Kim Rubenstein

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Kim Rubenstein (pronounced "ruben-steen") FAAL FASSA, born 1965,[1] is an Australian legal scholar, legal practitioner, professor, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law[2] and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.[3] Rubenstein won the 2013 Edna Ryan award for Leadership for "leading feminist changes in the public sphere"[4] and is a gender equity advocate. In 2020 she became the inaugural Co-Director, Academic of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation at the University of Canberra and a Professor in the University's Faculty of Business, Government and Law.[5][6] Rubenstein is one of Australia’s leading experts on citizenship, having written the major text, Australian Citizenship Law, acting as a consultant to government including being appointed a member of the Independent Committee that reviewed the Australian citizenship test in 2008 and appearing as legal counsel in citizenship matters before the Administrative Review Tribunal, Federal Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia.[5][7][8] She is regularly called upon by print, radio and TV media for comment on citizenship and gender matters.[9][10]

Early life and education[edit]

Rubenstein grew up in Melbourne and attended Presbyterian Ladies' College, becoming School Captain in her final year.[1] She completed a Bachelor of Arts/Law (Hons) at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 1989 and worked as a solicitor at Corrs from 1989 to 1991. In 1991-1992 Rubenstein undertook an LLM at Harvard University with the support of the Sir Robert Menzies Scholarship,[11] a Fulbright award,[12] and a Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Trust award.[1]


Rubenstein spent 13 years (1993-2006) teaching at the University of Melbourne[13] in constitutional and administrative law, migration law and citizenship law, promoted to Associate Professor in 2005, before moving to the Australian National University to take up a professorship in 2006. During her tenure at the Australian National University Rubenstein taught citizenship law and administrative law, and from 2006-2015 was Director of the Centre for International and Public Law in the ANU College of Law.[14] In 2012 she was appointed an ANU Public Policy Fellow.[15] Rubenstein became an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University in 2020 after her move to the University of Canberra to take up the position of Co-Director, Academic of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation.[5]

International appointments[edit]

  • Visiting Professor at Tel Aviv Law School in 2017 and 2018 teaching comparative citizenship law course.[16]
  • Lady Davis Visiting Professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, October 2018 to January 2019.[17]

Prizes, awards and honours[edit]

  • In 2008 Rubenstein presented the Dymphna Clark Memorial Lecture on the topic From Suffrage to Citizenship: the creation of a Republic of Equals.[18]
  • In 2012 she won a Westpac '100 Women of Influence' Australian Financial Review award for her work in public policy.[1][19]
  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia(FASSA) in 2018 in the discipline of Law, with specialisations in citizenship, nationality, oral history, archives and law, gender and the Constitution.[3]
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law (FAAL).[2]


Rubenstein has over 100 publications on a wide range of issues surrounding law, citizenship and gender. Some of her most prominent works include:


  • Rubenstein, Kim (2017). Australian Citizenship Law (2nd ed.). Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia Limited. ISBN 9780455236292.

Gender and public law[edit]

Oral history and women lawyers[edit]

As editor[edit]

Rubenstein co-edited a Cambridge University Press 5 volume series Connecting International Law with Public Law.[20]

Research grants[edit]

Rubenstein has been a Chief Investigator on several Australian Research Council grants:

  • LP100200596 - Small mercies, big futures: enhancing law, policy and practice in the selection, protection and settlement of refugee children and youth[21]
  • LP120200367 - The Trailblazing Women and the Law Project[22]
  • DP130101954 - The court as archive: rethinking the institutional role of federal superior courts of record[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Rubenstein, Kim - Woman - The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia". Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Australian Academy of Law - Fellows". Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Academy Fellow, Professor Kim Rubenstein". Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Congratulations Kim Rubenstein - 2013 Edna Award recipient!". Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "University of Canberra - Profile - Kim Rubenstein". Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  6. ^ "50/50 by 2030 Foundation - Who". Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Asia & The Pacific Policy Society - Kim Rubenstein". Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Man born in pre-independence PNG recognised as Australian after Federal Court battle with immigration minister". Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Speers Tonight - Season 2 (2017) no.40 2 November 2017". Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Q+A - Kim Rubenstein". Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  11. ^ "R.G. Menzies Scholarships to Harvard 1968-2010" (PDF). Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  12. ^ "The Fulbrighter Australia" (PDF). Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  13. ^ "LinkedIn - Profile - Kim Rubenstein". Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  14. ^ "ANU Newsroom - Professor Kim Rubenstein". Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  15. ^ Engagement, Crawford; (6 May 2013). "Scholarship, public debate and public policy: ANU Public Policy Fellows". Crawford School of Public Policy. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  16. ^ "The Buchmann Faculty of Law Tel Aviv University - Previous Visiting Faculty". Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  17. ^ "ANU College of Law - Professor Kim Rubenstein FAAL, FASSA". Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  18. ^ "From Suffrage to Citizenship: A Republic of Equals" (PDF). 29 March 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  19. ^ "Financial Review Women of Influence - Prof. Kim Rubenstein". Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  20. ^ "Connecting International Law with Public Law". Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  21. ^ "ARC Data Portal LP100200596 - The University of Sydney". Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  22. ^ "ARC Data Portal LP120200367 - The Australian National University". Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  23. ^ "ARC Data Portal DP130101954 - The Australian National University". Retrieved 6 September 2020.

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