Professor Ron Levy

BSc (McGill); JD (Toronto); LLM (Columbia); PhD (Osgoode); admitted to Bar of Ontario
ANU College of Law
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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


Professor Ron Levy’s work adapts the political theory of deliberative democracy to understand how contentious legal problems might be settled more effectively. He is the winner of several research awards including grants from Australian and overseas funding bodies. His extensive research, media commentary and governmental/NGO advice approaches contentious areas such as armed conflict, deeply-divided societies, Indigenous-settler conflicts, human rights and the environment.

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). He has published works on law and political theory, in five countries, in books and journals including Public Law, McGill Law Journal, UNSW Law Journal, Melbourne University Law Review, Public Law Review, Election Law Journal and The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy.

His current and former roles include:

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

Current student projects

  • Xiangyu Ma, Solidarity Constitutionalism in Contermporary China: Sovereignty, Legal Pluralism, and the Homogenization of a Multi-ethnic Party-State
  • Madeleine Egan, Making Space for Mass Democracy in Deliberative Constitutionalism
  • Michael Morison, Reimagining Democratisation Through Deliberation

Past student projects

  • Dr Justin McCaul, Deliberating Native Title: Deliberative Democracy and Native Title
  • Dr Shay Keinan, Deliberative Democracy and Diasporas



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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