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Prof Dan Meagher

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Position

Chair in Law

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

Department

BL Law

Campus

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales, 2007
Master of Laws, Monash University, 2001
Bachelor of Law(s), Monash University, 1994
Bachelor of Economics, Monash University, 1991

Contact

d.meagher@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 78583

Biography

Dan Meagher is a Professor and Chair in Constitutional Law in Deakin Law School. Dan's research and teaching interests are in constitutional law, freedom of speech and statutory interpretation.

He is the editor of The Principle of Legality in Australian and New Zealand Law.  Dan, along with Professor Matthew Groves, recently published, ‘The Principle of Legality and a Common Law Bill of Rights – Clear Statement Rules Head Down Under’, in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. His chapter on ‘Legality’ will appear in Cheryl Saunders and Adrienne Stone’s Oxford Companion to Australian Constitutional Law (Oxford University Press, 2018).

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Research interests

  • Constitutional Law
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Freedom of Speech

Affiliations

  • Member, Australian Association of Constitutional Law.
  • Comments Editor, Public Law Review.

Teaching interests

  • Constitutional Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Statutory Interpretation

Publications

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2019

Is there a common law "Right" to freedom of speech?

Daniel Meagher

(2019), Vol. 43, pp. 269-302, Melbourne University law review, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

Rights, rhetoric and reality: An overview of Rights Protection in Australia

Matthew Groves, J Boughey, Danial Meagher

(2019), pp. 1-16, The Legal Protection of Rights in Australia, Oxford, Eng., B1

chapter

A common law Bill of Rights

Daniel Meagher

(2019), pp. 373-391, The legal protection of rights in Australia, Oxford, Eng., B1

chapter
2018

Legality

D Meagher

(2018), pp. 1069-1093, The Oxford handbook of the Australian Constitution, Oxford, Eng., B1

chapter

The 'modern approach' to statutory interpretation and the principle of legality: an issue of coherence?

D Meagher

(2018), pp. 397-425, Federal law review, Canberra, A.C.T., C1

journal

Two reflections on retrospectivity in statutory interpretation

D Meagher

(2018), Vol. 29, pp. 224-240, Public law review, New York, N.Y., C1

journal
2017

The principle of legality and contemporanea exposition est optima et fortissima in lege

D Meagher

(2017), Vol. 38, pp. 98-115, Statute law review, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal

The judicial evolution (or counter-revolution) of fundamental rights protection in Australia

D Meagher

(2017), Vol. 42, pp. 9-13, Alternative law journal, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

The principle of legality in Australia and New Zealand

Dan Meagher, Matthew Groves

(2017), Annandale, N.S.W., A1-1

book

The principle of legality and proportionality in Australian law

D Meagher

(2017), pp. 114-138, The principle of legality in Australia and New Zealand, Annandale, N.S.W., B1-1

chapter

The principle of legality in Australian and New Zealand law - final observations

D Meagher, M Groves

(2017), pp. 258-268, The principle of legality in Australian and New Zealand law, Annandale, N.S.W., B1-1

chapter

The principle of legality in Australian and New Zealand Law - final observations

D Meagher, M Groves

(2017), pp. 258-268, The principle of legality in Australia and New Zealand, Annandale, N.S.W., B1-1

chapter
2016

The common law principle of legality and secondary legislation

D Meagher, M Groves

(2016), Vol. 39, pp. 450-487, University of New South Wales law journal, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal

The principle of legality and a common law bill of rights - clear statement rules head down under

D Meagher

(2016), Vol. 42, pp. 65-127, Brooklyn journal of international law, Brooklyn, N.Y., C1-1

journal
2014

The Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 (Cth) and the courts

D Meagher

(2014), Vol. 42, pp. 1-25, Federal law review, Canberra, A. C. T., C1

journal

The Principle of Legality as Clear Statement Rule: Significance and Problems

D Meagher

(2014), Vol. 36, pp. 413-443, Sydney Law Review, Sydney, NSW, C1

journal
2013

The common law principle of legality

D Meagher

(2013), Vol. 38, pp. 209-213, Alternative law journal, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal
2012

The common law presumption of consistency with international law : some observations from Australia (and comparisons with New Zealand)

D Meagher

(2012), Vol. 3, pp. 465-486, New Zealand law review, Auckland, New Zealand, C1

journal
2011

The legal recognition of same-sex unions in Australia : a constitutional analysis

M Brock, D Meagher

(2011), Vol. 22, pp. 266-278, Public law review, Rozelle, N. S. W., C1

journal

The Brennan conception of the implied freedom : theory, proportionality and deference

