Professor Rosalind Dixon

BA/LLB (UNSW). LLM, SJD (Harvard).

Rosalind Dixon is a Professor of Law, at the University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law. She earned her BA and LLB from the University of New South Wales, and was an associate to the Chief Justice of Australia, the Hon. Murray Gleeson AC, before attending Harvard Law School, where she obtained an LLM and SJD. Her work focuses on comparative constitutional law and constitutional design, constitutional democracy, theories of constitutional dialogue and amendment, socio-economic rights and constitutional law and gender, and has been published in leading journals in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia, including the Chicago Law ReviewCornell Law ReviewGW Law ReviewUniversity of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional LawInternational Journal of Constitutional LawAmerican Journal of Comparative LawOsgoode Hall Law JournalOxford Journal of Legal StudiesFederal Law Review and Sydney Law Review. She is co-editor, with Tom Ginsburg, of a leading handbook on comparative constitutional law, Comparative Constitutional Law (Edward Elgar, 2011), and related volumes on Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia (Edward Elgar, 2014) and Comparative Constitutional Law in Latin America (Edward Elgar, 2017), co-editor (with Mark Tushnet and Susan Rose-Ackermann) of the Edward Elgar series on Constitutional and Administrative Law, on the editorial board of the International Journal of Constitutional LawRevista Estudos InstitucionaisPublic Law Review, and editor of the Constitutions of the World series for Hart Publishing. Dixon is a Manos Research Fellow, Director of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, Deputy Director of the Herbert Smith Freehills Initiative on Law and Economics, Co-Director of the UNSW New Economic Equality Initiative (NEEI), and academic co-lead of the Grand Challenge on Inequality at UNSW. She previously served as an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School, and has been a visited professor at the University of Chicago, Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School and the National University of SIngapore. She was recently elected as co-president of the International Society of Public Law:

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Book Chapters

Roux T;Dixon R, 2018, 'Introduction', in Dixon R;Roux T (ed.), Constitutional Triumphs, Constitutional Disappointments: A Critical Assessment of the 1996 South African Constitution’s Local and International Influence, Cambridge University Press, New York, United States, pp. 1 - 24,

Appleby G;Dixon R, 2018, 'Constitutional Implications in Australia: Explaining the Structure – Rights Dualism', in Dixon R;Stone A (ed.), The Invisible Constitution in Comparative Perspective, edn. Comparative Constitutional Law and Policy, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 343 - 375,

Appleby G;Lim B, 2018, 'Democratic Experimentalism', in Dixon R (ed.), Australian Constitutional Values, Hart Publishing, pp. 221 - 242,

Dixon R;Bond J, 2017, 'Constitutions and reproductive rights: Convergence and non-convergence', in Constitutions and Gender: Research Handbooks in Comparative Constitutional Law Series, pp. 438 - 462,

Dixon R;Ginsburg T, 2017, 'Comparative constitutional law in Latin America: An introduction', in Comparative Constitutional Law in Latin America, pp. 1 - 16,

Dixon R;Landau D, 2016, 'Competitive democracy and the constitutiona minimum core', in Assessing Constitutional Performance, pp. 268 - 292,

Appleby G;Roberts H, 2016, 'Law and Literature: Analysing Style in Judgment Writing', in Appleby G;Dixon R (ed.), The Critical Judgments Project: Rereading Monis v The Queen, Federation Press, Annandale, pp. 28 - 28,

Dixon RJ, 2016, 'A Capabilities Approach', in The Critical Judgments Project Re-Reading Monis V the Queen

Appleby G;dixon R, 2016, 'Critical Thinking in Constitutional Law and Monis v The Queen', in appleby G;dixon R (ed.), The Critical Judgments Project: Rereading Monis v The Queen, pp. 1 - 1

Dixon RJ;Vogt M, 2016, 'Comparative Constitutional Law and the Kable Doctrine', in Ananian-Welsh R;Crowe J (ed.), Judicial Independence in Australia: Contemporary Challenges, Future Directions, Federation Press, Australia

Dixon RJ, 2016, 'Constitutional Amendment and Political Constitutionalism: A Philosophical and Comparative Reflection', in Dyzenhaus D;Thorburn M (ed.), Philosophical Foundations of Constitutional Law, Oxford University Press, USA, UK

Dixon R;Lau S, 2015, 'The Gleeson court and the Howard era: A tale of two conservatives (and isms)', in The High Court, the Constitution and Australian Politics, pp. 284 - 310,

Williams G;Dixon R, 2015, 'Introduction', in Williams G;Dixon R (ed.), The High Court, the Constitution and Australian Politics, Cambridge University Press, pp. 1 - 17,

