Associate Professor Ben Golder

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.

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Book Chapters

Golder B, 2018, 'Human Rights Trouble? Judith Butler and the Performative Refusal of Human Rights', in Schippers B (ed.), Critical Perspectives on Human Rights, Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, pp. 25 - 45

Golder B; McLoughlin D, 2017, 'An introduction to the politics of legality in a neoliberal age', in The Politics of Legality in a Neoliberal Age, pp. 1 - 16

Golder B, 2017, 'Contemporary legal genealogies', in Searching for Contemporary Legal Thought, pp. 80 - 98, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781316584361.005

Golder BJ, 2017, 'On the Varieties of Universalism in Human Rights Discourse', in Agha P (ed.), Human Rights Between Law and Politics The Margin of Appreciation in Post-national Contexts, edn. Modern Studies in European Law, Hart Pub Limited

Golder BJ, 2016, 'Theorizing Human Rights', in Hoffman F; Orford A (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Theory of International Law, edn. Oxford Handbooks, Oxford University Press, pp. 684 - 700

Golder B; Michaelsen C, 2014, 'Political criminals, terrorists and extra-criminal regimes of punishment', in Allegiance and Identity in a Globalised World, pp. 267 - 290, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139696654.018

Golder B, 2012, 'The distribution of death: Notes towards a bio-political theory of criminal law', in New Critical Legal Thinking: Law and the Political, pp. 91 - 111, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203114469

Golder BJ, 2012, 'Re-reading Foucault on Law, Power and Rights', in Re-reading Foucault: On Law, Power and Rights, Routledge

Golder BJ; Fitzpatrick P, 2010, 'The Laws of Michel Foucault', in Golder B; Fitzpatrick P (ed.), Foucault and Law, edn. First, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Farnham, Surry, England, pp. xi - xxvi, http://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=637&calcTitle=1&isbn=9780754628668&lang=cy-gb

Golder B; Williams G, 2008, 'What is "Terrorism"? Problems of Legal Definition', in Malleswari VB (ed.), Anti-Terrorism Laws: Global Scenario, ICFAI Amicus Books, Hyderabad, pp. 1 - 37

Golder B, 2004, '3. "IT FORCED ME TO OPEN MORE THAN I COULD BEAR": H.A.D., PAEDOPHILIA, AND THE DISCURSIVE LIMITS OF THE MALE HETEROSEXUAL BODY', in Studies in Law Politics and Society, pp. 53 - 72, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1059-4337(04)34003-2

Books

Golder B, 2015, Foucault and the Politics of Rights, Stanford University Press

Golder B; Fitzpatrick P, 2009, Foucault's law, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203880562

Conference Papers

Golder B, 2015, 'Foucault and the Politics of Rights', Julius Stone Institute, University of Sydney, presented at Julius Stone Institute, University of Sydney, 26 - 26 November 2015

Golder B, 2015, 'What is Critical about a Genealogy of Human Rights?', Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University, Melbourne, presented at Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University, Melbourne, 23 - 23 September 2015

Golder B, 2015, 'On the Genealogy of Human Rights: An Essay on Nostalgia Nostalgia', Aspirational Rituals: Promises and Utopias in Human Rights, Centre for International Governance and Justice, RegNet, Australian National University, Canberra, presented at Aspirational Rituals: Promises and Utopias in Human Rights, Centre for International Governance and Justice, RegNet, Australian National University, Canberra, 30 - 31 July 2015

Golder B, 2015, 'The View from Critical Theory', Engaging Constitutional History Workshop, Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW Law School, Sydney, presented at Engaging Constitutional History Workshop, Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW Law School, Sydney, 25 - 25 June 2015

Golder B, 2015, 'Contemporary Legal Genealogies', Institute for Global Law and Policy Conference, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, presented at Institute for Global Law and Policy Conference, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, 01 - 02 June 2015

