Marcelle Burns

Pre-doctoral Fellow - School of Law

Marcelle Burns

Biography

My name is Marcelle Burns, and I am a Kamilaroi woman with my father’s family coming from Bingara.  I work as a Pre-doctoral Fellow in the School of Law.  Before coming to UNE I worked as a criminal lawyer with the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT), and as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology.  My position as a Pre-doctoral fellow enables me to focus on my PhD studies, while also contributing to the teaching and services activities of the school.

I teach in the unit Indigenous Peoples and Law which examines Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ concepts of law and interactions with the Australian legal system. One of the best parts of my job is working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students – it is such a privilege to be in a position to nurture our leaders of the future.  My research examines the recognition of First Nations in international and domestic law, and Indigenous knowledges in legal education. UNE and the School of Law provide a very supportive environment for me to develop my knowledge and skills as an academic, and work on research that supports our communities.