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Rebecca Mendelsohn



Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Melbourne.

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research), Chinese Studies, Monash University.

Contact details

PhD programme

Policy & Governance

Topic title

Australia’s Foreign Investment Regime and the ‘National Interest’ in Comparative International Perspective

Topic description

My doctoral research is an inter-disciplinary exercise that marries law, political philosophy, public policy, and economics in an effort to better understand the concept of the ‘national interest’ as it operates in Australia’s foreign investment regime. My work also seeks to place Australia’s regime in comparative international perspective by examining other approaches to reviewing inbound foreign investment.


Rebecca Mendelsohn, 2016. ‘Australian Investment Decisions Need De-Mystifying’, East Asia Forum. Available at

Rebecca Mendelsohn and Allan Fels, 2016 forthcoming. ‘A Strategic Analysis of the Australian Foreign Investment Regime and the Prospect of Reform’, International Journal of Public Policy.
Featured in the Australian Financial Review: Greg Earl, ‘Australia’s “Swiss Cheese” Foreign Investment System Needs Overhaul’, AFR, 29 August 2014, p.5. Available at

Rebecca Mendelsohn and Allan Fels, 2014. ‘Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board and the Regulation of Chinese Investment’, China Economic Journal, 7:1, 59-83. Available at

Rebecca Mendelsohn, 2014. ‘In the National Interest’, Advance Magazine, Winter Edition, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. Available at

Scholarships and fellowships

Australian Postgraduate Award for doctoral study at the ANU. 2013-2016.

Endeavour Research Fellowship for comparative international research towards doctoral thesis. Awarded in 2014 for 2015.

Employment history

Research Assistant, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research (EABER), Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. August 2013, ongoing.

Assistant Academic Editor for Special Issue of the China Economic Journal on Chinese Overseas Direct Investment (Vol.7, Iss.1, February 2014).
Issue available for download at

Research Assistant to Professor Tania Sourdin, Director of the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation, Monash University. 2012-2013.

Lawyer, Lander & Rogers (General Insurance), 2010-2011.

Lawyer and Graduate, Clayton Utz (Commercial Litigation & Corporate), 2009-2010.

Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 Australia

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