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A/Prof. Colin Campbell



Associate Professor


Faculty of Business and Law


Deakin Law School


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 46173


Colin Campbell is a Senior Lecturer in the Deakin Law School. Colin’s research focuses on Anti-Discrimination Law and Administrative Law. He holds Masters degrees from the Universities of Melbourne and Cambridge, and a doctorate in law from Cambridge, where he was a W.M. Tapp Scholar at Gonville and Caius College. 

Colin has authored or co-authored articles that have been published in several of the common law world’s pre-eminent law journals, including the Modern Law Review, the Law Quarterly Review, the Cambridge Law Journal, and the University of Toronto Law Journal. He is the co-editor of Australian Charters of Rights, A Decade On (Federation Press, 2017) and the co-author of Emergency Powers in Australia (Cambridge University Press (England), 2nd ed.2018).

At Deakin, Colin currently teaches Administrative Law and Torts. In his academic career to date, Colin has supervised to completion over 20 Honours students and 6 PhD students.

He is Director of Deakin’s LLB (Hons) course, is founder and Convenor of the Deakin Law School Student Academic Excellence Program, and is a member of the Law School Executive.

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Research interests

I research primarily in the area of anti-discrimination law, but also in the area of administrative law.


Australian Discrimination Law Experts' Group

Teaching interests

I teach in the areas of Administrative Law, Torts and Anti-Discrimination Law

Units taught

MLL424 Administrative Law 

MLL213 Tort 

Knowledge areas

Ant-Discrimination Law, Administrative Law, Torts, Privacy Law.


Colin Campbell has considerable expertise in the areas of Anti-discrimination Law and Administrative Law. He has published in these areas in several of the world's pre-eminent law journals. He also has expertise in the area of Privacy Law.
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Winner Monash Student Association Award for Teaching Excellence in the Law Faculty, 2018.

Shorlisted, Zines Prize for Legal Excellence, 2015


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Distinguishing Between Direct and Indirect Discrimination

C Campbell, D Smith

(2023), Vol. 86, pp. 307-330, Modern Law Review, C1

journal article

Social Media and Free Speech in the Australian Workplace

Colin Campbell

(2022), Vol. 2, pp. 535-566, Critical Perspectives on Human Rights Law in Australia Volume 2, Sydney, N.S.W., B1

book chapter

The Grounding Requirement for Direct Discrimination

Colin Campbell, Dale Smith

(2020), Vol. 136, pp. 258-283, The Law Quarterly Review, Andover, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The Nature and Limitations of Anti-Discrimination Law

Colin Campbell

(2019), pp. 163-183, The Legal Protection of Rights in Australia, Oxford, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

Proportionality in Australian Public Law

Colin Campbell, H Lee

(2019), pp. 158-183, Legal transplants in East Asia and Oceania, Cambridge, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

The risky business of urban water innovation in Australia: looking through the harm lens

Graeme Hodge, Tara McCallum, Colin Campbell

(2019), Vol. 41, pp. 1-18, Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Emergency Powers in Australia

H Lee, Michael Adams, Colin Campbell, Patrick Emerton

(2018), Cambridge, Eng., A1-1


Freedom of Expression

Colin Campbell

(2017), pp. 104-119, Australian Charters of Rights A Decade On, Annandale, N.S.W., B1-1

book chapter

Deliberative freedoms and the asymmetric features of anti-discrimination law

Colin Campbell, Dale Smith

(2017), Vol. 67, pp. 247-287, University of Toronto Law Journal, Toronto, Canada, C1-1

journal article

Australian Charters of Rights a Decade on

Colin Campbell, Matthew Groves

(2017), Sydney, N.S.W., A7-1

edited book

The Risky Business of Water Sensitive City Innovation : A Legal Analysis of Rick Allocation

Tara McCallum, Colin Campbell, Graeme Hodge, Emilie Boulot, Colin Campbell

(2016), Melbourne, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Direct Discrimination without a Comparator? Moving to a Test of Unfavourable Treatment

Colin Campbell, Dale Smith

(2015), Vol. 43, pp. 91-118, Federal Law Review, Canberra, A.C.T., C1-1

journal article

Judges, Bias and Recusal in Australia

Colin Campbell

(2011), pp. 279-300, Judiciaries in Comparative Perspective, B1-1

book chapter

Monopoly Power as Public Power for the Purposes of Judicial Review

Colin Campbell

(2009), Vol. 125, The Law Quarterly Review, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The Nature of Power as Public in English Judicial Review

Colin Campbell

(2009), Vol. 68, pp. 90-117, Cambridge Law Journal, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The public/private distinction in Australian administrative law

Colin Campbell


book chapter

A Hard Case Making Bad Law: Purvis v New South Wales and the Role of the Comparator under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth)

Colin Campbell

(2007), Vol. 35, pp. 1-21, Federal Law Review, Acton, A.C.T., C1-1

journal article

An Examination of the Doctrine of Persona Designata in Australian Law

Colin Campbell

(2000), pp. 109-120, Australian Journal of Administrative Law, C1-1

journal article

An Examination of the Feasibility, in Australian Law, of a Perpetual Term of Copyright, with respect to Classical Works of Authorship

Colin Campbell

(1999), Vol. 10, pp. 222-233, Australian Intellectual Property Journal, C1-1

journal article

An Examination of the Champertous Assignment of Bare Causes of Action

Colin Campbell

(1999), Vol. 27, pp. 142-159, Australian Business Law Review, C1-1

journal article

An Examination of the Provisions of the Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No 4) 1997 Purporting to Limit Judicial Review

Colin Campbell

(1998), pp. 135-156, Australian Journal of Administrative Law, C1-1

journal article

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