Golder B, 2015, 'Contemporary Legal Genealogies', Law’s Promise and Law’s Pathos in the Global North and the Global South meeting of the Law and Society Association, Seattle, presented at Law’s Promise and Law’s Pathos in the Global North and the Global South meeting of the Law and Society Association, Seattle, 28 - 31 May 2015

Golder B; Joyce D, 2015, 'Teaching Human Rights Through Film', Human Rights Tertiary Teachers’ Network Workshop, Australian National University, Canberra, presented at Human Rights Tertiary Teachers’ Network Workshop, Australian National University, Canberra, 18 - 18 February 2015

Golder B, 2014, 'Human Rights and the Exhaustion of Critique', Human Rights Tertiary Teachers’ Workshop, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, presented at Human Rights Tertiary Teachers’ Workshop, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 21 - 21 February 2014

Golder B, 2013, 'Theorising Human Rights', Oxford Handbook of International Legal Theory Melbourne Authors’ Workshop, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, presented at Oxford Handbook of International Legal Theory Melbourne Authors’ Workshop, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 09 - 09 August 2013

Golder B, 2013, 'The Critique of Human Rights in Contemporary International Legal Thought', Second Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, presented at Second Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, 29 - 30 May 2013

Golder B, 2013, 'The Critique of Human Rights in Contemporary International Legal Thought', Law School Seminar Series, University of New South Wales, Sydney, presented at Law School Seminar Series, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 - 30 April 2013

Golder B, 2013, 'How Should we Teach the History of Human Rights?', Human Rights Tertiary Teachers’ Network Workshop, Australian Human Rights Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, presented at Human Rights Tertiary Teachers’ Network Workshop, Australian Human Rights Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 - 25 February 2013

Golder B, 2012, 'What Does the Recent History of Human Rights tell us about its Future?', Receiving Laws/Giving Laws, 31st Annual Australian and New Zealand Legal History Society Conference, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, presented at Receiving Laws/Giving Laws, 31st Annual Australian and New Zealand Legal History Society Conference, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, 10 - 12 December 2012

Golder B, 2012, 'On How to do Things with Critical Legal History: Human Rights, Reconsidered', Law Research Seminar Series, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, presented at Law Research Seminar Series, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, 12 - 12 September 2012

Golder B, 2012, 'Discussant on Anthony Langlois, 'Institutionalizing Human Rights: The Meaning of Rights in the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights'', The Politics of Citizenship in the Era of Human Rights: An International Research Workshop, Whitlam Institute at the University of Western Sydney, presented at The Politics of Citizenship in the Era of Human Rights: An International Research Workshop, Whitlam Institute at the University of Western Sydney, 27 - 29 August 2012

Golder B, 2011, 'Foucault, Rights and Freedom', Legal Intersections Research Centre, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, presented at Legal Intersections Research Centre, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, 05 - 05 October 2011

Golder B, 2011, 'Foucault and the Politics of Human Rights', The Politics of Rights, American Political Science Association Conference, Seattle, presented at The Politics of Rights, American Political Science Association Conference, Seattle, 01 - 04 September 2011

Golder B, 2011, 'Limits to Critique', Law and Culture Symposium, UTS Faculty of Law, Sydney, presented at Law and Culture Symposium, UTS Faculty of Law, Sydney, 01 - 01 July 2011

Golder B, 2011, 'The Limits and Possibilities of a Foucauldian Politics of Rights', Foucault Effect: 1991-2011, Birkbeck College, London, presented at Foucault Effect: 1991-2011, Birkbeck College, London, 03 - 04 June 2011, http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2011/06/ben-golder-the-limits-and-possibilities-of-a-foucauldian-politics-of-rights/

Golder B, 2011, 'Foucault's Critical Affirmation: Three Figures of Rights', 2011 meeting of the Foucault Circle, University of Alberta, Banff, presented at 2011 meeting of the Foucault Circle, University of Alberta, Banff, 25 - 27 May 2011

Golder B, 2010, 'Foucault's Critical (Yet Ambivalent) Affirmation: Three Figures of Rights', Law Research Seminar Series, University of Technology Sydney, presented at Law Research Seminar Series, University of Technology Sydney, 27 - 27 October 2010

