Matthew Groves and Dan Meagher Join La Trobe Law School

La Trobe Law School would like to warmly welcome two leading public law academics this semester.

 Professor Matthew Groves

Professor Matthew Groves joined La Trobe University in late 2016.  Prior to that, he worked at Monash University for 15 years. Before that, he worked in a range of roles in government and the legal profession.  Professor Matthew Groves is a member of the Australian Academy of Law and editor of the Australian Journal of Administrative Law.

His research work is mostly centred on administrative law, which is the body of law about the making and review of government decision making. He mainly researches in judicial review and is a co-author of the leading Australian work in the field – M Aronson, M Groves & G Weeks, Judicial Review of Administrative Action and Government Liability (6th edtiion, 2017, Thomson Reuters).  He has also edited several books on administrative law and written over 50 journal articles on the area.

His recent other books include M Groves & G Weeks (eds), Legitimate Expectations in the Common Law World (2017, Hart Publishing) and M Groves (ed) Modern Administrative Law (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Professor Matthew Groves’ forthcoming books include D Meagher & M Groves, The Principle of Legality in Australia and New Zealand (forthcoming March 2017, Federation Press), the first detailed study of an important interpretive principle of our public law) and M Groves and C Campbell (eds), Australian Charters of Rights (forthcoming May 2017, Federation Press), an edited book that examines aspects of the Victorian and ACT Charters of Rights and R Creyke, J McMillan, M Smyth and M Groves, Control of Government Action 5th edition, 2018), the leading Australian casebook of the area.

He is also undertaking comparative work on Australian judicial review and fairness in government decision making.

Associate Professor Dan Meagher

Dr Dan Meagher joins us as one of Australia’s leading academics in constitutional law, human rights law and statutory interpretation. He has undergraduate degrees in law and economics from Monash University and an LLM from the same institution. In 2007 Dan was awarded a PhD from the University of New South Wales for his thesis on the intersection between freedom of speech and the regulation of racist speech in Australia.

Professor Meagher’s work on the principle of legality and its growing centrality to Australian public law has been lauded in both academic and practitioner communities. His much cited and landmark works in this area include “The Principle of Legality as Clear Statement Rule: Significance and Problems” in the Sydney Law Review (2014) and “The Common Law Principle of Legality in the Age of Rights” in the Melbourne Law Review (2011). He is currently working on a forthcoming book (D Meagher & M Groves, The Principle of Legality in Australia and New Zealand) with Professor Groves. Our new colleagues also co-authored a joint piece entitled “the common law principle of legality and secondary legislation” in 2016 edition of the University of New South Wales Law Journal.


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