Professor Margaret Davies


College of Business, Government and Law

place Law & Commerce Building (2.22)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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, and Victoria University of Wellington, and has held a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship at the University of Kent. She has been a recipient of four Australian Research Council grants, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Academy of Law. Margaret is author of five books - Asking the Law Question (4th edition 2017), Delimiting the Law (1996), Are Persons Property (with Ngaire Naffine, 2001), Property: Meanings, Histories, Theories (2007), and Law Unlimited (2017, winner of the SLSA Theory and History Book Prize). 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 Studies, Feminist Legal Studies, and the Macquarie Law Journal.

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

Socio-Legal Studies Association (UK) 2018 Theory and History Book Prize for Law Unlimited.

Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor

Research expertise
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.
Topic coordinator
LLAW3256 Socio-Legal Theoryy
Topic lecturer
LLAW3256 Socio-Legal Theory
LLAW2222 The History of Legal Ideas
Supervisory interests
Feminist legal theory
Legal theory
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Legal theory (1)
Associate supervisor: Legal theory (1)
Principal supervisor: Myths of Objectivity (1), Legal theory (1), Legal capacity (1), The Feral State (1)

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