Professor Rosalind Croucher Full-time Commissioner Australian Law Reform Commission
Professor Rosalind Croucher was appointed to the Australian Law Reform Commission for a term of three years, beginning on 5 February 2007. She currently leads the Commission's Inquiry into Commonwealth Secrecy Laws. Professor Croucher is on leave from Macquarie University for the duration of her appointment as Commissioner.
Professor Croucher joined the Commission after a distinguished period of 25 years in University teaching and management, most recently as Dean of Law at Macquarie University (from 1999). Prior to this she was a member of the Law Faculties of the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. Professor Croucher served as Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans (2002), Vice President (Western Pacific), International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (1998–2005), Chair of the Scientific Committee for the World Congress of Medical Law 2004 and on the Program Committee for the 8th biennial conference of the International Association of Women Judges, 2006, for which she was also ‘Rapporteur’.
Professor Croucher has lectured and published extensively principally in the fields of equity, trusts, property, inheritance and legal history. She has written or edited nine books (formerly under the name of ‘Atherton’, and ‘Croucher’ since 2004), including Succession: families, property and death; Families and Estates: A Comparative Study; and Law and Religion – God, the State and the Common Law; as well as Family Provision (an Expert Report for the Victorian Attorney-General’s Law Reform Committee); and more than 100 other publications including book chapters, encyclopaedia entries, journal articles, casenotes and conference papers.
Professor Croucher was the academic member of the inaugural panel that developed the standards and assessment for accreditation of practitioners in the field of wills and probate in New South Wales . She is an elected Academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law; an elected Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts; elected member of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences and a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and in 2008 was elected to the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners. Professor Croucher is an Honorary Fellow of St Andrews’ College, University of Sydney and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Legal Medicine.
Professor Croucher obtained a BA (Hons) in History and an LLB from the University of Sydney; and her PhD from the University of New South Wales in the field of legal history. She was admitted as a legal practitioner in New South Wales in 1981.
Ros is married to Prof John Croucher - a statistician, her second husband. They married in 2004. Her first marriage was to Michael Atherton with whom she has two [grown up] children.
I am grateful to Ros for her support for my research.
There are a number of speeches made by Ros at:
Academic Staff Macquarie Law School Macquarie University
Sydney, NSW, 2109 Australia
Professor Rosalind Croucher (formerly Atherton)
BA (Hons) LLB (Sydney), PhD (UNSW), AMusA (AMEB), FRSA, FACLM (Hon)
(currently on leave as a Commissioner to the Australian Law Reform Commission)
Research Interests: Wills, trusts, equity, legal history, property, management of use of corpses.
Retro - 30 Years of Macquarie Law 1975-2005, with J Shedden, Macquarie University, 2005, 1-257
Law and Religion - God, the State and the Common Law, with P Radan and D Meyerson, eds, Routledge, London, 2005, including chapter with P. Vines.
Families and Estates: A Comparative Study, ed R Croucher, Kluwer Law International, 2005 including editorial introduction, section introduction and chapter with F. Dominello.
Succession: families, property and death, 2nd ed, Lexis Nexis Butterworths, 2003 - with P Vines (UNSW), 1-664, i-lxxi.
Estates, Taxes and Professional Ethics - Papers of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law – 2002 ed R Atherton, including editorial introduction, Kluwer 2003
Succession : families, property and death : text and cases / Rosalind F. Croucher, Prue Vines
Book Bib ID 4493435
Author Croucher, Rosalind F. (Rosalind Frances), 1954-
Edition 3rd ed. Description Chatswood, N.S.W. : LexisNexis Butterworths, 2009. lxxix, 816 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN 9780409324730 (pbk.)
Subjects Inheritance and succession - Australia.
Other Authors Vines, Prue, 1956-
Jan 31, 2007 (Lawyers Weekly - ABIX via COMTEX) -- Rosalind Croucher, has been appointed as new commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission for three years. Her appointment takes effect on 5 February 2007. Croucher has 25 years of experience as an academic lawyer, including seven years as dean of law at Macquarie University. She is a foundation fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, fellow of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences and Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures & Commerce, and an honorary fellow of the Australian College of Legal Medicine.
Article title Professor Rosalind Croucher (Cth)
Journal title AUSTRALIAN LAW JOURNAL
Bibliographic details 2007, VOL 81; NUMB 4, pages 232
Publisher HAMMICK'S BOOKSHOPS LTD Country of publication Australia
ISBN ISSN 0004-9611
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Have you been in trouble for breaching a secrecy law?
by Rosalind Croucher
Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:00 pm
Have you been in trouble for breaching a secrecy law? What was the outcome? Do you have any comments on the outcome or the process?
People who breach secrecy laws can be subject to a range of penalties, including reprimands, reassignment of duties, reductions in salary, dismissal, fines and imprisonment. These outcomes may be imposed by an agency or a court.
The ALRC is interested in any views you have on this topic.
