• Bond University, Faculty of Law

    4229 Gold Coast


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Research interests

My research interest in dispute resolution began in my early days in legal practice as a family lawyer in the 1990s. I completed a Masters by Research comparing the efficacy of litigation and mediation processes in family law matters and concluded that because dispute resolution offers positive and important alternatives to litigation, I wanted this to be an area of expertise and scholarly pursuit for me.

In 1993 as a volunteer with Women's Legal Service I became increasingly committed to advocating for access to justice for vulnerable women and their children - particularly those in circumstances of domestic and family violence. My PhD thesis on mediation ethics brought these issues together. In my thesis I offered a new paradigm for ethical mediator practice and conduct, one that I believe deals more effectively with issues of power in mediation contexts.

My research interest in legal education began when I completed the Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education) at QUT in 2001. I observed teaching excellence being modelled by my lecturers and continued to be mentored by some of those professors after completing the degree.

I have published widely in my areas of research interest which include dispute resolution, women and the law and family law, the first year experience, legal education, and student success and well-being.

My research portfolio of publications is regularly cited and my work in the areas of mediation and domestic violence, legal education and law student success and well-being has had significant national impact and also some international level influence.

My research and scholarship in the areas of legal education and student success and well-being has had significant impact at a national level and is also beginning to have impact at an international level.

My body of research work contributed to my being named 2013 Queensland Woman of the Year.

Statement for HDR students

I can offer supervision for any level of HDR student in my areas of research and scholarly expertise: Dispute Resolution, Family Law, Legal Education, and Transition to Higher Education, Student Success and Well-Being, Domestic and Family Violence.

I have supervised two doctoral and one Masters by research students to successful completion. I enjoy the process of supervising Higher Degree Research (HDR) students and assisting them to become experts in their chosen area.

Students I am currently supervising are writing theses on:

  • Legal education
  • Domestic violence and human rights
  • Women's rights
  • Professional legal writing practice

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, University of Sydney

External positions

Queensland University of Technology


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Research Output 2005 2019

The Empty Idea of Mediator Impartiality

Crowe, J. & Field, R. M., 2019, In : Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal. 29, p. 273-280 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


The New Lawyer

Walkden-Brown, J., James, N. & Field, R. M., 15 Feb 2019, 2nd ed. Milton QLD: Wiley & Sons Australia. 560 p.

Research output: Book/ReportScholarly editionEducationpeer-review


‘I’ll just Google that!’ Online searches and the post-separation family law information experience

Crowe, J., Field, R., Toohey, L., Partridge, H. & McAllister, L., 8 Feb 2019, In : Alternative Law Journal. 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

family law
search engine
available information
qualitative research
family law

Bargaining in the Shadow of the Folk Law: Expanding the Concept of the Shadow of the Law in Family Dispute Resolution

Crowe, J., Field, R. M., Toohey, L., Partridge, H. & McAllister, L., Sep 2018, In : The Sydney Law Review. 40, 3, p. 319-338 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
family law
case law

Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Editorial Board Member

Student Success (Journal)

Rachael M Field (Editor)
2015 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial Board Member

Student theses

Deception as a Legal Negotiation Strategy: a Cross-jurisdictional, Multidisciplinary Analysis Towards an Integrated Policy Reforms Agenda

Author: Lakhani, A., 9 Oct 2010

Supervisor: Boulle, L. (Supervisor) & Field, R. M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Early interventions: An analysis of States’ due diligence obligations to prevent intimate partner violence under international human rights law.

Author: Obreja, L., 15 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Field, R. M. (Supervisor), O'Leary, J. (Supervisor) & O'Donovan, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis