Helen Irving is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney, and former Director of the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence. She specialises in Australian and comparative constitutional law, with a particular focus on gender equity and constitutional citizenship.
She was active in the recent public debate on proposals for an Australian human rights act, and in the campaign for an Australian republic.
During the 1990s, she played a prominent role in events surrounding the (then) approaching Centenary of Federation, and wrote many works on the historical emergence of the Australian Constitution. She was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003.
In 2005-2006, she held the Harvard Chair of Australian Studies, as a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School.