Kim Rubenstein is Professor in the Law School in the ANU College of Law and an ANU Public Policy Fellow. She is a former Director of the Centre for International and Public Law (2006-2016) and she was the inaugural Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute (2011-2012). She is Australia’s leading expert on all matters around citizenship in law and practice and the author of Australian Citizenship Law (2nd ed, 2017).
Professor Rubenstein’s expertise in citizenship law, through her book, scholarly articles and book chapters, is of significance to other academic scholarship, teaching, as well as public policy. Kim was appointed a consultant to the Commonwealth in its redrafting of Australian citizenship legislation, resulting in the 2007 Act and later was a member of the Independent Expert Committee set up to review the Australian Citizenship Test that reported in 2008. In 2012 she was appointed an ANU Public Policy Fellow and was named in the first batch of Westpac ‘100 Women of Influence’ Australian Financial Review awards for her work in public policy. In October 2013 she was awarded the inaugural Edna Ryan award for ‘leading feminist changes in the public sphere’.
Her present research involves engaging with concepts of active citizenship with the support of two Australian Research Council grants.
Her oral history Linkage Project on Trailblazing Women and the Law, with the National Library of Australia, the National Foundation for Australian Women, the Federal Court of Australia, the Family Court of Australia and the Australian Women Lawyers examines how the status of being a lawyer frames women’s capacity to be active citizens.
Her ARC Discovery Project on The Court as Archive examines the place of Superior Courts of Record within the context of public law and citizenship: Can current conceptualisations of the role of Chapter III courts be extended to deepen an understanding of their function as guardians and producers of the civic experience and expectations of the Australian litigants who come before them?
Professor Rubenstein was the Inaugural Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute in 2011-2012 and for the first semester of 2016 she was Acting Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute.
Professor Rubenstein is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.