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Enid Campbell AC OBE

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Enid Campbell

Awarded for service to Education and Training

Born: 1932 Died: 20 January 2010

Entered on roll: 2006


Enid Campbell was born in Launceston in 1932. She graduated dux of Launceston Methodist Ladies’ College before enrolling in economics and law at the University of Tasmania. Enid shared the top law student prize when she graduated in 1955. She accepted a scholarship to Duke University in North Carolina as a means of continuing her studies overseas and achieved a PhD that included the study of international law, jurisprudence and public administration.

Enid returned to the University of Tasmania in 1959 and lectured in political science and law. In 1960, she accepted an offer to teach law at the University of Sydney. In 1967, she was appointed the Sir Isaac Isaacs Professor of Law at Monash University and held that position until her retirement in 1997. She was awarded an Order of the British Empire in 1979.

Enid became the first female dean of a law faculty in Australia when she was appointed Dean of Law at Monash University. In 1990, to celebrate the University of Tasmania’s centenary, Enid was one of five graduates to receive the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa. She was subsequently awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law from both the University of Sydney and Monash University.

Enid served on many significant bodies including the Royal Commission on Australian Government Administration in 1974 and the Constitutional Commission for the Australian Bicentennial. She was also the author or co-author of a number of books and more than 100 scholarly articles in Australian and international law journals. Her reports and conference papers covered a diverse range of topics.

Emeritus Professor Enid Campbell was recognised as one of Australia’s leading scholars in constitutional law and administrative law. Although she officially retired in 1997, she remained an active and influential researcher and continued to publish learned works at the highest level. She was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia in 2005. Enid Campbell died on 20 January 2010.

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