Dr John Morss

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer (International Law)

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

Department

BL Law

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science, University of Sheffield, 1975
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh, 1980
Bachelor of Law(s), University of Otago, 2002

Contact

john.morss@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 46236

Biography

John R Morss was born in London and trained in Psychology at Sheffield and Edinburgh Universities in the UK and in Law at the University of Otago NZ. He completed his professional training for admission to practise Law in Dunedin NZ in 2003 and received reciprocal recognition (ie as an Australian Lawyer) in the Supreme Court of Victoria in the same year.


John's scholarship is always informed by interdisciplinarity. He has published extensively in his two disciplines of Psychology and Law, having published in total 7 books (3 sole-authored), over 30 refereed journal articles and 10 book chapters, with more forthcoming. In Law his research focus is on conceptual issues in Public International Law, on which he brings to bear critical perspectives from the social sciences and humanities. His current project, which brings together interests from many years, is the articulation of an approach to global governance and global justice that is at the same time collective and pluralist.

John continues to publish in disciplines related to Psychology and its philosophical dimensions. John's 1990 book The Biologising of Childhood: Developmental Psychology and the Darwinian Myth is to be reissued by Routledge in late 2017.


Before his appointment to the Deakin Law School John was for 13 years a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Otago NZ. He is familiar with pedagogical issues and principles as they relate to the tertiary sector.


John was employed on a continuing basis as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at the University of Ulster, UK (1980-86) and at the University of Otago, New Zealand (1986-99).


He held positions of responsibility in all the long term posts, most recently Associate Head of School (Research) at Deakin Law School (2004—7; 2007—9; 2009—12) and at various times Acting Head of School (including a period of 4.5 months in 2007); and Director LLB 2015-16.


John has experience of three other universities on a short-term and research-focused basis (Cambridge; Charles Sturt; Victoria). He spent three periods as a visiting researcher at Cambridge University (12 months in 1993; 2 months in 2006; 6 months in 2008). During the year-long visit in 1993 to the Social and Political Studies Faculty, he taught a lecture series and conducted ‘supervisions’ and tutorials (individual and small group teaching respectively) as well as being second marker in a first year examination for Social Psychology.


John was a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge and By-Fellow, Churchill College, University of Cambridge (July—Dec 2008). He was Visiting Fellow in the Law Department, European University Institute, Florence, for one month in 2010; and Visiting Researcher, Sheffield Centre for International and European Law, Sheffield University Law School, Nov-Dec 2012.

John has been an active member of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Ciitizenship and Globalisation (formerly the Centre for Ciitizenship and Globalisation) at Deakin University (ADI) for a number of years and from April 2017 he will be a member of the Executive Group for the ADI.

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Career highlights

Visiting Researcher, Sheffield Centre for International and European Law, Sheffield University Law School, Nov-Dec 2012


Visiting Fellowship, Law Department, European University Institute, Florence, Italy (Nov – Dec 2010)


Visiting Fellowship, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge: 1st July – 31st December 2008


By-Fellowship, Churchill College, University of Cambridge: 1st July – 31st December 2008


Visiting Researcher, Institute for International Law, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, October 2009


Joshua Williams Memorial Essay Prize, Otago District Law Society, 2002


Paul Wallis Memorial Prize for Jurisprudence (shared), Otago Law School, 2001

Research interests

Conceptual issues in Public International Law

Affiliations

Member, American Society for International Law (Member, Executive Committee, Legal Theory Interest Group)


Member, European Society for International Law (Member, Coordinating Committee, International Legal Theory and Philosophy Interest Group)


Fellow, Society of Advanced Legal Studies


Member, Law Institute of Victoria

Teaching interests

International Law

Jurisprudence

Units taught

Units taught      

 

