Doctor Cressida Limon

Doctor Cressida Limon

Senior Lecturer In Law,
School of Law


My research focuses on the intersections of law, gender and technology. I am particularly interested in feminist and critical theoretical approaches to law.  In my work I analyse how technologies impact legal forms in ways that reproduce or resist nature/culture hierarchies and social inequalities. For example, my PhD thesis, ‘Genes, Biotechnologies and Legal Imaginings’ (2012) examined the contradictory ways in which genes are represented across a range of legal fields including family law, anti-discrimination law and patent law.

Before joining the Law School at Western Sydney, I was the Research Fellow for the Family Law Council of Australia’s inquiry into family formation and the law. I have  held positions at a number of universities including Victoria University Melbourne, The University of Melbourne and the University of California Santa Cruz. I have taught in the fields of Anti-Discrimination Law, Bioethics, Introduction to Law, Lawyers and Legal Ethics, Legal Research Methods, Legal Theory and Property Law.

I am currently the Unit Coordinator of Property Law. I am the convenor of the School of Law’s Public Seminar Series and a member of the School of Law’s Research and Higher Degree Committee.

I have been a member of the Editorial Board of the Australian Feminist Law Journal since 2001.  I have also co-edited two special issues of the AFLJ: Dogs, Pigs and Children: Changing Laws in Colonial Britain, December 2014 (with Yoriko Otomo) and Law, Invention and Technology, December 2012 (with Sara Ramshaw).

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  • PhD University of Melbourne
  • LLB(Hons) La Trobe University
  • BA The Australian National University

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Law


Phone: (02) 9685 9622
Location: EK.G.20

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 200012 Property Law, 2016


Chapters in Books

  • Harland, A. and Limon, C. (2015), 'Recognition of parentage in surrogacy arrangements in Australia', Surrogacy, Law and Human Rights, Ashgate 9781472451248.
  • Limon, C. (2013), 'Inventing animals', Law and the Question of the Animal: A Critical Jurisprudence, Routledge 9780415683500.

Journal Articles

  • Limon, C. (2016), 'From surrogacy to ectogenesis : reproductive justice and equal opportunity in neoliberal times', Australian Feminist Studies, vol 31, no 88 , pp 203 - 219.
  • Limon, C. (2013), 'Surrogacy and parenthood : an overview of the research on the relationship between surrogacy and adoption', Australian Journal of Adoption, vol 7, no 3 .
  • Limon, C. (2012), 'Myths of invention : law and the ignorance about genetics', Australian Feminist Law Journal, vol 37 , pp 51 - 64.
  • Limon, C. and Ramshaw, S. (2012), 'Surprise of invention : making fun of the statutory', Australian Feminist Law Journal, vol 37 , pp 3 - 13.


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Surrogacy: The Construction of Family
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Explore whether children in statutory out of home care have a right to challenge decisions made in their 'best interest'.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The ancient estate: decolonising democracy in the twenty-first century
Field of Research:

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