Jeffrey Goldsworthy

Emeritus Prof

19972019
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Personal profile

Biography

Jeffrey Goldsworthy has worked at Monash University since 1984,and held a Personal Chair from 2000 until he retired at the end of 2016. In retirement he is still actively engaged in legal research.

His major interests are legal philosophy, and constitutional law, theory, and history. He has numerous publications in these fields, but is best known for his books "The Sovereignty of Parliament, History and Philosophy" (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1999) and "Parliamentary Sovereignty, Contemporary Debates" (Cambridge UP, Cambridge, 2010), his edited collection "Interpreting Constitutions, A Comparative Study" (Oxford UP, 2006), and many journal articles on constitutional interpretation.

He holds degrees from the University of Adelaide, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of California, Berkeley, including the degree of Doctor of Laws awarded by the University of Adelaide in 2002. He has also taught law at each of these Universities, as well as at the University of Nottingham and Monash.

He is an honorary life member of the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy, having served as its President from 2007 - 2014. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and a former Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

"Law Under a Democratic Institution; Essays in Honour of Jeffrey Goldsworthy” (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2019), edited by L B Crawford, P Emerton and D Smith, was published to mark his retirement.

A selection of Professor Goldsworthy's publications is available on-line at:
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=513424

Professional Qualification

Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of South Australia (December 1977)

Professional Honours and Awards

Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) (elected September 2008).

Fellow, Australian Academy of Law (elected March 2014; resigned November 2017).

LLD, The University of Adelaide, 2002, for “work which constitutes an original and substantial contribution of distinguished merit to legal knowledge or understanding.”

2010 Coxford Lecture, Faculty of Law, Western University, Canada, November 2010 (the Faculty's most prestigious annual named lecture).

2007 Vice-Chancellors Equity and Diversity award for significant contribution to equity and diversity principles at Monash University.

2007 Vice-Chancellors special commendation for significant and sustained achievements and distinguished contribution to postgraduate supervision.

 

Research interests

Constitutional Law and Theory

Constitutional History

Legal Philosophy

Statutory and Constitutional Interpretation

Monash teaching commitment

None

Keywords

  • Constitutional Law
  • Legal theory
  • Jurisprudence
  • Administrative law

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Projects 2000 2018

Research Output 1997 2019

Response to contributors

Goldsworthy, J., 2019, Law Under a Democratic Constitution: Essays in Honour of Jeffrey Goldsworthy. Burton Crawford, L., Emerton, P. & Smith, D. (eds.). 1st ed. Oxford UK: Hart Publishing, p. 269-300 32 p.

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

Subjective versus objective intentionalism in legal interpretation

Goldsworthy, J., 2019, Moral Puzzles and Legal Perplexities: Essays in the Influence of Larry Alexander. Hurd, H. M. (ed.). 1st ed. Cambridge UK, p. 170-188 19 p.

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

Constitutionalism

Crawford, L. B. & Goldsworthy, J., 2018, The Oxford Handbook of the Australian Constitution. Saunders, C. & Stone, A. (eds.). 1st ed. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, p. 357-378 22 p.

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

Functions, purposes and values in constitutional interpretation

Goldsworthy, J., 2018, Australian Constitutional Values. Dixon, R. (ed.). 1st ed. Oxford UK: Hart Publishing, p. 43-60 18 p.

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

Originalism in Australia and Canada

Goldsworthy, J. & Huscroft, G., 2018, Canada in the World: Comparative Perspectives on the Canadian Constitution. Albert, R. & Cameron, D. R. (eds.). 1st ed. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 183-208 26 p.

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

Prizes

Activities 2010 2014

  • 6 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Australian Society of Legal Philosophy (External organisation)

Jeffrey Goldsworthy (Member)
1 Sep 20143 Sep 2014

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Monash University (External organisation)

Jeffrey Goldsworthy (Member)
1 Sep 201230 Sep 2012

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Australian Society of Legal Philosophy (External organisation)

Jeffrey Goldsworthy (Member)
1 Aug 201231 Aug 2012

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Monash University (External organisation)

Jeffrey Goldsworthy (Member)
1 Jan 201131 Dec 2012

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Monash University (External organisation)

Jeffrey Goldsworthy (Member)
1 Jan 201131 Dec 2012

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board