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Macquarie Law School

Professor Tony Blackshield

Macquarie Law School Emeritus Professor Anthony Blackshield

Position: Emeritus Professor of Law
Tel: +61-2-9437 4700


Tony Blackshield taught in the 1960s in the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law at the University of Sydney.  In the 1970s he was a founding member of the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales.  Thereafter he was Professor of Legal Studies at La Trobe University (1979-1988), and Professor of Law at Macquarie University (1988-1999). He was also a frequent public commentator, notably on "the Dismissal" of 11 November 1975 and "the Murphy affair" of 1984-1986. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, an Honorary Professor of the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi, and an Officer of the Order of Australia.  


LL.M. (University of Sydney), LL.D. (Macquarie University)

Research Interests

  • Australian Constitutional Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Human Rights
  • Torts

Edited Books

  • (with Michael Coper and George Williams), The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia (Oxford University Press, 2001).
  • *(with George Williams), Australian Constitutional Law & Theory: Commentary & Materials (Federation Press, 2nd edition 1998, 5th edition 2010).
  • "The Game They Dare Not Bite: Or, What's Wrong with Linguistic Analysis" (1963) 3 Jaipur Law Journal 44-95.
  • "The Importance of Being: Some Reflections on Existentialism in Relation to Law" (1965) 10 Natural Law Forum 67-145.
  • "'Fundamental Rights' and the Institutional Viability of the Indian Supreme Court" (1966) 8 Journal of the Indian Law Institute 139-217.
  • "Quantitative Analysis: The High Court of Australia, 1964-1969" (1972) 3 Lawasia 1-66.
  • "Five Types of Judicial Decision" (1974) 12 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 539-567.
  • "Capital Punishment in India" (1979) 21 Journal of the Indian Law Institute 137-226.
  • "Damadam to infinities! The tourneyold of the wattarfalls", in M. Sornarajah (ed), The South West Dam Dispute: The Legal and Political Issues (University of Tasmania, 1983) 37-101.
  • "Working the Metaphor: The Contrasting Use of 'Pith and Substance' in Indian and Australian Law" (2008) 50 Journal of the Indian Law Institute 518-568.
  • "National Constitutions in an International World" (2008) 2 Indian Journal of Constitutional Law 104-163.
  • "The Isaacs Court", in Rosalind Dixon and George Williams (eds), The High Court, the Constitution and Australian Politics (Cambridge UP, 2015) 116-140.


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