Associate Professor Ron Levy

BSc (McGill); JD (Toronto); LLM (Columbia); PhD (Osgoode); admitted to Bar of Ontario
Associate Professor
ANU College of Law
T: +61 (0)2 6125 0814 or (0)407 580 995

Areas of expertise

  • Constitutional Law 180108
  • Human Rights Law 180114
  • Comparative Law 180106
  • Political Theory And Political Philosophy 160609

Research interests

Public law and political theory, especially constitutional law, constitutional reform, peacemaking, human rights, the law of political systems, and deliberative democracy


Associate Professor Dr Ron Levy researches and writes on public law and political theory, especially constitutional law, the law of politics, and deliberative democracy. He is the winner of several research awards including grants from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Australian Research Council. Ron was recently a chief investigator on two ARC Discovery Projects: 'The Law of Deliberative Democracy: Theory and Reform' (DP130100706, 2013-2015) bridging research on election law with deliberative democratic theory; and 'Confronting the Devolution Paradox' (DP140102682, 2014-2016) on federalism and political culture.

Levy's books include Deliberative Peace Referendums (Oxford University Press, 2021, with Ian O'Flynn and Hoi Kong); The Law of Deliberative Democracy (Routledge, 2016, with Graeme Orr) and The Cambridge Handbook of Deliberative Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press, 2018, with Hoi Kong, Graeme Orr and Jeff King eds). His projects include studies of constitutional reform, including prospects for reform via deliberative democracy and referendums in conflict societies. He has published works on law and political theory, in five countries, in books and journals including Public Law, McGill Law Journal, UBC Law ReviewUNSW Law Journal, Melbourne University Law Review, Griffith Law Review, Public Law Review, Election Law Journal and The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy.

Levy is the General Editor of the Federal Law Review.

Levy also co-directs the Project on Deliberative Governance and Law, hosted jointly at ANU and the University of British Columbia. 

Levy has been a Visitor at Yale, Cambridge, Stanford, McGill, Hebrew University, Sydney University, King's College London and Oxford.

Current student projects

Current PhD supervision:

  • Justin McCaul
  • Madeleine Egan
  • Xiangyu Ma


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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