Centre Fellow - Joanna Davidson


Joanna Davidson is a barrister at Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers.  From 2012-April 2014 she served as Counsel Assisting the NSW Solicitor General and Crown Advocate and in that capacity appeared as junior counsel in public law proceedings in the High Court, NSW Court of Appeal and NSW Court of Criminal Appeal. She previously worked as a Senior Solicitor in the Administrative Law group at the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office and for former Chief Justice JJ Spigelman AC, and has had several years of experience of commercial litigation practice at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York and Mallesons Stephen Jacques in Sydney.  Joanna is a UNSW Law graduate and has taught Administrative Law on a sessional basis at UNSW since 2009.  In 2006, Joanna was awarded the Menzies Scholarship to Harvard, where she completed her LLM in 2007. 

Publications and presentations

Panel Member, ‘The Intersection of Public Law Practice and Teaching’, Public Law in the Classroom: A Workshop for Teachers of Australian Public Law, UNSW, 12 February 2018.

'Substantive Fairness: A Case for Reconsidering the Breach between English and Australian Law' in M Groves and G Weeks (eds), Legitimate Expectations in the Common Law World (forthcoming, 2015) (with Kristina Stern SC).

The Laws of Australia, Judicial Review of Administrative Action (2014, updating author).

'Magaming v The Queen: The Constitution, Judicial Process and Sentencing' (Paper delivered at Gilbert + Tobin Centre Constitutional Law Conference, February 2014).

NSW Administrative Law in 2009: Questions raised and resolved (Paper delivered at ANU Public Law Weekend, November 2009).

'Foreword: Review of the Law of Negligence: Balancing Costs and Community Expectations' (2002) 25 University of New South Wales Law Journal 808.

'Bright Lines in the Spectrum: Datacasting as a Case Study in Regulating Convergent Technology' (2000) 19(2) Communications Law Bulletin 8.