27 January 2016
1991 Menzies Scholar to Harvard, feminist, citizenship expert and chair of the Menzies Scholarship to Harvard Committee, Professor Kim Rubenstein, is stepping down as Director of the ANU Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL) after 10 years.
In her time as Director Kim has worked with and brought together legal academics and practitioners to address issues related to public and international law. She continued to steer the centre down a path of high quality research, commitment to community, community outreach and worked to link international and public law.
In addition to her work as director of the CIPL, Kim has filled important roles such as being a member of the Independent Committee appointed by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship to review the Australian Citizenship Test in 2008. She published one of the first articles on gender and Australian constitutional law with colleague Deborah Cass, and in 2012 she was recognised as one of Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence in Australia.
While Kim is stepping down from the role of Centre Director, she is continuing as a Professor in the ANU College of Law and will fill several other major roles focusing on gender issues and citizenship.
For the first half of this year Kim will be Acting Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute and longer term she will continue teaching a Graduate course in the ANU College of Law on Citizenship. She will continue running two ARC grants – one an oral history project on Trailblazing Women and the Law and the other on the relationship of the Federal Court of Australia as both an archive of public records and an institution that must adhere to other constraints such as strict privacy guidelines.
Kim will also continue Chairing the Menzies Scholarship to Harvard Committee, a role which she has held since 2011. Coincidentally, Kim took over the role from Professor Jim Fox, who chaired the selection committee when she was interviewed for her scholarship in 1991.
We wish Kim the best of luck for the future – and the ability to find a few bonus hours in the day to fit in all these activities!