Dr Joel Harrison

BA LLB (Hons) (Auckland) MSt DPhil (Oxford)
Senior Lecturer

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 8627 8162

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Biographical details

Dr Joel Harrison specialises in constitutional law and public law. His research focuses on constitutionalism, religious liberty, human rights norms, and theological jurisprudence. Recent publications have concerned the justification for religious liberty; religious liberty debates within Australia; the reception of human rights discourse within religious communities; and sovereignty.

Joel’s previous positions include Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University, an Associate-in-Law at Columbia University, New York, and a Tutor in Constitutional Law at the University of Oxford. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government, Oxford in 2018.

After graduating from the University of Auckland, he was judicial clerk to Sir Grant Hammond at the Court of Appeal of New Zealand. He completed his masters and doctorate at Oxford as a Woolf Fisher Scholar.

Research interests

  • Constitutional law
  • Religious liberty
  • Constitutionalism
  • Law and theology (particularly public law concepts and rights)

Teaching and supervision

  • Federal Constitutional Law
  • Public Law

Associations

  • Australian Association of Constitutional Law
  • Law and Religion Scholars Network (UK)

In the media

When are Plebiscites Legitimate?, ABC Radio National,The Minefield with Waleed Aly and Scott Stephens, 1 September 2016

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Harrison, J. (2019). Sovereignty. In Nicholas Aroney and Ian Leigh (Eds.), Christianity and Constitutionalism (Forthcoming). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
  • Harrison, J. (2018). Dworkin's Religion and the End of Religious Liberty. In Rex Ahdar (Eds.), Research Handbook on Law and Religion, (pp. 79-102). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. [More Information]
  • Aroney, N., Harrison, J., Babie, P. (2017). Religious Freedom under the Victorian Charter of Rights. In Matthew Groves, Colin Campbell (Eds.), Australian Charters of Rights a Decade On, (pp. 120-135). Sydney, NSW: Federation Press.
  • Harrison, J. (2014). 'A Communion in Good Living': Human Dignity and Religious Liberty Beyond the Overlapping Consensus. In Christopher McCrudden (Eds.), Understanding Human Dignity, (pp. 451-465). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press/British Academy. [More Information]
  • Harrison, J. (2012). The Resurgence of 'Religion': Definitions, Commodities, and the Zero-Degree Dialectic in Religious Rights Jurisprudence. In Andrea Pin (Eds.), I Nuovi Diritti Dell'Uomo: Le Sfide Della Societa Plurale, (pp. 97-106). Venice, Italy: Marcianum Press.

Journals

  • Harrison, J. (2019). Pope Francis, True Religion, and Religious Liberty (Forthcoming). Journal of Law and Religion.
  • Harrison, J. (2017). The Liberal Political Imagination and Religious Liberty: Autonomy, Boundary-Refining, and State Power in Jane Calderwood Norton's Freedom of Religious Organizations. Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 42, 280-295.
  • Harrison, J. (2016). Debating Rights and Same-Gender Relationships. Journal of Law, Religion and State, 4(2), 194-226. [More Information]
  • Harrison, J., Parkinson, P. (2014). Freedom Beyond the Commons: Managing the Tension Between Faith and Equality in a Multicultural Society. Monash University Law Review, 40(2), 413-451.
  • Harrison, J. (2014). Review: Timothy Willem Jones, Sexual Politics in the Church of England, 1857-1957. Law & History, 1, 162-164.
  • Harrison, J. (2012). Review: Law and Religion in Europe: A Comparative Introduction. By Norman Doe. and Religion and the Public Order of the European Union. By Ronan McCrea. Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, 1(1), 311-316. [More Information]
  • Harrison, J. (2006). Truth, Civility, and Religious Battlegrounds: The Contest between Religious Vilification Laws and Freedom of Expression. Auckland University Law Review, 12, 71-96.

