Dr Heather Roberts is the leading and pioneer scholar on judicial swearing- in ceremonies. In 2015 this research was showcased in her interview with Anita Barraud on ABC Radio National’s Law Report. This interview drew on her extensive and ground-breaking archival research into the origins and contemporary practice of these ceremonies in Australian Federal Courts.

Her swearing-in research is part of a larger research agenda exploring the question: how does who a judge is make a difference to how the law develops? This question originally prompted her return to academia to pursue doctoral research examining the constitutional philosophy of Sir William Deane. She has continued this interest through studies of the jurisprudence of Justices Michael Kirby and Dyson Heydon, and presented and published her research nationally and internationally.

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Ceremony matters: The lasting significance of the swearing-in ceremony of Chief Justice Susan Kiefel