Associate Professor Greg Weeks

Associate Professor
BA (Sydney), MBus (UTS), LLB (UNSW), PhD (UNSW)
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Greg Weeks is an Associate Professor in the ANU College of Law. He holds undergraduate degrees in Arts (History) from the University of Sydney and Law from UNSW, and a PhD from UNSW. Prior to embarking on an academic career, Greg practiced as a solicitor in the litigation group of a large national firm.  He has taught law at UTS, the University of Sydney and most recently for six years in the UNSW Faculty of Law. He is widely recognised as an expert in administrative law and is an author of many publications in that and related areas, including a monograph entitled Soft Law and Public Authorities: Remedies and Reform (Hart Publishing, 2016), the leading Australian administrative law text, Judicial Review of Administrative Action and Government Liability (Thomson Reuters, 6th ed, 2017) with Mark Aronson and Matthew Groves, and Government Liability: Principles and Remedies (LexisNexis Australia, 2019) with Janina Boughey and Ellen Rock.


  • Deputy Head of School, ANU Law School, 2018-
  • General Editor, Australian Journal of Administrative Law, 2016-
  • National Executive Member, Australian Institute of Administrative Law, 2017-
  • Australian correspondent for De Smith’s Judicial Review (8th ed, 2018)
  • Editor, Federal Law Review, 2017-18
  • Chair, Law Editorial Board, ANU Press, 2017-18
  • Book Reviews Editor, Australian Journal of Administrative Law, 2014-16
  • General Editor, Australian Administrative Law Bulletin, 2014-16
  • Australian correspondent for the United Kingdom Constitutional Law Association Blog, 2014-15
  • Contributing Editor (Administrative Law) for LexisNexis Concise Australian Legal Dictionary (5th ed)
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia

Significant research publications

Recently published books

Recent articles

Recent book chapters

Recent news

Associate Professor Greg Weeks
A new book co-authored by ANU Law Associate Professor Greg Weeks aims to help practitioners work across traditional legal “silos” in public and private law.
Karla Brenner outside the law building
2018 ANU Prize recipient Karla Brenner talks about winning
Emeritus Professor Robin Creyke AO (left) and Emeritus Professor John McMillan AO
Honoring Emeritus Professors Robin Creyke AO and John McMillan AO
Pages of a book
The ANU Law-based Federal Law Review has awarded the annual Zines Prize for Excellence in Legal Research to Monash University-based Faculty of Law contributor Dr Lisa Burton Crawford.

Past events

Scales of Justice
9.00AM to 5.30PM Conference

The ANU Law School has a long tradition of excellence in administrative law scholarship and of engagement with government and the private profession in public law.

Pub Law forum
5.00PM to 7.00PM Forum
  • Dr Greg Weeks, ANU College of Law
  • Will Sharpe, MinterEllison

MinterEllison's Administrative Law team and the ANU Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL) are holding a Pub Law Forum. 

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Research biography

Greg Weeks is a leading administrative law scholar. His primary research interests are judicial review of administrative action and obtaining remedies against public authorities.  His published work has been cited by Australian courts and in the published works of leading Australian and international scholars.

He is the General Editor of the Australian Journal of Administrative Law and an editor of the Federal Law Review.
Greg's books include Soft Law and Public Authorities: Remedies and Reform (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2015), the edited collections Administrative Redress In and Out of the Courts: Essays in Honour of Robyn Creyke and John McMillan (Federation Press, 2019) and Legitimate Expectations in the Common Law World, (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2017) with Matthew Groves and, with Mark Aronson and Matthew Groves, Judicial Review of Administrative Action and Government Liability, (6th ed, Thomson Reuters, 2017).

Research projects & collaborations

Greg's main research interests are in judicial review and issues in public law generally, state liability, and public and private law remedies against public authorities.

He is currently working on three projects related to soft law, including one to be presented at the Supreme Court of NSW Conference, and (with Matthew Groves) will present a paper on the 'indigenisation' of Australian administrative law at a conference in Singapore.


  • UNSW Law 2017 Law Workshop Support Scheme (with associated funding from the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law) for ‘Soft Law in Administration Workshop’ (with Professor Simon Halliday) – $14,300

Books & edited collections

Book chapters

Refereed journal articles

Conference papers & presentations

  • “The Statutory Shield of the Executive: To What Extent Should Administrative Action Evade Judicial Scrutiny?”, presented at the Interpreting Executive Power Workshop, UNSW Law, Sydney, 14 December 2018 (with Dominique Dalla-Pozza).
  • “Attacks on Integrity Offices: a Separation of Powers Riddle”, presented at the Public Law Weekend, Australian National University, Canberra, 2 November 2018.
  • “The Australian Constitution Rises as Ultra Vires Declines”, presented at the Indigenising Administrative Law Symposium, National University of Singapore, 7 – 8 December 2017 (with Matthew Groves).
  • “Soft Law and the Liability of Public Authorities”, presented at the New South Wales Supreme Court Annual Conference, Blue Mountains, 25 – 26 August 2017. 
  • “ADJR at 40: in its prime or a disappointment to its parents?”, presented at the Minter Ellison / CIPL Seminar on the 40th Anniversary of the ADJR Act, Canberra, 27 April 2017.
  • “Soft Law: Effective Regulation, Perilous for the Regulated”, presented at Administrative Law in 2016: Shifting Sands or Stagnant Swamp? – AGS Administrative Law Forum, Canberra, 11 November 2016. 
  • “Governing Without Parliament: the Impact of Soft Law”, presented at New Theories of the State’s Authority: Beyond the Separation of Powers, National University of Singapore, 31 October - 2 November 2016.
  • “Self-regulation and Soft Law”, presented at the Regulation, Litigation and Enforcement: Adjuncts & Alternatives to Traditional Enforcement Seminar, UNSW Law, 23 September 2016.
  • “Government Accountability as a ‘Constitutional Value’”, presented at the Australian Constitutional Values Workshop, UNSW Law, 10 June 2016 (with Janina Boughey).
  • “Soft Law in the Jurisdiction of the Land and Environment Court”, presented at a Twilight Seminar for the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, 13 April 2016.
  • "Justice Mason and the Essence of a Fiduciary Relationship: Hospital Products Limited v United States Surgical Corporation", presented at the Great Australian Dissents Workshop, UNSW Sydney, 9 June 2015 (with Simone Degeling).
  • "The Legitimacy of Expectations About Fairness: Can Process and Substance be Untangled?", presented at the Public Law Conference: Process and Substance in Public Law, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law, 15 - 17 September 2014 (with Matthew Groves).
  • "The Use of Soft Law by Australian Public Authorities: Issues and Remedies", presented at the Practice and Theory of Soft Law Academic Symposium, Peking University Soft Law Centre, 9 July 2011.
  • "A Marriage of Strangers: the Wednesbury standard in tort law", presented at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law Postgraduate Research Conference, UNSW, 12 July 2010.

