Associate Professor Ron Levy

Associate Professor
BSc (McGill); JD (Toronto); LLM (Columbia); PhD (Osgoode); admitted to Bar of Ontario
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Biography

Associate Professor Dr Ron Levy researches and writes on public law and political theory, especially constitutional law, the law of politics, and deliberative democracy. He is the winner of several research awards including grants from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Australian Research Council. Ron was recently a chief investigator on two ARC Discovery Projects: 'The Law of Deliberative Democracy: Theory and Reform' (DP130100706, 2013-2015) bridging research on election law with deliberative democratic theory; and 'Confronting the Devolution Paradox' (DP140102682, 2014-2016) on federalism and political culture.

Levy's books include Deliberative Peace Referendums (under contract, Oxford University Press, with Ian O'Flynn and Hoi Kong); The Law of Deliberative Democracy (Routledge, 2016, with Graeme Orr) and The Cambridge Handbook of Deliberative Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press, 2018, with Hoi Kong, Graeme Orr and Jeff King eds). His projects include studies of constitutional reform, including prospects for reform via deliberative democracy and referendums in conflict societies. He has published works on law and political theory, in five countries, in books and journals including Public Law, McGill Law Journal, UBC Law ReviewUNSW Law Journal, Melbourne University Law Review, Griffith Law Review, Public Law Review, Election Law Journal and The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy.

Levy is the General Editor of the Federal Law Review.

Levy also co-directs the Project on Deliberative Governance and Law, hosted jointly at ANU and the University of British Columbia. The project is an international network of scholars advancing research on institutional innovations based on studies of law, governance and deliberative democracy; and a platform for innovative ideas to influence domestic and international approaches to governance.

Levy has been a Visitor at Yale, Cambridge, Stanford, McGill, Hebrew University, Sydney University, King's College London and Oxford. He previously worked in the Ministry of the Attorney-General of Ontario, Constitutional Law Branch.

Current teaching: Commonwealth Constitutional Law, Australian Public Law, Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Law

Significant research publications

Books & Edited Collections

Other Publications

REPORTS

  • Ron Levy, 'Informed Referendums', 14 January 2019, Research and Development Note, prepared for newDemocracy Foundation

  • Ron Levy, 'Independent Report on ACT Citizens' Jury Pilot', 2 February, 2018 (requested by the Law Society of the Australian Capital Territory)

  • Ron Levy, 'Review Report on Bougainville Referendum Outcome Issues Study', 31 August 2018 (for National Research Institute, Papua New Guinea)

Recent news

12
Aug
2019
ACT citizens' assembly
ANU College of Law Associate Professor Ron Levy and other proponents of citizens’ assembly make their proposal on behalf of the ACT.
30
Jul
2019
2019 Zines Prize
Professor Susan H Williams of the Maurer Law School at Indiana University Bloomington has won the 2019 Zines Prize for Excellence in Legal Research.
16
Jul
2018
Composite image of George Duke and cover of Federal Law Review
Assoc Prof George Duke, Deakin University

Past events

26
Sep
2017
Udit Bhatia
3.00PM to 4.00PM Seminar
  • Udit Bhatia, University of Oxford

Why should we prefer democracy to an epistocracy of competent persons? In his response to this question, David Estlund appeals to the ‘demographic objection’.

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

Research biography

Associate Professor Dr Ron Levy researches and writes on public law and political theory, especially constitutional law, the law of politics, and deliberative democracy. He is the winner of several research awards including grants from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Australian Research Council. Ron was recently a chief investigator on two ARC Discovery Projects: 'The Law of Deliberative Democracy: Theory and Reform' (DP130100706, 2013-2015) bridging research on election law with deliberative democratic theory; and 'Confronting the Devolution Paradox' (DP140102682, 2014-2016) on federalism and political culture.

Levy's books include Deliberative Peace Referendums (under contract, Oxford University Press, with Ian O'Flynn and Hoi Kong); The Law of Deliberative Democracy (Routledge, 2016, with Graeme Orr) and The Cambridge Handbook of Deliberative Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press, 2018, with Hoi Kong, Graeme Orr and Jeff King eds). His projects include studies of constitutional reform, including prospects for reform via deliberative democracy and referendums in conflict societies. He has published works on law and political theory, in five countries, in books and journals including Public Law, McGill Law Journal, UBC Law ReviewUNSW Law Journal, Melbourne University Law Review, Griffith Law Review, Public Law Review, Election Law Journal and The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy.

Levy is the General Editor of the Federal Law Review.

Levy also co-directs the Project on Deliberative Governance and Law, hosted jointly at ANU and the University of British Columbia. The project is an international network of scholars advancing research on institutional innovations based on studies of law, governance and deliberative democracy; and a platform for innovative ideas to influence domestic and international approaches to governance.

Levy has been a Visitor at Yale, Cambridge, Stanford, McGill, Hebrew University, Sydney University, King's College London and Oxford. He previously worked in the Ministry of the Attorney-General of Ontario, Constitutional Law Branch.

