I'm a Queenslander at the ANU Law School researching and writing on constitutional law and human rights law. I'm interested in the legal questions that define our democracy, and the interface between law, politics, and government.
At the ANU, I teach Australian Public Law, International & Comparative Human Rights Law, and Comparative Civil and Political Rights. Alongside my Law School duties, I have served as Head of Scholars House for the Tuckwell Scholarships Program since 2019. Previously I was ANU Law's Deputy Director (2014-2016) & Director (2017-2019) of Higher Degree Research.
I regularly write and speak in the media and in the general community on a variety of public law issues, and have done consultant and pro bono research on related issues for a number of NGOs.
- BA(Hons I), LLB(Hons I) (UQ), BCL(Dist), DPhil (Oxon)
- Rhodes Scholar (Qld & Lincoln 2007)
- Ralph Chiles CBE Award for the Best Performance in Human Rights (University of Oxford, 2008)
- University Medal (Law)(UQ, 2005)
- University Medal (Arts-History)(UQ, 2004)
- Admitted as Solicitor (Qld) in 2007
- ANU: Associate Professor & Head of Scholars House (2019- ); Senior Lecturer (2016-18); Lecturer (2013-15)
- Lincoln College, University of Oxford: Junior Research Fellow in Law (2011-13)
Significant research publications
See 'Research' tab.
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In the Media
- Ryan Goss
- Andrew Chapman
Join Dr Ryan Goss, ANU Law Associate Professor, and Andrew Chapman, Senior General Counsel, Office of General Counsel at Australian Government Solicitor, as they discuss what the UK Supreme Court ruling means for Brexit.
- Dr Ryan Goss, ANU College of Law
Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights protects the right to a fair trial in civil and criminal proceedings. The Article 6 rights are the most heavily-litigated Convention rights before the European Court of Human Rights, generating a large and complex body of case law.
- Henry Burmester AO, QC
- Dr Ryan Goss, ANU College of Law
On 24 January 2017, the UK Supreme Court decided that Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union could not be triggered by an exercise of prerogative power. Instead, an Act of Parliament is required.
A conference in honour of Professor Michael Coper.
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I work on human rights law (especially ECHR/UK) and constitutional law.
This site gives a sense of some recent research projects.
Research projects & collaborations
Summary of recent research projects:
- Goss R "The Undermining of Article 6 ECHR" (forthcoming, European Yearbook of Human Rights)
- Goss R "Power & Propriety: Coper's Encounter with the Dismissal" in J Stellios (ed), Encounters with Constitutional Interpretation and Legal Education (Federation Press, 2018).
- Goss R "Out of Many, One? Strasbourg's Ibrahim Decision on Article 6" (2017) 80(6) Modern Law Review 1137–1163
- Goss R "Voting Rights and Australian Local Democracy" (2017) 40(3) UNSWLJ 1008
- Goss R “Balancing Away Article 6 in Home Office v Tariq: Fair Trial Rights in Closed Material Proceedings” in G Martin et al (eds), Secrecy, Law and Society (ch 4)(Routledge, 2015)
- Goss R. Criminal Fair Trial Rights: Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2014).
- (Book longlisted for the Inner Temple Book Prize 2015, shortlisted for the Peter Birks Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship 2015 (Society of Legal Scholars, UK), and cited by Sajó & Laffranque JJ in Ibrahim v United Kingdom (European Court of Human Rights (Grand Chamber), September 2016). Book noted or reviewed at eg (2015) 52(6) Common Market Law Review 1709;  Crim LR 243-246;  Human Rights Law Review (Advance Access July 2015); Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights 2015, 33(2), 259-260; SCOLAG Journal 2015; Newsletter Menschenrechte 3/2015, pp287-288; ECHR Blog, eThemis Public International Law Blog)
- Goss R “To the serious detriment of the public: Secret evidence and closed material procedures” in L Lazarus & JC McCrudden (eds), Reasoning Rights: Comparative Judicial Engagement (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2014)(pp118-134).
- Lazarus L & R Goss, “Criminal Justice Under the UK Human Rights Act” (2013) 25 Singapore Academy of Law Journal 755
Current research projects include work on Australian constitutional law, an Australian republic, and voting rights.
