Professor Brendan Edgeworth

Brief overview

I have been a member of the academic staff at the UNSW Law School since 1989. In my time at the School, I have been Director of Teaching (1997-2000), Associate Dean (Undergraduate) (1999-2001), Head of School (2008-2012), and Director of Postgraduate Studies (2013-2016). Prior to my appointment I taught at Macquarie Law School (1982-8). I have held positions as Visitor at Stellenbosch University (2013), Warwick University (2006), National University of Ireland, Galway (1999), the International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Onati, Spain (1995) and Trinity College Dublin (1988). In 1978 was Senior Research Assistant at the National Law Centre, George Washington University. I was appointed Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence in Semester 2, 2016. 

My research interests span most of the areas in which I teach, as is reflected in my books such as: The Precarious Home: Socio-Legal Perspectives on the Home in Insecure Times, Hart Publishing, Oxford (2018) (with Helen Carr, and Caroline Hunter, eds); Butt's Land Law, 7th ed, Thomson Reuters, (2017); Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Poverty Commission, Federation Press, Leichhardt, NSW (2017) (with Andrea Durbach and Vicki Sentas); Native Title from Mabo to Akiba: A Vehicle for Change and Empowerment?, Federation Press, Leichhardt, NSW (2015) (with Sean Brennan, Megan Davis and Leon Terrill); Sackville and Neave: Australian Property Law, 10th ed, LexisNexis, Sydney (2016) (with Chris Rossiter, Pam O'Connor and Andrew Godwin), the most widely prescribed property law text in Australian law schools; and LawModernityPostmodernity: Legal Change in the Contracting State, Ashgate, Aldershot, UK (2003). In addition, my research and publications cover the areas of law and social theory, and legal history. My research is also directed to the reform of housing law and property law. As well as making frequent submissions to government and law reform bodies, I have been engaged as a consultant to the New South Wales Law Reform Commission (1996), and was a member of the Board of the Tenants' Union of New South Wales from 2004-12. In 2015 I received the Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence (Postgraduate Research Supervision).

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Book Chapters

Edgeworth B, 2019, 'Australian Residential Tenancy 40 Years after the Sackville Report: A Multilevel Snapshot', in Durbach A; Edgeworth B; Sentas V (ed.), Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Poverty Commission, Federation Press, Sydney

Bennett Moses L; Edgeworth B, 2019, 'Statutes in a Web of Law', in Vines P; Donald SM (ed.), Statutory Interpreation in Private Law, pp. 115 - 134

Bulmer M; Solomos J, 2019, 'Introduction', in ETHNIC AND RACIAL STUDIES, edn. 3, ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, pp. 329 - 330, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2019.1538532

Edgeworth B, 2018, 'Public Housing Insecurity in New South Wales: An Historical Overview (1971-2014)', in Carr H; Edgeworth B; Hunter C (ed.), The Precarious Home: Socio-Legal Perspectives on the Home in Insecure Times, Hart Publishing, Oxford, pp. 128 - 146, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781509914593

Edgeworth B; Carr H; Hunter C, 2018, 'Precarisation and the Home: Contemporary Perspectives', in Carr H; Edgeworth B; Hunter C (ed.), The Precarious Home: Socio-Legal Perspectives on the Home in Insecure Times, Hart Publishing, Oxford, pp. 1 - 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781509914593.ch-001

Durbach A; Edgeworth B; Sentas V, 2017, 'Law and Poverty in Australia Today: A Reassessment', in Durbach A; Edgeworth B; Sentas V (ed.), Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Poverty Commission, Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 1 - 11

Edgeworth B; Goldie C, 2017, 'Law, Poverty and Inequality in Australia Today', in Durbach A; Edgeworth B; Sentas V (ed.), Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Poverty Commission, Federation Press, Sydney

Durbach A; Edgeworth B; Sentas V, 2017, 'Poverty and the Law in Australia Today', in Durbach A; Edgeworth B; Sentas V (ed.), Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Poverty Commission, Federation Press, Sydney

Edgeworth B, 2015, 'Recent Developments in the Law Relating to Compulsory Acquisition in Australia', in Hoops B; Marais EJ; Mostert H; Sluysmans JA M A; Verstappen LC A (ed.), Rethinking Expropriation Law I: Public Interest in Appropriation, Eleven International Publishing, The Hague, pp. 389 - 410

Brennan S; Davis M; Edgeworth B; Terrill L, 2015, 'The Idea of Native Title as a Vehicle for Change and Empowerment', in Brennan S; Davis M; Edgeworth B; Terrill L (ed.), Native Title from Mabo to Akiba A Vehicle for Change and Empowerment?, pp. 2 - 13

