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Alexandra McEwan

Lecturer - Law
School of Business and Law
(03) 9616 0620
120 Spencer St - Room 4.17
About Me

Alexandra McEwan teaches Equity and Trusts. Her research centres on animal protection issues and in developing theoretical and methodological approaches that:

  •     provide insight into the complexities and tensions inherent in the role of law in society as it relates to non-human species; and
  •     using these insights to influence law and policy reform, practice, and regulatory frameworks.

Alexandra’s work is informed by that of Pierre Bourdieu, critical criminal law theory, and anthropology. She is currently undertaking research on wildlife protection in Vietnam as part of a CQU new staff research grant.

Universities Studied At

BA Anthropology (Hons I) (Uni Syd) 2000

LLB (Hons I) (JCU) 2008

Grad Dip Legal Practice (ANU) 2011

PhD (Law) (ANU) 2017


2011 APA Scholarship (Australian National University)

2009: Marylyn Mayo Medal for Bachelor of Laws with Honours

2008: Wettenhall Silva Human Rights Law Award

Media Citations

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 RacingHumane 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.

Alexandra McEwan, ‘Racing Away from Policy Commitments,’ Policy Forum (15 August 2018) <>

Amanda-Jane George, Julie-Anne Tarr, and Alexandra McEwan, 'The Art of R&D Courtship: Putting Relationships First is Key to Progressing Australia’s Innovation Agenda', Policy Forum (9 October 2019) <>

Previous teaching

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

Sessional Lecturer: Law of Trusts (2015); Legal Research, Writing and Analysis (2015-16), Legal Institutions and Processes (2016), Clinical Legal Placement (2017), Policy Analysis and Development (Workshop Facilitator) (2016-17), Advanced Criminal Law (2017); Environmental Law and Policy (2017) and Environmental Law (2017)

2015 ANU School of Law, Australian National University (ANU)

Lecturer: Foundations of Australian Law

ANU Research School of Social Sciences

Tutor Corruption in Our World

Professional Memberships

Management Committee Member, Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand 2018 -2019

Associate Member, Queensland Law Society

Member, Australian Anthropological Society

Member, Animal Studies Society of Australia

Consultancy Work

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

Torres Hip Hop Health Promotion Project Evaluation (Feb 11 – Jun 11) Evaluation Report submitted to Qld Health June 2011.

Cape York Health Service District (CYHSD), Men’s and Women’s Health Program Review, Qld Health: (0.6 FTE) (Sept 10 – Mar 11) 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:

  • Law

At the level of Associate Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently unavailable to supervise more research candidates
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