Ryan Goss

Senior Lecturer
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I'm a Queenslander at the ANU working on constitutional law and human rights law.

After undergrad at UQ, I was Associate to Justice Keane (then of the Qld Court of Appeal) and a solicitor at a commercial firm. Following postgrad study at Oxford supported by a Rhodes Scholarship, I worked as Junior Research Fellow in Law at Lincoln College, Oxford, where I taught Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Criminal Justice & Human Rights. At the ANU since mid-2013, I teach Australian Public Law, International Human Rights Law, and Civil and Political Rights, and am Deputy Director of Higher Degree Research Programs.

Publications include my book, Criminal Fair Trial Rights, (Hart, 2014), which updated and revised my Oxford doctoral research. The book has been reviewed in a number of international journals, longlisted for the Inner Temple Book Prize 2015, shortlisted for the Birks Prize 2015, and cited by judges in the European Court of Human Rights.

I regularly write and speak in the media on a variety of public law issues, and have done consultant and pro bono research on related issues in the UK, India, and elsewhere, for a number of NGOs. I'm a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development and a Research Associate of the TJ Ryan Foundation.


BA(Hons I), LLB(Hons I) (Queensland), BCL(Dist), DPhil (Oxon)

University Medal (Law)(Queensland, 2005) & University Medal (Arts-History)(Queensland, 2004)

Admitted as Solicitor (Queensland) in 2007


  • Senior Lecturer, ANU College of Law (2016- )
  • Fellow, Centre for Policy Development (2016- )
  • Research Associate, TJ Ryan Foundation (2016- )
  • Lecturer, ANU College of Law. (2013-2015)
  • Early Career Academic Fellow, University House, ANU (2015-2016)
  • ANU College of Law E-Press Editorial Board member (2015-2016)
  • Non-Resident Expert, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, New Delhi (2014- )
  • ANU College of Law Law Reform & Social Justice Advisory Committee (2013-2016) 
  • Consultant/Panellist, INTERIGHTS Legal Research Panel, London (2012-2014)
  • Junior Research Fellow in Law, Lincoln College, University of Oxford (2011-13)

Significant research publications

See 'Research' tab.

Read selected publications in the ANU Digital Collection

Recent news

Sarah Dobbie

ANU College of Law alumna Sarah Dobbie has joined three Australian prime ministers, two high court justices and two Nobel Prize winners by becoming a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarships for Australia.

Professor Michael Coper

On Friday 2 December a conference celebrating the achievements of Michael Coper will be held in the Common Room, University House. Michael is a “big picture” person whose vision has always focused on the future. The conference’s title, “New Ways Forward”, with its tone of energy and optimism, could not be more fitting for an event celebrating the career of Michael Coper and reinforcing the continuing beneficial effects of his achievements.

International law

Dr Ryan Goss's book Criminal Fair Trial Rights: Article 6 of the European Convention was cited in the European Court of Human Rights.


Australia has had just three national plebiscites: two on conscription of troops during the first world war, and a 1977 vote on the national anthem. It seems likely parliament will need to pass the framework legislation for any marriage plebiscite.

In the Media

Ryan Goss writes in ANU Reporter
Ryan Goss interviewed by ABC 666 Mornings
Ryan Goss writes in The Conversation
Ryan Goss interviewed by The Courier Mail

Past events

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5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • 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.

Professor Michael Coper
12.00AM Conference

A conference in honour of Professor Michael Coper.


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

Read selected publications in the ANU Digital Collection

Research biography

Dr Ryan Goss researches and works on human rights law and constitutional law. Ryan developed his research profile at the University of Oxford, writing and publishing on UK and European human rights law.

Ryan’s major publication is his book, Criminal Fair Trial Rights, which was shortlisted and longlisted for book awards in the UK, and has been favourably reviewed in a number of international journals. The book provides European lawyers, judges, and academics with new understanding of the most heavily-litigated provision of the European Convention of Human Rights – and new arguments to make in litigation about that provision.

Recent publications also include book chapters on the interaction between national security and human rights law in the context of closed material proceedings.

At ANU since 2013, Ryan is building Australian research interests in constitutional law and law-and-politics, to complement his European-UK research.

On the basis of his research expertise, Ryan has undertaken consultant or voluntary-advice roles with a number of NGOs. Ryan is frequently is interviewed by, or writes for, local and national news-media. He also regularly speaks about his research to audiences outside of the ANU College of Law, and through social media.

Research projects & collaborations

Summary of recent research projects:

Current research projects include work on Australian constitutional law, an Australian republic, and voting rights. 


Conference papers & presentations

Recent papers:

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:


  • 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).

Currently supervising

PhD supervision

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 constitutional law,
  • UK administrative law.

I am also Deputy Director, HDR Programs. If you are interested in PhD/HDR study, please read the HDR site carefully.

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2017 LAWS8234
Class #6861
International Human Rights Law
2017 LAWS6105
Class #8713
Australian Public Law

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2016 LAWS8234
Class #5556
International Human Rights Law
2016 LAWS8247
Class #6625
Civil and Political Rights
2016 LAWS6105
Class #9034
Australian Public Law

Philosophy & approach

  • Winner, ANU College of Law, Award for Teaching Excellence (Excellence in Education Awards, 2016)
  • ANU College of 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)

Past courses

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 winnter)

Selected media work:

  • 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  LegaldateVolume 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

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