Edgeworth B, 2015, 'The "Mabo 'Vibe" and its Many Resonances on Property Law', in Brennan S; Davis M; Edgeworth B; Terrill L (ed.), Native Title From Mabo to Akiba: A Vehicle for Change and Empowerment?, Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 75 - 98

Brennan S; Davis M; Edgeworth B; Terrill L, 2015, 'The Idea of Native Title as a Vehicle for Change and Empowerment', in Brennan S; Davis M; Edgeworth B; Terrill L (ed.), Native Title From Mabo to Akiba: A Vehicle for Change and Empowerment?, Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 2 - 13

Edgeworth B, 2014, 'The Contractualisation of Leases in Common Law Jurisdictions: Recent Developments', in Akkermans B; Marais E; Ramaekers E (ed.), Property Law Perspectives II, Intersentia, Cambridge, UK, pp. 205 - 217

Edgeworth B; Randall J, 2013, 'Detinue, Trover and Conversion', in Gleeson JT; Watson JA; Peden E (ed.), Historical Foundations of Australian Law Volume II: Commercial Common Law, Federation Press, Australia, pp. 68 - 105

Degeling SE; Edgeworth BJ, 2010, 'Improvements to Land Belonging to Another', in Moses LB; Edgeworth B; Sherry C (ed.), Property and Security: Selected Essays, edn. Original, Lawbook Co., Pyrmont NSW, pp. 277 - 290

Bennett Moses LK; Edgeworth B; Sherry CS, 2010, 'Introduction', in Moses LB; Edgeworth B; Sherry C (ed.), Property and Security: Selected Essays, edn. Original, Lawbook Co., Pyrmont NSW, pp. 1 - 11

Edgeworth B, 2010, 'New Property, the Contracting State, and the Global Financial Crisis', in Moses LB; Edgeworth B; Sherry C (ed.), Property and Security: Selected Essays, edn. Original, Lawbook Co., Pyrmont NSW, pp. 49 - 67

Degeling S; Edgeworth B, 2010, 'Unjust Enrichment and Unauthorised Improvements to Land', in Property and Security: Selected Essays, Thomson Reuters, Sydney, pp. 277 - 296

Edgeworth B, 2008, 'Theories of Property', in Cane P; Joanne C (ed.), New Oxford Companion to Law, Oxford University Press, Oxford

Edgeworth B, 2003, 'Law and the 'Politics of Redistribution': Professor Michael Chesterman and the Study of Law', in Sin KF (ed.), Legal Explorations: Essays in Honour of Professor Michael Chesterman, edn. Original, Law Book Company, Sydney, pp. 3 - 11

Edgeworth BJ, 1998, 'Law of Australia: Old System and Priorities', in Law of Australia: Old System and priorities, edn. Original

Edgeworth B, 1998, 'Legal Postmodernization', in Dais EE; Kevelsen R; van Dunne JM (ed.), Consequences of Modernity in Contemporary Legal Theory, Duncker and Humblot, Berlin, pp. 109 - 121

Edgeworth B, 1998, 'Old Systems and Priorities', in 'Real Property', Halsbury's Laws of Australia, Butterworths, Sydney, pp. 665,651 - 665, 679

Edgeworth B, 1997, 'Retirement Villages Law', in 'Social Welfare', Halsbury's Laws of Australia, Butterworths, Sydney, pp. 615,615 - 716,008

Edgeworth BJ, 1997, 'Retirement Villages', in Halsbury`s Laws of Australia: Social Welfare and Services, edn. Original, Butterworths, Sydney, pp. 715,627 - 715,632

Edgeworth BJ, 1997, 'Post Property: A Postmodern Conception of Private Property', in Australian Property Law, edn. Original, Law Book Company Information Services, Sydney, pp. 1.47 - 1.53

Edgeworth BJ, 1997, 'Tenure, Allodialism and Indigenous Rights at Common Law', in Australian Property Law, edn. Original, Law Book Company Information Services, Sydney, pp. 2.8 - 2.13

Edgeworth B, 1992, 'Legal Positivism and the Philosophy of Language: A Critique of H.L.A. Hart's 'Descriptive Sociology'', in Jori M (ed.), Legal Positivism, Aldershot, Dartmouth, UK, pp. 137 - 161

Edgeworth B, 1991, 'Reading Dworkin Empirically: Principles, Policies and Property', in Hunt A (ed.), Reading Dworkin Critically, Berg, New York, pp. 187 - 208

Edgeworth B, 1991, 'Abandoned Goods', in Bellemore P (ed.), Tenants' Rights Manual, Pluto Press, Sydney, pp. 98 - 100

