique Allen, ‘Against Settlement? Owen Fiss, ADR and Australian Discrimination Law’ (2009) 10(4) International Journal of Discrimination and the Law 191 

Dominique Allen, ‘Behind the Conciliation Doors Settling Discrimination Complaints in Victoria’ (2009) 18(3) Griffith Law Review 776

Dominique Allen, ‘Reducing the Burden of Proving Discrimination in Australia’ (2009) 31(4) Sydney Law Review  579

Dominique Allen, ‘Periodic Peaks of Progress: Applying Bell’s Interest Convergence Theory to the Mabo decision’ (2007) 26(1) University of Tasmania Law Review 63

Link to publications

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