BA, LLB (Hons) (Sydney), GDLP (Merit, ANU), PhD (UNSW).
Senior Law Lecturer | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Richards is a socio-legal researcher and lecturer with a passion for administrative justice. He researches the core question of what makes the rule of law flourish in good government to produce positive impacts on citizens, drawing on legal consciousness and administrative justice approaches in socio-legal studies.
His research has been published in leading international law and society journals and won a number of awards including most recently the UK Administrative Justice Institute Prize for New Voices in Administrative Justice. His book Responsive Legality: The New Administrative Justice analyses the most recent public administration models of administrative justice alongside an empirical case study in the Refugee Review Tribunal of Australia to discern the predominant legal orientations and justice leanings of twenty first century government officials.
Dr Richards studied part of his PhD in a funded placement at the University of Oxford and regularly attends and presents his award-winning research at leading national and international administrative law conferences. He has been a Law Lecturer at UNSW, Sydney University and Keele University UK. He has received consistently outstanding student feedback lecturing, convening and co-convening over a dozen subjects at the UG, PG and JD levels including: Administrative Law, Public Law, Constitutional Law, Refugee Law and Policy, Introducing Law and Justice, Contract Law, Introduction to Socio-Legal Studies, Law and Social Theory, Jurisprudence, International Human Rights Law, Law and Society Masters, Law in the Global Context, Legal Research and Method, Equity Advanced and Tort Law.
Before joining academia, Dr Richards practised as a litigation solicitor, was researcher for a judge at the Supreme Court of NSW and seconded through an Australian Research Council Grant with the University of Sydney to the Federal Department of Immigration Canberra. He is a member of the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ), The Rule of Law Institute of Australia, the Administrative Justice Institute UK, and the Socio-Legal Studies Association UK.
- Zach Richards, Responsive Legality: The New Administrative Justice (Routledge, 2019).
- The Honourable Michael Kirby and Dr Zach Richards, Responsive Legality Precis Paper, July 2019.
- The Honourable Michael Kirby and Dr Zach Richards, Responsive Legality in Australian legal affairs discussion, Bench TV, July 2019.
- Zach Richards, ‘Legislative Equality for Vulnerable Australians’ Australian Public Law AUSPUBLAW, June 2019.
- Lewis Turner, Stephen Whittle, Zach Richards, ‘Human Rights in Healthcare for Transgender People’ TGEU Europe, December 2018.
- Zach Richards, 'Tacit Knowledge in Responsive Legality' (Conference Paper, Annual Socio-Legal Studies Association University of Bristol, March 2018).
- Zach Richards, ‘Legal Consciousness and Administrative Justice in the Refugee Review Tribunal of Australia’ (Conference Paper, From Collective Legal Consciousness to Legal Consciousness of Collective Dissent University of Oxford, April 2017).
- Zach Richards, 'The Foundations of Responsive Legality' (Conference Paper, Annual Socio-Legal Studies Association United Kingdom Conference University of Newcastle, April 2017).
- Zach Richards, ‘Book Review: The Quiet Power of Indicators: Measuring Governance, Corruption and the Rule of Law’ by Sally Engle Merry, Kevin Davis and Benedict Kingsbury (eds.) Australian Journal of Human Rights (2016) 21 (2).
- Zach Richards, ‘Unearthing Bureaucratic Legal Consciousness: Government Officials' Legal Identification and Moral Ideals’ (2015) 11(3) International Journal of Law in Context 299-319.
- Zach Richards, ‘Bureaucratic Legal Consciousness and Government Officials' Moral Ideals: The Role of Truth Verification and Information Processing in Affecting Bureaucratic System Goals and Substantive Justice’ (Conference Paper, Annual Socio-Legal Studies Association UK Conference University of Warwick, April 2015).
- Zach Richards, ‘Evaluating Bureaucratic Legal Consciousness Ideals: Legal Consciousness, Organisational Benefits and Substantive Justice’ (Conference Paper, Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference University of Queensland, December 2014).
- Zach Richards, ‘How Government Officials Think about Law: Stories from the Refugee Review Tribunal of Australia’ (Conference Paper, Socio-Legal Studies Association United Kingdom Annual Conference University of Aberdeen, April 2014).
- Zach Richards, ‘The Acquisition and Circulation of Legal Knowledge in Merits Review’ (Conference Paper, University of Liverpool International Postgraduate Legal Conference: Future Lawyer’s Tackling Tomorrow’s Legal Challenges University of Liverpool, July 2013).
- Zach Richards, ‘The Bureaucratisation of Administrative Governance: the Interpretation and Application of Difficult Decisions in Judicial and Merits Review’ (Conference Paper, Postgraduate Law Conference University of Sydney, November 2012).
- Rob Woods, Tamara Wood, Zach Richards, Riona Moodley, ‘Country-of-origin information to support the adjudication of asylum claims from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (‘LGBTI’) asylum-seekers’ (June 2012) United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Refworld.
- Zach Richards, 'Sexuality and Refugee Status Determination: Does Australia Really Pave the Way?' (2010) 2 Sydney University Law School Journal of Gender and Sexuality, 13-19.
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