Dr Angela Melville

Senior Lecturer

College of Business, Government and Law

place Law & Commerce Building (3.41)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Angela is currently a Senior Lecturer in the College of Business, Government and Law. She is the former Scientific Director at the International Institute for Sociology of Law, in Onati in Spain. She has also held previous posts in the School of Law, University of Manchester; Newcastle Centre for Family Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; Justice Policy Research Centre, University of Newcastle, Australia; Justice Research Centre, Sydney.

Her primary research interests focus on the sociology of the legal profession, including risk management within law firms, lawyer-client interaction, professional regulation, and stratification within the profession.

BA (sociology and psychology), University of Tasmania
B Soc Sc (sociology), Univeristy of Newcastle
PhD (sociology and anthropology), University of Newcastle
Key responsibilities

Director of Studies, Criminology

Research expertise
Educational change
Policy and administration
Socio-legal studies
Women's Studies
Research interests

Angela's research focuses on the sociology of the legal profession. Her current research projects include:

  • Investigation of biographies of law teachers (with Dr Amy Barrow, Macquarie), including law teachers as global academics, inbreeding, early career academics, and gender discrimination.
  • Developing positive retirement strategies for aging lawyers (with Dr Valerie Caines, Flinders).

Her previous work includes:

Angela has had funded projects with: Scottish Executive (no-fault clinical negligence), Nuffield Foundation (process of resolving clinical neligence claims); Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (solicitor professional negligence and compensation funds); Scottish Faculty of Advocates (economic structure of the Faculty); Legal Aid Commission of England and Wales (legal services to legally aided family law clients in England and Wales); Motor Accidents Authority of NSW (impact of reform of 3rd party compulsory insurance regulations); Commonwealth of Australia's Attorney General (ADR in family law; legal services to legally aided family law clients in Australia).

Topic coordinator
CRIM3402 Advanced Research Methods and Analysis
Supervisory interests
Alternative dispute resolution
Dispute resolution
Domestic violence
Family law and social policy
Feminist theory and methodology
Interprofessional collaboration
Law reform commissions
Law, women in the legal profession
Laws and legal practice
Lawyers, role and profile
Legal aid
Legal education
Legal profession
Legal profession and legal services
Socio-legal studies
Sociology of law
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Resolution of family law problems by Dinka refugees living in Australia, Policing practices and domestic violence
Associate supervisor: Police practices in determining bail conditions (1)
Principal supervisor: Environmental procedural justice, Susu credit schemes, Gender mainstreaming, access to justice of Sudanese refugees

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