Position/s

Professor
Flinders Law School

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

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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

  • Davies, M.J. (2014). "Commentary on Dietrich v R" In Douglas, Bartlett, Luker, and Hunter, ed. The Australian Feminist Judgments Project:Righting and Rewriting Law. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. 69-74.
  • 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.
    [Web 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.
    [Web 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). Method in Legal Theory. In The New Oxford Companion to Law. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 783-784.
  • 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). Anarchism. In The New Oxford Companion to Law. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 30-31.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. (2012). Trajectories and Trials. Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 37 pp. 293-298.
  • 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.
    [Web 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). Response to the commentators. Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 28 pp. 221-229.
  • 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 Munro, V. (2013). Co-editor. The Ashgate Research Companion to Feminist Legal Theory. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing, pp. 1-393.
    [Web 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.
    [Web 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 '
    [Web 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.
  • Davies, M.J. and Rogers, K. (2014). Tale of a Tree. Flinders Law Journal, 16 pp. 43-73.
  • Aston, R. and Davies, M.J. (2013). Property in the World: On Collective Hosting and the 'Ownership' of Communal Goods. Law Text Culture, 17(1) pp. 211-239.
    [Web Link]
  • 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] [Scopus]
  • Davies, M.J. (2012). Persons, Property and Community. feminists@law, 2(2) pp. 1-21.
    [Web Link]
  • Davies, M.J. (2008). Feminism and the flat law theory. Feminist Legal Studies, 16(3) pp. 281-304.
    [10.1007/s10691-008-9096-z] [10.1007/s10691-008-9096-z] [Scopus]
  • Davies, M.J. (2007). Unity and Diversity in Feminist Legal Theory. Philosophy Compass, 2(4) pp. 650-664.
    [10.1111/j.1747-9991.2007.00091.x]
  • Davies, M.J. (2006). Exclusion and the identity of law. Macquarie Law Journal, 5 pp. 5-30.
    [Web 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.
    [Web Link]
  • Davies, M.J. (2003). Legal Theory and Law Reform: Some Mainstream and Critical Approaches. Alternative Law Journal, 28(4) pp. 168-171.
    [Web Link]
  • Davies, M.J. (2002). Ethics and methodology in legal theory: a (personal) research anti-manifesto. Law Text Culture, 6 pp. 7-26.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    [Web 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. and Rogers, K. (2014). Tale of a Tree. Flinders Law Journal, 16 pp. 43-73.
  • Aston, R. and Davies, M.J. (2013). Property in the World: On Collective Hosting and the 'Ownership' of Communal Goods. Law Text Culture, 17(1) pp. 211-239.
    [Web Link]
  • 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] [Scopus]
  • Davies, M.J. (2008). Feminism and the flat law theory. Feminist Legal Studies, 16(3) pp. 281-304.
    [10.1007/s10691-008-9096-z] [10.1007/s10691-008-9096-z] [Scopus]
  • Davies, M.J. (2006). Pluralism and legal philosophy. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 57 pp. 577-596.

Professional and community engagement

Member, Women Lawyers Association of South Australia

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