Dr Partlett joined Melbourne Law School in 2015 as a Senior Lecturer. Before coming to Melbourne, Dr Partlett was an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law of Chinese University Hong Kong, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer at Columbia University Law School, and a Fellow at The Brookings Institution. Dr Partlett holds a JD from Stanford Law School as well as a DPhil in Soviet History and MPhil in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford (where he was a Clarendon Scholar). He also holds an honors bachelors degree in International Affairs and Public Policy from Princeton University and speaks Russian.
Dr Partlett's research broadly focuses on the role of institutions in comparative public law. His work is currently focused on two projects. First, his research explores the institutional dimensions of constitution-making. Second, his research draws on his background in Soviet history to explore the distinctive institutional legacies of the socialist system of law in the former Soviet Union and Asia.