Professor William MacNeil
BA, MA (Tor), LLB (Dal), LLM (Lond), JSD (Col)
Professor William MacNeil is the inaugural holder of The Honourable John Dowd Chair in Law, the Dean of the School of Law and Justice and the Head of SCU’s Lismore Campus.
Previously, Bill worked or taught at the London School of Economics, University of Hong Kong and Griffith University. A scholar of jurisprudence and cultural legal studies, Bill’s most recent book, Novel Judgements: Legal Theory as Fiction, won the Penny Pether Prize for Scholarship in Law, Literature and the Humanities. He is the editor of the book series Edinburgh Critical Studies in Law, Literature and the Humanities, co-managing editor of Polemos: A Journal of Law, Literature and the Humanities and is completing a book on the philosophy of law in science fiction, fantasy and horror. Since joining SCU, Bill has taught a Winter School intensive unit (Law73004: Legal Fictions: Writing the Law).
Teaching and research keywords
#jurisprudence, #culturallegalstudies, #criticallegalstudies, #lawandliterature, #lawandfilm, #lawandpopularculture, #lawandpsychoanalysis, #lawandcriticaltheory, #philosophiesofhumanrights
Selected recent publications
‘Promethean Longing: Ridley Scott’s Speculative Legalism’, 2019, Law and the Humanities: Cultural Perspectives, eds., C.Battisti & S. Fiorato, DeGruyter, Berlin, pp. 523-36.
‘The Litigating Dead: Zombie Jurisprudence in The Walking Dead, World War Z and The Rising’, 2019, in Law and the New Media: West of Everything, eds., C. Delage, P. Goodrich & M. Wan, EUP, Edinburgh, pp. 138-155.
‘Machiavellian Fantasy and the Game of Laws: Rex, Sex and Lex in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire’ in K. Crawley & TD. Peters, eds., 2017, Envisioning Legality: Law, Culture and Representation, Routledge, London, pp. 96-118.
‘Lacanian ink and leather “down under”: Queensland’s “bikie” legislation and its crimes of fashion’, Griffith Law Review (2017) 26:4, pp. 615-631, published on-line, January 2019 and appeared in print March 2019.
‘His Dark Legalities: Intellectual Property’s Psychomachia in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy’, Liverpool Law Rev (2017) 38: pp. 11-31.
‘Let the Right Law In: True Blood, the Twilight Saga and The Passage as Lex Vampirica’, in Fables of Law: Fairy Tales in a Modern Context, eds. D. Carpi & M. Leiboff in Law and Literature, eds. D. Carpi & K Stierstorfer, vol. 13, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016, pp. 331-354.
Select professional affiliations and academic organisations
2020-present, Executive Member, Australian Law Academics Association (ALAA)
2019, President, Australian Law Academics Association (ALAA)
2018-present, Founding Member, Global Legal Education Associations Consortium (GLEAC)
2018-present, Member, Australian Academy of Law
2017-present, Member, Committee of Queensland Law Deans
2017-present, Member, Committee of New South Wales Law Deans
2017-2019, Chair, Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD), also Executive Committee member (ex officio), Standing Committee Member on Research
2017-2019, Member, Law Admissions Consultative Committee (LACC)
2017-2019, Member, Legal Education Committee, Law Council of Australia
2015-2018, Selection Panel Member, Penny Pether Prize for Scholarship in Law, Literature and the Humanities
2015-present, Member, Organising Committee, Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities
2011-2014, Executive Committee member (ex officio) & Chair, Standing Committee on Research and Scholarship, Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD)
2012-present, International Advisory Board member, Birkbeck Centre for Law and the Humanities, Birkbeck School of Law, University of London, London, England.
2012-present Executive Member of the Management Committee, Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia
Editorships and editorial board memberships
Editorial Board Member (2019-present) Crime Fiction Studies, Edinburgh University Press
Co-Managing Editor (2019-present) & Advisory Board (2014-present), Polemos: A Journal of Law, Literature and Culture, Berlin: DeGruyter
Founding Book Series Editor, (2014-) ‘Edinburgh Critical Studies in Law, Literature and the Humanities’, Edinburgh University Press
Editorial Board member, (2008-present) International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, The Netherlands: Springer
Associate Editor (2004-present) Law, Culture and the Humanities, Sage, London
Editor in Chief (2011-2016) Griffith Law Review, Faculty of Law, Griffith University
Editor (1998-2004, 2010-2011) Griffith Law Review, Faculty of Law, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
Advisory Board, Law and Literature, Cardozo Law School and University of California-Berkeley
Advisory Board, Law and Critique, Department of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London, England (Kluwer)
Distinctions and Awards
2016 Visiting Scholar, Radzyner School of Law, Interdisciplinary Centre, Herzliya, Israel (intensive subject taught: ‘Speculative Legalism: The Philosophy of Law in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror’)
2015, Visiting Scholar, School of Law, Birkbeck London, England, UK
2015, Visiting Scholar, Center for Women’s & Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin, USA
2015, Visiting Scholar, School of Law, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
2015, Visiting Scholar, Department of Law and Business, Shue Yan University, Hong Kong, SAR-China
2014 Visiting Scholar, Institute of Criminology, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2014 Visiting Scholar, School of Law, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2014 Centre of Excellence Foundations of European Law and Polity Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, Finland
2014 Visiting Scholar, School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London, London, England, UK
2014 Invited Participant, The Cranlana Colloquium, ‘The Good Society’, The Cranlana Programme, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2013 Penny Pether Prize for Scholarship in Law, Literature and the Humanities (for Novel Judgements: Legal Theory as Fiction), sponsored by the Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia
2012 Invited Participant, The Cranlana Symposium, ‘Society and Justice’, The Cranlana Programme, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2002 Public Lecture and Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Law, McGill University, Canada
2001-2002 Loewenstein Visiting Fellow in Jurisprudence and Political Science, Departments of Political Science and Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, Amherst College, Amherst, MA USA
2001 Parsons Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW. Australia
1993 Fellow, School of Criticism and Theory, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., USA
1992 – 1993 Lawrence A. Wien Scholar, Graduate Legal Studies, School of Law, Columbia University, New York, USA