Associate Professor Joshua Neoh

Associate Professor
LLB (ANU), LLM (Yale), PhD (Cambridge)
+61 2 6125 3707
Room 6.3.19

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Associate Professor (Level D), ANU (2020-Present)

Senior Lecturer (Level C), ANU (2017-19) 

[On leave from 2015-18 for PhD at Cambridge] 

Lecturer (Level B), ANU (2013-16) 

Associate Lecturer (Level A), University of Adelaide (2012)



PhD in Law, University of Cambridge (2015-18) 

Master of Laws, Yale Law School (2010-11)

Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours and the University Medal), ANU (2006-10) 



Cambridge Australia Trust PhD Scholarship 

Yale Law School LLM Scholarship

ANU International Undergraduate Scholarship 




Current University Positions

Associate Professor of Law, ANU Law School

Sub-Dean (International), ANU Law School 

Steering Committee, ANU Academic Board

Teaching and Learning Development Committee, ANU Academic Board

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

Matthew Bunten
ANU Juris Doctor candidate, Matthew Bunten, has been accepted into a program that will see him complete his postgraduate studies abroad at the University of Oxford.
Associate Professor Joshua Neoh
Joshua Neoh is an Associate Professor and Sub-Dean (International) at ANU College of Law.
Associate Professor Joshua Neoh
How does one lead a life of law, love, and freedom? It’s a question that Associate Professor Joshua Neoh aims to address in his new book, "Law, Love and Freedom: From the Sacred to the Secular".
Edmund Bao
ANU Law alumnus Edmund Bao (BComm ’14, LLB (Hons) ’15) is heading to Stanford University on a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.

In the Media

Upcoming events

Reflections on Death
1.00PM to 2.00PM ANU Law and Philosophy Forum
  • Associate Professor Joshua Neoh

The ANU Law and Philosophy Forum is delighted to announce its seventh meeting in 2021: a reading and discussion led by Dr Joshua Neoh, who will be reflecting on the topic of death.

Past events

International student alumni panel
6.00PM to 7.30PM Hybrid (in-person and online)

What can you do with your ANU College of Law degree? Hear from our panel of international alumni on their various journeys since graduation.

What is wrong with slavery?
1.00PM to 2.00PM ANU College of Law Research Seminar
  • Associate Professor Joshua Neoh

Join Associate Professor Joshua Neoh as he explores what is wrong with slavery and its implications in this session of the ANU College of Law research seminar series.

International Student Immersion Program (ISIP)
12.00PM to 1.00PM International Students

Worried about preparing for examinations and assignments? Unsure of how to reference or write an essay? Unfamiliar with the Australian political, judicial or cultural reference that your professor used? Join us in our weekly sessions over Zoom to learn about law where the laws are made.

International student drop-in sessions
4.00PM to 5.00PM International Students

In the lead-up to the final exam, Associate Professor Joshua Neoh, Sub-Dean (International) will hold weekly international student drop-in sessions on Zoom from weeks 10-12, that will offer international students the opportunity to drop in anytime to ask any questions.

Books & edited collections

Joshua Neoh, Law, Love and Freedom (Cambridge University Press, 2019), paperback (2021)

Nigel Simmonds and Joshua Neoh, Central Issues in Jurisprudence, 6th ed (Sweet & Maxwell, forthcoming 2022) 

Zachary Calo, Joshua Neoh and Keith Thompson (eds), Love in Christian Legal Thought (Routledge, forthcoming 2021) 

Paul Babie, Joshua Neoh, James Krumrey-Quinn and Chong Tsang, Religion and Law in Australia (Kluwer Law International, 2015), 2nd ed (2019), 3rd ed (forthcoming 2022)  

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


Book chapters

Joshua Neoh, 'Law and Love in Monasticism', in Love in Christian Legal Thought (Routledge, forthcoming 2021) 

Joshua Neoh, 'The Allah Case: What is the Name of God?', in Law and Religion in the Commonwealth (Hart, forthcoming 2021) 

Joshua Neoh, 'Snake with Two Heads: The Two Voices of the Malaysian Constitution', in Law and Justice in Malaysia: 2020 and Beyond (Thomson Reuters, 2021)

Joshua Neoh, Apostasy and Freedom of Religion in Malaysia, in Freedom of Religion or Belief: Creating the Constitutional Space for Fundamental Freedoms (Edward Elgar, 2020) 

Joshua Neoh, ‘Political Theology and Legal Theory’, in The Research Handbook on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Law and Religion (Edward Elgar, 2019)

Joshua Neoh, ‘Law and Love in Eden’, in 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 Allegiance and Identity in a Globalized World (Cambridge University Press, 2014)


Refereed journal articles

Joshua Neoh, Law, Freedom and Slavery (2022) 35 Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 

Joshua Neoh, Value Pluralism in the Political Form of Roman Catholicism (2021) 22 Political Theology 

Joshua Neoh, Political Natural Law (2019) 44 Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 119

Joshua Neoh, The Good of Religion (2019) 93 Australian Law Journal 791

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, 'Book Review: Justice and Love' (2022) 47 Journal of Legal Philosophy (forthcoming)

Joshua Neoh, 'Book Review: Film and Constitutional Controversy' (2021) 80 Cambridge Law Journal (forthcoming) 

Joshua Neoh, Book Review: The Possibility of Religious Freedom (2021) 36 Journal of Law and Religion 

Joshua Neoh, Book Review: Post-Liberal Religious Liberty (2021) 12 Jurisprudence 

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

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


PhD supervision

I welcome PhD proposals in all fields of legal theory. 

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2022 LAWS4229
Class #4072
Law and Society in South East Asia
2022 LAWS4280
Class #4093
Law and the Humanities
2022 LAWS8480
Class #4094
Law and the Humanities
2022 LAWS8594
Class #4092
Law and Society in South East Asia
2022 LAWS2248
Class #6908
Legal Research and Writing

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2021 LAWS2249
Class #5209
Legal Theory
2021 LAWS6249
Class #5709
Legal Theory
2021 LAWS4229
Class #4277
Law and Society in South East Asia
2021 LAWS8594
Class #4278
Law and Society in South East Asia

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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