Prof Margaret Davies

Position/s:Professor
Flinders Law School
Phone: +61 8 82013629
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Location: Law Commerce (2.22)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Biography

After studying law and English literature at Adelaide University in the 1980s, Margaret completed a doctorate in critical legal theory at Sussex University. Margaret was a foundation staff member of the Law School at Flinders University and has been a visiting scholar at Birkbeck College, Umea University, UBC, University of Kent, and Victoria University of Wellington. She has been a recipient of three Australian Research Council grants, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Academy of Law. From 2010 to 2012 Margaret was a member of the Humanities and Creative Arts Panel of the ARC College of Experts, and chaired the panel in 2011. Margaret is on the advisory boards of Social and Legal StudiesFeminist Legal Studies, and the Macquarie Law Journal. She has recently held a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship at Kent University.

Qualifications

BA (Hons 1; English Literature) - Adelaide University
LLB (Hons 1) - Adelaide University
MA (Critical Theory) - Sussex University
DPhil (Legal and Critical Theory) - Sussex University

Honours, awards and grants

Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia
Fellow, Australian Academy of Law

Teaching

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Topic Lecturer:

Research and supervision

Research expertise

  • Law

Research interests

Margaret's research covers several areas of legal theory, including critical legal thought, feminist jurisprudence, the philosophy of property and legal pluralism. She is particularly interested in the connections between the several different fields of legal theory. A special interest over the years has been the relationship between theoretical approaches to law and meaningful change in the practice and understanding of law.

Supervisory interests

  • Feminist legal theory
  • Legal theory

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor: Legal theory (1); Legal capacity (1);

Associate supervisor: Legal theory (1); Feminist legal studies (1);

Completion

Principal supervisor: Myths of Objectivity (1); The Feral State (1); Legal theory (1); Legal capacity (1);

Publications

Books
  • Davies, M.J. (2008). Asking the law question. 3rd ed. Pyrmont, NSW: Thomson Lawbook Co..
  • Davies, M.J. (2007). Property: Meanings, histories, theories. Oxon, UK: Routledge Cavendish.
  • Davies, M.J. and Naffine, N. (2001). Are Persons Property? Legal Debates About Property and Personality. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate/Dartmouth.
Book chapters
  • Davies, M.J. (2011). The Future of Secularism: A Critique. In Nadirsyah Hosen and Richard Mohr, ed. Law and Religion in Public Life. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 52-66.
  • Davies, M.J. (2010). The Politics of Defining Law. In Peter Cane, ed. The Hart-Fuller Debate in the Twenty-First Century. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. 157-167.
  • Davies, M.J. (2010). Legal Pluralism. In Peter Cane and Herbert M Kritzer, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Empirical Legal Research. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 805-827.
Refereed journal articles
  • Davies, M.J. (2012). The Law Becomes Us: Rediscovering Judgment (Review Article) Feminist Legal Studies, 20(2) pp. 167-181. [10.1007/s10691-012-9204-y]
  • Davies, M.J. (2006). Pluralism and legal philosophy. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 57 pp. 577-596.

