- Ben Golder
BA (Hons) LLB UNSW, PhD Lond.
Ben Golder teaches courses on law and social theory, and on the politics of human rights, in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales. He holds undergraduate law and English literature degrees from UNSW and a doctorate in legal theory from the University of London.
Prior to joining the faculty, Ben taught law at the University of East London, University College London, Birkbeck College and New York University in London.
Areas of expertise
Ben's research interests are in legal and social theory (particularly critical, feminist and post-structuralist approaches to law), legal philosophy, criminal law, public law, and human rights. He is currently interested in critical and historical approaches to contemporary human rights discourse and, more specifically, the relationship between human rights and politics. He is working at present on two major projects which reflect these interests. The first is a book manuscript, currently entitled Michel Foucault and the Politics of Rights, which explores the late work on rights and human rights of the French philosopher, Michel Foucault. The second is a longer term study of the way in which both proponents and critics of human rights discourse work to refound the discourse, and what the political results of that refounding are. Ben is also on the Editorial Committee of the UK-based journal, Law and Critique and on the Editorial Board of the radical, open access publisher, Counterpress.
Ben welcomes applications to supervise undergraduate research theses and postgraduate research in these, and related, fields. He is currently co-supervising Higher Degree Research theses on counter-terrorism, the protection of Indigenous cultural expressions via intellectual property law, the rights of sex workers in India, therapeutic jurisprudence and the doctrine of indivisibility in human rights law.
Kaveh Pouladi (PhD), "Michel Foucault: A Review on Human Rights in the Light of Neo-Positivism". Jointly with Daniel McLoughlin.
Sam Hartridge (PhD), "Coercive Preventive Measures in Australia: Questions for a Liberal Democracy". Jointly with Chris Michaelsen.
Narelle Bedford (PhD), "Merits Review in Australian State Tribunals - At the Frontiers of a Hybrid Jurisdiction". Jointly with Greg Weeks and Robin Creyke.
Suman Saha (PhD), "The (In)Visibility of Sex Workers and their Rights in India". Jointly with Christine Forster
Marie Hadley (PhD), “Mike Tyson's Moko: Tattoos, Law and Cultural Appropriation”. Jointly with Kathy Bowrey
Dorothea Anthony (PhD), "Indivisibility of Human Rights: A Theoretical Critique". Jointly with Andrew Byrnes.
Keiran Hardy (PhD), "Ruthlessness and Sympathy: Smart Power Thinking in Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency". Jointly with George Williams and Lucia Zedner
Erin MacKay (PhD), "Therapeutic Jurisprudence: The Right Framework for Law Reform in Matters involving Indigenous Women and Sexual Violence?". Jointly with Julie Stubbs. Completed
Joseph Indaimo (PhD), "The Self, the Other and Human Rights: Lacan, Levinas and the Ethics of Alterity". Jointly with Robert Shelly. Completed.
David Carter (LLM), "Law's 'insubordinate openness' and the use of HIV-Related Offences in the Governance of Healthcare in New South Wales". Jointly with Tyrone Kirchengast. Completed.