Professor Anthony Connolly

BA.LLB (Hons) (W.Aust), Ph.D. (ANU); MHEd. (ANU), Barrister & Solicitor WA.
Associate Professor
ANU College of Law
T: 6125 4123

Areas of expertise

  • Legal Theory, Jurisprudence And Legal Interpretation 180122
  • History And Philosophy Of Law And Justice 220204
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Law 180101
  • Human Rights Law 180114
  • Constitutional Law 180108
  • Law And Society 180119


Dr Anthony J. Connolly is an Associate Professor at the Law School of the Australian National University, specialising in legal philosophy, indigenous rights law, and public law. He completed his BA.LLB (Hons) at the University of Western Australia, after which he practiced law for a number of years, predominantly as a human rights lawyer working with indigenous people. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy, supervised by Professors Philip Pettit (Princeton) and Robert Goodin (ANU), and a Masters degree in education. He is the author of Cultural Difference on Trial: The Nature and Limits of Judicial Understanding (Ashgate Publishing (UK): 2010) and the editor of Indigenous Rights (Ashgate Publishing (UK): 2009). He has also published a number of book chapters and journal articles on legal philosophy and indigenous rights. At present, he is completing a book on indigenous rights to be published by University of Pennsylvania Press and has started work on a textbook on Australian public law for Cambridge University Press. He is also editing a collection of essays on cultural heritage rights for Ashgate Publishing (UK). He has a particular interest in the theory and practice of legal education and academic governance, publishing on these topics and leading a number of important educational reform initiatives within the Law School. From 2014, he will serve as the editor of Australia's leading public law journal, the Federal Law Review.


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