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Murray Wesson

Dr Murray Wesson

Senior Lecturer
UWA Law School

Contact details
UWA Law School
The University of Western Australia (M253)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 3440
+61 8 6488 1045
BA BALLB KwaZulu-Natal, BCL MBus DPhil Oxf.
Murray Wesson completed his LLB at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. Thereafter he studied at the University of Oxford on the KwaZulu-Natal Rhodes Scholarship, where he completed a Bachelor of Civil Law, MPhil 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.
Key research
Murray's research interests are in the areas of constitutional and human rights law. He is particularly interested in exploring these issues from a comparative perspective.
Journal articles and book chapters:

'Crafting a Concept of Deference for the Implied Freedom of Political Communication' (2016) Public Law Review (forthcoming)

'Tajjour v New South Wales, Freedom of Association, and the High Court's Uneven Embrace of Proportionality Review' (2015) 40(1) University of Western Australia Law Review 102.

'The Emergence and Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights' in Liora Lazarus, Christopher McCrudden and Nigel Bowles (eds), Reasoning Rights: Comparative Judicial Engagement (Hart, 2014).

'Recession, Recovery and Service Delivery: Political and Judicial Responses to the Financial and Economic Crisis in South Africa' in Aoife Nolan (ed), Economic and Social Rights after the Global Financial Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2014) (with Anashri Pillay).

'The Transformation of the Judiciary' in Catherine Jenkins and Max Du Plessis (eds), Law, Nation-Building and Transformation: The South African Experience in Perspective (Intersentia, 2014) 199-221 (with Gilbert Marcus SC).

'Disagreement and the Constitutionalisation of Social Rights' (2012) 12(2) Human Rights Law Review 221.

'Reasonableness in Retreat? The Judgment of the South African Constitutional Court in Mazibuko v City of Johannesburg' (2011) 11(2) Human Rights Law Review 390.

'Contested Concepts: Equality and Dignity in the Case-Law of the Canadian Supreme Court and South African Constitutional Court' in András Sajό and Renáta Uitz (eds), Constitutional Topography: Values and Constitutions (Eleven International Publishing, 2010) 271.

'Social, Economic and Cultural Rights' in David Feldman (ed), English Public Law (Oxford University Press, 2009) 453 (with Sandra Fredman).

'Fifteen Years On: Central Issues Relating to the Transformation of the South African Judiciary' (2008) 24 South African Journal on Human Rights 187 (with Max Du Plessis).

'Equality and Social Rights: An Exploration in Light of the South African Constitution' (2007) Public Law 748.

'Discrimination Law and Social Rights: Intersections and Possibilities' (2007) Juridica International 74.

'Hart, Dworkin and the Nature of (South African) Legal Theory' (2006) South African Law Journal 698 (with Max Du Plessis).

'Social Condition and Social Rights' (2006) Saskatchewan Law Review 101.

'Chronic Illness and the Right of Access to Health Care Services' in Max Du Plessis and Steven Pete (eds), Constitutional Democracy in South Africa (Lexis-Nexis Butterworths, 2004) 97.

'Grootboom and Beyond: Reassessing the Socio-Economic Jurisprudence of the South African Constitutional Court' (2004) 20 South African Journal on Human Rights 284.

Blog posts:

'McCloy, Proportionality and the Doctrine of Deference' on AUSPUBLAW (3 March 2016) .

'What Is the (Australian) Constitution For?' U.K. Const. L. Blog (27 Mar 2015) (available at
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Murray is the Academic Conduct Advisor for the Faculty of Law.
Funding received
Dr Murray Wesson, Dr Wasi Apoh, Mr Joe Fardin 2014, 'Customary Law & Mining - Australia & Ghana', International Mining for Development Centre ex AusAID.
Murray teaches and coordinates the units Evolution of Human Rights LAWS2224, Constitutional Law LAWS 4401 and LAWS5101, and Legal Theory and Ethics LAWS4404 and LAWS5106.

In 2015 he was the Blackstone Society Law Teacher of the Year.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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