  • 2014 T1 MLL110 Legal Principles and Skills [Waterfront campus]
  • 2013 T2  MLL335 Legal Practice and Ethics
  • 2013 T1  MLP301 Sentencing Law and Practice [unit chair] [Waurn Ponds]
  • 2012 T2  MLL377 International Law [unit chair]
  • 2012 T1  MLM785 International Law [unit chair]
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  • 2011 T2  MLL377  [unit chair]; MLM720 [non-teaching unit chair]
  • 2011 T1  MLM785 [unit chair]
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  • 2010 T2  [MLMD785 International Law: prepared new materials but program cancelled]
  • 2010 T1  MLM785 [unit chair]
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  • 2009 T1 MLM785 [unit chair]; MLL 370 Internet Law [unit chair]; MLM770 Internet Law [unit chair]
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  • 2008 T1  MLM785 [unit chair]; MLL327 Property Law [40%]
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  • 2007 S1  MLM785 [unit chair] 
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  • 2006 Summer MLL377 [unit chair]
  • 2006 S1 MLM785 [unit chair]

 

I continue to teach successfully at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and to supervise HDR students (currently 3 as principal supervisor, of whom 2 are PhD). I have achieved good to excellent teaching [‘SETU’] evaluations.
MLL377 International Law (an elective) is one of my areas of research expertise and a unit for which I have had responsibility on four occasions (2004, 2006, 2011, 2012). In 2012 I achieved excellent SETU evaluations (recognised as such by the Acting DVC [Academic]).
I taught at postgraduate level MLM785 International Law from 2006—12.  In this unit, I implemented a scheme for internal assessment comprising a research essay on a topic chosen by each student (with guidance), assessed in three stages (proposal, draft, final) with extensive feedback and marks at each stage. I have twice received university recognition for teaching evaluations for this unit.

Knowledge areas

Public International Law

Jurisprudence

Publications

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2016

"Mars for the martians?": on the obsolescence of self-determination

J Morss

(2016), pp. 184-200, Theory of self-determination, Cambridge, Eng., B1

chapter

Deleuze and psychology: philosophical provocations to psychological practices

M Nichterlein, J Morss

(2016), London, Eng., A1

book
2015

The international legal status of the Vatican/Holy See complex

J Morss

(2015), Vol. 26, pp. 927-946, European journal of international law, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal
2014

Governance, representation and the 'monstrous regiment': is the collective feminine?

J Morss

(2014), Vol. 19, pp. 163-186, Deakin Law Review, Geelong, Vic, C1

journal

Riddle of the sands: time, power, and legitimacy in international law

J Morss

(2014), pp. 53-73, Critical international law : postrealism, postcolonialism, and transnationalism, New Dehli, India, B1

chapter
2013

International law as the law of collectives: toward a law of people

J Morss

(2013), Surrey, England, A1

book
2010

Beyond the separation of powers : judicial review and the regulatory proscription of terrorist organisations

O Roos, B Hayward, J Morss

(2010), Vol. 35, pp. 81-118, University of Western Australia law review, Crawley, W.A., C1

journal

Shadow of a gunman? Legal obligations, wizards and the persistence of evil systems

J Morss

(2010), Vol. 23, pp. 274-281, Ratio juris, Oxford, England, C1

journal
2009

Legal relations of collectives : belated insights from Hohfeld

J Morss

(2009), Vol. 22, pp. 289-305, Leiden journal of international law, Cambridge, England, C1

journal

Facts, threats and reds : common law constitutionalism and the rule of law

J Morss

(2009), Vol. 14, pp. 79-98, Deakin law review, Burwood, Vic., C1

journal

Evil regimes of law : challenges for legal theory and for international law

J Morss

(2009), Vol. 13, pp. 137-154, University of Western Sydney law review, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal
2008

Part of the problem or part of the solution? Legal positivism and legal education

J Morss

(2008), Vol. 18, pp. 55-71, Legal education review, Lindfield, NSW, C1

journal

Can custom be incorporated in law? On the place of the empirical in the identification of norms

J Morss

(2008), Vol. 53, pp. 85-99, American journal of jurisprudence, Notre Dame, Ind., C1

journal
2007

Good global governance : custom, the cosmopolitan and international law

J Morss

(2007), Vol. 3, pp. 59-71, International journal of law in context, Cambridge, England, C1

journal

'Desperately mortal': exclusion in Shakespeare's legal plays

J Morss

(2007), Vol. 12, pp. 181-191, Deakin law review, Melbourne, Vic, C1

journal
2006

International sentencing law: in search of a justification and coherent framework