Conference papers & presentations
- Goss R. "The Catastrophe of the Dismissal: Power & Propriety" presented at New Ways Forward Conference (Canberra, December 2016)
- Goss R. "Chosen by the People: Reforming Local Democracy" presented at the National Law Reform Conference (Canberra, April 2016)
- Goss R. "Rethinking Article 6 Fair Trial Rights: Does the ECtHR's 'Fourth Instance Doctrine' Hold Water?" presented at Society of Legal Scholars Conference (Civil Liberties & Human Rights section) (Nottingham, UK, 9 September 2014)
- Goss R. "Critiquing the Role of a Supra-National Human Rights Court: Does the ECtHR's 'Fourth Instance Doctrine' Hold Water?" presented at Australia New Zealand Society International Law 2014 Conference (Canberra, 3 July 2014)
- Goss R. "The Risk of the Gist" (Discussing closed material procedures and Tariq  UKSC 35) presented at the University of Sydney's "Secrecy, Law, and Society" Workshop (Sydney, 6 February 2014)
Case notes & book reviews
- Goss R. “Book Review: Amnesties in the Age of Human Rights Accountability” (2013) 1 European H Rts Law Review 108
- Goss R. “Book Review: Criminal Evidence and Human Rights: Reimagining Common Law Procedural Traditions” (2012) 6 European H Rts Law Rev 713
- Goss R. “Book Review: Fair Trial Rights, 2nd Edn” (2011) 2 European H Rts Law Rev 237
- Goss R. “Book Review: Australian Constitutional Law & Theory” (2007) 27 Qld Lawyer 311
Scholarly blogposts etc:
- Goss R., Judgment, Day, Australian Public Law blog, May 2016.
- Goss R., 'The Commonwealth v The ACT: Marriage Equality in the High Court', Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog, 13 December 2013
- Goss R., 'Wedding Crashers in Canberra?', Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog, 25 October 2013
- Goss R., 'Ten Thousand Miles from Wall Street: Muldoon v Melbourne City Council'. Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog, 4 October 2013
- Goss R., ‘What is the Bill of Rights Commission’s ‘strong argument’?’. UK Constitutional Law Blog, 20 December 2012
- DPhil thesis. Goss R. Rethinking Article 6: The criminal fair trial rights case law of the European Court of Human Rights. (University of Oxford, 2012, 314pp).
- Carter, Syed, Goss and Lazarus, 'The Use of Secret Evidence in Judicial Proceedings: A Comparative Survey - Report for the UK Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights' (Oxford Pro Bono Publico; 2011)
- White M & Goss R. “Australian Maritime Law Update 2004” (2005) 36 J of Maritime Law & Commerce253-277
- BA(Hons) thesis. Goss R. 'He that is not for us, is against us': An Analysis of American Federalist Politics During the First Six Months of 1798 from the Perspective of the Gazette of the United States. (University of Queensland, 2004, 92pp).
I am currently, and am willing to consider in future, supervising research projects at any level (including PhD/HDR/Masters/Honours/etc) in areas including:
- Australian constitutional law,
- European human rights law,
- Comparative human rights law,
- UK public law.
If you are interested in PhD/HDR study, I strongly encourage you to read the Law How to Apply for HDR site carefully.
- Dr Alice Taylor (Primary Supervisor, 2017-2020), A Creative Interpretation: a comparative study of statutory discrimination law. Now Senior Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Law, Bond University.
Philosophy & approach
- Australian Awards for University Teaching 2017: Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Department of Education and Training, September 2017)
- Winner, ANU Law Award for Teaching Excellence (Excellence in Education Awards, 2016)
- ANU Law Excellence in Education Awards nominee: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
- Oxford University Student Union Teaching Awards 2013, Shortlisted for 'Most Acclaimed Lecturer', Social Sciences Division, University of Oxford (June 2013)
At the Australian National University (2013- ):
- Australian Public Law (JD and LLB)
- International Human Rights Law (Masters and JD)
- Civil & Political Rights (Masters and JD)
At the University of Oxford (2010-2013):
- Constitutional Law (Lincoln College, Oxford; undergraduates; 2011, 2012)
- Administrative Law (Lincoln College, Oxford; undergraduates; 2012, 2013)
- Criminal Justice & Human Rights (Oxford; postgraduates; 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13) (co-taught with Prof Andrew Ashworth and Dr Liora Lazarus)
- Jessup International Law Moot coach/co-coach at University of Oxford (2009 and 2010)
How my works connects with public policy
My work relates to some of the biggest questions of public policy: how democracy functions, what limits are placed on what our governments can do, and what role is and ought to be played by we, the people. Thus in the past my work has connected with public policy through publications read by practitioners, through explanation and advocacy in the media, and through work with NGOs (see Research tab for full details).
