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About Kate Galloway

Kate has been a legal academic since 2004, specialising in property law and legal education. She is a nationally recognised law teacher whose teaching is informed by both her scholarship and her experience as a solicitor in private practice and in a native title representative body.

Kate publishes and presents both in Australia and internationally in academic, professional, and community contexts. Her work encompasses legal education, property - particularly land tenure, sustainability, social justice, and gender equality. She is the deputy editor of the Legal Education Review, and the Queensland editor of the Alternative Law Journal.

In addition to her academic writing, Kate contributes regularly to various media outlets as a commentator on contemporary social justice issues, especially concerning gender equality. She is active on social media, blogging at

Throughout her career, Kate has been involved in the community legal sector, including having worked to establish the North Queensland Women's Legal Service and currently serving on the management committee of the EDO (NQ).  

Kate is interested in the ways in which property, and property law, affect society. She has a particular interest in land, and land tenure, including Indigenous tenures. She works with various theoretical perspectives such as feminist legal theory and critique to analyse the implications of property - and land tenure - for justice.

Her work with feminist legal theory includes issues affecting the legal profession and legal education, as well as women's property. She researches also in fertility law, including surrogacy and gamete donation.

She researches in legal education, particularly in curriculum. She is interested in the 'broader contexts of law' and how to design law curricula that encompass such contexts. To this end she has designed and carried out research projects on digital literacies (flexible learning), Indigenous inclusion, sustainability, gender, place-based learning, and the first year in law.

She is currently a member of the OLT-funded Smart Casual project, developing a series of self-paced, free, online professional development modules for sessional law teachers.


2016 - Present Adjunct, James Cook University
2016 - Present Assistant Professor, Bond University
1990 - 2005 Industry Professional, Lagal practitioner

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2009 ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2009 JCU award for excellence in student learning
  • 2009, 2010 Inclusive practice award recognizing support for students with a disability
  • 2011 JCU award for excellence in teaching and learning: The First Year Experience in Law


  • Property Law
  • Contract Law


Present PhD candidate, Melbourne Law School
2003 - 2007 Master of Laws (By Reseach), Queensland University of Technology
1985 - 1991 Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland
1985 - 1987 Bachelor of Economics, University of Queensland

Contact Information

Faculty of Law
Bond University QLD 4229

Building Level: 2
Building: 4. Faculty of Law
Location: Bond University

Office Telephone Number
Within Australia: 7 55951410
From overseas: +61 7 55951410

Conferences (2)

The Smart Casual Professional Development Modules (5)

Smart Casual is a collaboration of academics from five Australian law schools producing a suite of professional development modules for sessional teachers of law. Half of all teaching in Australian higher education is provided by sessional staff, so the quality of sessional teaching is critical to student learning, retention and progress. However, national research suggests that support and training for sessional teachers remains inadequate. In law, this problem is compounded by the need for staff to teach discipline-specific skills and content to students destined for a socially-bounded profession. Yet sessional law teachers are often time-poor full-time practitioners weakly connected to the tertiary sector. The distinct nature of these sessional staff and the discipline-specific learning outcomes required in law demand discipline-specific sessional staff training. Smart Casual addresses this national need by identifying and responding to the professional development requirements of sessional staff in law. In consultation with a national expert panel, we are designing, trialling and evaluating a suite of professional development modules as resources which will be used nationally across the diversity of Australian law schools. The modules integrate strategic themes of crucial importance to the contemporary law curriculum.