Ryan Goss

Associate Professor
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I'm a Queenslander at the ANU Law School. In my writing, research, and teaching I'm interested in the legal questions that define our democracy, and the interface between law, politics, and government: constitutional law and human rights law. I regularly write and speak in the media and in the general community on a variety of public law issues, have done consultant and pro bono research work on related issues for a number of NGOs, and previously worked as a solicitor.

I also have a track record of university leadership and service, especially on scholarships and philanthropy. As Head of Scholars House for the ANU's Tuckwell Scholarship Program, I lead a diverse team of academic and professional staff overseeing Australia's most transformational undergraduate scholarship program. I also hold smaller roles with the Rhodes Scholarships and the Lionel Murphy Scholarships. Previously I was ANU Law's Director (2017-2019) of Higher Degree Research.  

  • BA(Hons I), LLB(Hons I) (UQ), BCL(Dist), DPhil (Oxon)
  • Rhodes Scholar (Qld & Lincoln 2007)
  • Ralph Chiles CBE Award (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.

Read selected publications in the ANU Digital Collection

Recent news

2021 Jessup Moot
Last week, Ben Durkin graduated from ANU with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons)/Politics, Philosophy and Economics degree and an impressive academic record under his belt.
‘Secondary Rules’ podcast
Two legal scholars at the ANU College of Law put legal theory and public law under the microphone on a regular basis on their weekly podcast, ‘Secondary Rules’.
Guhong Zhou has landed a coveted graduate role at a top-tier Sydney law firm, capping off a memorable academic experience enriched by prizes, mentorship and an unshakeable focus.
Rebekah McWhirter
2022 Postgraduate Medallist Rebekah McWhirter (JD ’22) has a background in medical research and passion for health law.

Past events

The UK Supreme Court and Brexit
6.00PM to 7.00PM CIPL Seminar
  • 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.

European Court of Human Rights
12.30PM to 1.30PM CIPL International Law Lunchtime Seminar
  • 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. 

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5.30PM to 6.30PM Seminar
  • 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.

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Research biography

I work on human rights law (especially ECHR/UK) and Australian public law.

Research projects & collaborations

Summary of recent research projects:


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




    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 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.

    Previous supervision:

    • Dr Alice Taylor (Primary Supervisor, 2017-2020),  A Creative Interpretation: a comparative study of statutory discrimination law. Now Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Bond University. 

    Current courses

    Year Course code Course name
    2023 LAWS6105
    Class #5533
    Australian Public Law
    2023 LAWS8234
    Class #6523
    International and Comparative Human Rights Law

    Previous courses

    Year Course code Course name
    2021 LAWS6105
    Class #5707
    Australian Public Law
    2021 LAWS8234
    Class #4639
    International and Comparative Human Rights Law

    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)

    Past courses

    At the Australian National University (2013- ):

    • Australian Public Law (JD and LLB)
    • International & Comparative Human Rights Law (Masters and JD)
    • Comparative 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.

    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.

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