Associate Professor Glenn Patmore


Glenn Patmore studied law at Monash University and Queen’s University, Canada. Before coming to Melbourne Law School (MLS), Glenn was a member of the Faculty of Law at Monash University.

Glenn’s research focuses on the legal regulation of democratic participation, with reference to transnational law, constitutional amendment, constitutional freedoms, freedom from discrimination and workplace participation. He is the author of a large body of published work, including: two monographs, six books of collected essays, numerous book chapters, and many scholarly articles. His work has been published in numerous journals including the Melbourne University Law Review, Federal Law Review, Public Law Review, Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal and Queen’s Law Journal.  He has also contributed chapters to field-specific handbooks published by Oxford University Press and Edward Elgar. You can read reviews of Glenn's books here.

Glenn has presented his research at numerous Australian and overseas universities, including Cambridge University, the London School of Economics and Political Science, King’s College London, Queen’s University (Canada), and the Paris-Sorbonne University.  Glenn’s presentations span domestic and comparative law as well as interdisciplinary fields.

Glenn’s most recent work includes two forthcoming publications: ‘Developing a Right to Democracy in International Law: Protection by the Rule of Law?’ in Brian Christopher Jones (ed), Democracy and Rule of Law in China’s Shadow (Hart Publishing, 2021) and ‘Freedom of Speech and Social Movements—Demonstration by Occupation in a Democracy’ in St Antony's International Review (2021).  You can find a selection of Glenn's papers on SSRN. In 2020, he was appointed to the Inaugural Advisory Council of the International Society of Public Law’s (‘ICON-S’) Australia and New Zealand Chapter.

Glenn has taught Legal Method and Reasoning, Principles of Public Law, Constitutional Law and Torts. His JD elective subject, entitled Democracy, Law and Civil Liberties, examines case law from Australia and the United States. Glenn helped found the MLS Equality Committee and was the inaugural Equal Opportunity Liaison Officer for Disability. Glenn also co-organised the MLS Faculty Research Seminar Series from 2015 to 2017.

Recent presentations:


  • Glenn Patmore, ‘Developing a Human Right to Democracy in the 21st Century’: Asian Society of International Law 8th Biennial Conference, 24-29 May 2021 in Canberra, Australia.


  • Panel entitled ‘Frontiers of Law and Democratisation’ at the ICON-S 2019 Conference in Santiago, Chile from 1-3 July 2019 (co-chaired with Professor Antoni Abat Ninet, University of Demark);
  • Glenn Patmore, ‘Defining Democracy and Democratisation: A Legal Critique’ (Conference Paper, ICON-S 2019 Conference, 1-3 July 2019) in Santiago, Chile;
  • Glenn Patmore, ‘The First Amendment and Social Movements – Demonstration by Occupation in a Democracy’ (Conference Paper, Sixth Annual International and Comparative Urban Law Conference, 11-12 July 2019) at UNSW Law in Sydney, Australia, co-sponsored with the Urban Law Center, Fordham Law School, New York, USA.


  • Glenn Patmore, ‘A Right to Democracy in International Law: Problems and Possibilities’ (Paper presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting on Law and Society, Toronto, 7-10 June 2018);
  • Glenn Patmore, ‘Developing a Right to Democracy in International Law: Protection by the Rule of Law?’ (Paper presented at the Democracy and the Rule of Law in Asia Panel (2) at the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S) 2018 Annual Conference on ‘Identity, Security, Democracy: Challenges for Public Law’, Hong Kong, 25-27 June 2018).


  • Glenn Patmore, ‘Freedom of Expression, Political Protest and the Occupy Movement: a Comparative Analysis’ (Paper presented at the Public Law Conference 2016: The Unity of Public Law?, Faculty of Law, Cambridge University, 13 September 2016).


The Melbourne JD

Other Faculty and University Responsibilities

Equal Opportunity Disability Liaison Officers (Law Faculty)
Member, Student and Academic Programs Equal Opportunity Committee

Memberships and Affiliations

Member of the Australian Labour Law Association
Member of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law
Member of the Australian Republican Movement