Tushnet M;Dixon R, 2014, 'Weak-form review and its constitutional relatives: An Asian perspective', in Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia, pp. 102 - 119,

Dixon RJ;Ginsburg T, 2014, 'Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia: An Introduction', in Dixon R;Ginsburg T (ed.), Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia, Edward Elgar Publishing,

Dixon R;Nussbaum MC, 2012, 'Abortion, dignity, and a capabilities approach', in Feminist Constitutionalism: Global Perspectives, pp. 64 - 82,

Dixon R;Holden R, 2012, 'Constitutional amendment rules: The denominator problem', in Comparative Constitutional Design, pp. 195 - 218,

Dixon R, 2011, 'Constitutional amendment rules: A comparative perspective', in Comparative Constitutional Law, pp. 96 - 111,


Dixon R;Ginsburg T, 2017, Comparative constitutional law in Latin America, Edward Elgar Publishing, UK,

Dixon R;Ginsburg T, 2014, Introduction,

Ginsburg T;Dixon R, 2011, Comparative constitutional law,

Dixon R, 2009, Updating constitutional rules,

Conference Presentations

Dixon RJ;Issacharoff S, 2017, 'Constitutional Court Transitions', presented at I.Con-S Conference, Copenhagen, 05 - 07 July 2017

Edited Books

Appleby G;Dixon R, (eds.), 2016, The Critical Judgments Project: Rereading Monis v The Queen, Federation Press, Annandale,

Williams G;Dixon R, (eds.), 2015, The High Court, The Constitution and Australian Politics, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne,

Dixon R;Ginsburg T, 2014, Comparative constitutional law in Asia,

Dixon R;Ginsburg T, 2011, Comparative Constitutional Law,

Journal articles

Landau DE;Dixon R;Roznai Y, 2019, 'From an unconstitutional constitutional amendment to an unconstitutional constitution? Lessons from Honduras', Global Constitutionalism, vol. 8, pp. 40 - 70,

Dixon R, 2018, 'Proportionality and comparative constitutional law versus studies', Law and Ethics of Human Rights, vol. 12, pp. 203 - 224,

Dixon R, 2018, 'On law and economic inequality: a response to Philip Alston', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 24, pp. 276 - 280,

Dixon R;Landau D, 2018, 'Tiered constitutional design', George Washington Law Review, vol. 86, pp. 438 - 512

Dixon R;Uhlmann F, 2018, 'The Swiss Constitution and a weak-form unconstitutional amendment doctrine?', International Journal of Constitutional Law, vol. 16, pp. 54 - 74,

Dixon R;Suk J, 2018, 'Liberal constitutionalism and economic inequality', University of Chicago Law Review, vol. 85, pp. 369 - 401

Dixon R, 2018, 'Editorial', International Journal of Constitutional Law, vol. 16, pp. 1049 - 1070,

Casini L;Dixon R, 2018, 'Editorial', International Journal of Constitutional Law, vol. 16, pp. 735 - 740,

Dixon R;Ginsburg T, 2017, 'The forms and limits of constitutions as political insurance', International Journal of Constitutional Law, vol. 15, pp. 988 - 1012,

Dixon R;Landau D, 2017, 'Transnational constitutionalism and a limited doctrine of unconstitutional constitutional amendment: A rejoinder to Sujit Choudhry', International Journal of Constitutional Law, vol. 15, pp. 833 - 838,

Dixon R, 2017, 'Constitutional carve-outs', Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, vol. 37, pp. 276 - 300,

Dixon R, 2016, 'An Australian (partial) bill of rights', International Journal of Constitutional Law, vol. 14, pp. 80 - 98,


Dixon R, 2016, 'Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court', PUBLIC LAW REVIEW, vol. 27, pp. 232 - 235,

Dixon R;Issacharoff S, 2016, 'Living to fight another day: Judicial deferral in defense of democracy', Wisconsin Law Review, vol. 2016, pp. 683 - 731

Dixon R, 2016, 'Book Review: Toward a realistic comparative constitutional studies?', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW, vol. 64, pp. 193 - 200,

Butt S;Crouch M;Dixon R, 2016, 'The First Decade of Indonesia’s Constitutional Court', Australian Journal of Asian Law, vol. 16, pp. 1 - 7,

Dixon R;Williams G, 2015, 'The high court, the constitution and Australian politics', The High Court, the Constitution and Australian Politics, pp. 1 - 335,

Dixon R, 2015, 'Constraining Constitutional Change', Wake Forest Law Review, vol. 50, pp. 859 - 859

Dixon R;Landau D, 2015, 'Transnational constitutionalism and a limited doctrine of unconstitutional constitutional amendment', International Journal of Constitutional Law, vol. 13, pp. 606 - 638,

