Books

 

2016

Gabrielle Appleby and Rosalind Dixon
The Critical Judgments Project, Re-Reading Monis v The Queen (Federation Press, 2017)
This book introduces students to a number of critical legal perspectives and demonstrates how such perspectives might be used to influence and reimagine existing legal doctrines. It extends the seminal Feminist Judgments Project and adapts it specifically for the purpose of teaching critical legal thinking. Each chapter provides extracts and commentary on the prominent thinkers within the critical discipline before a leading critical scholar rewrites the judgment in the famous 2013 decision of the High Court of Australia, Monis v The Queen, informed and reimagined through this perspective.

 

Rebecca Ananian-Welsh, Gabrielle Appleby and Andrew Lynch
The Tim Carmody Affair: Australia’s Greatest Judicial Crisis (NewSouth Books, 2016)
When Tim Carmody was appointed Chief Justice of Queensland by Premier Campbell Newman in 2014, he had been Chief Magistrate for only nine months. It proved to be the most controversial judicial appointment in Australia’s history. Carmody’s elevation plunged the Supreme Court and the legal profession into a bitter conflict with the government and with Carmody himself. How did he come to be appointed to such a significant position? What can we learn from this saga about the fragile relationships between politics and the courts? The Tim Carmody Affair places the full story of Carmody’s damaging and divisive tenure in context, and identifies key reforms that could prevent this kind of controversy in the future.

 

Andrew Lynch (ed)
Great Australian Dissents (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
When judges disagree, those in the minority write a dissenting opinion. This book considers the great dissents in Australian law. Their worth may derive from numerous factors. Through a diverse selection of memorable dissenting opinions, this book illuminates the topic of judicial disagreement more generally - not only through examples of instances when minority opinions have been distinctly valuable, but by drawing out a richer understanding of the attributes and circumstances which lead some dissents to become iconic, while so many lie forgotten.

 

Gabrielle Appleby
The Role of the Solicitor-General: Negotiating Law, Politics and the Public Interest (Hart Publishing, 2016)
This book goes behind the scenes of government - drawing from interviews with over 45 government and judicial officials - to uncover the history, theory and practice of the Australian Solicitor-General. The analysis reveals a role that is of fundamental constitutional importance to ensuring both the legality and the integrity of government action, thus contributing to the achievement of rule of law ideals.

 

Melissa Crouch
Islam and the State in Myanmar (Oxford University Press, 2016)
This volume explores the relation between Islam and the state in Buddhist-majority Myanmar from both an empirical and a comparative perspective.It provides an informed response to contemporary issues facing the Muslim communities of Myanmar, furthering knowledge of the interaction between state institutions, government policies, and Muslim communities of the past and the present. The book provides scholarly insights into the politics of belonging for Muslims in Myanmar. This book is essential reading for scholars and students studying Islam in the region.
 

Greg Weeks
Soft Law and Public Authorities: Remedies and Reform (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2016)
This book considers the phenomenon of soft law employed by domestic public authorities. Lawyers have long understood that public authorities are able to issue certain communications in a way that causes them to be treated like law, even though they lack legislative force. Soft law succeeds as a regulatory tool because people tend to treat it as binding even though public authorities know that it is not. It follows that soft law’s ‘binding’ effects do not apply equally between the public authority and those to whom it is directed. Consequently, soft law is both highly effective as a means of regulation, and inherently risky for those who are regulated by it. This book departs from previous examinations of the regulatory effectiveness of soft law to examine the possible remedies which might follow a public authority breaching its own soft law. It considers judicial review remedies, modes of compensation which are not based upon a finding of invalidity, namely tort and equity, and ‘soft’ challenges outside the scope of the courts, such as through the Ombudsman or by seeking an ex gratia payment.

 

2015

Ben Golder
Foucault and the Politics of Rights (Stanford University Press, 2015)
This book focuses on Michel Foucault's late work on rights in order to address broader questions about the politics of rights in the contemporary era. As several commentators have observed, something quite remarkable happens in this late work. In his early career, Foucault had been a great critic of the liberal discourse of rights. Suddenly, from about 1976 onward, he makes increasing appeals to rights in his philosophical writings, political statements, interviews, and journalism. He not only defends their importance; he argues for rights new and as-yet-unrecognized. Does Foucault simply revise his former positions and endorse a liberal politics of rights? Ben Golder proposes an answer to this puzzle, which is that Foucault approaches rights in a spirit of creative and critical appropriation.
 

