Professor Peter Gerangelos
BA, LLB Syd ; LLM, PhD UNSW
Solicitor, Supreme Court of New South Wales
Roll of Legal Practitioners, High Court of Australia
- Federal Constitutional Law
- Advanced Constitutional Law
- Federal Jurisdiction
Brief Biographical Detail
Prior to joining Sydney Law School, Peter Gerangelos had extensive experience in practice as legal counsel to the Commonwealth, holding the position of Principal Solicitor in the Office of the Australian Government Solicitor. In addition, he lectured in Constitutional Law, Public International Law, and Administrative Law. His experience includes a range of civil and public law litigation in the superior courts and the conduct of large civil prosecutions on behalf of the Commonwealth relating to revenue and commercial issues. He led the litigation team which successfully developed and implemented project management methodologies for the Australian Government Solicitor in its conduct of large and complex litigation; and was a representative of that Office on the inter-agency Liaison Committee with representatives from the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and the Australian Securities Commission.
He is a former Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Scholar, which award enabled him subsequently to undertake his doctoral research in comparative constitutional law and to spend the initial period of his canditature at Oriel College, Oxford. He was privileged to have been the doctoral student of the late Professor George Winterton. It is in this area that he maintains his primary research interest, and has published, with particular focus on the separation of powers, judicial power and the integrity of the judicial process, constitutional limitations and, and more recently on executive power. In 2005 and 2010 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Law, Cambridge University (Trinity Hall) and in 2010 at Oxford University (Keble College). In 2010 he was invited as the representative from Australia to present a paper on Australian fiscal federalism at conference for European jurists, lawyers, judges and legal academics at the University of Vienna focussing on the issue of tax harmonisation in the European Union and examining models from federal nation states.
He is a member of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law and the Convenor of the George Winterton Memorial Lecture Series. He is the leading author and general editor of the leading casebook, Winterton’s Australian Federal Constitutional Law.
- P A Gerangelos et al., Australian Federal Constitutional Law, 3rd edition, Thomson Reuters: Sydney (forthcoming 2013).
- P A Gerangelos, The Separation of Powers and Legislative Interference in Judicial Process, Hart Publishing: UK (2009).
- H P Lee and P A Gerangelos (eds), Constitutional Advancement in a Frozen Continent, Essays in Honour of George Winterton, The Federation Press: Sydney (2009).
- G Winterton, H P Lee, A Glass, J A Thomson and P A Gerangelos, Australian Federal Constitutional Law: Commentary and Materials, Lawbook, Co.: Sydney (2007).
- P A Gerangelos, “Tax Coordination Between Regions in Australia - Role of the Courts”, in M Lang et al (eds), Horizontal Tax Coordination, the Role of Courts: A Comparative Study, (IBFD 2013).
- P A Gerangelos, “Parliament, the Executive, the Governor-General and the Republic: The George Winterton Thesis”, in H P Lee and P A Gerangelos (eds), Constitutional Advancement in a Frozen Continent: Essays in Honour of George Winterton, Federation Press: Sydney (2009) 189.
- P A Gerangelos, “State Constitutional Law”, in Winterton, Lee, Glass and Thomson (eds) Australian Federal Constitutional Law (2nd edition), Lawbook Co.: Sydney (2007) 1039.
- P A Gerangelos, “McGinty v Western Australia: Electoral Equality and the Demise of the ‘Implied Rights Venture’ ” in G Winterton (ed) State Constitutional Landmarks, Federation Press: Sydney (2006) 416.
- P A Gerangelos, “The Executive Power of the Commonwealth of Australia: Section 61 of the Commonwealth Constitution, ‘Nationhood’ and the Future of the Prerogative” (2012) 12 Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 97.
- P A Gerangelos, “Presidential Veto and the Reserve Powers of a Head of State: Notes from Iceland” (2010) 21(2) Public Law Review 66.
- P A Gerangelos, “Of Laws, Conventions and Hung Parliaments” (2010) 12 Constitutional Law and Policy Review 39.
- P A Gerangelos, “The Separation of Powers and Legislative Interference in Pending Cases” (2008) 30 Sydney Law Review 61.
- P A Gerangelos, “ The Decisional Independence of the Chapter III Courts and Constitutional Limitations on Legislative Power: Notes from the United States” (2005) 33 Federal Law Review 391.
- P A Gerangelos, “Interpretational Methodology in Separation of Powers Jurisprudence: The formalist/functionalist debate” (2005) 8(1) Constitutional Law and Policy Review 1.
- P A Gerangelos, “The Separation of Powers and Legislative Interference with Judicial Functions in Pending Cases” (2002) 30(1) Federal Law Review 1.
- P A Gerangelos, “Tax Coordination Between Regions in Australia - Role of the Courts”, paper presented to international conference on tax harmonisation in federations, University of Vienna, 2010.
- P A Gerangelos, “Reform of the Constitution: Republic or Not” paper delivered to the Constitutional Conference of the Centre for Public Law (UNSW), 18th February 2011.
- P A Gerangelos, “Executive Power, the Prerogative and Reform in the context of the Australian Constitution” presented to the Centre for Public Law, University of Cambridge, 23rd November 2010.
- P A Gerangelos, “Reflections on the Republic and Executive Power: The Evolution of the Winterton Thesis” presented to the Australian Association of Constitutional Law, 17 November 2009.
- P A Gerangelos, “Constitutional Principles Protecting the Decisional Independence of State Courts” presented at Tipstaff and Researcher Conference 2008, Annual Conference of Supreme Court of NSW, Sydney, 22 August 2008.
- P A Gerangelos, “Legislative Intervention in Pending Cases”, with commentary by Sir Anthony Mason, Constitutional Fundamentals and Judicial Power, 2004 Annual Conference of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law held under the auspices of University of Sydney Law School.