Ben Golder


Ben Golder

2005 Law Scholar

Scholarship biography (at time of award)

Ben Golder graduated at the top of his class of 284 from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Laws, for which he earned a University Medal. After graduation, Ben worked as a casual research assistant for the Gilbert and Tobin Centre of Public Law.

Ben was awarded the Scholarship to a PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Studied at: University of London

Current Biography

Ben Golder teaches courses on law and social theory, on public law, and on the politics of human rights, in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales. He holds undergraduate law and English literature degrees from UNSW and a doctorate in legal theory from the University of London. Prior to joining the faculty, Ben taught law at the University of East London, University College London, Birkbeck College and New York University in London.

Areas of expertise:
Ben works at the intersection of political and legal theory, and is interested in the areas of public law and human rights. He is currently researching critical and historical approaches to contemporary human rights discourse and, more specifically, the relationship between human rights and postfoundationalist thought. He has recently published a book with Stanford University Press, entitled Foucault and the Politics of Rights, which explores the late work on rights and human rights of the French philosopher, Michel Foucault. He is currently at work on a book about the relationship between various schools of postfoundationalist thought (in political theory and philosophy) to human rights. Ben is an Associate Editor of the journal, Contemporary Political Theory, a member of the Editorial Committee of the UK-based journal, Law and Critique, a member of the Editorial Board of the Australian Journal of Human Rights, and a member of the Editorial Board of the radical, open access publisher, Counterpress.

Ben welcomes applications to supervise undergraduate research theses and postgraduate research in these, and related, fields. He has supervised PhD projects to completion on the topics of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency; therapeutic jurisprudence; and, post-humanist critiques of human rights law. He is currently co-supervising doctoral projects on the protection of Indigenous cultural expressions via intellectual property law; the rights of sex workers in India; the doctrine of indivisibility in human rights law; earth jurisprudence and critical legal theory; the pathologies of legal formalism; the jurisdiction of Australian administrative tribunals; and, the preventative/pre-emptive criminal law response to organised motorcylce gangs.

Scholarship Year: 2005

Fields of Interest

Law, Public Law