Associate Professor Wayne Morgan

Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Education)
BA LLB (Hons)(Melb); LLM (Columbia)
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Biography

Wayne Morgan undertakes interdisciplinary research focused on social justice and law reform, primarily in the areas of human sexuality, gender identity and legal regulation. Wayne is recognised internationally as a pioneer in the field of queer legal theory.

His research and publications cover areas such as the legal regulation of sexual behaviour through the criminal law and other mechanisms, the legal regulation of pornography and sex work, recognition of the rights of the LGBTIQ* community in the areas of anti-discrimination law, relationship recognition, family law and international human rights law.

Wayne actively pursues his research through practical law reform activities. Wayne’s research has contributed to a number of test cases before tribunals and courts at the national and international level, including cases before the Australian High Court and the UN Human Rights Committee. This research has influenced the outcome in cases involving decriminalisation of sodomy, HIV regulation and discrimination and sex work.

His research has also contributed to ground-breaking legislative reform, such as the Tasmanian Relationships Act (2003), and reforms to Commonwealth family law in 2008. Most recently, Wayne has contributed as a commentator to the Australian Feminist Judgments Project (2013-2014).

Appointments

Associate Dean (Education)

Deputy Dean of Students, ANU (2014-2015)
Sub-Dean (LLB/JD) (2012-2015)

Recent news

08
Aug
2022
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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.
15
Oct
2021
ANU Gender Identity + Sexuality Law Moot goes ‘from strength to strength’ in second year
The Honourable Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG (HonLLD '14), described the moot as “going from strength to strength”.
03
Nov
2020
Charlotte Michalowski and Andrew Ray
ANU College of Law students reveal the "terrifying but fun" experience of discussing their submission before a Senate inquiry.
16
Oct
2020
Bella Rollinson and Hannah Swedlund, ANU Gender Identity + Sexuality Law Moot champions
Read our Q&A with ANU Gender Identity + Sexuality Law Moot winners, Bella Rollinson and Hannah Swedlund.

In the Media

16
Dec
2021
Wayne Morgan interviewed by Mamamia
26
Jul
2020
Wayne Morgan interviewed by The Wigs Podcast
25
Sep
2018
Wayne Morgan interviewed by Policy Forum Pod

Past events

08
Aug
2017
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1.00PM to 2.00PM Teaching and Learning Forum

Ideas and discussion, and how a Teaching Enhancement Grant might help.

Research biography

Wayne Morgan undertakes interdisciplinary research focused on social justice and law reform, primarily in the areas of human sexuality, gender identity and legal regulation. Wayne is recognised internationally as a pioneer in the field of queer legal theory.

His research and publications cover areas such as the legal regulation of sexual behaviour through the criminal law and other mechanisms, the legal regulation of pornography and sex work, recognition of the rights of the LGBTIQ* community in the areas of anti-discrimination law, relationship recognition, family law and international human rights law.

Wayne actively pursues his research through practical law reform activities. Wayne’s research has contributed to a number of test cases before tribunals and courts at the national and international level, including cases before the Australian High Court and the UN Human Rights Committee. This research has influenced the outcome in cases involving decriminalisation of sodomy, HIV regulation and discrimination and sex work.

His research has also contributed to ground-breaking legislative reform, such as the Tasmanian Relationships Act (2003), and reforms to Commonwealth family law in 2008. Most recently, Wayne has contributed as a commentator to the Australian Feminist Judgments Project (2013-2014).

Currently supervising

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Topic: 'Recognising and Responding to Economic Forms of Domestic Violence in Private Law' (funded by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship)

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2022 LAWS2204
Class #2197
Property
2022 LAWS6204
Class #2633
Property
2022 LAWS4256
Class #7057
Law and Sexualities

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2021 LAWS4256
Class #4734
Law and Sexualities

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