Welcome to my ePortfolio! I am a Graduate Research and Teaching Fellow with the Warwick University School of Law. I teach on undergraduate courses and am undertaking a PhD (part-time) on the moral foundations of asylum and refugee law.
Before taking up my post at Warwick in 2006, I was a Sessional Lecturer, Seminar Tutor, and Research Assistant at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. I am originally from Central Queensland, Australia and obtained my undergraduate degrees (LLB (1st class Hons), B Arts (Journalism)) from Griffith University in 2003. I successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice (Griffith) and was admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2004. In the same year, I obtained my LLM (Griffith) by completing three extended interdisciplinary research theses: The Legendsong of the Unykorn: Lana(law), Chaos and Musical Cosmology in Isobelle Carmody; 'O Muse, Sing in me a Story of Justice': The Odyssey of Law in 'O Brother, Where Art Thou'; and Australia's Sphere/Fear of Dispossession: Immigrants, Asylum Seekers and the Deep White Conscience.
I have had extensive teaching experience on a wide range of foundational law courses, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Under Teaching, you will find details of my teaching responsibilities and module information. With a focus on interdisciplinarity, my research has developed within the framework of law and its intersections between historical and popular cultural studies, including the associated discipline of representations. My work has explored the relationship between sovereignty, hospitality, community and legal conscience within the Australian 'narrative' of the asylum seeker. My current research expands on this critical cultural analysis, and investigates the moral basis for prioritising (for protection) the asylum seeker and refugee over other victims of harm. This includes a consideration of principles of humanitarianism, and issues that are commonly thought to limit our moral duty to rescue including constructs of distance, harm and suffering. The Research section of my ePortfolio covers this in more detail, including my PhD Research Outline and a selected bibliography. Also under the Research section you can view my publications, including selected conference papers and abstracts. In the Curriculum Vitae section, you can view a brief work history and download a copy of my CV.
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LLB (Hons), BA (Journalism), LLM, Grad Dip Legal Practice, Legal Practitioner (Qld)
a dot l dot farmer at warwick dot ac dot uk