Brief Bio

Farrah Ahmed joined Melbourne Law School in July 2012. Before this, she was a Lecturer in Law at the Queen’s College, University of Oxford. Her educational history includes an LLB from the University of Delhi, and a Bachelor of Civil Law, an MPhil in law and a DPhil in law from the University of Oxford.

Farrah’s research spans public law, legal theory and family law. Her recent work on constitutional statutes, religious freedom, the doctrine of legitimate expectations, the duty to give reasons, social rights adjudication and religious tribunals has been published in the Cambridge Law Journal, the Modern Law Review, the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Public Law, and Child and Family Law Quarterly. Her book Religious Freedom under the Personal Law System was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. Farrah is currently a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery grant studying religious dispute resolution processes, and is working on projects on public interest standing, secularism, constitutional conventions, constitutional principles and arbitrariness in public law.

Farrah has taught legal theory, legal methods, constitutional law and administrative law. She has offered electives on human rights, legal responses to multiculturalism and religion, and legal practice in Asia. Farrah is a founding editor of the Indian Law Review and the Admin Law Blog. She also serves as Associate Director (India) of the Asian Law Centre, Melbourne Law School.

Courses taught at CTLS

  • Human Rights (Spring 2014)
  • Legal Responses to Culture and Religion (Spring 2014)