• Professor of Law
Office:W233 Forgan Smith building, St Lucia campus
Phone:+61 7 (334) 69236
Fax:+61 7 (336) 51454
Email:j.allan@law.uq.edu.au
Consultation:Open door policy - No appointment required
Professor James Allan

 Featured Publications

  • J Allan, 'Ineffective, Opaque and Undemocratic the IOUs of (too Much) International Law, and Why a Bit of Skepticism is Warranted' [2014] San Diego Law Review forthcoming
  • J Allan, 'Book Symposium on Allan's The Vantage of Law Author's Reply' (2013) 38 Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 183-196
  • J Allan, 'The Idea of Human Rights' (2013) 25 Bond Law Review 1-12
  • J Allan, Democracy in Decline (McGill-Queen's University Press, Canada 2013)
  • J Allan, 'Free Speech is Far Too Important to Be Left to Unelected Judges' (2013) 4 The Western Australian Jurist 5-22
  • J Allan, 'Hate Speech Law and Disagreement' (2013) 29 (1) Constitutional Commentary 59-79

 All Publications

Books: [-]
  • J Allan, Democracy in Decline (McGill-Queen's University Press, Canada 2013)
  • J Allan, The Vantage of Law (Ashgate Publishing Limited, Great Britain 2011)
  • J Allan, Sympathy and Antipathy: Essays Legal and Philosophical (Ashgate, Aldershot, UK 2002)
  • J Allan, A Sceptical Theory of Morality and Law (Peter Lang, New York 1998)
  • J Allan (ed), The Speluncean Case: Making Jurisprudence Seriously Enjoyable (Barry Rose, Little London, UK 1998)
Book Chapters: [-]
  • J Allan, 'Reasonable Disagreement and the Diminution of Democracy: Joseph's Morally Laden Understanding of 'The Rule of Law'' in Richard Ekins (ed), Modern Challenges to the Rule of Law (LexisNexis, Australia 2011) 79-92
  • J Allan, 'Statutory Bills of Rights: You Read Words In, You Read Words Out, You Take Parliament's Clear Intention and You Shake It All About - Doin' the Sankey Hanky Panky' in Tom Campbell, K.D. Ewing, Adam Tomkins (eds), The Legal Protection of Human Rights: Sceptical Essays (Oxford University Press, United Kingdom 2011) 108-126
  • J Allan, 'The Curious Concept of the 'Living Tree' (or Non-Locked-In) Constitution' in G Huscroft, B Miller (eds), The Challenge of Originalism: Theories of Constituional Interpretation (Cambridge University Press, New York 2011) 179-202
  • J Allan, 'Utilitarianism and Liberty' in Ratnapala and Moens (ed), Jurisprudence of Liberty (LexisNexis, Australia 2011) 331-342
  • J Allan, 'Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion' in Berg, Roskam and Kemp (eds), 100 Great Books of Liberty (Connor Court Publishing, Australia 2010) 33-36
  • J Allan, 'How John Howard Saved the Constitution' in Keith Windschuttle, David Martin Jones and Ray Evans (eds), The Howard Era (Quadrant Books, NSW, Australia 2009) 57-78
  • J Allan, 'What's Wrong About a Statutory Bill of Rights' in Julian Leeser and Ryan Haddrick (ed), Don't Leave Us with the Bill: The Case Against an Australian Bill of Rights (The Menzies Research Centre Ltd, Australia 2009) 83-95
  • J Allan, 'The Travails of Justice Waldron' in G Huscroft (ed), Expounding the Constitution (Cambridge University Press, New York 2008) 161-183
  • J Allan, 'Judicial Appointments in New Zealand: If It Were Done When 'tis Done, then 'twere Well It Were Done Openly and Directly' in P Russell and K Malleson (ed), Appointing Judges in an Age of Judicial Power (University of Toronto Press Inc., Toronto 2006) 103-121
  • J Allan, 'Interpreting Statutory Bills of Rights: The Deleterious Effects of 'Do the Right Thing' Thinking' in R Bigwood (ed), The Statute: Making and Meaning (LexisNexis, Wellington 2004) 285-298
