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Research and teaching focused on comparative constitutional law and constitutional design, constitutional democracy, theories of constitutional dialogue and amendment, socio-economic rights and constitutional law and gender.

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Competitive advantage

  • Leading expertise in all aspects of constitution
  • Published in leading journals in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia
  • Co-presidency of the International Society of Public Law
  • Deputy directorship of the Herbert Smith Freehills Initiative on Law and Economics
  • Membership of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law


  • Leading the University’s Grand Challenge on Inequality.

Successful applications

  • Developed the Social Emergency Lending Scheme (SEL) which would allow all Australians earning under $100,000 per annum to access a low-interest loan of up to $500 with quick approval
  • Authored the “Australian Carbon Dividend Plan” – a comprehensive market-based approach to ensuring that the social cost of energy use is taken into account
  • Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, ‘Free speech inquiry’

Capabilities and resources

  • Law & Economics Initiative - a collaboration between the UNSW Business School, UNSW Law and the Herbert Smith Freehills law firm
  • The Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law in the Faculty of Law plays a prominent, independent role in public debate on issues vital to Australia’s future inc