Edgeworth B, 1987, 'Justice Lionel Murphy and Property Law', in Scutt J (ed.), Lionel Murphy: A Radical Judge, MacMillan, Melbourne, pp. 170 - 186

Books

Edgeworth B, 2017, Butt's Land Law, 7th ed., Thomson Reuters, Sydney

Edgeworth B; Rossiter B; O'Connor P; Godwin A, 2016, Sackville and Neave, Australian Property Law, 10th, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, NSW

Gray J; Edgeworth B; Foster N; Dorsett S, 2012, Property Law in New South Wales, 3rd, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, NSW

Edgeworth B; Rossiter C; Stone MA; O'Connor PA, 2012, Sackville and Neave, Australian Property Law, 9th, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, NSW

Bennett Moses L; Edgeworth B; Sherry C, (eds.), 2010, Property and Security: Selected Essays, ThomsonReuters, Sydney

Bennett Moses L; Edgeworth B; Sherry C, (eds.), 2010, Property and Security: Selected Essays, ThomsonReuters, Sydney

Edgeworth B; Rossiter C; Stone MA; O'Connor PA, 2008, Sackville and Neave, Australian Property Law, 8th, LexisNexis Butterworths, Sydney

Edgeworth BJ; Gray JS; Grattan S; Foster NR, 2007, Property Law in New South Wales, 2nd, LexisNexis Butterworths, Sydney

Edgeworth B; Rossiter C; Stone MA, 2004, Sackville and Neave, Property Law: Cases and Materials, 7th, LexisNexis Butterworths, Sydney

Gray JS; Edgeworth BJ, 2003, Property Law in New South Wales, 1st, LexisNexis Butterworths, Sydney

Edgeworth B, 2003, Law, Modernity, Postmodernity: Legal Change in the Contracting State, Ashgate, Aldershot, UK

Edgeworth B; Gray J, 2003, Property Law in New South Wales, Butterworths, Sydney

Conference Papers

Edgeworth BJ, 2004, 'The New `New Property` and the Contracting State', in Law and Society Association Conference, Law and Society Association Conference, Chicago Illinois USA, presented at Law and Society Association Conference, Chicago Illinois USA, 31 May - 03 June 2004

Edgeworth BJ, 2004, 'Property Law Concepts and Residential Tenancies', in Workshop for Tenancy Advice and Assistance Program Volunteers, Workshop for Tenancy Advice and Assistance Program Volunteers, Sydney, presented at Workshop for Tenancy Advice and Assistance Program Volunteers, Sydney, 18 November 2004

Edgeworth BJ, 2004, 'Producing A CD-rom Teaching Resource for Property Teachers and Students', in Australasian Property Law Teacher Conference, Australasian Property Law Teacher Conference, Christchruch, New Zealand, presented at Australasian Property Law Teacher Conference, Christchruch, New Zealand, 01 - 03 August 2004

Conference Presentations

Edgeworth B, 2005, 'Access to Justice in Courts and Tribunals Compared: Residential Tenancy Disputes in Sydney (1971-2001)', presented at Australasian Property Law Teachers Conference, University of the South Pacific, Port Vila, Vanuatu, 01 January 2005

Edgeworth B, 1991, 'Politicians and the Public Figure Defence: Not Really a Politicians' Charter', presented at Communications Law Centre, 01 September 1991

Edited Books

Carr H; Edgeworth B; Hunter C, (eds.), 2018, The Precarious Home: Socio-Legal Perspectives on the Home in Insecure Times, Hart Publishing, Oxford, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781509914593

Durbach A; Edgeworth B; Sentas V, (eds.), 2017, Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Sackville Report, Federation Press, Sydney

Edgeworth B; Brennan S; Davis M; Terrill L, (eds.), 2015, Native Title From Mabo to Akiba: A Vehicle for Change and Empowerment?, Federation Press, Sydney

Journal articles

Edgeworth B, 2018, 'Leases: The Certainty of Duration Requirement', Australian Law Journal, vol. 92, pp. 79 - 80, https://www.westlaw.com.au/maf/wlau/app/document?docguid=Iee2637133c8c11e89de287c767b626ce&isTocNav=true&tocDs=AUNZ_AU_JOURNALS_TOC&startChunk=1&endChunk=1

Edgeworth B, 2016, 'Extinguishment of Native Title: Recent High Court Decisions', Indigenous Law Journal, vol. 8, pp. 28 - 34