Golder B, 2010, 'Foucault's Critical (Yet Ambivalent) Affirmation: Three Figures of Rights', Institute for International Law and the Humanities, University of Melbourne, presented at Institute for International Law and the Humanities, University of Melbourne, 26 - 26 October 2010

Golder B, 2009, 'Foucault and the Unfinished Human of Rights', Julius Stone Institute, University of Sydney, presented at Julius Stone Institute, University of Sydney, 24 - 24 September 2009

Golder B, 2009, 'Foucault and the Unfinished Human of Rights', Annual Australian Society of Legal Philosophy Conference, Melbourne, presented at Annual Australian Society of Legal Philosophy Conference, Melbourne, 05 - 06 June 2009

Golder B, 2009, 'Foucault, anti-humanism and human rights', in Foucault: 25 Years On, Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia, Adelaide, presented at Centre for Post-Colonial and Globalisation Studies Conference, Foucault: 25 Years On, Adelaide, 25 June 2009, http://www.unisa.edu.au/hawkeinstitute/publications/foucault-25-years/

Golder B, 2008, 'Foucault and the Subject of Human Rights', Birkbeck College School of Law Staff Workshop, The Laws of Michel Foucault, London, presented at Birkbeck College School of Law Staff Workshop, The Laws of Michel Foucault, London, 02 - 02 May 2008

Golder B, 2007, 'Foucault's Law: Part One', Critical Legal Conference, Walls, London, presented at Critical Legal Conference, Walls, London, 14 - 16 September 2007

Golder B, 2007, 'Foucault on Ethics and Law', Law and Society in the 21st Century: Transformations, Resistances, Futures, Berlin, presented at Law and Society in the 21st Century: Transformations, Resistances, Futures, Berlin, 25 - 28 July 2007

Golder B, 2007, 'Critical Ontology as Law', 8th Essex Graduate Conference in Political Theory, Multitude, People, Resistance, Colchester, presented at 8th Essex Graduate Conference in Political Theory, Multitude, People, Resistance, Colchester, 21 - 22 June 2007

Golder B, 2006, 'Racism and the Murderous Function of the State: Law and Sovereign Power in Foucault's 'Society Must Be Defended'', 3rd Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Conference, 'Too Pure an Air': Law and the Quest for Freedom, Justice and Equality, Gloucester, presented at 3rd Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Conference, 'Too Pure an Air': Law and the Quest for Freedom, Justice and Equality, Gloucester, 18 - 20 June 2006

Golder B, 2005, 'Legal Definitions of Violence: The Symbolic Politics of Counter-Terrorism', Critical Legal Conference, Resistance, Canterbury, presented at Critical Legal Conference, Resistance, Canterbury, 02 - 04 September 2005

Golder B, 2005, 'Democracy's Definitional Disavowal, or The Semantic Economy of Political Violence', 6th Essex Graduate Conference in Political Theory, Difference, Borders, Others, Colchester, presented at 6th Essex Graduate Conference in Political Theory, Difference, Borders, Others, Colchester, 13 - 14 May 2005

Golder B, 2002, 'Provoking Hatred: The Homosexual Advance Defence and the Politics of the Body', Opening Law: Making Links – Crossing Boundaries, 20th Annual Law and Society Conference Australia, Wollongong, presented at Opening Law: Making Links – Crossing Boundaries, 20th Annual Law and Society Conference Australia, Wollongong, 09 - 11 December 2002

Golder B, 2002, ''[I]t forced me to open more than I could bear': HAD, paedophilia, and the discursive limits of the male heterosexual) body', Mediating Law: Theory Production Culture, Melbourne, presented at Mediating Law: Theory Production Culture, Melbourne, 29 November - 01 December 2002

Edited Books

Golder B; McLoughlin D, 2017, The politics of legality in a neoliberal age

Golder B, 2012, Re-reading Foucault: On law, power and rights, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203094563

