Dr Darren

Dr Darren O' Donovan

Senior Lecturer

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

La Trobe Law School

Office 258 Martin Building, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BCL (Hons), PhD (National University of Ireland)



Area of study


Brief profile

Dr Darren O’Donovan, commenced as a Senior Lecturer in La Trobe Law School in July 2016. Darren holds a BCL (Hons), and a PhD from University College Cork, Ireland, where he also lectured from 2009-2012. As an Assistant Professor at Bond University, Queensland for the past four years, Darren’s main teaching specialisation was in Administrative Law. He has written extensively on rights, oversight and public administration, including the book Law and Public Administration in Ireland (co-authored with Dr Fiona Donson). Much of Darren's work has reflected upon the centrality of non-judicial review bodies and first instance decision-makers to delivering administrative justice. These ideas also featured in his examination of the Office of the Ombudsman which was published in the leading international law journal, Public Law in 2014. Drawing upon these themes, Darren is currently undertaking research projects in relation National Disability Insurance Scheme. He is a co-author (with Professor Patrick Keyzer) of Discover: the National Disability Insurance Scheme Help Guide (2nd edition) which was recently published by the Endeavour Foundation

Darren’s PhD thesis, which was funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, concerned housing rights, equality and Ireland’s Travelling Community. In examining the underlying policy and legislative dynamics behind Traveller/Roma exclusion in Europe, the thesis critically analysed the difficulties of accessing culturally appropriate housing for the Irish Travelling Community. Many of its themes are reflected in an article published this year in the International Journal on Discrimination and the Law.

A sample of Darren’s existing and ongoing research output is available at: https://latrobe.academia.edu/DarrenDonovan, and his twitter account is @darrenodonovan  

Teaching units

LAW3ADN - Administrative law

LaW3DRL - Disability, Rights and the Law