Centre Fellow - Shipra Chordia

Shipra Chordia is a Teaching Fellow at the University of New South Wales and a Barrister at the NSW Bar. She lectures in public law subjects and has published on constitutional law in leading journals, including the Melbourne University Law Review and the Federal Law Review. Shipra has presented her research at Harvard Law School, New York University, and to the Australian Association of Constitutional Law.

In the past, Shipra practised at Freehills in Sydney and Linklaters LLP in London and was Judicial Assistant to Lord Justice Mummery in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. In 2015, Shipra received the Sir Anthony Mason PhD Award in Public Law. In 2016, she was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School.

Shipra's doctoral thesis (conferred in 2018) developed a theoretical framework for the application of proportionality in constitutional contexts and made suggestions for the future development of proportionality in Australian constitutional law.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

S Chordia, ‘Section 96 of the Constitution: developments in methodology and interpretation’ (2015) 34(2) University of Tasmania Law Review 54

S Chordia, A Lynch and G Williams, ‘Williams v Commonwealth: Commonwealth Executive Power after Williams (No 2)’ (2015) 39 Melbourne University Law Review 306

S Chordia and A Lynch, ‘Constitutional Incongruence: Explaining the Failure of the Council of the Australian Federation’ (2015) 43 Federal Law Review 339

S Chordia and A Lynch, ‘Federalism in Australian constitutional interpretation: signs of reinvigoration?’ (2014) 33(1) University of Queensland Law Journal 83

S Chordia, ‘The High Court, Same-sex marriage and Federalism’ (2014) 39(2) Alternative Law Journal 84

S Chordia, A Lynch and G Williams, ‘Williams v Commonwealth: Commonwealth Executive Power and Australian Federalism’ (2013) 37(1) Melbourne University Law Review 189

Academic blogposts

Shipra Chordia, ‘The Trajectory of Structured Proportionality in Implied Freedom of Political Communication cases: Brown v Tasmania’ on AUSPUBLAW (2 November 2017)

Shipra Chordia, ‘Proportionality and McCloy v New South Wales: close but not quite?’ on AUSPUBLAW (1 March 2016)

Conference and seminar presentations

‘Structured proportionality after McCloy and Murphy', Australian Association of Constitutional Law, Federal Court of Australia, Sydney, 17 May 2017

‘The problem of balancing: structured proportionality and tiered scrutiny’, Harvard Law School Visiting Scholar Colloquium Series, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, 30 November 2016

‘Dealing with uncertainty in the absence of constitutional rights: proportionality in systems dominated by political constitutionalism’, International Society of Public Law 2015 Conference, New York University, New York, 2 July 2015

Media publications

‘Frozen Federation Fails as a Model of Accountable Government’, The Conversation, 4 June 2014

‘The Many Dilemmas of George Brandis’, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and The Canberra Times, 4 February 2014 (with Andrew Lynch)

‘Racial vilification first on George Brandis’ chopping block’, Crikey, 5 December 2013 (with Andrew Lynch)

‘The Brandis Agenda’, Inside Story, 4 December 2013 (with Andrew Lynch)

‘Legally binding or not? Why breaking the Gonski funding deals matters’, The Conversation, 27 November 2013

‘Federal-state reform: is Abbott offering the real deal?’, The Conversation, 21 August 2013 (with Andrew Lynch)

Explainer: why are we having a referendum on local government?’, The Conversation, 13 May 2013

‘Murray-Darling: why Australia needs intergovernmental cooperation’, The Conversation, 30 October 2012

Submissions to public inquiries

Submission to Inquiry into Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015, Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, 16 July 2015

Submission to National Commission of Audit, 21 November 2013

Oral evidence at hearing before Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee, 29 April 2013

Submission to Inquiry into Citizen Initiated Referendum Bill 2013, Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee, 22 April 2013

Submission to Inquiry into Constitutional Recognition of Local Government, Joint Select Committee on the Constitutional Recognition of Local Government, 12 December 2012

Submission to Inquiry into the 2010 Australian Federal Election, Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters