- Ben Golder
Associate Professor, Associate Dean (Education)
BA (Hons) LLB UNSW, PhD Lond.
Ben Golder teaches courses on law and social theory, on public law, 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 works at the intersection of political and legal theory, and is interested in the areas of public law and human rights. He is currently researching critical and historical approaches to contemporary human rights discourse and, more specifically, the relationship between human rights and postfoundationalist thought. He has recently published a book with Stanford University Press, entitled Foucault and the Politics of Rights, which explores the late work on rights and human rights of the French philosopher, Michel Foucault. He is currently at work on a book about the relationship between various schools of postfoundationalist thought (in political theory and philosophy) to human rights. Ben is an Associate Editor of the journal, Contemporary Political Theory, a member of the Editorial Committee of the UK-based journal, Law and Critique, a member of the Editorial Board of the Australian Journal of Human Rights, and a member of 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 has supervised PhD projects to completion on the topics of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency; therapeutic jurisprudence; and, post-humanist critiques of human rights law. He is currently co-supervising doctoral projects on the protection of Indigenous cultural expressions via intellectual property law; the doctrine of indivisibility in human rights law; earth jurisprudence and Australian constitutionalism; neoliberalism and human rights; indigenous peoples and the norm of free prior and informed consent in international law; and the sexual and racial dynamics of Prohibition.
Janet Hill (PhD), "Neoliberalism's Ascent and the Parallel Rise of Human Rights: Correlation, Causation, or Coincidence?". Jointly with Daniel McLoughlin.
Fleur Ramsay (PhD), "Sovereign Pleasures and Prohibitions: Law and Law-breaking in the Prohibition Era in the United States (1919-1933)". Jointly with Vicki Sentas.
Stephen Young (PhD), "Understanding Indigenous Free, Prior and Informed Consent: Non-Law, Soft-Law, Formalism and the Promise of Transformation". Jointly with Fleur Johns.
Costa Avgoustinos (PhD), "Reconciling Climate Change and Social Justice in Earth Jurisprudence". Jointly with Peter Burdon and Amelia Thorpe.
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. Completed
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.
- Law and Social Theory (LAWS3332)
- Principles of Public Law (LAWS1141)
- The Politics of Human Rights: Theory and Critique (LAWS3017)