M Bagaric, J Morss

(2006), Vol. 6, pp. 191-255, International criminal law review, Leiden, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Gilles Deleuze and the space of education: poststructuralism, critical psychology, and schooled bodies

J Morss

(2006), pp. 85-98, Poststructuralism, philosophy, pedagogy, Berlin, Germany, B1-1

chapter
2005

Transforming humanitarian intervention from an expedient accident to a categorical imperative

M Bagaric, J Morss

(2005), Vol. 30, pp. 421-452, Brooklyn journal of international law, Brooklyn, N.Y., C1

journal

On the paradox of originality in the law: an essay in deconstructive jurisprudence

J Morss

(2005), Vol. 1, pp. 6-9, Original law review, South Yarra, Vic., C1

journal

Pride's purge: a puritanical response to Dr Allan's 'a modest proposal'

J Morss

(2005), Vol. 30, pp. 82-88, Australian journal of legal philosophy, Canberra, A.C.T, C1

journal

Sources of doubt, sources of duty: HLA Hart on international law

J Morss

(2005), Vol. 10, pp. 698-707, Deakin law review, Burwood, Vic., C1

journal

State sovereignty and migration control: the ultimate act of discrimination?

M Bagaric, J Morss

(2005), Vol. 1, pp. 25-50, Journal of migration and refugee issues, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

If we can't have global democracy, let's all be Americans : injecting principle into the international lawmaking process

J Morss, M Bagaric

(2005), Vol. 15, pp. 217-242, Transnational law and contemporary problems, Iowa City, Iowa, C1

journal
2004

The status of child offenders under international criminal justice: lessons from Sierra Leone

J Morss

(2004), Vol. 9, pp. 213-225, Deakin law review, Burwood, Vic, C1

journal

Crime stories: posnerian pragmatism, Rawlsian pure procedural justice, and the fictional problem

J Morss

(2004), Vol. 9, pp. 643-654, Deakin law review, Burwood, Vic., C1

journal

But for the barriers: significant extensions to children's capacity

J Morss

(2004), Vol. 11, pp. 319-322, Psychiatry, psychology and law, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

Heteronomy as the challenge to nation: a critique of collective and of individual rights

J Morss

(2004), Vol. 8, pp. 167-190, Law Text Culture, University of Wollongong, N.S.W, C1

journal

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are nevertheless dead: the hypothetical adolescence of Prince Hamlet and the contested remorselessness of young offenders

J Morss

(2004), Vol. 1, pp. 187-197, University of New England law journal, Armidale, N.S.W., C1

journal

Let a hundred flowers blossom: secondary creativity and the over-protection of intellectual property

J Morss

(2004), Vol. 10, pp. 655-669, Otago law review, Dunedin, N.Z., C1-1

journal
2003

Who's afraid of the big bad fish? Rethinking what the law wishes to have

J Morss

(2003), Vol. 27, pp. 199-216, Melbourne University law review, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal

Saving human rights from its friends : a critique of the imaginary justice of Costas Douzinas

J Morss

(2003), Vol. 27, pp. 889-904, Melbourne University law review, Melbourne, Vic, C1-1

journal

"Looking for Allies": Gilles Deleuze as Critical Theorist

J Morss

(2003), Futures of Critical Theory : Dreams of Difference, B1-1

chapter
2002

The several social constructions of James, Jenks, and Prout: A contribution to the sociological theorization of childhood

J Morss

(2002), Vol. 10, pp. 39-54, International journal of children's rights, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal
1996

Growing critical: alternatives to developmental psychology

J Morss

(1996), London, Eng., A1-1

book
1992

Against ontogeny

J Morss

(1992), pp. 241-257, Trees of life: essays in philosophy of biology, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, B1-1

chapter
1990

The biologising of childhood

J Morss

(1990), London, Eng., A1-1

book

Grants

No grants found

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2016

Sams Uddin Ahmed

Thesis entitled: Improving Compliance of Income Tax in Developing Countries: Bangladesh Perspective

Doctor of Philosophy, Law

2008

Saul Squires

Thesis entitled: The Need for Treaty-based E-Consumer Protections in Global B2C E-Commerce

Doctor of Juridicial Science, School of Law