D Meagher

(2011), Vol. 30, pp. 119-133, University of Queensland law journal, St Lucia, Qld., C1

journal

The common law principle of legality in the age of rights

D Meagher

(2011), Vol. 35, pp. 449-478, Melbourne University Law Review, C1

journal
2010

The significance of Al-Kateb v Godwin for the Australian Bill of Rights debate

D Meagher

(2010), Vol. 12, pp. 15-25, Constitutional law and policy review, Chatswood, N.S.W., C1

journal
2009

The status of using drug detection dogs under Australian law

D Meagher

(2009), Vol. 33, pp. 165-174, Criminal law journal, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal

Investigating 'indecent, obscene or pornographic' art : lessons from the Bill Henson controversy

D Meagher

(2009), Vol. 14, pp. 292-307, Media and arts law review, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1

journal

The scope of judicial rights interpretation under bills of rights ( and its political consequences)

D Meagher

(2009), Vol. 20, pp. 214-232, Public law review, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1

journal

The principle of legality and the judicial protection of rights - Evans v New South Wales

D Meagher

(2009), Vol. 37, pp. 293-311, Federal law review, Canberra, A.C.T., C1

journal
2008

The democratic credentials of statutory bills of rights (and those of a self-styled majoritarian democrat)

D Meagher

(2008), Vol. 19, pp. 27-56, King's law journal, Oxford, U.K., C1

journal

Freedom of political communication, public officials and the emerging right to personal privacy in Australia

D Meagher

(2008), Vol. 29, pp. 175-204, Adelaide law review, Adelaide, S. Aust., C1

journal

The status of flag desecration in Australian law

D Meagher

(2008), Vol. 34, pp. 73-102, University of Western Australia law review, Nedlands, W.A., C1

journal
2006

So far no good: the regulatory failure of criminal racial vilification laws in Australia

D Meagher

(2006), Vol. 17, pp. 209-232, Public law review, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1

journal

Inciting racial violence as sedition: a problem of definition?

D Meagher

(2006), Vol. 30, pp. 289-301, Criminal law journal, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal
2005

The tragic High Court decisions in Al-Kateb and Al Khafaji: the triumph of the 'plain fact' interpretive approach and constitutional form over substance

D Meagher

(2005), Vol. 7, pp. 69-80, Constitutional law and policy review, St. Leonards, NSW, C1

journal

The status of the Kable principle in Australian constitutional law

D Meagher

(2005), Vol. 16, pp. 182-187, Public law review, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1

journal

Taking parliamentary sovereignty seriously within a Bill of Rights framework

D Meagher

(2005), Vol. 10, pp. 686-696, Deakin law review, Burwood, Vic., C1

journal

The protection of political communication under the Australian constitution

D Meagher

(2005), Vol. 28, pp. 30-68, University of New South Wales law journal, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal

The 'fighting words' doctrine : off the First Amendment canvas and into the implied freedom ring?

D Meagher

(2005), Vol. 28, pp. 852-860, University of New South Wales law journal, Kensington, N.S.W., C1

journal

Regulating history: Australian racial vilification law and history denial

D Meagher

(2005), Vol. 24, pp. 499-532, University of Queensland law journal, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal
2004

So far so good? : A critical evaluation of racial vilification laws in Australia

D Meagher

(2004), Vol. 32, pp. 225-253, Federal law review, Canberra, A.C.T., C1

journal

Back to the future : the war on terror and its impact on civil liberties

D Meagher

(2004), Vol. 15, pp. 177-182, Public law review, Rozelle, N.S.W., C1

journal

Excessive force used in making an arrest: does it make the arrest ipso facto unlawful?

D Meagher

(2004), Vol. 28, pp. 237-242, Criminal law journal, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal

What is 'political communication'? The rationale and scope of the implied freedom of political communication

D Meagher

(2004), Vol. 28, pp. 438-473, Melbourne University law review, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal
2003

The times are they a-changin'? Can the Commonwealth parliament legislate for same sex marriages?

D Meagher

(2003), Vol. 17, pp. 134-154, Australian journal of family law, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal
2002

New day rising? Non-originalism, Justice Kirby and section 80 of the Constitution

D Meagher

(2002), Vol. 24, pp. 141-188, Sydney law review, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal

Black and white is always grey-the power of the police to conduct a strip search in Victoria

D Meagher

(2002), Vol. 26, pp. 43-56, Criminal law journal, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal

Guided by voices? - Constitutional interpretation on the Gleeson Court

D Meagher

(2002), Vol. 7, pp. 261-293, Deakin law review, Burwood, Vic., C1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2015

Victoria Eleni Lambropoulos

Thesis entitled: Rethinking the Employer's Summary Dismissal Power in the Employment Contract

Doctor of Philosophy, Law