  • J Allan, 'A Defence of the Status Quo' in T Campbell, J Goldsworthy and A Stone (eds), Protecting Human Rights: Instruments and Institutions (Oxford University Press, New York 2003) 175-194
  • J Allan, 'Rights, Paternalism, Constitutions and Judges' in G Huscroft and P Rishworth (ed), Litigating Rights: Perspectives from Domestic and International Law (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2002) 29-46
  • J Allan, 'The Effect of a Statutory Bill of Rights Where Parliament is Sovereign: The Lesson from New Zealand' in T Campbell, KD Ewing and A Tomkins (eds), Sceptical Essays on The Human Rights Act 1998 (Oxford University Press, New York 2001) 375-390
  • J Allan, 'Lon Fuller's 'The Case of the Speluncean Explorers'' in W Witteveen and W van der Burg (ed), Rediscovering Fuller (Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam 1999) 411-424
  • J Allan, 'A Post-Speluncean Dialogue' in James Allan (ed), The Speluncean Case: Making Jurisprudence Seriously Enjoyable (Barry Rose Law Publisher, Little London, UK 1998) 69-92
  • J Allan, 'Rights Without Anchors - Hong Kong Adrift' in R Wacks (ed), Hong Kong, China and 1997: Essays in Legal Theory (Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong 1993) 41-60
Journal Articles: [-]
  • J Allan, 'Ineffective, Opaque and Undemocratic the IOUs of (too Much) International Law, and Why a Bit of Skepticism is Warranted' [2014] San Diego Law Review forthcoming
  • J Allan, 'Book Symposium on Allan's The Vantage of Law Author's Reply' (2013) 38 Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 183-196
  • J Allan, 'Free Speech is Far Too Important to Be Left to Unelected Judges' (2013) 4 The Western Australian Jurist 5-22
  • J Allan, 'Hate Speech Law and Disagreement' (2013) 29 (1) Constitutional Commentary 59-79
  • J Allan, 'The Idea of Human Rights' (2013) 25 Bond Law Review 1-12
  • J Allan, 'Fantastic Mr. Fox A Review of Brian Simpson's Reflections on The Concept of Law' (2012) 23 King's Law Journal 331-343
  • J Allan, 'The Three 'R's of Recent Australian Judicial Activism: Roach, Rowe and (no) 'Riginalism'' (2012) 36 Melbourne University Law Review 743-782
  • J Allan, 'Time and Chance and the Prevailing Orthodoxy in Legal Academia Happeneth to Them All - A Study of the Top Law Journals in Australia and New Zealand' [2012] Adelaide Law Review forthcoming
  • J Allan, M Kirby, 'A Public Conversation on Constitutionalism and the Judiciary Between Professor James Allan and The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG' (2010) 33 Melbourne University Law Review 1032-1057
  • J Allan, 'Down Under Exceptionalism' (2010) 29 (1) University of Queensland Law Journal 143-153
  • J Allan, 'Not in for a Pound - In for a Penny? Must a Majoritarian Democrat Treat All Constitutional Judicial Review As Equally Egregious?' (2010) 21 Kings Law Journal 233-256
  • J Allan, 'You Don't Always Get What You Pay For: No Bill of Rights for Australia' (2010) 24 New Zealand Universities Law Review 179-196
  • J Allan, 'Implied Rights and Federalism: Inventing Intentions While Ignoring Them' (2009) 34 (2) University of Western Australia Law Review 228-237
  • J Allan, 'Meagher's Mischaracterisations of Majoritarianism: A Reply' (2009) 20 (1) King's Law Journal 115-128
  • J Allan, 'Of Newspapers and Law Reviews' (2009) 20 (4) Public Law Review 251-256
  • J Allan, 'Tom Campbell and Democratic Legal Positivism' (2009) 34 (2009) Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 283-293
