ProfPatricia Lynn EastealPhDAM is an academic, author, activist and advocate, best known for her research, publications and teaching in the area of women and the law. In 2010 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia ‘For service to the community, education and the law through promoting awareness and understanding of violence against women, discrimination and access to justice for minority groups’.
Easteal is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Canberra. She was formerly a Visiting Scholar at the Australian National University, College of Law. From 1990-1995, Easteal was a Senior Criminologist at the Australian Institute of Criminology. She has published 17 books and over 180 journal articles and book chapters.
Professor Patricia Easteal AM, academic, author, advocate and activist, is a member of the School of Law and Justice at the University of Canberra and has been Emeritus Professor there since July 2018. She has published 18 books and over 180 journal articles and book chapters. Her research earned her the title of ACT Australian of the Year in 2010 and an Australian Honour ‘for service to the community, education and the law through promoting awareness and understanding of violence against women, discrimination and access to justice for minority groups’. She was also finalist in the Australian Human Rights awards in 2012. In addition, her work as an educator earned Professor Easteal the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Award for Teaching Excellence (2008) and the Carrick Institute Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2007) for effective research-led learning approaches that engage law students in independent and critical inquiry into the complex ties between law, society and access to justice.
In 2018, Easteal launched Legal Light Bulbs, a platform where she publishes content relating to domestic violence and sexual assault research; offering legal education and training, as well as expert court reports.