Centre Fellow - Brendan Lim


Brendan Lim is a barrister at Eleven Wentworth Chambers.

His legal writing has addressed topics in constitutional law, statutory interpretation, the law of jurisdiction, and decision-making theory.  In 2012 he won the Leslie Zines Prize for Excellence in Legal Research, awarded by the Federal Law Review, and in 2014 he received Yale University’s John Addison Porter Prize for his doctoral dissertation.

Brendan studied at Yale Law School (LLM, JSD) as a John Monash Scholar.  He undertook coursework in several aspects of public law, competition law, and legal philosophy and his dissertation was in constitutional law.  He holds undergraduate degrees in law, music, and mathematics from the University Adelaide, with university medals in both law and music and the Honours Alumni University Medal.

Before being called to the bar, Brendan was Counsel Assisting the Commonwealth Solicitor-General and a judge’s associate at the High Court of Australia and the Federal Court of Australia.

Publications and presentations (See also on SSRN: http://ssrn.com/author=1129335)

Australia’s Constitution after Whitlam (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

‘The Rationales for the Principle of Legality’ in D Meagher and M Groves (eds), The  Principle of Legality in Australia and New Zealand (Federation Press, 2017)

‘Legitimacy’ in C Saunders and A Stone (eds), Oxford Handbook of the Australian Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2018)

‘The Rationales of the Principle of Legality’, The Principle of Legality in Australian and New Zealand Law Conference , Deakin University, Melbourne, 20 February 2015.

'Australian Communication and Media Authority v Today FM’, 2015 Constitutional Law Conference , Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, Sydney, 13 February 2015.

'Collective Irrationality and the Doctrine of Precedent' (2014) 38 Melbourne University Law Review (Advanced) (with Justice Stephen Gageler).

'Laboratory Federalism and the Kable Principle' (2014) 42 Federal Law Review 519.

'The Normativity of the Principle of Legality' (2013) 37 Melbourne University Law Review 372.

'Hypothetical Jurisdiction: A Reply to Justice Mark Leeming' (2013) 87 Australian Law Journal 680.

'The Case for Hypothetical Jurisdiction' (2012) 86 Australian Law Journal 616.

'Review Essay: An Australian Reads Living Originalism' (2012) 34 Sydney Law Review 809.

'Attributes and Attribution of State Courts – Federalism and the Kable Principle' (2012) 40 Federal Law Review 31.