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Dr Murray Wesson completed his LLB at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. Thereafter he studied at the University of Oxford, where he completed a Bachelor of Civil Law and DPhil degrees. He has taught at the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal, Oxford and Leeds, and been a visiting lecturer at the Central European University in Budapest and the Law Institute in Jersey. His research interests are in the areas of constitutional and human rights law, which he is interested in exploring from an Australian and comparative perspective.


  • 2014–present
    Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Western Australia
  • 2012–2013
    Lecturer in Law, University of Western Sydney
  • 2007–2012
    Lecturer in Law, University of Leeds


  • 2007 
    University of Oxford, DPhil Law
  • 2003 
    University of Oxford, MPhil Law
  • 2002 
    University of Oxford, Bachelor of Civil Law
  • 2000 
    University of KwaZulu-Natal, Bachelor of Laws


  • 2016
    Crafting a Concept of Deference for the Implied Freedom of Political Communication, Public Law Review
  • 2015
    Tajjour v New South Wales, Freedom of Association, and the High Court's Uneven Embrace of Proportionality Review, University of Western Australia Law Review
  • 2014
    The Emergence and Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights, Reasoning Rights: Comparative Judicial Engagement
  • 2014
    Recession, Recovery and Service Delivery: Political and Judicial Responses to the Financial and Economic Crisis in South Africa, Economic and Social Rights After the Global Financial Crisis
  • 2014
    The Transformation of the Judiciary, Law, Nation-Building and Transformation: The South African Experience in Perspective
  • 2012
    Disagreement and the Constitutionalisation of Social Rights, Human Rights Law Review
  • 2011
    Reasonableness in Retreat? The Judgment of the South African Constitutional Court in Mazibuko v City of Johannesburg, Human Rights Law Review
  • 2010
    Contested Concepts: Equality and Dignity in the Case-Law of the Canadian Supreme Court and South African Constitutional Court, Constitutional Topography: Values and Constitutions
  • 2009
    Social, Economic and Cultural Rights, English Public Law
  • 2008
    Fifteen Years On: Central Issues Relating to the Transformation of the South African Judiciary, South African Journal on Human Rights
  • 2007
    Discrimination Law and Social Rights: Intersections and Possibilities, Juridica International
  • 2007
    Equality and Social Rights: An Exploration in Light of the South African Constitution, Public Law
  • 2006
    Social Condition and Social Rights, Saskatchewan Law Review
  • 2006
    Hart, Dworkin and the Nature of (South African) Legal Theory, South African Law Journal
  • 2004
    Chronic Illness and the Right of Access to Health Care Services, Constitutional Democracy in South Africa
  • 2004
    Grootboom and Beyond: Reassessing the Socio-Economic Jurisprudence of the South African Constitutional Court, South African Journal on Human Rights