Interaction with the community and the profession
- My book Criminal Fair Trial Rights (Hart, 2014), cited in Ibrahim & Ors v United Kingdom (European Court of Human Rights, Grand Chamber, September 2016) by Sajó & Laffranque JJ
- ANU Vice-Chancellor's Award for Public Policy and Outreach (2016) (team winner)
- ANU Media Award: Award for Improving the Quality of Public Debate (2016) (joint winner)
Selected media work:
- Article, "Australian politics explainer: the writing of our Constitution" for The Conversation (7 April 2017)
- Interview about the marriage equality debate with ABC Canberra (Mornings, 8 November 2016)
- Interview about a marriage equality plebiscite with ABC Perth (Mornings, 13 September 2016)
- Interview about a marriage equality plebiscite with ABC Adelaide (Afternoons, 13 September 2016)
- Article, "What is parliament's role in the marriage equality debate?" for The Conversation (24 August 2016)
- Interview about a marriage equality plebiscite with ABC 666 Canberra (Drive, 3 August 2016)
- Article, "If Australia is going to have a plebiscite on marriage equality, how should it work?" for The Conversation (2 August 2016), republished by the ABC and SBS.
- ANU Media's "Off the Hill" weekly election video series (May-July 2016)
- Interviews about June 2016 Brexit referendum result with: 891 ABC Adelaide, News.com.au, channel 9, 2UE, 666 ABC Canberra (x 2), ABC Alice Springs, 2CC Canberra, ABC Gippsland, ABC Ballarat, 2SER, 702 ABC Sydney with Richard Glover,
- Article, "How is the UK’s Brexit referendum different from Australian referendums?" for The Conversation (22 June 2016)
- Interview with Genevieve Jacobs on UK EU referendum/Brexit for ABC 666 Canberra: Mornings (2 May 2016)
- Interview with Steve Martin at ABC Ballarat on UK EU referendum/Brexit (17 Feb 2016)
- Article, "How unwritten rules shape ministerial accountability" for The Conversation (16 December 2015)
- Article, “What might The Dismissal's legacy mean for an Australian republic push” for The Conversation (11 November 2015)
- Interview with Kieran Gilbert on apprehended bias and Dyson Heydon for Sky News AM Agenda (28 August 2015, 9.15am)
- Interview with Ros Childs on the role of the Speaker for ABC News 24's lunchtime news and ABC1 News at Noon (10 August 2015, 12.30pm)
- Interview with Sean Britten on the election of the next Speaker for 2SER Sydney's The Daily (5 August 2015, 9.15am)
- Interview with Lindy Burns on the independence of the Speaker for 774 ABC Melbourne: Evenings (4 August 2015, 7.30pm)
- Interview with Paul Turton on the resignation of the Speaker for 1233 ABC Newcastle: Mornings (3 August 2015, 9.10am)
- Interview with Genevieve Jacobs on the role of the Speaker for ABC 666 Canberra: Mornings (30 July 2015, 9.10am)
- Interview with Kim Kleidon on current constitutional law debates including the Speaker's entitlements for ABC Tropical North Radio: Mornings (for air July 2015)
- Article, “A truly independent Speaker could renew Australia’s parliamentary democracy” for The Conversation (21 July 2015)
- Article, "Marriage Equality: Law And Politics In Australia" for Legaldate, Volume 26(3) (July 2014)
- Interview with Kieran Gilbert for Sky News "AM Agenda" on Court of Disputed Returns WA Senate Case, 18 February 2014 (approx 0910am).
- Interview with Kieran Gilbert for Sky News "AM Agenda" on Court of Disputed Returns WA Senate Case, 30 January 2014 (approx 0850am).
- Interview with Triple J's "Hack" on the result in The Commonwealth v Australian Capital Territory, 12 December 2013
- Interview with WIN TV News Canberra on The Commonwealth v Australian Capital Territory, 5 December 2013.
- Interview with Triple J's "Hack" on submissions in The Commonwealth v Australian Capital Territory, 3 December 2013
- Interview with WIN TV News Canberra re legal battle over ACT marriage laws. 22 October 2013.
- Goss R. The looming legal battle over ACT gay marriage. Crikey. 14 October 2013
- Interview with Tim Lester for Fairfax Media's "Breaking Politics" on the ACT's marriage equality legislation, 11 October 2013
- Interview with Crikey for "Crikey Clarifier: Australia’s counter-terrorism legal landscape", 19 September 2013
- Interview with Triple J's "Hack" on ACT Same Sex marriage legislation, 19 September 2013
- Goss R. 'What can Australia's Labor party learn from popular elections overseas?'. The Guardian, 10 July 2013