Robert Hayes Memorial Fund

The Robert Hayes Memorial Scholarship Fund


This Fund has been established in memory of Associate Professor Robert Hayes to provide scholarships to outstanding students with a passion for studying law but who need a helping hand to get them on their way.

Dr Robert HayesAssociate Professor Robert Hayes

Robert Alexander Hayes was born on 12 January 1942 in Melbourne.

During his lifetime, Dr Hayes was dedicated to providing fairness and justice for the most vulnerable in society drawing from his own personal experiences to make a lasting impact.

Dr Hayes was closely involved with a number of community services and for over 40 years, he was often the last line of defence for some of the most misunderstood, marginalised and forgotten members of our community.

He was passionate about teaching law and the real and everyday way the law engaged with society. His lifelong ambition was to have an impact on the way the law engaged with people on a daily basis.

One of the first law students in Australia to graduate with a PhD, as a young academic he held visiting professorships at Canada's McGill and Toronto universities.

Although his first job was as a teacher at Monash University, he was later to teach law at seven other  universities during his career. 

In his final position, Associate Professor at the Western Sydney University School of Law, Dr Robert Hayes was committed to providing the highest quality legal education to his students. His lectures were popular for their humour and directness. Dr Hayes challenged students to think about how the harsh reality of everyday life conflicted with the rights of individuals.

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