Current teaching: Commonwealth Constitutional Law, Australian Public Law, Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Law

Research projects & collaborations

  • Deliberative constitutionalism

  • The law of deliberative democracy

  • Constitutional referendums

  • Referendums in divided societies

  • Federalism and deliberation

Grants

  • ARC Discovery Project, 2013-2015: ‘The Law of Deliberative Democracy: Theory and Reform’ (with Graeme Orr) bridging research on law and deliberation

  • ARC Discovery Project, 2014-2016: Confronting the Devolution Paradox’ (with AJ Brown, Robyn Hollander, Paul Kildea, Rodney Smith) on federalism and political culture

Books & edited collections

Book chapters

Refereed journal articles

Conference papers & presentations

  • 'Deliberative Peace Referendums and Constitutional Normativity', paper presentation, Law School, University of Western Australia, 4 October, 2019

  • 'Elite Perceptions of Deliberative Democracy', roundtable on Permanent Citizens' Assembly for the ACT, School of Politics and International Relations, ANU, 19 August, 2019

  • 'Shotgun Referendums: Designing Popular Deliberation in Fractured Societies', International Political Science Association 25th World Congress, Brisbane, 22 July 2018 (concurrent with Australian Political Science Association conference)

  • 'Deliberative Referendums in Fractured Societies':

    • McGill University Faculty of Law, Project on Deliberative Governance and Law Annual Workshop, 24 April 2017

    • University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, seminar speaker, 4 May 2017

    • University of Montreal, The Canadian Confederation: Past, Present and Future / La Confédération canadienne: Passé, présent et futur, 18 May 2017

  • 'ANU Guidelines on the Reserve Powers of the Governor-General', Public Law in the Classroom, UNSW Law School, 16 February, 2017

  • Book launches for The Law of Deliberative Democracy:

    • Supreme Court of Queensland, launch by Justice Peter Applegarth, 15 November 2016

    • University of Melbourne Law School, hosted by Electoral Regulation Research Network, 10 November 2016

  • 'Shotgun Referendums', seminar speaker, Melbourne Law School, Legal Theory Workshop, 16 Sept 2016

  • ‘Deliberative Constitutionalism’, co-organiser and opening conference presenter, McGill University Faculty of Law, 9-10 April 2016

  • ‘Deliberative Constitutionalism’, co-organiser and opening conference presenter, University College London, Faculty of Laws, 7-8 Nov 2015; McGill University Faculty of Law, 9-10 April 2016

  • 'Constitutional Deliberations', Public Law Weekend, co-organiser and opening conference presenter, Australian National University, ANU College of Law, 1-2 October 2015

  • ‘Deliberative Democracy and Political Law: The Coercion Problem’, Public Law Conference, Cambridge University, 15 Sept 2014

  • ‘Deliberative Voting in European Referendums’, Conference on Referendums in Europe, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France, paper presentation by video, 7 June 2013

  • ‘The Law of Deliberative Democracy’ co-organiser and opening conference presenter, New York University Straus Institute for Advanced Studies in Law and Justice (5-6 Apr 2013) and King’s College London, Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies (9 Apr 2013)

  • ‘Deliberative e-Democracy in Referendums’, presentation to University of Edinburgh, Schools of Law and Political Science, 2 May 2012

  • ‘Election Law Fairness and its Democratic Consequences’, attendee/paper submission, Congress of the International Association of Constitutional Law (triennial event), 6-11 Dec 2010, Mexico City, Mexico

Commissioned reports

  • Ron Levy, 'Informed Referendums', 14 January 2019, Research and Development Note, prepared for newDemocracy Foundation

  • Ron Levy, 'Independent Report on ACT Citizens' Jury Pilot', 2 February, 2018 (requested by the Law Society of the Australian Capital Territory)
  • Ron Levy, 'Review Report on Bougainville Referendum Outcome Issues Study', 31 August 2018 (for National Research Institute, Papua New Guinea)

Government submissions

  • Citation in Report of Commonwealth Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration (June 2013)

  • Commonwealth Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration, hearings on citizen-initiated referendum bill, invited oral testimony and written submission (with Graeme Orr) (2013)

  • 2010-15 research project on Mapping the Path Towards Codifying – or Not Codifying – the UK Constitution led by Professor Robert Blackburn, invited submission ‘Changing Constitutions through “Deliberative Voting”’ (2012)

  • Amnesty International Queensland Parliamentary Scrutiny Project, advisor (2011)

  • Queensland Attorney-General, advised public initiative on participatory and deliberative democracy (2010)

  • Advised Chair, House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, on public participation in policymaking on climate change (2009)

  • Federal Canadian Attorney-General’s dept, advised on policy, law and ethics of racial profiling (2006)

Committees

External Organisations

Internal ANU Committees

Case notes & book reviews

Other

PhD supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • Laws of politics and democracy
  • Constitutional law, theory, history and reform
  • Deliberative democracy
  • Referendums
  • Rights

SJD supervision

I am willing to supervise in the relevant areas.

MPhil supervision

I am willing to supervise in the relevant areas.

LLM Masters thesis supervision

I am willing to supervise in the relevant areas.

Honours thesis supervision

I am willing to supervise in the relevant areas.

Past courses

  • Commonwealth Constitutional Law
  • Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Law (advanced elective)
  • Torts
  • Australian Public Law

How my works connects with public policy

Associate Professor Ron Levy co-directs the Project on Deliberative Governance and Law (DGAL), within the Centre for International and Public Law. Based at the Australian National University and the University of British Columbia, DGAL is an international network of scholars. The project advances research on institutional innovation based on cutting-edge studies of law, governance and deliberative democracy, and provides a platform for innovative ideas to influence domestic and international approaches to governance.

 

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