Professor Natalie Skead

Started at UWA: 2002

National award-winning law teacher and prolific researcher

At UWA Law School we are fortunate to teach some of Australia’s brightest students. I love law and I love teaching, so having the opportunity to immerse myself in both of these loves is an immense privilege.Professor Natalie Skead

Professor Natalie Skead is Dean of the Law School at UWA. She is a national award-winning teacher and prolific researcher in the areas of equity, trusts, property, remedies, confiscation of proceeds of crime, and legal education. Professor Skead practised law in South Africa for 10 years before moving to Australia and completing her doctorate at UWA. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow and Director of the Australian Academy of Law. She is also Chair of the Australasian Law Academics Association and Deputy Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans.


As a dedicated teacher, a professional highlight was receiving a national Excellence in Teaching Award from the Federal Minister for Education and Training in December 2017. Professor Skead describes UWA Law School as a collegial, supportive environment that fosters, recognises and celebrates excellence in legal research, teaching and service.


B.Com, LLB, SJD, GradCertTertTeach

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Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2019

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Federal Department of Education and Training, Australian Award for University Teaching, Award for Teaching Excellence, 2017

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UWA Award for Teaching Excellence, 2016

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Federal Office of Learning and Teaching, Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2012

Dean of UWA Law School’s therapy dog initiative


Featured project

Confiscation of Proceeds of Crime

Confiscation of Proceeds of Crime legislation has been touted as Australia’s most effective weapon against serious and organised crime. Professor Skead’s research examines this claim, analysing effectiveness of the legislation and its impact, specifically on innocent third parties. This project is being run by a collaboration of researchers from UWA’s Law School, funded by the Australian Institute of Criminology.

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Australian Institute of Criminology

  • Pocketing the Proceeds of Crime: The Legislation, Criminological Perspectives and Experiences


Federal Office of Learning and Teaching

  • Promoting Excellence in Sessional Teaching in Law


Federal Office of Learning and Teaching

  • Towards Excellence in Sessional Teaching in Law


Supervisor opportunities

Professor Skead has been supervising PhD students since 2014. She has supervised topics focused on heritage protection, property law, legal education, fiduciary duties, and charitable trusts.

Professor Skead welcomes expressions of interest from prospective PhD students interested in private law, confiscation legislation or legal education.

If you’re interested in a PhD opportunity with Professor Skead, get in touch using the contact details below.

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Related research hubs

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