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Nicholas  Aroney

Nicholas Aroney

Professor of Law, TC Beirne School of Law, and Director, Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law, University of Queensland

Areas of Expertise

Constitutional Law; Legal Theory; Religious Freedom in Multicultural Societies; Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Law; Federalism; Legal History

Curriculum Vitae

Nicholas Aroney is the Professor of Constitutional Law, TC Beirne School of Law, and Director (Public Law) Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law, University of Queensland. As Professor of Constitutional Law, Aroney has led international collaborative research projects in constitutional law and legal theory, with emphasis on questions related to the theory and practice of federalism, the design and performance of bicameral parliamentary systems, religious freedom in multicultural societies, and the accommodation of Islamic law within Western democratic states. In 2011, he was awarded a four-year Australian Research Council fellowship to research comparative federalism, and he is currently leading a three-year Australian Research Council project on constituent power in federal systems. In 2017, he was appointed by the Prime Minister to an Expert Panel to advise on the protection of freedom of religion in Australian law.

Aroney has held visiting positions at Emory, Oxford, Paris, Padua, Edinburgh, and Sydney universities and is the author of more than 160 books, chapters, and articles. His books include The Constitution of a Federal Commonwealth: The Making and Meaning of the Australian Constitution (Cambridge University Press, 2009), Shari’a in the West (Oxford University Press, 2010), and The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia: History, Principle and Interpretation (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Christianity and Constitutionalism (Oxford University Press, 2022).

He received his doctorate in Constitutional Law and Politics from Monash University, an LLB in law from the University of Queensland, and a bachelor of arts from UNSW Australia.