  • J Allan, N Aroney, 'An Uncommon Court: How the High Court of Australia Has Undermined Australian Federalism' (2008) 30 (2) The Sydney Law Review 245-294
  • J Allan, 'Jeremy Waldron and the Philosopher's Stone' (2008) 45 (1) San Diego Law Review 133-162
  • J Allan, 'Bills of Rights as Centralising Instruments' (2007) 27 (1) Adelaide Law Review 183-198
  • J Allan, 'Is You or Is You Ain't Hart's Baby? Epstein's Minimum Content of Natural Law' (2007) 20 (2) Ratio Juris 213-229
  • J Allan, G Huscroft, N Lynch, 'The Citation of Overseas Authority in Rights Litigation in New Zealand: How Much Bark? How Much Bite?' (2007) 11 (3) Otago Law Review 433-467
  • J Allan, 'The Paradox of Sovereignty: Jackson and the Hunt for a New Rule of Recognition' (2007) 18 (1) King's Law Journal 1-22
  • J Allan, G Huscroft, 'Constitutional Rights Coming Home to Roost? Rights Internationalism in American Courts' (2006) 43 (1) San Diego Law Review 1-59
  • J Allan, 'Portia, Bassanio or Dick the Butcher? Constraining Judges in the Twenty-First Century' (2006) 17 King's College Law Journal 1-26
  • J Allan, M Bagaric, 'The Vacuous Concept of Dignity' (2006) 5 Journal of Human Rights 257-270
  • J Allan, 'The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities: Exegesis and Criticism' (2006) 30 (3) Melbourne University Law Review 906-922
  • J Allan, 'Thin Beats Fat Yet Again - Conceptions of Democracy' (2006) 25 (5) Law and Philosophy 533-559
  • J Allan, A Geddis, 'Waldron and Opposing Judicial Review - Except, Sort Of, in New Zealand' (2006) 2 New Zealand Law Journal 94-97
  • J Allan, ''Do the Right Thing' Judging? The High Court of Australia in Al-Kateb' (2005) 24 (1) University of Queensland Law Journal 1-34
  • J Allan, 'Changing the Voting System or Creating a Brand New Highest Court - Is One More Constitutionally Fundamental Than the Other in a Liberal Democracy?' (2005) 11 (1) Otago Law Review 17-31
  • J Allan, 'Doing Things the Hurd Way: A Map for All Reasons?' (2005) 30 Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 59-81
  • J Allan, 'Human Rights - Can We Afford to Leave Them to the Judges?' (2005) 16 (2) Commonwealth Judicial Journal 4-11
  • J Allan, 'An Unashamed Majoritarian' (2005) 27 (2) Dalhousie Law Journal 537-553
  • J Allan, 'Human Rights in Australia: Treaties, Statutes and Cases' (2004) 23 (1) The University of Queensland Law Journal 252-254
  • J Allan, 'A Modest Proposal' (2003) 23 (2) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 197-210
  • J Allan, 'Paying for the Comfort of Dogma' (2003) 25 (1) The Sydney Law Review 63-73
  • J Allan, 'The Author Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks' (2003) 20 (4) New Zealand Universities Law Review 519-532
  • J Allan, 'Oh That I Were Made Judge in the Land' (2002) 30 (3) Federal Law Review 561-576
  • J Allan, 'Parliamentary Privilege: Will the Empire Strike Back?' (2002) 20 New Zealand Universities Law Review 205-219
  • J Allan, 'Take Heed Australia - A Statutory Bill of Rights and Its Inflationary Effects' (2001) 6 (2) Deakin Law Review 322-333
  • DR Ahdar, J Allan, 'Taking Smacking Seriously: The Case for Retaining the Legality of Parental Smacking in New Zealand' [2001] (1) New Zealand Law Review 1-34
  • J Allan, 'Truth's Empire: A Reply to Ronald Dworkin's 'Objectivity and Truth: You'd Better Believe It'' (2001) 26 Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 61-91
  • J Allan, 'Why Business Learns to Love Bills of Rights' (2001) 6 (3) Journal of Civil Liberties 214-232
  • J Allan, 'A Tale of Two Scepticisms or Relying on What Comes Naturally or The Problem with Deriving an Epistemology from Literary Theory' (2000) 17 (2) Journal of Applied Philosophy 181-194
  • J Allan, 'Constitutional Interpretation v Statutory Interpretation: Understanding the Attractions of 'Original Intent'' (2000) 6 (1) Legal Theory 109-126
  • J Allan, 'Turning Clark Kent into Superman: The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990' (2000) 9 (4) Otago Law Review 613-632
  • J Allan, 'Internal and Engaged or External and Detached?' (1999) 12 (1 (Special Issue on Legal Theory)) Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 5-16
  • J Allan, 'Statutory Interpretation and the Courts' (1999) 18 (4) New Zealand Universities Law Review 439-480
  • J Allan, 'The Invisible Hand in Justice Thomas's Philosophy of Law' [1999] (2) New Zealand Law Review 213-226
  • J Allan, 'To Exclude or Not to Exclude Improperly Obtained Evidence: Is a Humean Approach More Helpful?' (1999) 18 (2) University of Tasmania Law Review 263-282
  • J Allan, 'A Doubter's Guide to Law and Natural Rights' (1998) 28 (Special Issue on Ethics and the Law) Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 243-262
  • J Allan, 'Liberalism, Democracy and Hong Kong' (1998) 28 (2) Hong Kong Law Journal 156-168
  • J Allan, 'Rules, Fairness and the Knicks: A Comment in Response to Robert Hillman' (1998) 48 (1) Journal of Legal Education 148-151
  • J Allan, 'Scepticism, Rights and Utility' (1998) 11 (4) Ratio Juris 413-424
  • J Allan, 'Why New Zealand Doesn't Need a Written Constitution' (1998) 5 (4) Agenda 487-494
  • J Allan, R Cullen, 'A Bill of Rights Odyssey for Australia: The Sirens Are Calling' (1997) 19 (2) University of Queensland Law Journal 171-193
  • J Allan, 'A Centenary Path of the Law' (1997) 31 (1) The Law Teacher 30-37
  • J Allan, 'Constitution Non Conveniens?' (1997) 26 (1) Anglo-American Law Review 111-131
  • J Allan, 'Hoisting Grayson with Baigent's Petard' [1997] (1) New Zealand Bill of Rights Bulletins 13-18
  • J Allan, 'Legal Interpretation and the Separation of Law and Morality: A Moral Sceptic's Attack on Dworkin' (1997) 26 (4) Anglo-American Law Review 405-430
  • J Allan, 'Positively Fabulous: Why It is Good to Be a Legal Positivist' (1997) 10 (2) Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 231-248
  • J Allan, 'The Rise of Judicial Activism in New Zealand' (1997) 4 (4) Agenda 465-474
  • J Allan, 'Answering the Free-Rider' (1996) 21 (2) Auslegung 99-106
  • J Allan, 'Bills of Rights and Judicial Power - A Liberal's Quandary' (1996) 16 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 337-352
  • J Allan, 'Parliamentary Privilege in New Zealand' (1996) 6 (2) Canterbury Law Review 324-332
  • J Allan, 'Hume's Escape to Justice Story: The Need for Further and Better Particulars' (1995) 20 (64-65) Australian Society of Legal Philosophy Bulletin 49-57
  • J Allan, 'The Operative Provisions - An Unholy Trinty' [1995] (5) New Zealand Bill of Rights Bulletins 79-82
  • J Allan, 'Was Sir Geoffrey Wrong? Seeing Through a Glass Darkly' [1995] (1) New Zealand Bill of Rights Bulletins 43-47
  • J Allan, 'A Post-Speluncean Dialogue' (1994) 44 (4) Journal of Legal Education 519-530
  • J Allan, 'Speaking with the Tongues of Angels' [1994] (1) New Zealand Bill of Rights Bulletins 2-7
  • J Allan, 'Time and the Courts' (1994) 24 (1) Hong Kong Law Journal 28-40
  • J Allan, 'Non-legal Rights: The 'Ought' from the 'Is'?' (1993) 18 (61 (Special Issue on Rights)) Australian Society of Legal Philosophy Bulletin 1-13
  • J Allan, 'Hong Kong's Future and the Uncertainty Principle' (1992) 21 (3) Anglo-American Law Review 372-385