Government submissions

  • Department of Attorney-General and Justice (NSW), Reform of Judicial Review in NSW (11 April 2011).
  • Administrative Review Council, Judicial Review in Australia: Consultation Paper (1 July 2011).
  • Joint Select Committee on Australia's Immigration Detention Network (with Jane McAdam, Fiona Chong and Alice Noda, 11 August 2011).

Case notes & book reviews

Case Notes

  • "The High Court on Repudiation of Contract" (2008) 119 Australian Construction Law Newsletter 48 - 49.
  • "Case note: Civic Capital Ltd v Australian Securities and Investments Commission" (2008) 15 AJ Admin L 126 - 127.

Book Reviews

  • "Leading Cases in Australian Law: A Guide to the 200 Most Frequently Cited Judgments by Daniel Reynolds and Lyndon Goddard" (2016) 24 AJ Admin L 65.
  • “Statutory Interpretation in Australia (8th ed) by DC Pearce and RS Geddes” (2015) 22 AJ Admin L 132 – 133.
  • “Justice in Tribunals (4th ed) by JRS Forbes” (2015) 22 AJ Admin L 201 – 202.
  • “Administrative Justice and its Availability by Justice Debra Mortimer (ed)” (2015) 23 AJ Admin L 56 – 57.
  • “Judicial Remedies in Public Law (5th ed) by The Hon Mr Justice Clive Lewis QC” (2015) 23 AJ Admin L 59 – 60.
  • "Murray Gleeson: The Smiler by Michael Pelly' (2014) 21 AJ Admin L 230 - 232.
  • “Judicial Review: The Laws of Australia by Mark Robinson (ed)” (2014) 22 AJ Admin L 63.
  • “Australian Public Law (2nd ed) by Gabrielle Appleby, Alexander Reilly and Laura Grenfell” (2014) 22 AJ Admin L 65 – 66.
  • “Public Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (2nd ed) by Andrew Le Sueur, Maurice Sunkin and Jo Eric Khushal Murkens” (2014) 22 AJ Admin L 64 – 65.
  • "Towards a Public Law of Tort by Tom Cornford" (2009) 17 Torts Law Journal 311 - 318.



  • “Review of Academic Results: Can and Should Students Take Legal Action?” (2019) 26(1) AJ Admin L (forthcoming).
  • “Fairness, Chance and Discretion in Judicial Review” (2018) 25(3) AJ Admin L 147.
  • “Natural Justice Beyond Individual Affectation” (2018) 25(2) AJ Admin L 81.
  • “Legislative Limitations on Judicial Review: the High Court in Graham” (2018) 24(4) AJ Admin L 209.
  • “The Enduring Mystery of Minister for Immigration and Citizenship v Li” (2017) 24(3) AJ Admin L 145.
  • “The Decline of the Legitimate Expectation” (2017) 24(2) AJ Admin L 71
  • “Farewell to Damien Cremean; Submissions; Current Issues” (2017) 24(1) AJ Admin L 3.
  • “Protection of Refugees Who Do Not ‘Live Discreetly’” (2015) 346 Australian Administrative Law Bulletin 5.
  • “The Closure of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner” (2014) 342 Australian Administrative Law Bulletin 5.

PhD supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas of:

  • judicial review;
  • issues in public law generally;
  • state liability;
  • public and private law remedies against public authorities; and
  • related fields.

I am currently supervising: Narelle Bedford: "Merits review in Australian tribunals – at the frontiers of a hybrid jurisdiction" (ANU).

Completed supervision: Jason Donnelly: "Re-shaping the separation of powers in Australia – the non-justiciable nature of national interest" (UNSW).

SJD supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas of my research interests.

MPhil supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas of my research interests.

LLM Masters thesis supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas of my research interests.

Honours thesis supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas of my research interests.

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2019 LAWS1203
Class #2401
2019 LAWS6103
Class #3372
2019 LAWS6103
Class #4390
2019 LAWS8462
Class #9577
Advanced Administrative Law

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2018 LAWS8241
Class #6860
Executive Power

Philosophy & approach

My teaching philosophy is simple to articulate but rather more complex to realise.  I aim to make my students excellent legal practitioners with a deep understanding of, if not passion for, the law.  Administrative law (and other subjects, like torts) do not generally arouse excitement in new students but my (unfeigned) enthusiasm for them and capacity (through expertise) to explain their intricacies in an accessible way has resulted in the vast majority of students giving extremely positive assessments of my teaching. 

Past courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Administrative Law
  • Torts 
  • Contracts
  • Executive Power

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