Professor Jeffrey Goldsworthy

Professorial Fellow


Jeffrey Goldsworthy is actively engaged in legal research, despite formally retiring from academia at the end of 2016. 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 and book chapters on statutory and 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 a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), and an honorary life member of the Australasian 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 Constitution; 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.