Professor Theunis Robert Roux

BA (Hons) LLB (Cape Town) PhD (Cantab)

Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales.  Before relocating to Australia in January 2009, he was (for four years) the founding director of the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC), an independent research centre based on Constitution Hill, Johannesburg.

His main research interest is in comparative constitutional law, focusing on the politics of judicial review in new democracies.  He is a former Secretary-General of the International Association of Constitutional Law, and co-editor of the major loose-leaf commentary on South African constitutional law, Stuart Woolman et al Constitutional Law of South Africa. In addition to his academic work, he has acted as a consultant to the South African government in the areas of land restitution, land tenure reform, and regulation impact analysis.

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Book Chapters

Roux T, 2018, 'Losing Faith in Law's Autonomy: A Comparative Analysis', in Delaney EF; Dixon R (ed.), Comparative Judicial Review, edn. Research Handbooks in Comparative Constitutional Law, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, pp. 204 - 225,

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,

Roux T, 2018, 'In Defence of Empirical Entanglement: The Methodological Flaw in Waldron's Case against Judicial Review', in Levy R; Kong HL; Orr G; King J (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Deliberative Constitutionalism, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 203 - 219,

Roux T, 2014, 'Assessing the Social Transformation Performance of the South African Constitutional Court: From Totalitarianism to the Rule of Law', in Jenkins C; Du Plessis M (ed.), Law, Nation--Building & Transformation: The South African Experience in Perspective, edn. Series on Transitional Justice, Intersentia, Cambridge, pp. 223 - 240,


Roux T, 2018, The Politico-Legal Dynamics of Judicial Review A Comparative Analysis, Cambridge University Press,

Roux T, 2011, The politics of principle: The first South African constitutional court, 1995-2005,

Journal articles

Roux T, 2018, 'Indonesia's Judicial Review Regime in Comparative Perspective', Constitutional Review, vol. 4, pp. 131 - 164,

Roux T, 2017, 'Comparative constitutional studies: Two fields or one?', Annual Review of Law and Social Science, vol. 13, pp. 123 - 139,

Roux T, 2016, 'Constitutional Courts as Democratic Consolidators: Insights from South Africa after 20 Years', Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 42, pp. 5 - 18,

Roux TR; Siregar F, 2016, 'Trajectories of Curial Power: The Rise, Fall and Partial Rehabilitation of the Indonesian Constitutional Court', Australian Journal of Asian Law, vol. 16, pp. 1 - 21

Roux T, 2015, 'American ideas abroad: Comparative implications of US Supreme Court decision-making models', International Journal of Constitutional Law, vol. 13, pp. 90 - 118,

Roux TR, 2015, 'Reinterpreting 'the mason court revolution', Federal Law Review, vol. 43, pp. 1 - 25,;res=IELHSS;dn=236586966481096

Roux TR, 2015, 'The Incorporation Problem in Interdisciplinary Legal Research: Some Conceptual Issues and a Practical Illustration', Erasmus Law Review, vol. 8, pp. 55 - 64,

Roux TR, 2015, 'The Langa Court: Its Distinctive Character and Legacy', Acta Juridica, pp. 33 - 74

Roux TR, 2014, 'Judging the Quality of Legal Research: A Qualified Response to the Demand for Greater Methodological Rigour', Legal Education Review, vol. 24, pp. 173 - 200,;dn=947272808964576;res=IELAPA

Roux TR, 2014, 'The South African Constitutional Court's Democratic Rights Jurisprudence: A Response to Samuel Issacharoff', Constitutional Court Review, vol. 5, pp. 33 - 73,

Comparative constitutional law; interdisciplinary research in law and social science; Australian federal constitutional law; South African constitutional law; legal theory; property rights restitution and land reform.