Conferences

  • Harrison, J. (2018). Comparative Law of Religion-State. 2018 Advanced Program on Religion and the Rule of Law, Oxford, United Kingdom: Presentations.
  • Harrison, J. (2018). Pope Francis on Dignity and Rights. Human Dignity for Everyone Everywhere, Oxford, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Harrison, J. (2018). The Problem and the Promise of Religious Liberty. Freedom of Religion or Belief: Creating the Constitutional Space for Other Fundamental Freedoms, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Harrison, J. (2018). What is Religious Liberty For? The Limits of Religious Liberty, Freedom for Faith Conference, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Harrison, J. (2017). Sovereignty. Christianity and Constitutionalism, Durham, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Harrison, J. (2017). The Liberal Egalitarian Account of Religious Liberty. Melbourne Law School Legal Theory Workshop, Vic: Presentation.
  • Harrison, J. (2017). The Liberal Imagination in Jane Calderwood Norton's Freedom of Religious Organizations. Australasian Legal Philosophy Society Conference, Auckland, New Zealand: Presentation.
  • Harrison, J. (2016). Religious Markets and Religious Freedom: Pope Francis on Healthy Pluralism and the Worshipping Creature. Economy, Idolatry and Secularisation, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Harrison, J. (2015). Debating Rights and Same-Gender Relationships. Chinese University Law School, Hong Kong, Hong Kong: Presentation.
  • Harrison, J. (2015). Debating Rights and Same-Gender Relationships. Religion and Equality, Tel Aviv, Israel: Presentation.
  • Harrison, J. (2015). Religious Reasons and the Judge. Faith and Public Office, Brisbane, Qld: Presentation.
  • Harrison, J. (2014). Ordering Public Life: Anti-Discrimination Law and Religious Associations. Freedom of Speech, Conscience and Association in a Religiously Tolerant Society, Brisbane, Qld: Presentation.
  • Harrison, J. (2012). Religious Freedom, Pluralism, and Human Dignity. Understanding Human Dignity, Oxford, United Kingdom: Presentation.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Harrison, J. (2018). Religious Liberty and the Ruddock Review: Negotiating Competing Claims in a Plural Society. ABC Religion and Ethics. [More Information]
  • Harrison, J. (2017). Good Disagreement: The Same-Sex Marriage Debate Shows We Still Have a Long Way to Go. ABC Religion and Ethics. [More Information]
  • Harrison, J. (2017). The Problem and the Promise of Religious Liberty. ABC Religion and Ethics. [More Information]
  • Harrison, J. (2016). Against Popular Will: Why Plebiscites Need Not be Binding. ABC Religion and Ethics. [More Information]
  • Harrison, J. (2015). Good Disagreement over Same-Sex Relationships: What Can We Learn from the Anglican Church in New Zealand. ABC Religion and Ethics. [More Information]

2019

  • Harrison, J. (2019). Pope Francis, True Religion, and Religious Liberty (Forthcoming). Journal of Law and Religion.
  • Harrison, J. (2019). Sovereignty. In Nicholas Aroney and Ian Leigh (Eds.), Christianity and Constitutionalism (Forthcoming). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

2018

  • Harrison, J. (2018). Comparative Law of Religion-State. 2018 Advanced Program on Religion and the Rule of Law, Oxford, United Kingdom: Presentations.
  • Harrison, J. (2018). Dworkin's Religion and the End of Religious Liberty. In Rex Ahdar (Eds.), Research Handbook on Law and Religion, (pp. 79-102). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. [More Information]
  • Harrison, J. (2018). Pope Francis on Dignity and Rights. Human Dignity for Everyone Everywhere, Oxford, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Harrison, J. (2018). Religious Liberty and the Ruddock Review: Negotiating Competing Claims in a Plural Society. ABC Religion and Ethics. [More Information]
  • Harrison, J. (2018). The Problem and the Promise of Religious Liberty. Freedom of Religion or Belief: Creating the Constitutional Space for Other Fundamental Freedoms, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Harrison, J. (2018). What is Religious Liberty For? The Limits of Religious Liberty, Freedom for Faith Conference, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.

