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Janice started out as a solicitor, litigating on behalf of trade unions, before becoming an academic. This switch reflected a growing interest in legal theory gained while studying for an LLM in Labour Law. She has also been awarded an MA in Continental Philosophy (distinction) and PhD both from the University of Warwick. She joined Monash University in 2011, having taught at the universities of Exeter, Leicester and Staffordshire in the UK.

Janice Richardson specialises in the overlap between feminist and political philosophy, and the law. In particular, she is interested in ontological and psychological conceptions of self and personal identity. She has published three single authored books, two co-edited collections and a wide range of journal articles.

Research interests

The Law of Torts

Law and the Philosophy of Liberty

Feminist Perspectives on Social Contractarianism

Theoretical Debates within Feminist Legal Research

Monash teaching commitment

LAW4654 Law and liberty SEM1/T2

LAW4653 Privacy and surveillance in an information age: Comparative law perspectives SEM1/T2


  • critical theory
  • political philosophy
  • law
  • philosophy
  • continental philosophy
  • feminist philosophy

Research Output 2004 2017

Feminist Engagements with Social Contract Theory

Richardson, J. 2017 The Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy. Garry, A., Khader, S. & Stone, A. (eds.). 1st ed. New York: Routledge, p. 82-93 12 p. (Routledge Philosophy Companions)

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

Hobbes’ Frontispiece: Authorship, Subordination and Contract

Richardson, J. 2016 In : Law and Critique. 27, 1, p. 63 - 81 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Law and the Philosophy of Privacy

Richardson, J. 2016 1st ed. UK: Routledge. 213 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review


Richardson, J. 2014 The Encyclopedia of Political Thought. Wiley-Blackwell, Vol. 8, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEncyclopaedia / Dictionary EntryOtherpeer-review

Spinoza, feminism and privacy: exploring an immanent ethics of privacy

Richardson, J. 2014 In : Feminist Legal Studies. 22, 3, p. 225 - 241 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review