Doctor Caroline Compton

Doctor Caroline Compton

Associate Dean, HDR,
School of Law

School of Law


Caroline is a lecturer at the Western Sydney University School of Law. Caroline studies the operation of plural normative systems, employing an interdisciplinary approach and ethnographic methods.

She has two current research projects. The first examines the adaptation of property regimes as a result of climate displacement. The second explores the ways the use of digital data is transforming developmental and humanitarian governance. Caroline received an Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship to undertake doctoral fieldwork in the Philippines. She has been a Visiting Research Associate at the Institute of Philippine Culture at Ateneo de Manila University, a Visiting Researcher at the University of Coimbra, and spent the 2017-8 US academic year at Yale University as a Fox Fellow. Caroline has published in journals including Regulation and Governance, Critical Asian Studies, and NYU Journal of International Law and Politics.

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  • Climate displacement
  • Law and Society
  • Legal Pluralism
  • Property Law

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Law
  • School of Law



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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 200012 Property Law, 2020
  • 200554 Law of Commercial Obligations, 2020



  • Fitzpatrick, D. and Compton, C. (2021), 'Law, Property and Disasters: Adaptive Perspectives from the Global South', : Routledge 9780367903770.

Chapters in Books

  • Fitzpatrick, D. and Compton, C. (2019), 'Disaster risk reduction and the state : the failure of no-build zones after Typhoon Haiyan', The Cambridge Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law, Cambridge University Press 9781108474122.
  • Fitzpatrick, D. and Compton, C. (2016), 'Land tenure systems as a challenge for disaster recovery : adapting to extreme weather events after Typhoon Haiyan', Adaptation to Climate Change: ASEAN and Comparative Experiences, World Scientific Publishing 9789814689731.

Journal Articles

  • Johns, F. and Compton, C. (2022), 'Data jurisdictions and rival regimes of algorithmic regulation', Regulation & Governance, vol 63, no 84 , pp 16 - 1.
  • Compton, C. (2020), 'The temporality of disaster : data, the emergency, and climate change', Anthropocenes, vol 1, no 1 .
  • Compton, C. (2019), 'Just adaptation and relocation : new challenges for the Anthropocene', King's Law Journal, vol 30, no 2 , pp 176 - 184.
  • Fitzpatrick, D., Compton, C. and Foukona, J. (2019), 'Property and the state or the folly of Torrens : a comparative perspective', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol 42, no 3 , pp 953 - 980.
  • Compton, C. (2018), 'The unheeded present and the impossible future : temporalities of relocation after Typhoon Haiyan', Critical Asian Studies, vol 50, no 1 , pp 136 - 154.
  • Fitzpatrick, D. and Compton, C. (2018), 'Seeing like a state : land law and human mobility after super Typhoon Haiyan', New York University Journal of International Law and Politics, vol 50, no 3 , pp 719 - 787.

Previous Projects

Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and Evaluation Tools for Men's Behaviour Change Programs
  • Department of Communities & Justice
Western Researchers: Lucy Nicholas, Ann Dadich, Caroline Compton, Gabrielle Drake, Benjamin Hanckel, Kate Huppatz and Kerry Robinson
Years: 2022-04-19 - 2022-06-03
ID: P00027959

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