Associate Professor Leighton McDonald

Associate Professor
BEc LLB (Hons) (Macq) (University Medal in Law); LLM (Osgoode Hall; York)
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Research interests

Biography

Leighton McDonald’s research has traversed a number of areas in public law and legal theory.

Leighton’s current research is focused on Australian administrative law. He is the co-author of a well-known text in this area and has written number of articles on different aspects of the law of judicial review. Leighton draws on his administrative law expertise in his role as legal adviser to the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills.

Appointments

  • Associate Professor; ANU College of Law
  • Director, Higher Degree Legal Research, ANU College of Law
  • Legal Advisor, Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills

Significant research publications

Principles of Administrative Law: Legal Regulation of Governance 2nd edition (Melbourne: Oxford University Press 2013) (with Peter Cane)

'Reasons, Reasonableness and Intelligible Justification in Judicial Review' (2015) 37 Sydney Law Review 467

'Rethinking Unreasonableness Review' (2014) 25 Public Law Review 117

‘The Entrenched Minimum Provision of Judicial Review and the Rule of Law’ (2010) 21 Public Law Review 14

‘The Rule of Law and the New Regulatory State’ (2004) 33 Common Law World Review 197

‘Rights, ‘Dialogue’ and Democratic Objections to Judicial Review’ (2004) 32 Federal Law Review 1

‘Can Collective and Individual Rights Coexist?’ (1998) 22 Melbourne University Law Review 310

 

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Recent news

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Nov
2012
ANU College of Law

Four ANU College of Law projects were awarded funding for The Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects commencing in 2013.

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

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Grants

2013 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects  

Books & edited collections

  • Principles of Administrative Law: Legal Regulation of Governance 2nd ed (Oxford University Press; 2012) (with Peter Cane) (First edition, 2008)

  • Cases and Materials for Principles of Administrative Law 2nd ed (Oxford University Press; 2013) (with Peter Cane) (First edition, 2009)

Refereed journal articles

  • 'Reasons, Reasonableness and Intelligible Justification in Judicial Review' (2015) 37 Sydney Law Review 467
  • 'Rethinking Unreasonableness Review' (2014) 25 Public Law Review 117
  • 'Comment on the Vantage of Law' (2013) 38 Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 166
  • 'The Entrenched Minimum Provision of Judicial Review and the Rule of Law' (2010) 21 Public Law Review 14
  • 'Federal Judicial Review Jurisdiction After Griffith University v Tang' (2006) 17 Public Law Review 22-48 (with Christos Mantziaris)  
  • 'The Rule of Law and the New Regulatory State' (2004) 33 Common Law World Review 197-221
  • 'New Directions in the Australian Bill of Rights Debate' [2004] Public Law 22-32
  • 'Rights, 'Dialogue' and Democratic Objections to Judicial Review' (2004) 32 Federal Law Review 1-29
  • ‘Positivism and the Formal Rule of Law: questioning the connection’ (2001) 26 Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 93-128
  • ‘Can Collective and Individual Rights Coexist?’ (1998) 22 Melbourne University Law Review 310-336
  • ‘On the Monarchist’s Maxim: “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It”’ (1998) 26 Federal Law Review 259-270
  • ‘Regrouping   in   Defence  of   Minority Rights:  Kymlicka’s Multicultural Citizenship’ (1996) 34 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 291-319
  • ‘The Denizens of Democracy: The High Court and the Free Speech Cases’ (1994) 5 Public Law Review 160-198

Conference papers & presentations

'Grounds of Review, Statutory Interpretation and Proportionality: Diversity and Unity in the English and Australian Law of Judicial Review' (with Will Bateman) Cambridge Public Law Conference, 12-14 September 2016

Committees

External Organisations

  • Legal Adviser, Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills

Currently supervising

Research interests

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2016 LAWS8141
Class #9663
Judicial Review of Government Action
2016 LAWS6201
Class #4038
Administrative Law
2016 LAWS2201
Class #3051
Administrative Law

How my works connects with public policy

Legal Adviser to the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills

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