Dr Peta Stephenson

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Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Law

Doctor of Philosophy (University of Queensland), Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (University of Queensland), Bachelor of Arts (University of Queensland)

Dr Peta Stephenson is a Lecturer in the School of Law at QUT. She teaches and researches in the fields of constitutional and public law, and is particularly interested in exploring the powers and functions of the Executive, the relationship between the legislative and executive branches of government and federalism.

Dr Stephenson has published on these and related topics in leading Australian law journals and edited collections. In 2019, Dr Stephenson was a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow with the Laureate Program in Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Melbourne. While undertaking her doctoral studies at the University of Queensland, she was the recipient of two research excellence awards.

Prior to becoming an academic, Dr Stephenson practised as a solicitor in a commercial law firm in Brisbane and also worked as a policy officer at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra.

Additional information

Professional Qualifications:

  • Admitted (not currently practising) as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (College of Law)
  • Diploma of Government (Australian Institute of Management)
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
Dr Stephenson was a joint recipient of the 2016 Owen Fletcher Postgraduate Research Publication Award. This Award recognises the best academic publication or conference paper by a student enrolled in a Research Higher Degree program at the TC Beirne School of Law.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
Dr Stephenson was the recipient of the 2016 Research Higher Degree Research Excellence Award during her PhD candidature at the University of Queensland. This awards recognises a PhD Candidate from the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law with the potential to make a major contribution in her or his field of research.