Benjamin joined Flinders Law as Lecturer in Law in July 2017. Prior to this he was Assistant Professor of Law in the School of Law and Justice at the University of Canberra, Australian Research Council Laureate Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Justice, Australian National University, and Grant Notley Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta, Canada. He has worked in public and private legal practice, and as a conciliator with the Office of the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity in South Australia.
Benjamin's research focuses on domestic and international human rights law, Canadian Studies, and on law and literature, with a particular interest in literature’s intersections with human rights.
Doctor of Philosophy in Literary Studies in English, University of Guelph, Canada
Masters of Arts in English Literature, Dalhousie University, Canada
Bachelor of Arts, Honours, University of Adelaide, Australia
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Law Society of South Australia, Australia
Bachelor of Laws, Honours, University of Adelaide, Australia
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Award to Scholarly Publications Program Grant (Co-Investigator with Daniel Laforest and Maïté Snauwaert, University of Alberta). 2017
Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Award: Unit Satisfaction Survey Recognition Award, University of Canberra. 2016
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Award to Scholarly Publications Program Grant. 2015
Australian National University Research School of Asia and the Pacific Early Career Research Grant. 2015
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Workshop Grant (Co-Investigator with Daniel Laforest and Maïté Snauwaert, University of Alberta). 2011
Improvisation, Community and Social Practice (ICASP) Project Research Stipend. 2008
Nancy Bailey Graduate Teaching Award, University of Guelph. 2005
My research focuses on law and literature, with a particular interest in literature’s intersections with Canadian and international human rights. I also research UN human rights institutions, the activism of international NGOs in human rights, and Canadian public law.
I am happy to discuss supervision of projects in:
Law and literature / law and the humanities
Canadian studies (law, culture, literature)
Chief Editor, Flinders Law Journal
Member, Board of Directors of the International Council of Canadian Studies
Research Affiliate, Canadian Literature Centre, University of Alberta
Visiting Fellow, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University
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