Denise Meyerson


1979 …2018
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Denise Meyerson completed a BA at the University of the Witwatersrand, before studying at Oxford, where she graduated with a B Phil and a D Phil in Philosophy. She also holds an LLB (magna cum laude) from the University of Cape Town. She is Professor of Law in Macquarie Law School, which she joined in 2000. Prior to coming to Australia, she taught in the Philosophy Department at the University of Cape Town (1987-1996) and in the Law Faculty at the University of Cape Town (1996-1999), where she held the W P Schreiner Chair of Jurisprudence. She subsequently held an Honorary Professorship in the same Faculty. During her time at Macquarie University, she has been Head of the Department of Law (2003-2006) and Co-Director of the Centre for Legal Governance (2011-2014). She is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. In 2015 she was appointed as a Research Evaluation Committee member on the Humanities and Creative Arts Panel for ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia). She is currently a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts (2016-2018).

Professor Meyerson serves on the editorial boards of Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics and the South African Journal of Philosophy. She is also a consulting editor for Philosophical Studies Series, published by Springer. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney.

Visiting positions Professor Meyerson has held include: Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford (1996); Visiting Scholar, University of Cape Town (2006); Scholar-in-Residence, Valparaiso Law School, Indiana (2010); Visiting Professorial Fellow, University of New South Wales (2010); Visiting Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (2013); and Visiting Researcher, Brocher Foundation, Geneva (2016). In 2017 she will take up a Visiting Fellowship at Trevelyan College, Durham University, and a Bingham Centre International Visiting Research Fellowship at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

Research interests

Professor Meyerson researches in the area of law, human rights and justice. She has published extensively in the areas of theoretical and applied jurisprudence, constitutional theory, human rights theory and comparative human rights law. She is the author of several books, including False Consciousness (Clarendon Press, 1991) and Rights Limited: Freedom of Expression and Religion in the South African Constitution (Juta, 1997). Her most recent book, Jurisprudence (Oxford University Press, 2011), won a Highly Commended Award in the Tertiary Scholarly Reference section of the Australian Educational Publishing Awards.

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Projects 2006 2017

Research Output 1979 2018

The mismatch between theory and practice in recent theorizing about human rights

Meyerson, D. 2018 Political and legal approaches to human rights. Campbell, T. & Bourne, K. (eds.). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, p. 90-112 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

federal law
common law

Political liberalism

Meyerson, D. 2016 The Critical judgments project: re-reading Monis v The Queen. Appleby, G. & Dixon, R. (eds.). Sydney, NSW: Federation Press, p. 150-162 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Is there a right to access innovative surgery?

Meyerson, D. 1 Jun 2015 In : Bioethics. 29, 5, p. 342-352 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Investigational Therapies

The moral justification for the right to make full answer and defence

Meyerson, D. 2015 In : Oxford Journal of Legal Studies. 35, 2, p. 237-265 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

status group
social psychology