Sean Brennan, Megan Davis, Brendan Edgeworth and Leon Terrill
NativeTitle From Mabo to Akiba: A Vehicle for Change and Empowerment? (Federation Press, 2015)
This edited collection provided a realistic assessment of the achievements, frustrations and possibilities of native title, two decades since the enactment of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), and after the most significant High Court decision on native title in more than ten years, Akiba v Commonwealth, which confirmed the existence of commercial native title fishing rights.

 

Andrew Lynch, Nicola McGarrity-White and George Williams
Inside Australia’s Anti-Terrorism Laws and Trials (NewSouth Publishing, 2015)
Over ten years after Australia’s first national laws were enacted to combat the threat of terrorism, yet more anti-terrorism laws were passed in the Australian Parliament in late 2014. This book asks whether Australia really needed to enact anti-terrorism laws in the first place, let alone add to them.

 

Megan Davis and George Williams
Everything You Need to Know about the Referendum to Recognise Indigenous Australians (NewSouth Publishing, 2015)
This book explains everything that Australians need to know about the proposal to recognise Aboriginal peoples in the Constitution. It details how our Constitution was drafted, and shows how Aboriginal peoples came to be excluded from the new political settlement.

 

Rosalind Dixon and George Williaims
The High Court, the Constitution and Australian Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
This publication s is an in-depth exploration of the relationship between decisions of the High Court and broader political currents in Australia and investigages the patterns and effects of constitutional invalidation and dissent on the High Court over time, and their correlation with political trends and attitudes. It also examines the role of constitutional amendment in expressing popular constitutional understandings in the Australian system.

 

Svetlana Tyulkina
Militant Democracy: Undemocratic Political Parties and Beyond (Routledge, 2015)
This book offers a broad comparative look at the legal concept of militant democracy. It analyses both theoretical and substantive aspects of this concept, investigating its practice in a number of countries and on a diverse array of issues. Svetlana maps the historical development of militant democracy in constitutional theory and explores its interaction with various traditional and contemporary notions of democracy
 

2014

 

Sean Brennan, Andrew Lynch and George Williams
Australian Constitutional Law and Theory: Commentary and Materials (Federation Press, 6th ed 2014)
In its sixth edition, this publication has undergone a major rewrite. Every chapter has been reviewed and revised, with fresh choices made for cases and extracts to ensure that the book reflects the contemporary approach of the High Court and recent Australian and international scholarship.

 

Fergal Davis and Fiona de Londras
Critical Debates on Counter-Terrorist Judicial Review (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
This publication looks at judicial review as an effective and appropriate way to regulate counter-terrorism measures. It brings together voices from all sides of the debate from a broad range of jurisdictions, from North America, Europe and Australasia.

 

 

Rosalind Dixon and Tom Ginsburg
Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014)
Comparative constitutional law is a field of increasing importance around the world, but much of the literature is focused on Europe, North America, and English-speaking jurisdictions. The importance of Asia for the broader field is demonstrated here in original contributions that look thematically at issues from a general perspective, with special attention on how they have been treated in East Asian jurisdictions.

 

 

Melissa Crouch and Tim Lindsey
Law, Society and Transition in Myanmar. (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2014)
This publication addresses the dynamics of the legal system of Myanmar/Burma in the context of the dramatic but incomplete transition to democracy that formally began in 2011. It includes contributions from leading scholars in the field on a range of key legal issues now facing Myanmar, such as judicial independence, constitutional law, human rights and institutional reform

 

2013

 

Fergal Davis, Nicola McGarrity and George Williams
Surveillance, Counter-Terrorism and Comparative Constitutionalism (Routledge-Cavendish, 2013)
This book focuses on the issue of surveillance and the breadth of topics covered in this collection include: the growth and diversification of mechanisms of mass surveillance, the challenges that technological developments pose for constitutionalism, new actors in the surveillance state (such as local communities and private organisations), the use of surveillance material as evidence in court, and the effectiveness of constitutional and other forms of review of surveillance powers.

 

 

David Hume and George Williams
Human Rights under the Australian Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed 2013)
This publication was shortlisted in the Tertiary (Wholly Australian): Scholarly Resource section of the Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2014) and deals with how the Australian Constitution protects human rights. It provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of the key public law principles, including the full range of express and implied rights in the Australian Constitution.