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Gordon Samuels Professor of Law and Social Theory, UNSW Sydney

Martin Krygier is Gordon Samuels Professor of Law and Social Theory at the University of New South Wales, co-director of its Network for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law, and Adjunct Professor at the Regulatory Institutions Network, Australian National University. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.
He has been a visiting professor at the Australian National University, the Central European University, University of California, Berkeley, and since 2005 he has been recurrent Visiting Professor at the Centre for Social Studies, Academy of Sciences, Warsaw. He has lectured at numerous universities in Australia, central and eastern Europe, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States In 1995-96, he was a Fellow of the Collegium Budapest, Institute for Advanced Study; and in 2005-2006 a Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences, Stanford. He was the New Zealand Law Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow for 2008, and in 2010 delivered the Law and Society Centre annual lecture at the University of Edinburgh. In Spring 2012 he was Research Visitor in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford.
His writings are generally concerned to explore the moral characters and consequences of large institutions, among them law, state and bureaucracy. A particular focus of his research is institutional and social development in post-communist Europe. He has written extensively on the nature of the rule of law, and on attempts to promote it worldwide. He is on the editorial board of the Hague Journal on the Rule of Law, and edited a special section of their second issue, dealing with the rule of law in Central East Europe, 20 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
His most recent book is Philip Selznick. Ideals in the World (Stanford University Press, 2012). In 2005, he published Civil Passions, a selection of his essays on matters of public debate. He delivered the 1997 Boyer radio lectures, Between Fear and Hope. Hybrid Thoughts on Public Values, for the Australian Broadcasting Commision. He has written, edited and co-edited a number of works, including Spreading Democracy and the Rule of Law? (Springer Verlag, 2006); Rethinking the Rule of Law after Communism (CEU Press, 2005); Community and Legality: the Intellectual Legacy of Philip Selznick (Rowman & Littlefield), 2002), The Rule of Law after Communism (Ashgate, 1999), Marxism and Communism. Posthumous Reflections on Politics, Society, and Law (Rodopi, 1994), Bureaucracy: The Career of a Concept (Edward Arnold, 1979), and apart from academic writings contributes to journals of ideas and public debate.


  • –present
    Gordon Samuels Professor of Law and Social Theory, University of New South Wales


  • 1980 
    Research School of Social Sciences, ANU, Ph.D. History of Ideas