Dr Joshua Neoh

Senior Lecturer
LLB (ANU), LLM (Yale), PhD (Cambridge)
+61 2 6125 3707
Room 6.3.078

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Research Themes




PhD in Law, University of Cambridge 

Master of Laws, Yale Law School 

Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours and the University Medal), The Australian National University 



Cambridge Australia Trust PhD Scholarship 

Yale Law School LLM Scholarship

ANU International Undergraduate Scholarship 




Current University Positions

Senior Lecturer, ANU Law School

Sub-Dean (International), ANU Law School 

Advisory Committee, ANU Malaysia Institute


Previous Journal Editorial Positions

Academic Editor, Federal Law Review 

Guest Editor, Special Issue on Law and Love, Law in Context 

Student Editor, Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities 


Previous Visiting Research Positions

Harvard Law School, Harvard University

St Benet's Hall, University of Oxford  

Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University, Japan

Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence, University of Sydney 

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University, Malaysia 

Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore

Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University 



Year Title
2014 ANU College of Law Education Awards: Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Significant research publications


Joshua Neoh, Law, Love and Freedom (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019)


Recent news

Edmund Bao
ANU Law alumnus Edmund Bao (BComm ’14, LLB (Hons) ’15) is heading to Stanford University on a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.
Japanese students and scholars on the roof of Australia's Parliament House
Aoyama Gakuin and Ritsumeikan Universities
Joshua Neoh
In Canberra for a very cold pit stop between Cambridge England and his new temporary base in Cambridge New England, ANU College of Law lecturer Joshua Neoh has love on his mind – but not the conventional kind.

In the Media

Joshua Neoh writes in The Malaysian Insider

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

Books & edited collections

Joshua Neoh, Law, Love and Freedom (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019)

Renata Grossi and Joshua Neoh (eds), Law and Love (Federation Press, 2016) [Special Issue of Law in Context] 

Paul Babie, Joshua Neoh, James Krumrey-Quinn and Chong Tsang, Religion and Law in Australia (Kluwer Law International, 2015) 

Book chapters

Joshua Neoh, ‘Political Theology and Legal Theory’, in The Research Handbook on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Law and Religion (Edward Elgar, forthcoming)

Joshua Neoh, ‘Apostasy in Malaysia: Fundamental Right or Punishable Wrong’, in Freedom of Religion or Belief: Creating the Constitutional Space for Fundamental Freedoms (Edward Elgar, forthcoming) 

Joshua Neoh, ‘Law and Love in Eden’, in Paul Babie and Vanja Savić (eds), Law, Religion and Love (Routledge, 2017) 

Joshua Neoh, Donald Rothwell and Kim Rubenstein, ‘The Complicated Case of Stern Hu: Allegiance, Identity and Nationality in a Globalized World’, in Fiona Jenkins, Mark Nolan and Kim Rubenstein (eds), Allegiance and Identity in a Globalized World (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Refereed journal articles

Joshua Neoh, Law Imprisons, Love Liberates (2018) 30 Law and Literature 221

Joshua Neoh, Jurisprudence of Love in Paul’s Letter to the Romans (2016) 34 Law in Context ​7 [Special Issue on ‘Law and Love’]

Joshua Neoh, The Rhetoric of Precedent and Fulfillment in the Sermon on the Mount and the Common Law (2016) 12 Law, Culture and the Humanities 419

Joshua Neoh, Law and Love in Abraham’s Binding of Isaac (2015) 9 Law and Humanities 237

Joshua Neoh, The Name of God on Trial: Narratives of Law, Religion and State in Malaysia (2014) 18 Law Text Culture 198 [Special Issue on ‘The Rule of Law and the Cultural Imaginary in Post-Colonial East Asia’] 

Ngaire Naffine and Joshua Neoh, Fictions and Myths in PGA v The Queen (2013) 38 Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 32

Joshua Neoh, Text, Doctrine and Tradition in Law and Religion (2013) 2 Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 175

Joshua Neoh, Legitimacy of the Common Law in Post-Colonial Malaysia [2010] LAWASIA: Journal of the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific 59

Joshua Neoh, Islamic State and the Common Law in Malaysia: A Case Study of Lina Joy (2008) 8 Global Jurist 

Case notes & book reviews

Joshua Neoh, Just Jurisprudence: Review of Philip Pettit’s Just Freedom (2015) 40 Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 237


Paul Babie and Joshua Neoh, Statement on Inclusive Law and Religion (2018) 39 Adelaide Law Review 203

PhD supervision

I welcome PhD proposals in all fields of legal theory. 

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2019 LAWS4229
Class #1677
Law and Society in South East Asia
2019 LAWS4280
Class #6684
Law and the Humanities
2019 LAWS2249
Class #7243
Legal Theory
2019 LAWS6249
Class #8370
Legal Theory
2019 LAWS6249
Class #9559
Legal Theory

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2016 LAWS4280
Class #6628
Law and the Humanities

Philosophy & approach

My teaching philosophy is to teach philosophy to law students. 

At the ANU Law School, I teach both basic and advanced courses in legal philosophy. 

Teaching awards

Year Title
2014 ANU College of Law Education Awards: Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

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