Mr Daniel Goldsworthy



Associate Lecturer


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Deakin Law School


Geelong Waterfront Campus

+61 3 522 73548


Daniel is an Associate Lecturer with Deakin Law School. He is admitted as an Australian Lawyer in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Daniel was formerly a lecturer at Victoria University, where he held appointments as the Course Coordinator of the LLB Programme, as Member of the law faculty’s Executive Committee as well as appointed Member of the University’s Academic Board. 

Daniel teaches in the areas of public law, including constitutional law, administrative law, legal theory and public international law. His areas of interest include constitutional law, administrative law, public international law, environmental law, governance, animal law and legal theory.

Prior to commencing work in academia, Daniel worked as a solicitor in civil litigation, property and commercial law.  He was formerly a non-executive director and company secretary of an international environmental not-for-profit organisation.  Daniel also sits as a tribunal Chairperson for Basketball Victoria.

Daniel has distinguished himself as an early career academic, presenting at conferences both nationally and internationally in his chosen fields, having been awarded for his writing on the intersection of legal education, technology and philosophy. 

Daniel has published book chapters and journal articles in areas including constitutional law and theory, public international law, animal welfare law and sentience, legal education and philosophy, anti-doping regulation, amongst others. 

In his spare time, Daniel enjoys surfing, running, freediving and basketball.

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Research interests

Constitutional Law

Legal Theory

Public International Law


Daniel Goldsworthy, Submission to Senate Standing Committees on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Parliament of Australia, Inquiry into the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 2018, 29 March 2018

Daniel Goldsworthy, ‘Tomorrow’s Technology: Up Close and Personal with the Sentient Animal’, delivered for the Sentient Animal Series, Global Animal Welfare Authority [online conference presentation], 7 December 2017.

Daniel Goldsworthy, ‘Seeing the Forest for the Trees:  Statutory Interpretation and the new Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Australia National Standards’ delivered at Australian Institute of Administrative Law (AIAL) National Administrative Law Conference, Canberra, 20-21 July 2017. 

Daniel Goldsworthy, ‘Socrates and Smartphones: Why the Future of Legal Education is Legal Theory’  delivered at Australasian Law Teachers’ Association Conference, University of South Australia, 5-8 July 2017.  
Winner of the Oxford University Press - ‘Best Legal Education Paper’, 2017.

Daniel Goldsworthy, ‘International Human Rights Law as a Cause of Action in Timor-Leste Courts’ (Workshop SDG16), Finding Pathways to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Timor-Leste Conference, Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa'e, Dili, Timor-Leste, 4-5 July 2017.

Daniel Goldsworthy and Adam Beaumont, ‘Forest Stewardship Council: A Corporate Governance Review’, Corporate Governance Seminar, La Trobe University, 5 December 2016.

Daniel Goldsworthy, ‘Sports Agency Regulation in Australia’, Integrity and Regulation of Sport in Australia Workshop, Victoria University, 9 May 2016.

Daniel Goldsworthy and Adam Beaumont, ‘Board Effectiveness: Governing the Environment. Global and Local Challenges’ Governance and Law: Across Borders (International Conference), Melbourne, 28-29 April 2016. 

Daniel Goldsworthy, ‘Public International Law:  An Australian Perspective’, Shandong Lawyers Association, delivered in Melbourne, Australia, 15 October 2015.


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The future of legal education in the 21st century

Daniel Goldsworthy

(2020), Vol. 41, pp. 243-265, Adelaide law review, Adelaide, S. Aust., C1

journal article

Dworkin's dream: towards a singularity of law

D Goldsworthy

(2019), Vol. 44, pp. 286-290, Alternative Law Journal, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Faster, higher, stronger, upgraded: a conceptual basis for the future regulation of elite sport

Daniel Goldsworthy

(2019), Vol. 38, pp. 163-181, The University of Queensland law journal, St.Lucia, Qld., C1

journal article

Athletes' rights under the World Anti-Doping Code: a legitimate public interest?

Daniel Goldsworthy

(2018), Vol. 43, pp. 197-202, Alternative law journal, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Restumping Australia's Constitution: A Case for Environmental Recognition in the Anthropocene

Daniel Goldsworthy

(2017), Vol. 4, pp. 53-69, Australian Journal of Environmental Law, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1

journal article

To feel or not to feel, that is the legal question: applying 'sentience' in the Animal Welfare Act 1999(NZ)

Daniel Goldsworthy

(2017), Vol. 10, pp. 10-14, New Zealand law journal, Wellington, New Zealand, C1-1

journal article

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