Dr Julian A Sempill

  • Mr Julian Sempill

    Senior Lecturer

+61 3 9035 5368 | jsempill@unimelb.edu.au | Room 0757


Dr Julian A Sempill. DPhil (Oxford), LLB (Hons), BA (Melbourne). Barrister & Solicitor (Victoria). Solicitor (England & Wales).

Dr Sempill is a Senior Lecturer at Melbourne Law School, where he has taught since 2009.

Dr Sempill’s research traverses legal, constitutional and moral theory, and it has implications for public law, labour/employment law, corporations law, and legal ethics. Its unifying preoccupation is the relationship between liberalism and commercial society.

Currently, Dr Sempill is completing a book that addresses aspects of liberal conceptions of constitutionalism and the Rule of Law and also the relationships between such conceptions and commercial society. The title of the book is “Power & the Law”, and it will be published by Cambridge University Press (United Kingdom).

The book builds on the following:

  • “Law, Dignity and the Elusive Promise of a Third Way”, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (2018);
  • “What Rendered Ancient Tyrants Detestable: the Rule of Law and the Constitution of Corporate Power”, The Hague Journal on the Rule of Law (2018);
  • “The Lions and the Greatest Part: the Rule of Law and the Constitution of Employer Power”, The Hague Journal on the Rule of Law (2017);
  • “Ruler’s   Sword, Citizen’s Shield: The Rule of Law & the Constitution of Power”, Journal of Law & Politics (2016) (University of Virginia).

The book is also informed by the considerations outlined in: “'It's a Rich Man's Game No Matter What they Call It'” forthcoming chapter in an edited collection entitled “Law with Class” (Fernwood Press, Canada, 2019), an earlier version of which was presented at a conference held at Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto.

See SSRN for all of the above.

Dr Sempill presented papers in 2014 and 2016 at the Critical Theory Workshop/Atelier de theorie critique, which is held in Paris annually and is convened by the Institut Mines-Telecom, the Université Paris Descartes and the Department of Philosophy, Villanova University.

Dr Sempill teaches Corporations Law, Trusts, Legal Ethics, Legal Method & Reasoning, Legal Theory, Employment Law and also an elective subject, The Rule of Law in Theory & Practice.

His teaching reflects his research interests as well as his experience as a lawyer in Melbourne, Tokyo and Paris.


The Melbourne JD


Other School and University Responsibilities

  • Co-convenor of the Faculty Research Seminar Series
  • Member of the committee developing the Disputes & Ethics JD subject

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies
  • Member of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law
  • Member of the Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation