Associate Professor Dale Smith


Dale Smith's research focuses primarily on analytic legal philosophy, especially on the jurisprudential writings of Ronald Dworkin. His recent publications include 'Law, Justice and the Unity of Value' (2012) 32 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 383, 'Must the Law Be Capable of Possessing Authority?' (2012) 18 Legal Theory 69, 'The Role of Conventions in Law' (2011) 2 Jurisprudence 451, 'Theoretical Disagreement and the Semantic Sting' (2010) 30 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 635, 'Has Raz Drawn the Semantic Sting?' (2009) 28 Law and Philosophy 291, and 'Reckless Rape in Victoria' (2008) 32 Melbourne University Law Review 1007.

Dale is currently working on issues in analytic legal philosophy, statutory interpretation and (with Dr Colin Campbell from Monash University) discrimination law.

Dale graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1998 with first class honours degrees in Law and Arts. He also holds a Masters of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne and a D.Phil in Law from the University of Oxford. His doctoral thesis was on the implications for adjudication of the debate between moral objectivists and anti-objectivists. Prior to joining Melbourne Law School as a Senior Lecturer in 2014, Dale was a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. He was a Visiting Academic at the Faculty of Laws, University College London in October 2012.

Dale will be teaching Philosophical Foundations of Law, and a stream of Legal Research entitled "Statutory Interpretation in Australia: Theory and Practice". He has also previously taught Criminal Law and Procedure in the JD program.


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Memberships and Affiliations

Member, Australian Society of Legal Philosophy

Editor, Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy