Professor Ngaire Naffine

 Position Professor
 Org Unit Adelaide Law School
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5816
 Location Floor/Room 2 26 ,  Ligertwood Building ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Ngaire Naffine is Bonython Professor of Law at the University of Adelaide. She has published in the areas of criminology, criminal law, jurisprudence, feminist legal theory and medical law.  Her most recent monograph is Law's Meaning of Life: Philosophy, Religion, Darwin and the Legal Person (Hart 2009).  She has been a Visiting International Scholar at the Hastings Bioethics Center in Garrison New York; a Visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London, and the European University Institute in Florence Italy; as well as Baker-Hostetler Professor of Law at Cleveland- Marshall College of Law, Cleveland and Genest Visiting Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. Her current research is on the concept of the person within the discipline of criminal law.


  • Qualifications


    Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

    Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of the A.C.T.

    Barrister of the High Court of Australia




  • Research Interests

    Legal Theory, Criminal Law, Medical Law, Feminist Theory

  • Publications



    Female Crime (Routledge edition, 2016)


    Caruso, Buth, Heath, Leader-Elliott, Naffine, Plater and Toole South Australian Criminal Law: Review and Critique (Lexis Nexis 2014)


    Law’s Meaning of Life: Philosophy, Religion, Darwin and the Legal Person

    Hart Publishing, Oxford, Jan 2009


    Gender and Justice (editor)

    Ashgate , Aldershot, England 2002 pp 482


    Are Persons Property? Legal Debates about Property and Personality (with M Davies)

    Ashgate , Aldershot, England, 2001 pp 209


    Intention in Law and Philosophy (co-editor with Rosemary Owens and John Williams)

    Ashgate, Aldershot, England, 2001 pp 377


    Feminism and Criminology

    Polity Press, Cambridge, 1997; Temple University Press, Pennsylvania, 1996, Allen and Unwin, North Ryde, 1997 pp 192


    Sexing the Subject of Law (co editor with Rosemary J Owens)

    Law Book Co, North Ryde; Sweet and Maxwell, London, 1997 pp 299


    Gender, Crime and Feminism (editor)

    Dartmouth Press, Aldershot, 1995, pp 469


    Juvenile Justice: Debating the Issues (co-editor with F Gale and J Wundersitz)

    Allen and Unwin: 1993 185pp


    Law and the Sexes: Explorations in Feminist Jurisprudence

    Allen and Unwin: 1990 170pp, reprinted 1992 pp 170


    Female Crime: The Construction of Women in Criminology

    George Allen and Unwin: 1987 pp150




  • Professional Associations

    Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia

    Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law

    Sometime Member of the College of Experts, Humanities and Creative Arts Panel, ARC

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