Golder BJ; Fitzpatrick P, (eds.), 2010, Foucault and Law, First, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Farnham, Surry, England, http://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=637&calcTitle=1&isbn=9780754628668&lang=cy-gb

Journal articles

Golder B, 2019, 'Thinking Human Rights Through Metaphor', Law and Literature, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1535685X.2018.1558756

Golder B, 2018, 'On the Stakes of Legal Performativity', Australasian Journal of Legal Philosophy, vol. 43

Golder B, 2016, 'On the genealogy of human rights: an essay on nostalgia nostalgia', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 22, pp. 17 - 36, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323238X.2016.11910940

Golder BJ, 2014, 'Beyond Redemption?: Problematizing the Critique of Human Rights in Contemporary International Legal Thought', London Review of International Law, vol. 2, pp. 77 - 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lril/lru001

Golder B, 2013, 'Foucault, Rights and Freedom', International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, vol. 26, pp. 5 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11196-012-9259-8

Golder B, 2013, 'The responsibility to protect: practice, genealogy, biopolitics', LONDON REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, vol. 1, pp. 158 - 165, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lril/lrt001

Golder B, 2012, 'Magnus Hornqvist, Risk, Power and the State: After Foucault (Abingdon: Routledge-Cavendish, 2010)', International Journal of Law in Context, vol. 8, pp. 535 - 537

Golder BJ, 2011, 'Foucault`s Critical (Yet Ambivalent) Affirmation: Three Figures of Rights', Social and Legal Studies, vol. 20, pp. 283 - 312

Golder BJ, 2011, 'Human Rights Contra Critique: Preliminary Notes on the Politics of Interpretation', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 17, pp. 185 - 214

Golder B, 2011, 'Foucault's Monsters and the Challenge of Law', MODERN LAW REVIEW, vol. 74, pp. 639 - 642, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2230.2011.00865-2.x

Golder B, 2010, 'Panu Minkkinen, Sovereignty, Knowledge, Law (Abingdon: Routledge-Cavendish, 2009)', Law, Culture and the Humanities, vol. 6, pp. 457 - 458

Golder B, 2010, 'Foucault and the unfinished human of rights', Law, Culture and the Humanities, vol. 6, pp. 354 - 374, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1743872110374262

Golder B, 2010, 'What is an anti-humanist human right?', Social Identities, vol. 16, pp. 651 - 668, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504630.2010.509570

Golder B, 2009, 'Jennifer L. Culbert, Dead Certainty: The Death Penalty and the Problem of Judgment (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008)', Law, Culture and the Humanities, vol. 5, pp. 164 - 166

Golder B, 2008, 'Margaret Davies, Asking the Law Question, 3rd ed. (Sydney: Thomson Lawbook Co., 2008)', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 33, pp. 124 - 124

Golder B, 2008, 'Foucault and the Incompletion of Law', Leiden Journal of International Law, vol. 21, pp. 747 - 763, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0922156508005293

Golder B, 2007, 'Foucault and the Genealogy of Pastoral Power', Radical Philosophy Review, vol. 10, pp. 157 - 176

Golder B, 2006, 'Ian Ward, Introduction to Critical Legal Theory, 2nd ed. (London: Cavendish Publishing, 2004)', Social & Legal Studies, vol. 15, pp. 154 - 157

Golder B, 2006, 'Ronnie Lippens, ed., Imaginary Boundaries of Justice: Social and Legal Justice across Disciplines (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2005)', Modern Law Review, vol. 69, pp. 129 - 131

Golder B, 2006, 'Defining the debate [2]', Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, vol. 62, pp. 5 - 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.2968/062003002

Williams G; Golder BJ, 2006, 'Balancing National Security and Human Rights: Assessing the Legal Response of Common Law Nations to the Threat of Terrorism', Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, vol. 8, pp. 43 - 62

Golder B, 2005, 'Eduardo Mendieta and Jeffrey Paris, eds., 'Biopolitics and Racism', Special Issue of Radical Philosophy Review 7(1) (2004)', Foucault Studies, vol. 3, pp. 121 - 126

