Professor Margaret Davies

1992 …2023

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Research 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, 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.

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.

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Legal capacity (1)
  • Legal theory (1)
  • Myths of Objectivity (1)
  • The Feral State (1)


  • Registered

Research Areas

  • Law

Supervisory Interests

  • Feminist legal theory
  • Legal theory


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