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Dr. Alexandra McEwan

BA: Anthropology (Hons I) (Uni Syd); LLB (Hons I) (JCU); GDLP (ANU); PhD (ANU)
Lecturer - Law
School of Business and Law
120 Spencer St - Room 4.17
About Me

Alexandra is an interdisciplinary scholar who draws on critical criminal law, social theory, and anthropology in her research into humanity’s legal and moral obligations to other species. Her extensive experience in the field of health care, and work as a community empowerment researcher also informs her thinking on ethics, and the law in context. Her PhD, awarded in 2017, analysed Australia’s animal protection framework from a Bourdieusian perspective. She is currently undertaking research on wildlife protection in Vietnam as part of a CQU new staff research grant, focusing on the Douc Langur.

Alexandra teaches Equity and Law of Trusts in the CQU undergraduate law program. Her learning and teaching research activities centre on student engagement and attrition risks in the online teaching environment.

Non-CQU Post Graduate Supervisory Experience


Marion Cornish, Social Capital of Not-For Profit Directors in Australia

Principal Supervisor: Prof George Lafferty, UWS

Associate supervisor Alexandra McEwan CQU

Associate supervisor: Gary Buttriss, ANU


Reem Lascelles 2018

Principal and Sole Supervisor

Masters by Research: Animal Law and Society

Univeristat de Autònoma Barcelona


Before moving into legal research Alexandra had an extensive career as a health clinician and educator in the areas of sexual and reproductive and health, primary health care, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island health, harm minimisation, health outreach, and community development. During this period (1992-2005) she was the recipient of a Sexual Health Society of NSW award (1996) and a New South Wales Nurses Association scholarship (1996). She was an Executive Member of the Australian Sexual Health Nurses Association (ASHNA) (1997-2001), sat on state-wide advisory committees for Queensland Health (2004-2005), and was a peer reviewer for the Health Care Complaints Commission NSW (1999-2000). 

Universities Studied At

PhD (Law) (ANU) 2017

Grad Dip Legal Practice (ANU) 2011

LLB (Hons I) (JCU) 2008

BA: Anthropology (Hons I) (Uni Syd) 2000

Universities Worked At

Australian National University

James Cook University 

University of Queensland 


2011 APA Scholarship

2010 Scholarship: Law, Anthropology, and Indigenous Peoples Program, University of Rouen, France

2009 Marylyn Mayo Medal for Bachelor of Laws with Honours

2008 Wettenhall Silva Human Rights Law Award

2008 Aurora Internship: Public Interest Advocacy Centre NSW

Media Citations

Alexandra McEwan, 'Greyhound Pups must be Tracked from Birth to Death, so we Know How Many are Killed' The Conversation (25 Sept 2020)

Australian National University, ANU Reporter (Dec 2016).

Alexandra McEwan, ‘Gone to the Dogs: What are the Implications of the NSW Ban on Greyhound Racing for Other Animal Use Industries?’ Policy Forum (4 Sept 2016).

Alexandra McEwan, ‘How Animal Protection Law Finally Moved into the Fast Law: The NSW Ban on Greyhound Racing’ Humane Society International Australia (25 Aug 2016)

Alexandra McEwan, ‘Whistleblower Law Needs More Bite to Fight Greyhound Cruelty and Corporate Fraud’ The Conversation (4 Jan 2016).

Alexandra McEwan, 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Greyhound' The Conversation (2 Dec 2012).

Nomination 2016 ANU Media and Outreach Prize: Public Policy for my analysis of the greyhound racing industry. Awarded Highly Commended.

Previous teaching

2015–2017 College of Business, Law and Governance James Cook University, Cairns Qld

Environmental Law and Policy (2017) and Environmental Law (2017)

Clinical Legal Placement (2017)

Advanced Criminal Law (2017)

Policy Analysis and Development (2016-17)

Legal Institutions and Processes (2016)

Legal Research, Writing and Analysis (2015-16)

Law of Trusts (2015)

2015 School of Law, Australian National University 

Lecturer: Foundations of Australian Law

ANU Research School of Social Sciences

Tutor: Corruption in Our World

Professional Memberships

Member, Australasian Animal Law Teachers’ and Researchers’ Association Inc

Member, Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand

Associate Member, Queensland Law Society

Member, Australian Anthropological Society

Member, Animal Studies Society of Australia

Member, Animal Welfare and Ethics Committee, Melbourne Lost Dogs' Home Feb 2020 - ongoing

Management Committee Member, Environmental Defender’s Office North Queensland October 2018-October 2019

Registered Nurse (1983-2017)

Registered Midwife (1988-2010)


LLB Credit Assessor for CQU Law

Consultancy Work

Consultancy World Bank (June 2014) with Kym Kelly and Prof Adam Graycar: Corruption Prevention: An Australian Case Study.

Torres Hip Hop Health Promotion Project Evaluation (2011) Evaluation Report submitted to Qld Health June 2011.

Cape York Health Service District (CYHSD), Men’s and Women’s Health Program Review, Qld Health: (2010-2011) Lead responsibility for CYHSD Men’s and Women’s Health Program and service model review.

Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health Queensland (2010) Research Consultancy The Reproductive and Mental Health of Young Women Living in Rural and Remote Australia.

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4899 Other Law and Legal Studies
  • 4401 Anthropology
  • 4804 Law in context

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Doctor of Philosophy (Industry)
Conceptualising Legal Practice through a TraumaInformed Lens – Exploring Implications for Policy and Service Provision in Regional and Remote Australia.
Associate Supervisor
Research Interests

Specialist Studies in Education - Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Attrition; online teaching

Law And Legal Studies

Law - Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Wildlife Protection; wildlife trafficking

Law And Legal Studies

Law - Law and Society
Animal Law

Law And Legal Studies

Law - Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation
Critical Criminal Law; Legal theory

Law And Legal Studies

Other Law and Legal Studies - Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
Pierre Bourdieu; Sustainability

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