Desmond Manderson

Desmond Manderson is a Professor in the College of Law at The Australian National University. He is founding Director of the Centre for Law, Arts, and the Humanities.

Desmond is an international leader in interdisciplinary scholarship in law and the humanities. He is the author of several books including From Mr Sin to Mr Big, Songs Without Music: Aesthetic dimensions of law and justiceProximity, Levinas, and the Soul of Law; and Kangaroo Courts and the Rule of Law—The legacy of modernism.

His work has led to essays, books, and lectures around the world in the fields of English literature, philosophy, ethics, history, cultural studies, music, human geography, and anthropology, as well as in law and legal theory. Throughout this work, he has articulated a vision in which the law’s connection to these humanist disciplines is critical to its functioning, its justice, and its social relevance.

After ten years at McGill University in Montreal, where he held the position of Canada Research Chair in Law and Discourse and was founding Director of the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, he returned to Australia to take up a Future Fellowship at ANU.