Professor Manderson works across both the College of Law and the College of Arts and Social Sciences.
His writing and teaching connects law with the arts, humanities, and social sciences, both in his own research and through a range of collaborative projects with colleagues right across the University.
He has also worked with a wide range of Canberra’s cultural institutions including the National Library, the National Gallery, and the ABC.
“This honour reflects the ANU College of Law’s long-established reputation for academic excellence,” Professor Manderson says.
“I feel privileged to join a tradition of members from the College, stretching back to the founding of the Academy as Australia’s peak learned society in the field.
“As a scholar with a commitment to creative, interdisciplinary and theoretical work, I especially value the recognition of this scholarship by Australia’s legal fraternity.
“Although my work involves a comprehensive engagement with literature, philosophy, or art theory I am pleased to say that no one at this University has ever asked me what this has to do with law.
“My appointment to the Academy affirms that it has everything to do with law – its future, its relevance, and its ideals.”
ANU Law Dean, Professor Sally Wheeler says: “We’re very pleased for Professor Manderson’s latest achievement and we congratulate Des on this honour.”
Professor Manderson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was the founding Director of McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of Arts & Ideas (2008-2011).
He returned to Australia on an ARC Future Fellowship in 2012. He now co-directs the Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities.