Global Book Series: Mark Walters

A V Dicey and the Common Law Consitutional Tradition: A Legal Turn of Mind by Mark Walters

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A V Dicey is one of the most influential figures in the common law world, but how well are he and his theory of the constitution really understood? In this bookProfessor Mark Walters re-examines the life and work of Dicey. This re-examination allows for an alternative reading of his work to emerge, one which challenges many contemporary assumptions.

Professor Walters will be in conversation with Associate Professor Janina Boughey (UNSW) and Dr Lynsey Blayden (Melbourne Law School/UNSW). This event will be chaired by Professor Rosalind Dixon.


Mark Walters is Dean and Professor of Law at Queens University Law School. He is one of Canada’s leading scholars in public and constitutional law, and legal history and theory. He previously held the F.R. Scott Chair in Public and Constitutional Law at the McGill University Faculty of Law, and has held a number of fellowships, including the HLA Hart Fellowship at Oxford University, the Herbert Smith Fellowship at Cambridge University, the Sir Neil MacCormick Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, and the Jules and Gabrielle Léger Fellowship.

Dr Janina Boughey is an Associate Professor in the UNSW Faculty of Law, an ARC DECRA fellow, and the Director of the Administrative Law and Justice Project in the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. Janina teaches and researches in Australian, Canadian and UK public law. Her work focuses on whether administrative law principles and institutions are 'fit for purpose' in light of the way modern governments function. She has previously worked in a number legal, policy and research positions including in the Commonwealth Government and in the community legal sector.

Dr Lynsey Blayden is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Laureate Program in Comparative Constitutional Law at Melbourne Law School. Her work considers a range of public law questions, including the concept of the state in Australian constitutionalism. She is also co-director, with Professor Rosalind Dixon, of the Pathways to Politics for Women Program (NSW).

Rosalind Dixon is a Professor of Law and Director of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at UNSW. She previously held an appointment at the University of Chicago Law School and is a leading comparative constitutional law expert and the immediate past president of the International Society of Public Law.