Jocelynne Scutt

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Jocelynne Annette Scutt AO (born 8 June 1947) is an Australian feminist lawyer, writer and commentator. She is one of Australia's leading human rights barristers, and has served as Anti-Discrimination Commissioner of Tasmania and as a judge on the High Court of Fiji.


Jocelynne Scutt was born in Perth, Western Australia. She graduated in law from the University of Western Australia in 1969 and undertook postgraduate studies in law at the University of Sydney, at both Southern Methodist University and the University of Michigan in the United States, and Cambridge University in England.

Scutt has worked with the Australian Institute of Criminology and as director of research with the Legal and Constitutional Committee of the parliament of Victoria. From 1981-82 she worked at the Sydney Bar and then was Deputy Chairperson of the Law Reform Commission, Victoria. In 1986 she returned to private practice in Melbourne. She served as the first Anti-Discrimination Commissioner of Tasmania from 1999-2004.[1] In 2007 she accepted a judicial post on the Fiji High Court.[2]

She is a member of the UN Committee Against Trafficking, a board member of the International Alliance of Women[3] and its representative to the Coalition for the International Criminal Court. She is also a Senior Fellow at University of Buckingham.[4]

A Member of both the British Labour Party and Australian Labor Party, Scutt was elected to represent the division of Arbury on the Cambridgeshire County Council on 2 May 2013 and reelected on 4 May 2017.[5]

Scutt was called to the English Bar in July 2014.

Selected works[edit]

  • Scutt, Jocelynne (June 1984). For richer, for poorer: Money, marriage, and property rights. Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-007650-6. 
  • Scutt, Jocelynne (June 1987). Different Lives. Viking Press. ISBN 0-14-006899-6. 
  • Scutt, Jocelynne (28 February 1994). Sexual Gerrymander. Spinifex Press. ISBN 1-875559-16-7. 
  • Scutt, Jocelynne (1997). The incredible woman: Power & sexual politics. Artemis Publications. ISBN 1-875658-28-9. 


She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1996.[6]


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed 29 September 2015.
  2. ^ Who's Who in Australia 2000. Melbourne: Crown Content. 2000. p. 1511. 
  3. ^ Board, International Alliance of Women
  4. ^ The Hon. Dr Jocelynne Scutt. Retrieved 31 May 2017
  5. ^ Councillor Jocelynne Scutt. Retrieved 31 May 2017
  6. ^ It's an Honour. Retrieved 19 June 2016

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