Professor Rosalind Dixon

Professor Rosalind Dixon


BA/LLB (UNSW). LLM, SJD (Harvard).

Law & Justice
School of Global & Public Law

Rosalind Dixon is a Professor of Law, at the University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law. She earned her BA and LLB from the University of New South Wales, and was an associate to the Chief Justice of Australia, the Hon. Murray Gleeson AC, before attending Harvard Law School, where she obtained an LLM and SJD. Her work focuses on comparative constitutional law and constitutional design, constitutional democracy, theories of constitutional dialogue and amendment, socio-economic rights and constitutional law and gender, and has been published in leading journals in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia, including the Chicago Law ReviewCornell Law ReviewGW Law ReviewUniversity of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional LawInternational Journal of Constitutional LawAmerican Journal of Comparative LawOsgoode Hall Law JournalOxford Journal of Legal StudiesFederal Law Review and Sydney Law Review. She is co-editor, with Tom Ginsburg, of a leading handbook on comparative constitutional law, Comparative Constitutional Law (Edward Elgar, 2011), and related volumes on Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia (Edward Elgar, 2014) and Comparative Constitutional Law in Latin America (Edward Elgar, 2017), co-editor (with Mark Tushnet and Susan Rose-Ackermann) of the Edward Elgar series on Constitutional and Administrative Law, on the editorial board of the International Journal of Constitutional LawRevista Estudos InstitucionaisPublic Law Review, and editor of the Constitutions of the World series for Hart Publishing. Dixon is a Manos Research Fellow, Director of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, Deputy Director of the Herbert Smith Freehills Initiative on Law and Economics, Co-Director of the UNSW New Economic Equality Initiative (NEEI), and academic co-lead of the Grand Challenge on Inequality at UNSW. She previously served as an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School and the National University of Singapore. She is immediate past co-president of the International Society of Public Law. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and Australian Academy of Social Sciences, and ARC Future Fellow working on Constitutions and Democratic Resilience.


Dixon was recently named ‘Academic of the Year’ at the 18th Annual Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards in 2018.

Dixon’s current research focuses on forms of constitutional design and practice aimed at responding to the current wave of democratic backsliding worldwide, and the design of more ‘responsive’ and resilient models of judicial review in constitutional democracies more generally.  She is also working on a variety of projects on economic equality and inclusion, including proposals for an Australian Carbon Dividend, a move toward Social Return Accounting, and more economic stability for low-income families, through models of social emergency lending and saving; in addition to several projects on gender equality, including projects on non-traditional job-sharing, and new models of sexual harassment law.