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Professor Anne Wallace
Professor of Law at La Trobe University, and Adjunct Professor at the Sir Zelman Cowan Centre, Victoria University
  • Professor of Law at La Trobe University, and Adjunct Professor at the Sir Zelman Cowan Centre, Victoria University

Professor Anne Wallace is Associate Head of School at La Trobe Law School. Her research focuses on judicial administration, including court safety, visual evidence in trials, technology in courts and the impact of social media on the work of courts.



LLB (Tas) LLM (Melbourne) Grad Cert (Higher Ed) (Canberra) PhD (Sydney)


I joined La Trobe Law School in December 2016. Prior to that I was a professor in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University (2016) and Head of the School of Law & Justice at ECU from August 2012 to December 2015. Prior to that appointment, I was the Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Business, Government & Law at the University of Canberra.

I have taught in both Law and Justice Studies programs, in subject areas including Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence Law, Forensic Evidence & Law and Issues in Justice Administration. I have served as an Adjunct Professor in the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law Masters of Legal Studies program, where I taught the subject Court Technology. I am also currently an Adjunct Professor with the Sir Zelman Cowan Centre at Victoria University in Melbourne.

From 1993 to 2006 I was the Deputy Executive Director for the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (‘AIJA’), and in that role I developed a research interest in the field of judicial administration. I have been researching the development and implementation of information and communications technology (ICT) in Australian courts and tribunals since 1998. I have been a Chief Investigator in two multi-disciplinary research projects under the Court of the Future Network (led by Professor David Tait, of Western Sydney University), and funded by the Australian Research Council, that investigated the use of technology in the justice system; one examining the effect of interactive visual evidence on juries, the other to establish best practice guidelines for the use of remote witness testimony in courts. I have also researched in a number of other fields related to judicial administration, including court safety, judicial workload allocation and the impact of social media on the work of courts.

At the AIJA, I managed a 10-year project to provide cultural awareness training for the judiciary in relation to indigenous issues. I was subsequently engaged by the National Judicial College of Australia to develop a curriculum outline for another program relating to indigenous issues in the justice system and am a member of the College’s Indigenous Issues Committee.

I have served as a visiting foreign expert for a judicial training program conducted by the Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI) Institute in Prague in November 1996 for judiciary from a number of Eastern European countries. I have also served as a faculty member for the International Association for Court Administration and am currently a member of the editorial board for its international journal.

Prior to moving to academic roles, I was a Principal Legal Officer in charge of Prosecutions and Civil Litigation with the Office of the Australian Government Solicitor in Hobart. I joined that office in 1983 and worked in a variety of legal roles, spending over 9 years in prosecutions and civil litigation. I am admitted to practice to the Supreme Court of Tasmania, and the High Court of Australia.

Recent Publications

Book Chapters

  • Anne Wallace, ‘Australia’s Lower-level Criminal Courts: Tackling 21st Century Problems in a 19th Century Paradigm?’ in Ron Levy et al (edsNew Directions for Law in Australia, Essays in Contemporary Law Reform (ANU Press, 2017) 201-210. 
  • Chris Lennard and Anne Wallace, ‘Forensic Science and Terrorism Trials’ in Jane Delahunty & David Tait (eds) Juries, Science and Popular Culture in an Age of Terrorism: the case of The Sydney Bomber (2017, Palgrave McMillan).
  • Anne Wallace, ‘Australia: Interview with Mark Tedeschi QC’ in (Jane Delahunty & Dilip K Das (eds) Trends in Legal Advocacy: Interviews with Leading Criminal Defense Lawyers and Prosecutors around the Globe (2017, CRC Press and Taylor & Francis Group).
  • Anne Wallace, ‘Courts and their Publics – Technology and the Way Forward’ in Australian Courts: Serving Democracy and its Publics (Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration, 2013) 17-38.

Peer-reviewed Journal Artices

  • Anne Wallace, Sharyn Roach Anleu and Kathy Mack, ‘Judicial Engagement and AV links: Judicial Perceptions from Australian Courts,’ International Journal of the Legal Profession (2018) DOI: 10.1080/09695958.2018.1490294
  • Emma Rowden and Anne Wallace, ‘Remote Judging: the impact of videolinks on the image and the role of the judge,’ International Journal of Law in Context (forthcoming).
  • Anne Wallace, Sharyn Roach Anleu and Kathy Mack, ‘Judicial Work and AV use: Perceptions from Australian CourtsOnati Socio Legal Series (2017) 7(4) 691-716.
  • Jane Johnston and Anne Wallace, ‘Who is a Journalist? Changing Legal Definitions in a de-territorialised Media Space’ Digital Journalism. (ERA 2015). Published online 30 June 2016. DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2016.1196592.
  • Anne Wallace, Sharyn Roach Anleu and Kathy Mack, ‘Evaluating Judicial Performance for Caseload Allocation’ (2015) 41(2) Monash Law Review 445-468. (ERA 2010 (A ranked); ERA 2012; ERA 2015).
  • Anne Wallace and Jane Johnston, ‘Tweeting from Court: New Guidelines for Modern Media’ (2015) 20(1) Media & Arts Law Review 15-32. (ERA 2010 (B ranked); ERA 2012; ERA 2015).
  • Anne Wallace, Kathy Mack and Sharyn Roach Anleu, ‘Work Allocation in Australian Courts: Court Staff and the Judiciary’ (2014) 36(4) Sydney Law Review 669-694. (ERA 2010 (A ranked); ERA 2012; ERA 2015).
  • Anne Wallace, Deborah Blackman and Emma Rowden, ‘Reconceputualising security strategies for courts: developing a typology for safer court environments’ (October 2013) 5(2) International Journal for Court Administration 3-8 (ERA 2012; ERA 2015).
  • Anne Wallace, ‘Using Videolink to take Forensic Evidence – Lessons from an Australian Case study’ (2013) 17(3) International Journal of Evidence and Proof 221-249. (ERA 2010 (A ranked); ERA 2012; ERA 2015).