Professor Daintith, who received his law degree from Oxford University in 1963, specialises in public law and has a particular interest in oil and gas law, constitutional law, and regulation.
He has held posts at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Dundee (where he held the Chair of Public Law and founded the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy), the European University Institute in Florence, and the University of London (where he was Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and Dean of the University's School of Advanced Study).
In addition to his appointment in Melbourne, he is currently a Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.
His recent publications have covered such topics as Australian offshore oil and gas regulation, and the legal regime of government-owned companies. His latest book is Finders Keepers? How the Law of Capture Shaped the World Oil Industry (2010), and he is currently working on a sequel to his 1999 work on UK government with Alan Page, The Executive in the Constitution.