Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny
BJuris, LLB(Hons), LLM

Associate Professor in Law

About me

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Law.  I am the Programme Manager of the Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice.

I teach in the areas of migration law, refugee law and international human rights.  My research interests are refugees, immigration, human rights and law reform.

I have been a legal practitioner and migration agent for over 20 years. I have previously worked in the clinical legal education program at SCALES.  As a legal practitioner I continue to provide pro bono advice and assistance to refugees and asylum seekers.

Teaching area

I teach Australian Migration Law in the Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice.

I also teach in human rights and refugee law.

Research areas

My research focuses on the human rights in relation refugees and asylum seekers.  In particular my research has focussed on the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia, child asylum seekers and gender issues. A key feature of much my research is about the importance of interdisciplinary practice in the area of refugee law and policy.  My research also reflects my practice experience.

I was a Commissioner with the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia between 2006-2012.  During that time I was involved in a number of law reform papers in the areas of coronial law, the law of homicide, Aboriginal customary law, therapeutic jurisprudence, jury selection and  the Community Protection (Offender Reporting) Act.

Publications

Chapters

  • Kenny, M., Mojtahedi, A., (2015),Refugee and Asylum Seeking Children and Family Reunion in Australia,In: Creating New Futures - Settling Children and Youth from Refugee backgrounds, Federation Press, pages 226 to 240.
  • Guerra, C., Quek, S., Kenny, M., (2015),Settling Well? An Examination of the Settlement Experiences of Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors in Australia,In: Creating New Futures - Settling Children and Youth from Refugee backgrounds, Federation Press, pages 150 to 166.
  • Kenny, M., Fiske, L., (2014),Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Social work practice with refugees and asylum seekers,In: In the Shadow of the Law: The Legal Context of Social Work Practice, Federation Press, pages 322 to 342.
  • Pedersen, A., Tilbury Fozdar, F., Kenny, M., (2012),Battling Boatloads of Prejudice: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Activism with Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Australia,In: Peace Psychology in Australia, Springer, pages 121 to 137.
  • Kenny, M., Fiske, L., (2009),Social work practice with refugees and asylum seekers,In: In the Shadow of the Law: The Legal Context of Social Work Practice, Federation Press, pages 303 to 316.
  • Kenny, M., (2008),Children and Immigration and Citizenship Law,In: Children and the Law in Australia, LexisNexis Butterworths, pages 238 to 254.

Journals

  • Procter, N., Kenny, M., Eaton, H., Grech, C., (2017), Lethal hopelessness: Understanding andresponding to asylum seeker distress and mentaldeterioration, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, , , pages 1 - 7.
  • Kenny, M., Procter, N., Grech, C., (2016), Mental Health and Legal Representation for Asylum Seekers in the Legacy Caseload, Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Journal, Vol.8, 2, pages 84 - 103.
  • Kenny, M., Procter, N., (2015), The Fast Track Refugee Assessment Process and the Mental Health of Vulnerable Asylum Seekers, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (Online), 22, 2015, pages 1 - 7.
  • Fleay, C., Hartley, L., Kenny, M., (2013), Refugees and asylum seekers living in the Australian community: the importance of work rights and employment support, Australian Journal of Social Issues, 48, 4, pages 473 - 493.
  • Crock, M., Kenny, M., (2012), Rethinking the Guardianship of Refugee Children after the Malaysian Solution, The Sydney Law Review, 34, 3, pages 437 - 465.
  • Pedersen, A., Kenny, M., Briskman, L., Hoffman, S., (2008), Working with Wasim: A convergence of community, The Australian Community Psychologist, 20, 1, pages 57 - 72.
  • Kenny, M., Zariski, A., Styles, I., (2004), Looking At You Looking At Me Looking At You: Learning Through Reflection in a Law School Clinic, ELaw - Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law, 11, 1, pages 1 - 15.
  • Kenny, M., Silove, D., Steele, Z., (2004), Legal and ethical implications of medically enforced treatment of detained asylum seekers on hunger strike, Medical Journal of Australia, 180, , pages 237 - 240.
  • Fiske, L., Kenny, M., (2004), 'Marriage of Convenience' or 'Match Made in Heaven': lawyers and social workers working with asylum seekers, Australian Journal of Human Rights, 10, 1, pages 137 - 157.
  • Kenny, M., (2002), Force-Feeding Asylum Seekers, Alternative Law Journal, 27, 3, pages 107 - 111.
  • Kenny, M., (2001), Australia and The Refugees Convention 50 Years On, Human Rights Defender, 10, 2, pages 20 - 22.