Laura Hilly


Dr Laura Hilly is a Barrister in Melbourne, Victoria practising public and commercial law. Before coming to the Bar, Laura was a Senior Lawyer in the Dispute Resolution group with the Australian Government Solicitor.

Laura is a Programme Associate to the Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations. As former Deputy Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub (2013-15) and Postdoctoral Fellow of the Oxford Human Rights Hub (February-July 2015), Laura’s research interest considers the contribution that gender diversity brings to appellate courts in common law jurisdictions. Laura’s DPhil thesis in Law was completed summer of 2015.

Laura completed her BA/LLB at the Australian National University, graduating with first class honours; the University Medal in Law; and the Supreme Court Judges’ Prize. She then worked at the Federal Court of Australia as an Associate to the Honourable Chief Justice Black AC and as a litigation solicitor at Blake Dawson (now Ashurst). Laura was admitted to practice in Australia in 2007 and the United Kingdom in 2013. With the support of a Rhodes Scholarship she came to Oxford in 2009, completing the BCL with distinction in 2010, and her MPhil dissertation entitled A Woman’s Contribution: Gender Diversity and the Judicial Process in 2011. Her DPhil research was supported by a Clarendon Scholarship. She has also worked with various community legal organisations such as the Welfare Rights Centre in Canberra, the Victorian Women’s Legal Service in Melbourne and the Women’s Legal Centre in Cape Town.

Laura has taught administrative law and human rights law at the University of Oxford; litigation and dispute management at the Australian National University; and administrative law at the University of Melbourne. She was the Managing Editor of the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog and a former Chair of Oxford Pro Bono Publico.