Kcasey McLoughlin is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and is currently an Associate Lecturer in Law at the Newcastle Law School. Kcasey's doctoral research explores the interaction between women, gender and difference in the judiciary. This research is specifically concerned with the way in which gender and difference have impacted upon the contributions of women judges to the High Court of Australia. Although her research explores the contributions of women jurists, she is also interested in the way in which law affects women's lives and experiences. Kcasey's interest in feminist legal theory and feminist political theory means that she is eager press the boundaries between the disciplines of law and political science in ways that are meaningful to both disciplines.
- Bachelor of Law/Diploma of Legal Practice(Honours), University of Newcastle, 11/12/2009
- Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle, 13/07/2007
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle, 10/12/2007
- Feminist jurisprudence
- Feminist legal and political theory
- Gender and judging
Feminist jurisprudence; Feminist legal theory; Women, gender and judging; Australian Federal Constitutional Law
My doctoral research explores the separate but interconnected issues relating not only to the process of appointment of High Court judges, but also, what actually happens when women get to the business of judging. This research explores the political process of appointment with a particular focus on the gendered rhetoric of merit and its deployment with regard to women judges. It also examines both how and why we might examine whether there is any discernible difference in women’s approach to legal reasoning and decision-making.
I have supervised four students in the completion of their Honours dissertations in Law:
• 2012: Jurisdiction Facts and Judicial Fictions: Reviewing the Errors of Jurisdiction through the Lens of Public Service Association of South Australia Inc v Industrial Relations Commission of South Australia  HCA 25.
• 2013: Back to the Future: the Implied Freedom of Political Communication and a Return to European Proportionality in Monis v The Queen (2013) 295 ALR 259.
• 2013:‘“Let Them be Lions” – An Analysis of Assistant Commissioner Michael Condon v Pompano Pty Ltd  HCA 7
• 2013: In a State of Flux: The Implied Freedom of Political Communication in Australia Following Monis v The Queen; Droudis v The Queen (2013) 295 ALR 259.
Fields of Research
|160299||Criminology Not Elsewhere Classified||50|
|160399||Demography Not Elsewhere Classified||50|
|2011||Faculty of Business and Law Research Higher Degree Best Publication Award|
The University of Newcastle Australia (Australia)
McLoughlin, Kcasey, ‘Of Merit and (Wo)men: The Politics of Gender and Judicial Appointments’, Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2011: Refereed Papers, Canberra, ACT. ( September 26-29, 2011).
- Legal System and Method
- Mooting (Advocacy)
- Professional Conduct
Equity and Trusts
Legal System and Method
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Journal article (2 outputs)
Conference (8 outputs)
|2015||McLoughlin KJ, 'Still Debating Difference?: Feminist Legal Theory and Judicial Diversity', Australian National University, Canberra, ACT Australia (2015)|
|2014||McLoughlin KJ, 'What a Difference Difference Makes in Judging the Judges: Gender, Justice and Judicial Power on the Australian High Court¿', Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Public and/or Private Lives, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (2014)|
|2014||McLoughlin KJ, 'Sworn To Be: Gender and Difference in Australian High Court Judicial Swearing- in Speeches', Australian Political Studies Association, Sydney, Australia (2014)|
|2012||McLoughlin K-RJ, Lindsay KA, 'What's hate got to do with it?: Legal and political constructions of race, indigeneity and free speech in the light of Eatock v Bolt  FCA 1103', Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Hobart, Tasmania (2012) [E3]|
|2010||Jose JW, Convery A, McLoughlin K-RJ, Owen SM, 'Hidden in plain sight: Feminist political theory and political theory', Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2010. Full Papers, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E1]|
|2009||Jose JW, McLoughlin K-RJ, 'In harm's way: JS Mill's feminist opposition to the contagious diseases acts', Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2009: Refereed Papers, Sydney, NSW (2009) [E1]|
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Other (4 outputs)
|2015||McLoughlin KJ, 'Court appointment of woman judge sound', . Newcastle: Herald (2015)|
|2015||McLoughlin KJ, 'Two-for-one: a good new High Court judge, and a woman to boot', . Australia: The Conversation (2015)|
|2015||McLoughlin KJ, 'Mother of all backflips on parental leave', . Newcastle: Herald (2015)|
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Grants and Funding
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Ms Kcasey-Renea (Kcasey) McLoughlin
|Work Phone||(02) 4921 5510|
Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Callaghan NSW 2308