Moses LB; Edgeworth B, 2013, 'Taking it Personally: Ebb and Flow in the Torrens System's In Personam Exception to Indefeasibility', SYDNEY LAW REVIEW, vol. 35, pp. 107 - 132, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000213739000005&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Edgeworth B, 2012, 'From Plato to NATO: Law and Social Justice in Historical Context', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 35, pp. 417 - 448

Edgeworth BJ, 2009, 'Indefeasibility and Overriding Statutes: An Attempted Solution', Australian Law Journal, vol. 83, pp. 55 - 57

Edgeworth B, 2009, 'The Rights and Liabilities of Assignees of Leases, Reversions and Mortgages under the Real Property Acts: Recent Developments', Bond Law Review, vol. 21, pp. 26 - 42

Edgeworth B, 2008, 'Access to Justice in Courts and Tribunals Compared: Residential Tenancy Disputes in Sydney (1971-2004)', Civil Justice Quarterly, vol. 27, pp. 151 - 180

Edgeworth B, 2008, 'A 'Very High Bar' to Clear: Implied Repeal of Torrens Legislation After City of Canada Bay Council v Bonaccorso Pty Ltd', Australian Law Journal, vol. 82, pp. 436 - 439

Edgeworth BJ, 2008, 'Rural Radicalism Restrained: The Irish Land Commission and the Courts (1933-39)', Irish Jurist, vol. XLII, pp. 128

Edgeworth BJ, 2008, 'Planning Laws vs Property Law: Overriding Statutes and the Torrens System after Hillpalm v Heaven`s Door and Kogarah v Golden Paradise', Environmental and Planning Law Journal, vol. 25, pp. 82 - 97

Edgeworth B, 2007, 'The Numerus Clausus Principle in Contemporary Australian Property Law', Monash University Law Review, vol. 32, pp. 387 - 419

Edgeworth B, 2007, 'Rural Radicalism Restrained: The Irish Land Commission and the Courts (1933–39)', Irish Jurist, vol. 42, pp. 1 - 28

Edgeworth B, 2007, 'Overriding Statutes (Again): Bonaccorso v City of Canada Bay', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 81, pp. 713 - 715

Edgeworth B, 2007, 'Adverse Possession, Prescription and their Reform in Australian Law', Australian Property Law Journal, vol. 15, pp. 1 - 29

Edgeworth B, 2007, 'Adverse Possession and Human Rights: The Last Act in JA Pye (Oxford) v United Kingdom', Australian Property Law Journal, vol. 15, pp. 107 - 114

Edgeworth BJ, 2007, 'Overriding Statutes and the Torrens System (Again)', Australian Law Journal, vol. 81, pp. 713 - 717

Edgeworth B, 2006, 'Profits A Prendre: A Reincarnation?', Australian Property Law Journal, vol. 12, pp. 200 - 208

Edgeworth B, 2006, 'Access to Justice in Courts and Tribunals: Residential Tenancies in New South Wales (1971-2001)', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 31, pp. 75 - 78, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1037969x0603100204

Edgeworth BJ, 2004, 'The Fate of Prescriptive Easements in New South Wales', Law Society Journal, vol. 42, pp. 66 - 69

Edgeworth B, 1994, 'Tenure, Allodialism and Indigenous Land Rights at Common Law: English, United States and Australian Land Law compared after Mabo v Queensland', Anglo-American Law Review, vol. 10, pp. 397 - 435

Edgeworth B; Newcity M, 1992, 'Politicians, Defamation Law and the 'Public Figure' Defence', Law in Context, vol. 10, pp. 39 - 61

Edgeworth B, 1991, 'Review Article: Andrew Fraser’s The Spirit of the Laws', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 14, pp. 352 - 369

Edgeworth B, 1990, 'The Greening of the Judiciary? Occupiers' Liability and Environmentalism', Environmental and Planning Law Journal, vol. 7, pp. 69 - 73

Edgeworth B, 1990, 'Your Lupins and Your Lease! Landlords, Tenants and Distress', Legal Service Bulletin, vol. 15, pp. 177 - 278

Edgeworth B, 1990, 'Defamation Law and the Emergence of an Independent Press in Early New South Wales (1824-1831)', Australian Journal of Law and Society, vol. 5, pp. 1 - 29

Edgeworth B, 1989, 'A Postmodern Conception of Private Property Law', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 11, pp. 87 - 116

Edgeworth B, 1989, 'H.L.A. Hart's Legal Philosophy and Post-War British Labourism', University of Western Australia Law Review, vol. 19, pp. 275 - 300

Edgeworth B, 1989, 'Review: MJ Detmold's The Unity of Law and Morality', University of Tasmania Law Review, pp. 333 - 337

