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Daniel Fitzpatrick writes on property rights in the development context. In 2007 he won the Hart Article Prize from the UK Socio-Legal Association. He has authored or co-authored 5 books, and has published in the Yale Law Journal, Law and Society Review, the Yale Journal of International Law, and Law and Social Inquiry. He has been a Global Visiting Professor at New York University School of Law, a Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore; a Visiting Professor at the University of Muenster; and a Distinguished Visitor at the University of Toronto. Since 2012, he has received A$1,031,690 in competitive research funding from the Australian Research Council. From 2012 to 2016 he was an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. In 2016, he acted as an Assessor for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) program.

Professor Fitzpatrick has extensive experience in the public policy of property rights and development. He was the UN's land rights adviser in post-conflict East Timor (2000) and post-tsunami Aceh (2005-6). He is the primary author of the UN's guidelines on addressing land issues after natural disasters [Land and Disasters: Guidance for Practitioners (2010)]. He has worked with Oxfam International on land issues after the earthquake in Nepal, and after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. He advised UNESCAP on land issues after Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar. He is a member of the expert advisory committee for the Platform on Disaster Displacement. In 2010, he was a Keynote Speaker at the 2010 International Federation of Surveyors Conference (Climate Change, Disaster Management and Land Governance - 2000 delegates). He has undertaken professional consultancies on law and development with the World Bank; AusAID; the Asian Development Bank; Oxfam International; the OECD; UNDP and UN-HABITAT.

Professor Fitzpatrick joined Monash University from the Australian National University in 2017. At ANU, he acted as Director of the Centre for Commercial Law, and established the Masters in Law, Governance and Development. He was nominated for a Vice-Chancellor’s excellence in education award in 2010, and an ANU College of Law teaching excellence award in 2011.

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Projects 2013 2019

Research Output 2000 2019

Disaster risk reduction and the state: the failure of no-build zones after Typhoon Haiyan

Fitzpatrick, D. & Compton, C., 2019, The Cambridge Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law. Samuel, K. L. H., Aronsson-Storrier, M. & Najhavani Bookmiller, K. (eds.). 1st ed. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 295-312 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Property and the state or 'the folly of Torrens': a comparative perspective

Fitzpatrick, D., Compton, C. & Foukona, J., 2019, In : University of New South Wales Law Journal. 42, 3, p. 953-980 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Ontologies of property: land titling after the Indian ocean Tsunami disaster

Fitzpatrick, D., 1 Oct 2018, In : Global Environment. 11, 2, p. 294-318 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Seeing like a state: land law and human mobility after natural disasters

Fitzpatrick, D. & Compton, C., 2018, In : New York University Journal of International Law and Politics. 50, 3, p. 719-787 69 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Institutionalising property: New land law in a new nation-state

Fitzpatrick, D., 2017, Routledge Handbook of Asian Law. Antons, C. (ed.). 1st ed. Routledge, p. 310-322 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review