Golder B, 2005, 'Michael Ratner and Ellen Ray, Guantánamo: What the World Should Know (Melbourne: Scribe Publications, 2004) and David Rose, Guantánamo: America's War on Human Rights (New York: New Press, 2004)', Sydney Law Review, vol. 27, pp. 579 - 583

Golder B, 2005, 'Elaine C. Hagopian, ed., Civil Rights in Peril: The Targeting of Arabs and Muslims (London: Pluto Press, 2004)', Current Issues in Criminal Justice -Sydney-, vol. 1, pp. 168 - 170

Golder B, 2005, 'Prue Vines, Law and Justice in Australia: Foundations of the Legal System (Melbourne: OUP, 2005)', Sydney Law Review, vol. 27, pp. 181 - 183

Golder BJ, 2004, 'From McFarlane to Melchior: Love, Sex and Commodification in the Anglo-Australian Law of Torts', Torts Law Journal, vol. 12, pp. 1 - 27

Golder BJ, 2004, 'Rethinking the Subject of Postmodern Feminist Legal Theory: Towards a Feminist Foucaultian Jurisprudence', Southern Cross University Law Review, vol. 8, pp. 73 - 95

Golder B; Williams G, 2004, 'What is Terrorism? Problems of Legal Definition', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 27, pp. 270 - 295

Golder BJ, 2004, 'Law, History, Colonialism: An Orientalist Reading of Australian Native Title Law', Deakin Law Review, vol. 9, pp. 1 - 18

Golder BJ, 2004, 'The Homosexual Advance Defence and the Law/Body Nexus: Towards a Poetics of Law Reform', E Law: Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law, vol. 11, pp. 1 - 20

Media

Golder B; Williams G, 2005, The Tricky Problem of Defining Terrorism', On-Line Opinion

Golder B; Williams G, 2005, Rights and Wrongs: On How to Define Terrorism

Other

Golder B, 2015, Discussant on Session 1 of Data Associations in Global Law and Policy, UNSW Law, Sydney

Golder B, 2015, Discussant at Author-Meets-Reader Roundtable on Irus Braverman, Wild Life: The Invention of Nature (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2015), University of New South Wales Law School, Sydney

Golder B, 2015, Panellist on ‘Legal and Biological Norms’ at Society for the Study of Bio-political Futures and Biopolitical Studies Research Network Workshop, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Golder B, 2014, Author-Respondent Participant in Book Panel on Foucault and the Politics of Rights, Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference, UNSW, Sydney

Golder B, 2014, Discussant at Encountering the Author session on Joseph Slaughter, Human Rights Inc. (New York: Fordham University Press, 2007), University of Western Sydney, Sydney

Golder B, 2012, Discussant at Author-Meets-Reader Session on Anne Orford, International Authority and the Responsibility to Protect (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), Sydney Centre for International Law, University of Sydney, Sydney

Golder B, 2012, Discussant on session 'The Political Economy of Human Rights', University of New South Wales, Sydney

Reports

Golder B; Lynch A; McGarrity N; Michaelsen C; Santow E; Teeger B; Williams G, 2009, Submission to the National Security Discussion Paper, Australia

Golder B; Lynch A; Michaelsen C; McGarrity N, 2009, Submission to the National Human Rights Consultation, Australia

Golder B, 2002, Submission to NSW Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues Inquiry into an Equal Age of Consent

Golder B, 2002, Submission to the Department of Education, Science and Training on the Ministerial Discussion Paper, Higher Education at the Crossroads

Golder B, 2002, Submission to Senate Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee Inquiry into the Capacity of Public Universities to Meet Australia's Higher Education Needs

Golder B, 2000, Submission to NSW Legislative Council Select Committee on the Increase in Prisoner Population

Golder B, 2000, Submission to NSW Law Reform Commission Review of Part 10 of the Legal Profession Act 1987

Associate Professor Ben Golder 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.