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Research Biography

Esther joined Flinders Law School as a lecturer in 2017. Prior to that she lived in Hong Kong, where she completed her PhD and worked at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Esther has a background in both civil and common law, with expertise in family law and human rights in France, England and Hong Kong. Her research focuses on ways in which the law and dispute resolution empower or disempower traditionally 'vulnerable' groups in society, such as children and minorities. She takes a specific interest in the horizontal effect of human rights (especially in relation to parental responsibility/authority/rights), parent-child dispute resolution, the right to education (particularly within the context of homeschooling), law & religion, and equality.

Esther's book Religious Rights within the Family: From Coerced Manifestation to Dispute Resolution in France, England and Hong Kong is now available for pre-order (see

Research Interests

  • Parent-child dispute resolution
  • Law & religion
  • Horizontal effect of human rights
  • Principles governing parent-child relations (parental responsibility/authority/rights)
  • The right to education
  • Equality and other human rights
  • Minority rights
  • International Organisations


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