Professor Kim Rubenstein

Director, Centre for International and Public Law
ANU College of Law

Kim Rubenstein is a Professor in the ANU College of Law, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.  She was the Director of the Centre for International and Public law at the ANU from 2006-2015 and the co-editor of its 6 volume series Connecting International law with Public Law (CUP).  She was also inaugural Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute (2011-2012) and remains on its management committee.

Professor Rubenstein is one of Australia's leading experts on citizenship law and is the author of Australian Citizenship Law which is now in its second, revised edition (2017).  She holds a legal practicing certificate and has appeared in the High Court of Australia, and the Full Federal Court on citizenship matters, and recently, with her students, successfully ran a pro bono case in the AAT that led to a young girl born in Australia being recognized as satisfying the stateless provision in the Australian Citizenship Act and granted citizenship. She has also been part of an Amicus submission in two US Supreme Court matters relating to statelessness. In addition she was a consultant to the government on the redrafting of the Australian Citizenship Act resulting in the 2007 Act and she was a member of the 2008 Independent Committee that reviewed the Australian Citizenship Test.

Professor Rubenstein is currently completing two ARC projects that link her work on citizenship to questions around gender and active citizenship.  A graduate of the University of Melbourne and Harvard Law School, she attended the latter as the Sir Robert Menzies Scholar to Harvard and as a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar. 

Key interests

Citizenship, nationality, women and constitutional law, public law, intersections between public and international law

Law - Constitutional
Law - International