  • J Allan, 'Justice, Language and Hume' (1992) 18 (1) Hume Studies 81-94
  • J Allan, 'A Bill of Rights for Hong Kong' [1991] Public Law 175-180
  • J Allan, 'The Working and Rationale of the Hearsay Rule and the Implications of Modern Psychological Knowledge' (1991) 44 Current Legal Problems 217-241
  • J Allan, 'Legal Theory and the Toothache' (1990) 6 Connecticut Journal of International Law 579-599
  • J Allan, 'What's Right About Rights?' [1990] Denning Law Journal 1-11
  • J Allan, 'A Perlustration of Pettifoggery' (1989) XXII The Law Society of Upper Canada Gazette 231-256
  • J Allan, 'Magna Carta: An English Masterpiece' (1987) XXI The Law Society of Upper Canada Gazette 120-149
Published Conference Papers: [-]
  • J Allan, 'Bills of Rights As Centralising Instruments', Proceedings of the Eighteenth Conference of The Samuel Griffith Society, University House, Canberra, ACT 26--28 May, 2006 (The Samuel Griffith Society, South Australia 2009) 125-161
  • J Allan, 'Jeremy Waldron and the Philosopher's Stone', delivered to University of Queensland Law School, University of Queensland August 2007
  • J Allan, 'Appointing Judges', Australian Bar Council symposium, Sydney November, 2006
  • J Allan, 'The Moral Self-Assuredness of Bill of Rights Supporters', presented to Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, University of Sydney March 2006
  • J Allan, 'Who Best Protects Rights - Legislatures or Judges?', Melbourne University Law School Conference, Melbourne University Law School July, 2006
  • J Allan, 'An Unashamed Majoritarian', University of Western Ontario Distinguished Speakers' Lecture Series, London, Ontario, Canada January 2005
  • J Allan, 'Conceptions of Democracy', Australian Society of Legal Philosophy, Sydney May 2005
  • J Allan, 'Defending Majoritarianism', presented to the Australian Association of Constitutional Law, Brisbane October 2005
  • J Allan, 'Human Rights - Can We Afford to Leave Them to Judges?', Commonwealth Law Coference, London October 2005
  • J Allan, 'Mapping Judicial Activism', Durham University Faculty of Law Invited Seminar, Durham Universty Faculty of Law September 2005
  • J Allan, 'Non-Waldronian Defences of Majoritarianism', presented to the Research School of Social Science, Canberra April 2005
  • J Allan, 'Sceptical Thought', presented to Queensland Branch of Australian Skeptics, Queensland Branch of Australian Skeptics October 2005
  • J Allan, 'American Constitutionalism Through Australia, New Zealand, Canadian and UK Eyes', Berger International Speakers Series, Ithaca, NY October 2004
  • J Allan, 'The Treaty of Waitangi in a Modern Industrial State', 2004 Knox College Fellows Dinner Annual Lecture, Dunedin, New Zealand May 2004
  • J Allan, 'Consequentialism and Liberty', Centre for Independent Studies seminar, May 2003
  • J Allan, 'Interpreting Statutory Bill of Rights', Legal Research Foundation Conference, Auckland May, 2003
  • J Allan, 'Rights and Why Economists Often Get in a Muddle Over Them', presented to the Law and Economics Association of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand October 2003
  • J Allan, 'Scepticism About Human Rights and Their Effects', presented to New Zealand Skeptics, Christchurch September 2002
  • J Allan, 'Why Should We Be Good?', addressed to Knox College, Knox College September 2002
  • J Allan, 'Defending the Status Quo in Australia', Human Rights Workshop, Melbourne December 2001
  • J Allan, 'Judges and Bills of Rights', Human Rights and Global Challenges, Melbourne December 2001
