Professor James Allan

Garrick Professor in Law

School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
j.allan@law.uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 69236

Overview

Areas of interest are legal and moral philosophy, constitutional law and bills of rights.

Professor James Allan holds the oldest named chair at The University of Queensland. Before arriving in Australia in February of 2005 he spent 11 years teaching law in New Zealand at the University of Otago and before that lectured law in Hong Kong. Professor Allan is a native born Canadian who practised law in a large Toronto law firm and at the Bar in London before shifting to teaching law. He has had sabbaticals at the Cornell Law School, at the Dalhousie Law School in Canada as the Bertha Wilson Visiting Professor in Human Rights, and at the University of San Diego School of Law.

Professor Allan has published widely in the areas of legal philosophy and constitutional law, including in all the top English language legal philosophy journals in the US, the UK, Canada and Australia, much the same being true of constitutional law journals as well. Professor Allan also has a sideline interest in bills of rights; he is opposed to them. Indeed he is delighted to have moved to a country without a national bill of rights. He has been actively involved in the efforts trying to stop one from being enacted here in Australia. Professor Allan’s latest book is Democracy in Decline (published mid-2014). Professor Allan also writes widely for newspapers and weeklies, including The Australian, The Spectator Australia and Quadrant, and since arriving here in Australia he has given or participated in more than 80 lectures, debates and talks.

Research Interests

  • Human and Civil Rights
  • Courts, judges, and judicial independence
  • Federalism and Separation of Powers
  • Legal Theory and Jurisprudence

Qualifications

  • PhD, The University of Hong Kong
  • LLM, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • LLB, Queen's University
  • BA, Queen's University

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Available Projects

  • Topics relating to legal philosophy and constitutional law

    • Legal philosophy related to H.L.A. Hart or Jeremy Waldron
    • Comparative constitutional law of the English-speaking developed world
    • Democracy and bills of rights

    For further information contact Professor James Allan, e: j.allan@law.uq.edu.au

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Publications

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Topics relating to legal philosophy and constitutional law

    • Legal philosophy related to H.L.A. Hart or Jeremy Waldron
    • Comparative constitutional law of the English-speaking developed world
    • Democracy and bills of rights

    For further information contact Professor James Allan, e: j.allan@law.uq.edu.au