2017

  • Harrison, J. (2017). Good Disagreement: The Same-Sex Marriage Debate Shows We Still Have a Long Way to Go. ABC Religion and Ethics. [More Information]
  • Aroney, N., Harrison, J., Babie, P. (2017). Religious Freedom under the Victorian Charter of Rights. In Matthew Groves, Colin Campbell (Eds.), Australian Charters of Rights a Decade On, (pp. 120-135). Sydney, NSW: Federation Press.
  • Harrison, J. (2017). Sovereignty. Christianity and Constitutionalism, Durham, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Harrison, J. (2017). The Liberal Egalitarian Account of Religious Liberty. Melbourne Law School Legal Theory Workshop, Vic: Presentation.
  • Harrison, J. (2017). The Liberal Imagination in Jane Calderwood Norton's Freedom of Religious Organizations. Australasian Legal Philosophy Society Conference, Auckland, New Zealand: Presentation.
  • Harrison, J. (2017). The Liberal Political Imagination and Religious Liberty: Autonomy, Boundary-Refining, and State Power in Jane Calderwood Norton's Freedom of Religious Organizations. Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 42, 280-295.
  • Harrison, J. (2017). The Problem and the Promise of Religious Liberty. ABC Religion and Ethics. [More Information]

2016

  • Harrison, J. (2016). Against Popular Will: Why Plebiscites Need Not be Binding. ABC Religion and Ethics. [More Information]
  • Harrison, J. (2016). Debating Rights and Same-Gender Relationships. Journal of Law, Religion and State, 4(2), 194-226. [More Information]
  • Harrison, J. (2016). Religious Markets and Religious Freedom: Pope Francis on Healthy Pluralism and the Worshipping Creature. Economy, Idolatry and Secularisation, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.

2015

  • Harrison, J. (2015). Debating Rights and Same-Gender Relationships. Chinese University Law School, Hong Kong, Hong Kong: Presentation.
  • Harrison, J. (2015). Debating Rights and Same-Gender Relationships. Religion and Equality, Tel Aviv, Israel: Presentation.
  • Harrison, J. (2015). Good Disagreement over Same-Sex Relationships: What Can We Learn from the Anglican Church in New Zealand. ABC Religion and Ethics. [More Information]
  • Harrison, J. (2015). Religious Reasons and the Judge. Faith and Public Office, Brisbane, Qld: Presentation.

2014

  • Harrison, J. (2014). 'A Communion in Good Living': Human Dignity and Religious Liberty Beyond the Overlapping Consensus. In Christopher McCrudden (Eds.), Understanding Human Dignity, (pp. 451-465). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press/British Academy. [More Information]
  • Harrison, J., Parkinson, P. (2014). Freedom Beyond the Commons: Managing the Tension Between Faith and Equality in a Multicultural Society. Monash University Law Review, 40(2), 413-451.
  • Harrison, J. (2014). Ordering Public Life: Anti-Discrimination Law and Religious Associations. Freedom of Speech, Conscience and Association in a Religiously Tolerant Society, Brisbane, Qld: Presentation.
  • Harrison, J. (2014). Review: Timothy Willem Jones, Sexual Politics in the Church of England, 1857-1957. Law & History, 1, 162-164.

2012

  • Harrison, J. (2012). Religious Freedom, Pluralism, and Human Dignity. Understanding Human Dignity, Oxford, United Kingdom: Presentation.
  • Harrison, J. (2012). Review: Law and Religion in Europe: A Comparative Introduction. By Norman Doe. and Religion and the Public Order of the European Union. By Ronan McCrea. Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, 1(1), 311-316. [More Information]
  • Harrison, J. (2012). The Resurgence of 'Religion': Definitions, Commodities, and the Zero-Degree Dialectic in Religious Rights Jurisprudence. In Andrea Pin (Eds.), I Nuovi Diritti Dell'Uomo: Le Sfide Della Societa Plurale, (pp. 97-106). Venice, Italy: Marcianum Press.

2006

  • Harrison, J. (2006). Truth, Civility, and Religious Battlegrounds: The Contest between Religious Vilification Laws and Freedom of Expression. Auckland University Law Review, 12, 71-96.

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