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Books
  • Davies, M.J. (2008). Asking the law question. 3rd ed. Pyrmont, NSW: Thomson Lawbook Co..
  • Davies, M.J. (2007). Property: Meanings, histories, theories. Oxon, UK: Routledge Cavendish.
  • Davies, M.J. and Naffine, N. (2001). Are Persons Property? Legal Debates About Property and Personality. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate/Dartmouth.
Book chapters
  • Davies, M.J. and Munro, V. (2013). Editors' Introduction. In M Davies & V Munro, ed. Ashgate Research Companion to Feminist Legal Theory. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing, pp. 1-10. [Link]
  • Davies, M.J. (2013). Law's Truths and the Truth About Law: Interdisciplinary Refractions. In M Davies & V Munro, ed. Ashgate Research Companion to Feminist Legal Theory. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing, pp. 65-81. [Link]
  • Davies, M.J. (2011). The Future of Secularism: A Critique. In Nadirsyah Hosen and Richard Mohr, ed. Law and Religion in Public Life. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 52-66.
  • Davies, M.J. (2010). Legal Pluralism. In Peter Cane and Herbert M Kritzer, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Empirical Legal Research. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 805-827.
  • Davies, M.J. (2010). The Politics of Defining Law. In Peter Cane, ed. The Hart-Fuller Debate in the Twenty-First Century. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. 157-167.
  • Davies, M.J. (2009). Anarchism. In The New Oxford Companion to Law. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 30-31.
  • Davies, M.J. (2009). Propriety. In The New Oxford Companion to Law. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 948-949.
  • Davies, M.J. (2009). Queer. In The New Oxford Companion to Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 975-976.
  • Davies, M.J. (2009). Theory in Legal Research. In The New Oxford Companion to Law. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 1165-1167.
  • Davies, M.J. (2009). Method in Legal Theory. In The New Oxford Companion to Law. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 783-784.
  • Alston, A., Davies, M.J., Knowler, P.J., Rankin, M.J. and Son, C.L. (2008). First Year Students and Pleadings. In Andrew Alston, ed. Lawyering: Procedures and Ethics. 1st ed. Brisbane: LexisNexis, pp. 176-185.
  • Davies, M.J. (2002). Authority, meaning, legitimacy. In Goldsworthy, Jeffrey Denys & Campbell, Tom D., ed. Legal Interpretation in Democratic States. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing, pp. 115-129.
  • Davies, M.J. (2001). Derrida and law: Legitimate Fictions. In Jacques Derrida and the Humanities. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 213-237.
Refereed journal articles
  • Aston, R. and Davies, M.J. (2013). Property in the World: On Collective Hosting and the 'Ownership' of Communal Goods. Law Text Culture, 17 pp. 214-242.
  • Davies, M.J. (2012). The Law Becomes Us: Rediscovering Judgment (Review Article) Feminist Legal Studies, 20(2) pp. 167-181. [10.1007/s10691-012-9204-y]
  • Davies, M.J. (2012). Persons, Property and Community. feminists@law, 2(2) pp. 1-21. [Link]
  • Davies, M.J. (2006). Exclusion and the identity of law. Macquarie Law Journal, 5 pp. 5-30. [Link]
  • Davies, M.J. (2006). Pluralism and legal philosophy. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 57 pp. 577-596.
  • Davies, M.J. (2005). The ethos of pluralism. Sydney Law Review, 27(1) pp. 87-112. [Link]
  • Davies, M.J. (2003). Legal Theory and Law Reform: Some Mainstream and Critical Approaches. Alternative Law Journal, 28(4) pp. 168-171. [Link]
  • Davies, M.J. (2002). Ethics and methodology in legal theory: a (personal) research anti-manifesto. Law Text Culture, 6 pp. 7-26.
Journal articles
  • Davies, M.J. (2012). Trajectories and Trials. Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 37 pp. 293-298.
  • Davies, M.J. and Drakopoulou, M. (2012). Introduction: Gender Equality and Othering in the Swedish Welfare State. feminists@law, 2(1) pp. 1-3.
  • Davies, M.J. (2005). Statutes amendment (relationships) Bill 2005. Alternative Law Journal, 30(6) pp. 298-299.
  • Davies, M.J. and Mack, K.M. (2004). 'Legal feminism - now and then' Australian Feminist Law Journal, 20 pp. 1-6. [Link]
  • Davies, M.J. (2003). Modernism and the grounds of law (Book Review) Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 28 pp. 242-247.
  • Davies, M.J. and Naffine, N. (2003). Author's introduction: book symposium. Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 28 pp. 189-191.
  • Davies, M.J. and Naffine, N. (2003). Response to the commentators. Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 28 pp. 221-229.
Conference publications
  • Davies, M.J. (2001). The Common Law Culture of Property and Propriety. In Calleman, Catharinia, ed. Rattsculture - rapport fran ett seminarium: Skrifter fran Juridiska institutionen Umea universitet. Sweden: Dept Law, Umea University. Sweden. Sweden.
Other public research outputs
  • Davies, M.J. and Munro, V. (2013). Co-editor. The Ashgate Research Companion to Feminist Legal Theory. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing, pp. 1-393. [Link]
  • Davies, M.J. and Drakopoulou, M. (2012). Co-Editor. Gender Equality and Othering in the Swedish Welfare State. feminists@law (open access refereed journal). 2(1) pp. n/a-n/a. [Link]
  • Davies, M.J. (2007). Co-editor. Asa Gunnarsson, Eva-Maria Svensson and Margaret Davies, ed. Exploiting the Limits of Law. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing.
  • Davies, M.J. and Mack, K.M. (2004). Editors of special issue. Feminist legal academic workshop: feminism, now and then - special issue of AUSTRALIAN FEMINIST LAW JOURNAL. GRIFFITH NSW: Socio-Legal Research Centre, Griffith University. 20 pp. 1.
  • Heath, M.A., Brook, H.J. and Davies, M.J. (2003). Response to 'Removing legislative discrimination against same-sex couples: discussion paper ' [Link]
  • Davies, M.J. (2003). Academic Contributions to Legal Change, pp. 32.
  • Heath, M.A., Davies, M.J. and Brook, H.J. (2003). Removing Legislative Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples, pp. 10.

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Professional and community engagement

Member, Women Lawyers Association of South Australia
South Australian Vice-President, Australian Society of Legal Philosophy



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