Linda Kirk is a Senior Lecturer at the ANU College of Law, Australian National University and a Visiting Fellow at the Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London. During 2015-16 she was the Sub-Dean and Deputy Director of the Migration Law Program at the ANU College of Law. In December 2016, Linda was appointed as a part-time Senior Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in Sydney.
Linda holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Cambridge, a Bachelor of Laws degree with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Adelaide, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (With Distinction) from the University of South Australia. She is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia.
From 2009-14 Linda was a Senior Member of the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal. She was a Senator for South Australia from 2002-2008, and a member of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee and the Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Migration. Linda was the Chair of the Australasian Chapter of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges (IARLJ) from October 2011 to July 2016. She is currently a member of the Council of the Asia-Pacific Chapter of the IARLJ and the Rapporteur of the IARLJ Extraterritorial Processing Working Party.
Linda is enrolled part-time in a Doctor of Juridical Science degree at Monash University, and is writing her dissertation on consistency in refugee status determination. She has published in national and international law books and journals in the fields of Australian constitutional and administrative law, international refugee law and comparative refugee status determination procedures. She regularly writes submissions for Commonwealth Parliament Committee inquiries in the legal and immigration portfolios.