Edgeworth B, 1987, 'Workcover, Transcover and the Legal Profession', Legal Service Bulletin, vol. 12, pp. 141 - 142

Edgeworth B, 1986, 'Legal Positivism and the Philosophy of Language: A Critique of H.L.A. Hart's "Descriptive Sociology"', Legal Studies, vol. 6, pp. 115 - 139, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-121x.1986.tb00539.x

Edgeworth B, 1985, 'Unfair Competition and Unhealthy Promotions: Moorgate Tobacco v Philip Morris Ltd and Anor', Adelaide Law Review, vol. 10, pp. 254 - 261

Edgeworth B, 1985, 'Review: J. Oxley-Oxland and R. Stein's Understanding Land Law', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 8, pp. 431 - 437

Edgeworth B, 1984, 'Jurisprudence and Critical Legal Theory', Australian Journal of Law and Society, vol. 2, pp. 144 - 160

Edgeworth B, 1983, 'Crime Control for Progressives? An Australian Response', Crime and Social Justice, vol. 19, pp. 2 - 13

Edgeworth B, 1983, 'Beneath Contempt: Gallagher v Durack', Legal Service Bulletin, vol. 8, pp. 171 - 174

Brown DB; Boehringer G; Edgeworth B; Hogg R; Ramsay I, 1983, 'Law and Order for Progressives', Crime and Social Justice, vol. 19, pp. 2 - 12

Other

Edgeworth B, 2016, Property Law: Study Support Materials (Including Statutes, Sample Legal Documents, Quizzes, Exam Questions, Model Answers), LexisNexis, Sydney

Edgeworth B, 2008, Property Law: Supplementary Materials Student Version (Including Statutes, Sample Legal Documents, Quizzes, Exam Questions, Model Answers) CD Rom, LexisNexis, Sydney

Edgeworth B, 2008, Property Law: Supplementary Materials Teacher Version (Including Statutes, Video Clips, Sample Legal documents, Quizzes, Exam Questions, Model Answers) CD Rom, LexisNexis, Sydney

Edgeworth B, 2007, Residential Tenancies Disputes in Waverley (1971-2001)

Edgeworth B, 2006, Property Law: Supplementary Materials (Including Statutes, Video Clips, Documents, Quizzes, Exam Questions, Model Answers) CD Rom (2nd ed.), Law School E-Learning Unit, University of New South Wales

Edgeworth B, 2006, Justice Delivery and Residential Tenancies in Sydney (1971-2001)

Edgeworth B, 2005, Property Law: Supplementary Materials (Including Statutes, Video Clips, Documents, Quizzes, Exam Questions, Model Answers), Law School E-Learning Unit, University of New South Wales

Edgeworth B, 2004, The Fate of Prescriptive Easements in New South Wales

Edgeworth B, 1998, "Property Law" Definitions, Dictionary of Australian Property Law, Butterworths, Sydney

Edgeworth B, 1997, "Defamation Law" Definitions, Dictionary of Australian Law, Butterworths, Sydney

Edgeworth B; McKeough J; Rossiter C, 1993, Property Law: ATAX Course Materials, University of Central Queensland Press

Edgeworth B, 1993, Mabo Again

Edgeworth B, 1989, Review: Geoffrey de Q. Walker's The Rule of Law, Arena Printing and Publications Pty. Ltd

Reports

Bennett Moses LK; Edgeworth B, 2009, Submission on Real Property and Conveyancing Legislation Amendment Bill, Australia

Edgeworth B; Dharmalingam S; Waugh J, 1996, Compensation for Loss under the Torrens System: Report No 76, New South Wales Law Reform Commission, 76

Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence (Postgraduate Research Supervision), 2015.

Social Science Research Council (UK) Postgraduate Award - £1,600, 1978.

(2016) Thomson Reuters, "Land Law Research Support", $6000

(2011) UNSW International Office: "Capacity Building in South East Asian Legal Education (with Colin Picker and Lisa Toohey): $28,000

(2010) UNSW Research Office: "Land Titling Options in Vietnam": $5000

(2003) Australian Research Council (Discovery-Projects): $89,000.

(1994) Australian Research Council (Small Grant Scheme): $7,000.

(1984) Australian Research Grants Scheme: $7,300 (with Michael Newcity).

(1978) Social Science Research Council (UK) Postgraduate Award - £1,600.

Currently Teaching

  • Advanced Issues in Property Law (LAWS8062)
  • Principles of Private Law (LAWS1150)
  • Housing Law (LAWS3413)
  • Land Law (LAWS2383/JURD7283)
  • Legal Theory (LAWS2320)