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Macquarie Law School

Dr Amy Barrow

Amy Barrow Photo 2018

Position: Senior Lecturer
Tel: +61-2-9850 7810
Fax: +61-2-9850 7686
Location: 6 First Walk, Room 522


Amy Barrow is a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie Law School (Sydney, Australia). Amy has a keen interest in interdisciplinary research and to date her research has focused on two principal themes - the intersection between gender, international law, peace and security; and law and society in Hong Kong and other Asian contexts. Amy researches law in action by drawing on qualitative research methods to consider how international laws and policies are implemented in practice by multiple actors. 

Amy aims to extend theorising about the promise of law, as well as its limitations, particularly in highly context-specific situations such as during post-conflict periods and in societies experiencing transition. Amy is a member of the WILPF Academic Network, a think tank connecting academics and peace activists working on issues of gender, peace and security as well as a founding member of the Everywoman Everywhere Coalition, which grew out of the Initiative on Violence against Women at the Harvard Kennedy School's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Along with Joy Chia, she co-edited the book Gender, Violence and the State in Asia published by Routledge in 2016. Prior to joining Macquarie Law School she held posts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.


  • LLB (Hons) Lancaster University
  • LLM Human Rights Law (SOAS, University of London)
  • PhD University of Manchester


  • Faculty of Arts Mid-Career Research Fellowship 2018

Previous Experience

  • Research Affiliate, South East Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong
  • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Associate Lecturer/Teaching Fellow, School of Law, University of Manchester

Teaching Responsibilities

  • LAWS 260 Human Rights, Policy and the Law
  • LEX 101 Human Rights, Law and Global Governance (Convenor)

Research Interests

  • The development and implementation of international law norms on women, peace and security.
  • Gender, violence and law in societies experiencing transition (focusing on Asian contexts including Myanmar and Nepal).
  • Equality laws and policies.
  • Gender, sexuality, identity and the law.
  • International human rights law and policy.
  • Institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women.
  • Law and society in Hong Kong.
  • Empirical research methods.
  • Socio-legal education.


Edited Research Monograph:
Journal Articles:
  • Amy Barrow and Joy L. Chia 'Pride or Prejudice? Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Religion in Post-Colonial Hong Kong'
    Hong Kong Law Journal Vol. 46, Part 1, 2016.
  • Amy Barrow, 'Operationalizing Security Council Resolution 1325: The Role of National Action Plans' 21 Journal of Conflict and
    Security Law
    2 (2016) pp. 247-275.
  • Amy Barrow and Anne Scully-Hill, 'Failing to Implement CEDAW in Hong Kong: Why Isn't Anyone Using the Domestic & Cohabitation
    Relationships Violence Ordinance?' International Journal of Family, Law and Policy 2016, 30, 50-78.

Biography and Publications
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