  • J Allan, 'Business and Bills of Rights', presented to the Department of Economics and Business Law, Monash University, Australia June 2000
  • J Allan, 'Hong Kong's New Constitutional Framework', presented at Cornell University Law School, Cornell University Janurary 2000
  • J Allan, 'New Zealand's Constitution and the Bill of Rights', Building the Constitution, Wellington, New Zealand April 2000
  • J Allan, 'Utilitarianism and Economics', presented to the Law and Economics Association of New Zealand, Wellington October 2000
  • J Allan, 'David Hume and Miracles', New Zealand Spetics Conference, Auckland, New Zealand August 1999
  • J Allan, 'Rights, Paternalism, Constitutions and Judges', Liberty, Equality, Community: Constitutional Rights in Conflict?, Auckland, New Zealand August 1999
  • J Allan, 'Liberalism, Democracy and Hong Kong', Constitutional Transition Conference, Hong Kong May 1997
  • J Allan, 'Constitutional Monarchy in New Zealand and Australia', Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference, Hobart, Tasmania September 1994
  • J Allan, 'The Hong Kong Bill of Rights', presented to the Law Faculty of Peking University, Law Faculty of Peking University April 1993
  • J Allan, 'David Hume and Justice', presented to the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy, University of Sydney August 1992
  • J Allan, 'The Hong Kong Bill of Rights', presented to the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Study, University of Melbourne August 1992
Theses: [-]
  • J Allan, 'Hume and Reason: A Sceptical Theory of Morality and Law', (Ph.D. thesis in moral and legal philosophy, University of Hong Kong 1994)
Book Reviews: [-]
  • J Allan, 'A Life of H.L.A. Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream, N. Lacey (OUP, 2004)' (2006) 11 (2) Otago Law Review 327-329
  • J Allan, 'Against the Idols of the Age, D. Stove (Transaction Publishers, 1999)' (2004) 11 (4) Otago Law Review 695-697
  • J Allan, 'Essays, Moral, Political and Economic, S. Brittan (Edinburgh University Press, 1998)' (2004) 10 (4) Otago Law Review 677-678
  • J Allan, 'Human Rights in Australia: Treaties, Statutes and Cases, M. Flynn (LexisNexis, 2003)' (2004) 23 (1) University of Queensland Law Journal 252-254
  • J Allan, 'Moral Conflict and Legal Reasoning, S. Veitch (Hart Publishing, 1999)' (2001) 28 (3) Journal of Law and Society 433-450
  • J Allan, 'The Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory, R. Posner (Harvard Law Review, 1998 and Harvard Unveristy Press, 1999)' (2000) 9 (4) Otago Law Review 759-765
  • J Allan, 'Waitangi: Morality and Reality, K. Minogue (NZBR, 1998)' (1999) 9 (3) Otago Law Review 587-593
  • J Allan, 'The Miracle of Theism, J.L. Mackie (Clarendon Press, 1982)' (1996) 8 (4) Otago Law Review 633-636
  • J Allan, 'The Concept of Law, H.L.A. Hart (Clarendon Press, 2nd Edn., Eds Bullock and Raz, 1994)' (1995) 8 (3) Otago Law Review 441-446
  • J Allan, 'The Hong Kong Bill of Rights: A Comparative Approach, Eds J Chan and Y Ghai (Butterworths, 1993)' (1993) 2 (2) Asia Pacific Law Review 122-125
  • J Allan, 'Report of the Australian Human Rights Delegation to China, July 1991' (1992) 1 (1) Asia Pacific Law Review 132-135
  • J Allan, 'Sanctions and Rewards in the Legal System, Ed MC Friedland (University of Toronto Press, 1989)' (1990) 20 Hong Kong Law Journal 266-269

 RHD Supervision

  • Carolyn Popp - Section 51 (xxxi) of the Australian Constitution, it's values and environmental legislation: when does vegetation management regulation become an acquisition of property?