Ms Shreeya Smith

Ms Shreeya Smith

Associate Lecturer,
Dean's Unit - School of Law

Biography

Shreeya is an Associate Lecturer in the School of Law at Western Sydney University. She is a constitutional scholar interested in the role of constitutional values in informing constitutional interpretation, and the role of the executive. Her current research is concerned with how the scope of the executive power of the Commonwealth must necessarily be shaped and understood by the constitutional values underpinning the Australian Constitution, and how that informs the scope of executive power to respond to a public health emergency such as COVID-19. More broadly, she is interested in the role of automation in executive decision making and regulation, and both how public law values inform its development, and how the changes in the role and nature of the executive arising from such automation informs public law values. A further area of interest is centred around the role of the executive in comparative perspective, with a focus on India and Australia. She is a member of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, and is a Deputy Director of the Centre's project on public law and public health focused on responding to COVID-19. She has contributed to AUSPUBLAW on executive power and COVID-19. AUSPUBLAW is a highly regarded blog focused on Australian public law that publishes expert commentary and analysis on public law issues. Shreeya has also made submissions to Australian parliamentary committees on the legal and policy issues arising from aspects of Australia's immigration detention system, including raising potential constitutional issues.

Shreeya is also a passionate educator. Her teaching interests are public law focused, with her experience centred around introductory public law courses and constitutional law. She likes to think deeply about her teaching practice and enriching student experiences and understanding of public law. She is a co-organiser of the annual Public Law in the Classroom Workshop, which brings together the public law community to think about and discuss the challenges and opportunities arising in the teaching of public law.

She comes to academia following over 10 years experience in public policy, with a focus on telecommunications and technology policy and law reform.

  

This information has been contributed by Ms Smith.

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Association of Constitutional Law (2016 - 2022)

Interests

  • Constitutional Law

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School of Law

Contact

Email: Shreeya.Smith@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone:
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Location: ParramattaParramatta

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Teaching

Current Teaching Areas

  • 200009 Constitutional Law

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 200984 Government and Public Law, 2021

I am a constitutional scholar interested in the role of constitutional values in informing constitutional interpretation, and the role of the executive. My current research is concerned with how the scope of the executive power of the Commonwealth must necessarily be shaped and understood by the constitutional values underpinning the Australian Constitution, and how that informs the scope of executive power to respond to a public health emergency such as COVID-19. More broadly, I am interested in the role of automation in executive decision making and regulation, and both how public law values inform its development, and how the changes in the role and nature of the executive arising from such automation informs public law values. A further area of interest is centred around the role of the executive in comparative perspective, with a focus on India and Australia.

This information has been contributed by Ms Smith.

Media

Title: The Scope of a Nationhoodpower to Respond to COVID-19: Unanswered questions
Description: A blogpost that considers the doctrinal questions that arise when exploring whether the Commonwealth executive could rely on its non-statutory executive power to respond to COVID-19.

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