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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


Research keywords

  • Feminist jurisprudence
  • Feminist legal and political theory
  • Gender and judging

Research expertise

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 [2012] 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 [2013] 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.


  • English
  • English

Fields of Research

160299Criminology Not Elsewhere Classified50
160399Demography Not Elsewhere Classified50


Research Award.

2011Faculty 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).


Teaching keywords

  • Legal System and Method
  • Mooting (Advocacy)
  • Professional Conduct

Teaching expertise

Professional Conduct

Equity and Trusts

Legal System and Method



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Journal article (2 outputs)

2015McLoughlin KJ, 'Australian Feminist Judgments: Righting and Rewriting Law (Book Review)', Alternative Law Journal, 40 --- (2015)
2011Jose JW, Convery A, McLoughlin K-RJ, Owen SM, 'Reproducing political subjects: Feminist scholarship and the political science curriculum', Australian Journal of Political Science, 46 535-549 (2011) [C1]

Conference (8 outputs)

2015McLoughlin KJ, 'Still Debating Difference?: Feminist Legal Theory and Judicial Diversity', Australian National University, Canberra, ACT Australia (2015)
2014McLoughlin 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)
2014McLoughlin KJ, 'Sworn To Be: Gender and Difference in Australian High Court Judicial Swearing- in Speeches', Australian Political Studies Association, Sydney, Australia (2014)
2013McLoughlin KJ, 'Legal fictions and judicial differences: the High Court and judicial approaches to the history of marital rape.', Australian Political Studies Association Conference, Perth (2013)
2012McLoughlin 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 [2011] FCA 1103', Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Hobart, Tasmania (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: KATE LINDSAY

2011McLoughlin KJ, 'Of Merit and (Wom)Men: the Politics of Gender and Judicial Appointments', Australian Political Studies Association Conference, Canberra, ACT (2011)
2010Jose 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]

Co-authors: JIM JOSE

2009Jose 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]

Co-authors: JIM JOSE

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Other (4 outputs)

2015McLoughlin KJ, 'Court appointment of woman judge sound', . Newcastle: Herald (2015)
2015McLoughlin KJ, 'Two-for-one: a good new High Court judge, and a woman to boot', . Australia: The Conversation (2015)
2015McLoughlin KJ, 'Mother of all backflips on parental leave', . Newcastle: Herald (2015)
2014McLoughlin KJ, McDonald B, 'Women's rights may outweigh Zoe's Law', . Newcastle: Herald (2014)
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Grants and Funding

No funding.


Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.


Ms Kcasey-Renea (Kcasey) McLoughlin

Work Phone(02) 4921 5510
Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
McMullin Building,
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308