Professor Rosalind Croucher
Commissioner-in-charge, Secrecy Inquiry; Australian Law Reform Commission
30 Years of Macquarie Law 1975 - 2005
Professor Rosalind Croucher
Dean, Division of Law Macquarie University
in association with
Macquarie University’s Alumni Office
is delighted to invite you
to join her, fellow Law alumni and special guests
for Macquarie Law’s 30th Anniversary Dinner
When: Saturday, 20th August, 2005
7.00pm for 7.30pm
Where: The Atrium
SAM Function Rooms
Professor Rosalind Croucher
Professor Rosalind Croucher was appointed to the Australian Law Reform Commission for on 5 February 2007 after a distinguished period of 25 years in University teaching and management, most recently as Dean of Law at Macquarie University (from 1999). Prior to this she was a member of the Law Faculties of the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. Professor Croucher has lectured and published extensively (under the name of ‘Atherton’ until 2004), principally in the fields of equity, trusts, property, inheritance and legal history. She served as Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans (2002), Vice President (Western Pacific), International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (1998-2005), Chair of the Scientific Committee for the World Congress of Medical Law 2004 and on the Program Committee for the 8th bi-ennial conference of the International Association of Women Judges, 2006, for which she was also ‘Rapporteur’. She was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Legal Medicine in 2004 and a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2007.
‘Inspired Law Reform Or Quick Fix? Or, ‘Well, Mr. Torrens, What Do You Reckon Now?”. (doc 338kB)
Robert Richard Torrens sought to solve a problem confronting land dealings in South Australia. He did this by propelling the introduction of a system of title registration that cut proof of ownership free from the shackles of prior uncertainties or muddiness. This became known as ‘the Torrens System’. In this presentation Professor Croucher looks at the present state of the Torrens system through the imagined eyes of Mr Torrens and assesses what he would have made of the developments in the law of real property under ‘his’ Act in its first 150 years.
IAWJ 2006 International Association of Women Judges 8th Biennial Conference 3-7 May 2006 Sydney, Australia Rapporteur’s Report - Professor Rosalind Croucher, Professor and Dean of Law, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Member of the Program Committee
Encouraging And Monitoring Performance: Responsibilities And Techniques
Rosalind F. Croucher, Macquarie University, Australia.
A primary responsibility of Deans in Australian universities is the performance management of staff. This is a two-edged responsibility: for encouraging and rewarding good performance, but also for 'managing' poor performance. The Australian context is constrained by Enterprise Agreements and a high level of accountability, in which the ability to sack staff who are performing poorly is extremely limited, or at least highly formalised. The challenge for Deans is to find an effective strategy within these constraints both to encourage and monitor good performance as well as to be 'on the case' of those who are underperforming. This paper shares strategies developed over six years in the Dean's chair for managing a range of performance issues in a professional Faculty.
TressCox lawyers CONNECTED WOMEN ’S NETWORK - International Women’s Day
HIGH tea Date Thursday 5 March 2009 Time 12:15pm for 12:30pm until 2:00pm
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TressCox Lawyers is delighted to invite you to join us in celebrating International Women’s Day 2009 with “High Tea” at our Sydney Office. Enjoy a delightful menu of delicate sandwiches, dainty sweets, exquisite teas and a glass of sparkling wine with our guest speaker, Professor Rosalind Croucher.
Professor Croucher was appointed to the Australian Law Reform Commission on 5 February 2007, after a distinguished period of 25 years in University teaching and management, most recently as Dean of Law at Macquarie. Professor Croucher has lectured and published extensively, principally in the fields of equity, trusts, property, inheritance and legal history.
Drawing on her experiences as a Law Dean for over seven years and now as a Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRALRALRC), Professor Rosalind Croucher will explore some of the challenges for women of building and maintaining careers while trying to achieve some balance between the demands—and expectations—of working and living.
JOIN US as we celebrate International Women’s Day 2009.
Perspectives on Privilege – client legal privilege and federal investigations. Professor Rosalind Croucher. Commissioner ...
The Australian Law Reform Commission Discussion Paper on secrecy provisions in federal laws was released today with 65 proposals for change. ALRC President David Weisbrot said the proposals involve major changes to the treatment of secrecy in statutes, currently "507 secrecy provisions scattered across 175 pieces of legislation, including 358 distinct secrecy offences carrying a wide variety of criminal penalties." The statute book at present is "more reflective of the old culture of secrecy than the current preference for openness.’
“In trying to shift the system towards a more open and ‘pro-disclosure culture’, the ALRC proposes a substantial decrease in the use of criminal sanctions —limiting prosecutions to those unauthorised disclosures in which it is alleged that harm has been caused, or was likely to be caused, to a compelling public interest. These include harm to: national security, defence or international relations; law enforcement operations; the physical safety of a person; or public health. Of course, the offence is more severe where the person intends to cause harm or is recklessly indifferent to the consequences. Mostly, however, it seems preferable to deal with these issues through better education and training, improved information handling practices, and by utilising public service disciplinary procedures."
The Paper steers clear of related issues of Freedom of Information and Whistleblowers Protection which are the subject of other review processes. But the shift to a harm test for criminal sanctions would involve burying the current draconian Section 70 of the Crimes Act which provides for up to two years in jail for any unauthorised disclosure, the basis of the conviction of Allan Kessing following disclosure of information about security shortcomings at Sydney Airport.
PEOPLE IN THE LAW - Australia Day Honours List 2007 (Cth) .
Professor Rosalind Croucher (Cth) .
Australian Law Journal (2007), volume 81 , issue 4 , p. 232
Guest lecture series
Perspectives on Privilege: Client Legal Privilege and Legal Investigations
Speaker: Professor Rosalind Croucher, Commissioner, Australian Law Reform Commission
When: Tuesday 15 April 2008 at 12:45 to 1:45pm
Where: GM15, Melbourne Law School
Australian Academy of Law
The Academy was launched in mid-2007
Foundation Fellows are those persons listed in Schedule 1 of the Constitution as Foundation Fellows:
Professor Rosalind Croucher (Commissioner, Australian Law Reform Commission)
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