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.Read more on John's profile
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
Conceptual issues in Public International Law
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
- 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]
- 2011 T2 MLL377 [unit chair]; MLM720 [non-teaching unit chair]
- 2011 T1 MLM785 [unit chair]
- 2010 T2 [MLMD785 International Law: prepared new materials but program cancelled]
- 2010 T1 MLM785 [unit chair]
- 2009 T1 MLM785 [unit chair]; MLL 370 Internet Law [unit chair]; MLM770 Internet Law [unit chair]
- 2008 T1 MLM785 [unit chair]; MLL327 Property Law [40%]
- 2007 S1 MLM785 [unit chair]
- 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.
Public International Law
(2016), pp. 184-200, Theory of self-determination, Cambridge, Eng., B1
Deleuze and psychology: philosophical provocations to psychological practices
M Nichterlein, J Morss
(2016), London, Eng., A1
(2015), Vol. 26, pp. 927-946, European journal of international law, Oxford, Eng., C1
(2014), Vol. 19, pp. 163-186, Deakin Law Review, Geelong, Vic, C1
(2014), pp. 53-73, Critical international law : postrealism, postcolonialism, and transnationalism, New Dehli, India, B1
(2013), Surrey, England, A1
O Roos, B Hayward, J Morss
(2010), Vol. 35, pp. 81-118, University of Western Australia law review, Crawley, W.A., C1
(2010), Vol. 23, pp. 274-281, Ratio juris, Oxford, England, C1
(2009), Vol. 22, pp. 289-305, Leiden journal of international law, Cambridge, England, C1
(2009), Vol. 14, pp. 79-98, Deakin law review, Burwood, Vic., C1
(2009), Vol. 13, pp. 137-154, University of Western Sydney law review, Sydney, N.S.W., C1
(2008), Vol. 18, pp. 55-71, Legal education review, Lindfield, NSW, C1
(2008), Vol. 53, pp. 85-99, American journal of jurisprudence, Notre Dame, Ind., C1
(2007), Vol. 3, pp. 59-71, International journal of law in context, Cambridge, England, C1
(2007), Vol. 12, pp. 181-191, Deakin law review, Melbourne, Vic, C1
M Bagaric, J Morss
(2006), Vol. 6, pp. 191-255, International criminal law review, Leiden, The Netherlands, C1
(2006), pp. 85-98, Poststructuralism, philosophy, pedagogy, Berlin, Germany, B1-1
M Bagaric, J Morss
(2005), Vol. 30, pp. 421-452, Brooklyn journal of international law, Brooklyn, N.Y., C1
(2005), Vol. 1, pp. 6-9, Original law review, South Yarra, Vic., C1
(2005), Vol. 30, pp. 82-88, Australian journal of legal philosophy, Canberra, A.C.T, C1
(2005), Vol. 10, pp. 698-707, Deakin law review, Burwood, Vic., C1
M Bagaric, J Morss
(2005), Vol. 1, pp. 25-50, Journal of migration and refugee issues, Melbourne, Vic., C1
J Morss, M Bagaric
(2005), Vol. 15, pp. 217-242, Transnational law and contemporary problems, Iowa City, Iowa, C1
(2004), Vol. 9, pp. 213-225, Deakin law review, Burwood, Vic, C1
(2004), Vol. 9, pp. 643-654, Deakin law review, Burwood, Vic., C1
(2004), Vol. 11, pp. 319-322, Psychiatry, psychology and law, Melbourne, Vic., C1
(2004), Vol. 8, pp. 167-190, Law Text Culture, University of Wollongong, N.S.W, C1
(2004), Vol. 1, pp. 187-197, University of New England law journal, Armidale, N.S.W., C1
(2004), Vol. 10, pp. 655-669, Otago law review, Dunedin, N.Z., C1-1
(2003), Vol. 27, pp. 199-216, Melbourne University law review, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1
(2003), Vol. 27, pp. 889-904, Melbourne University law review, Melbourne, Vic, C1-1
(2003), Futures of Critical Theory : Dreams of Difference, B1-1
(2002), Vol. 10, pp. 39-54, International journal of children's rights, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1
(1996), London, Eng., A1-1
(1992), pp. 241-257, Trees of life: essays in philosophy of biology, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, B1-1
(1990), London, Eng., A1-1
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Sams Uddin Ahmed
Thesis entitled: Improving Compliance of Income Tax in Developing Countries: Bangladesh Perspective
Doctor of Philosophy, Law
Thesis entitled: The Need for Treaty-based E-Consumer Protections in Global B2C E-Commerce
Doctor of Juridicial Science, School of Law