Dixon R, 2015, 'Constitutional drafting and distrust', International Journal of Constitutional Law, vol. 13, pp. 819 - 846,

Dixon RJ, 2015, 'Response to Commentators', Federal Law Review, vol. 43, pp. 517 - 521,

Dixon RJ, 2015, 'The Functional Constitution: re-reading the 2014 High Court Constitutional Term', Federal Law Review, vol. 43, pp. 455 - 492

Dixon R, 2015, 'Partial Bills of Rights', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW, vol. 63, pp. 403 - 437,

Dixon RJ, 2013, 'The Supreme Court of Canada and Constitutional (Equality) Baselines', Osgoode Hall Law Journal, vol. 50, pp. 637 - 668,


Calabresi G;Davis D;Dixon R;Grimm D;Gudridge PO;Minow M;Radin MJ, 2012, 'IN TRIBUTE: FRANK I. MICHELMAN', HARVARD LAW REVIEW, vol. 125, pp. 879 - 900,

Dixon RJ;Ginsburg T, 2012, 'The South African Constitutional Court & an Insurance-Based Theory of Socio-economic Rights', Constitutional Court Review, vol. 4, pp. 1 - 30,

Dixon R;Ginsburg T, 2011, 'Deciding not to decide: Deferral in constitutional design', International Journal of Constitutional Law, vol. 9, pp. 636 - 672,

Dixon R;Ginsburg T, 2011, 'Introduction', Comparative Constitutional Law, pp. 1 - 15,

Dixon R, 2008, 'A democratic theory of constitutional comparison', American Journal of Comparative Law, vol. 56, pp. 947 - 998,

Dixon R, 2007, 'Creating dialogue about socioeconomic rights: Strong-form versus weak-form judicial review revisited', International Journal of Constitutional Law, vol. 5, pp. 391 - 418,

Dixon R, 2005, 'Review article: The Ethics and Politics of Asylum', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 11, pp. 263 - 278,

Dixon RJ, 2002, 'Rape as a Crime in International Humanitarian Law: Where to from Here?', European journal of international law, vol. 13, pp. 697 - 719


Dixon R;Holden R, 2018, A Climate Dividend for Australians, UNSW, Sydney

Appleby G;dixon R;brennan S;mckinnon G, 2016, Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, ‘Free speech inquiry’

Dixon was recently named ‘Academic of the Year’ at the 18th Annual Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards in 2018.

Constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, constitutional design, constitutional amendment, socio-economic rights, law and gender



Achievement|04 Jun 2018
Sting is in the tail for strict High Court citizenship ruling
The citizenship troubles that rocked the Labor Party this week are not all good news for the government, writes Rosalind Dixon.
05 Sep 2018
UNSW professor named Australian Law Academic of the Year
Professor Rosalind Dixon kept the UNSW streak alive at the 18th Annual Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards.
03 Nov 2017
Politicians, not people, the real obstacle to indigenous voice
OPINION: Professor Ros Dixon, The Australian Business Review, 3 November 2017.
23 Aug 2017
Why Barnaby Joyce should stay put
OPINION: Professor Rosalind Dixon, the Australian Financial Review, 22 August 2017.
21 Jul 2017
Let’s give indigenous people a voice in parliament
OPINON: Professor Rosalind Dixon, The Australian, 21 July 2017.This week the referendum council recommended a simple question be put to the people: will they support constitutional change to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders an entrenched voice in the legislative process?
Opinion|21 Nov 2018
OPINION The carbon tax that would leave households better off
It is possible to both tax carbon emissions and enrich households. A report to be released by UNSW Sydney today outlines how.
Thought leadership|21 Nov 2018
UNSW launches climate change tax plan that pays revenue back to voters
The new Member for Wentworth, Kerryn Phelps, helped present the climate policy, which taxes carbon dioxide emissions and compensates all Australian households.
Thought leadership|28 Feb 2019
Professor Rosalind Dixon on fragile democracies and a universal carbon tax
Professor Rosalind Dixon is a Professor of Law at UNSW. One of her current research areas is constitutional law. She has conducted extensive research on fragile democracies, such as Hungary and Nicaragua, as well as democratic backsliding. Professor Dixon is also interested in economic equality and has recently co-developed the Australian Carbon Dividend Plan, a universal carbon tax that compensates citizens rather than gov
Thought leadership|10 Sep 2018
Innovative new method puts a price on public spending
New UNSW Sydney report introduces Social Return Accounting, an innovative method for measuring the value of government expenditures.
Opinion|11 Sep 2018
If the NBN and Snowy Hydro 2.0 were value for money, would we know?
We are getting closer to being able to apply private sector rigour to the examination of public sector projects with social benefits.