Dr Lara Pratt

Assistant Dean

BA/LLB (Hons) (Macq), Grad Cert Res (Macq), Grad Cert Uni Teaching (UNDA),PhD (Macq)

Email: lara.pratt@nd.edu.au
Phone: 9433 0956

  • Biography

    Dr Lara Pratt has been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame since 2012 and the Assistant Dean of Teaching and Learning since 2017.

    Lara teaches in a variety of courses with her main teaching area being those courses with an International Law element, including Public International Law, Law and War and Human Rights.  Lara also initiated and continues to coordinate the Law School’s international internship program which does vary year-to-year but has involved taking a groups of student to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to visit the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and various NGOs seeking to improve access to justice in Cambodia as well facilitating as longer-term internships at international commercial law firms.

    In addition to international law, Lara also currently teaches Legal Research and Writing, which is the introductory course designed to introduce first year students to the study of law. She has previously taught Property Law and Contemporary Legal Issues at Notre Dame.

    Lara is also involved in initiatives within the Law School designed to assist students transition from ‘student’ to ‘professional’. She created the Law School’s CV workshop for penultimate and final year students. In 2017 Lara facilitated the Law School’s entry in the Mentor Program run in conjunction with the School of Law and Justice at Edith Cowan University and the Young Lawyers Committee of the Law Society of WA.  She oversaw Notre Dame’s participation in that program for several years and the program was so successful that by 2019 all WA Law School’s had joined the program.

    Lara’s research interests are in public international law, in particular international humanitarian and international criminal law, as well as human rights law.  Lara has also published on teaching and learning in law.

    Prior to coming to the University of Notre Dame, Lara completed a PhD at Macquarie University on the topic of Bills of Rights.  She also taught courses at the Macquarie Law School and in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations.

    Lara has been a member of the Australian Red Cross’ WA International Humanitarian Law Advisory Committee since 2015 and regularly presents at their Perth events.

  • Teaching areas

    • Public International Law
    • Human Rights Law
    • International Humanitarian Law
    • International Criminal Law
    • Legal Research and Writing
    • Property Law
    • Contemporary Legal Issues
  • Research expertise and supervision

    • Public international law, especially in the areas of human rights and international humanitarian law
    • Comparative law
    • Bills of Rights and domestic rights protection
  • Journal articles and proceedings

    Lara Pratt, ‘Prosecution for the Destruction of Cultural Property - Significance of the al Mahdi Trial’ (2018) 18(6) International Criminal Law Review

    Lara Pratt ‘Protected persons under international humanitarian law’ in Michael Crawley and Fauve Kurnadi (eds), Australian Red Cross Handbook on International Humanitarian Law Mooting (Australian Red Cross, 2018)

    Lara Pratt, ‘An International Experience for Law Students: Preparing, Planning and Pastoral Care’, (2017) 10 Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association 96 (developed from a presentation at the 2017 Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference)

    Lara Pratt, ‘Cultural Property as a Casualty of Armed Conflict: A Comment on the Lessons from Iraq and Syria’ in Doug Hodgson (ed), International Human Rights and Justice (Nova: 2016)

    Zamaris Saxon and Lara Pratt, ‘From Cause to Responsibility: R2P as a Modern Just War’ (2015) 17 University of Notre Dame Australia Law Review http://researchonline.nd.edu.au/undalr/

    Lara Pratt, ‘Political Protections of Fundamental Rights as a Means of Mitigating the Weaknesses of Legal Protections’ (2012) 10 Macquarie Law Journal 103

  • Professional affiliations

    Lara is a member of the International Humanitarian Law Committee of the Red Cross of WA
  • Community engagement

    Lara regularly presents at the Red Cross of WA IHL training courses which are open to the general public and which attract CPD points for practising solicitors
  • Other

    Book Review: Sassoli & Bouvier, 'How does Law Protect in War' (2007) 26 AYBIL 217