Associate Professor Ron Levy

Associate Professor
College of Law

Associate Professor Dr Ron Levy is an interdisciplinary researcher writing on public law and political theory - especially deliberative democratic theory. His recent projects explore referendums in deeply divided societies, Indigenous constitutional reform, environmental constitutionalism and the deliberative dimensions of rights practice. Levy's books include Deliberative Peace Referendums (Oxford University Press, 2021, with Ian O'Flynn and Hoi Kong); The Cambridge Handbook of Deliberative Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press, 2018, with Hoi Kong, Graeme Orr and Jeff King eds); and The Law of Deliberative Democracy (Routledge, 2016, with Graeme Orr). He has published numerous works on law and political theory, in several countries, including in Public Law, McGill Law Journal, UBC Law Review, UNSW Law Journal, Melbourne University Law Review, Griffith Law Review, Public Law Review, Election Law Journal, Australian Journal of Political Science, Journal of Deliberative Democracy and The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy.

Levy is the winner of several research awards including grants from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Australian Research Council. He was a chief investigator on two ARC Discovery Projects: 'The Law of Deliberative Democracy: Theory and Reform' (DP130100706, 2013-2015) bridging research on election law with deliberative democratic theory; and 'Confronting the Devolution Paradox' (DP140102682, 2014-2016) on federalism and political culture.

Levy convenes the International Advisory Panel on Referendums, a global network of scholars providing advice to governments and non-governmental organisations on referendum design and innovation. He also co-convenes the ICON•S Australia/New Zealand Constitutional Theory Group. And he is the Director of the ANU Law School's LLB and JD Programs.

Levy has been a Fellow or Visitor at Cambridge, Yale, UC Berkeley, Stanford, McGill, Hebrew University, Sydney, King's College London and Oxford. He previously worked in the Ministry of the Attorney-General of Ontario, Constitutional Law Branch.

Research interests

Public law and political theory, especially constitutional law, constitutional reform, peacemaking, human rights, the law of political systems, and deliberative democracy

  • Appleby, G, Levy, R & Whalan, H 2023, 'Voice Versus Rights: A First Nations Voice and the Australian Constitutional Crisis of Legitimacy', UNSW Law Journal, vol. 46, no. 3, pp. 761-790.
  • Levy, R 2023, 'Democratizing constituent power', Journal of Legal Philosophy, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 44-53.
  • Levy, R 2022, 'Fixed Constitutional Commitments: Evaluating Climate Change Constitutionalism's "New Frontier"', Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 46, no. 1.
  • Levy, R 2022, 'Rights and Deliberative Systems', Journal of Deliberative Democracy, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 27-37.
  • Levy, R & O'Flynn, I 2022, 'The role of deliberative peace referendums in the constitutional settlement of conflict', in James A. Gardner (ed.), Comparative Election Law, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, United Kingdom, pp. 212-234.
  • Levy, R & McAllister, I 2022, 'Public opinion on Indigenous issues and constitutional recognition: three decades of liberalisation', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 75-92.
  • Levy, R, O'Flynn, I & Kong, H 2021, Deliberative Peace Referendums, Oxford University Press, Oxford United Kingdom.
  • O'Flynn, I & Levy, R 2019, 'Deliberative Constitutional Referendums in Deeply Divided Societies', University of British Columbia Law Review, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 203-238.
  • Levy, R 2019, Informed Referendums.
  • Levy, R 2019, 'Democratic innovation in constitutional reform', in Stephen Elstub & Oliver Escobar (ed.), Handbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance, Edward Elgar Publishing, United Kingdom, pp. 339-353.
  • Levy, R 2018, Independent Report on ACT Citizens' Jury Pilot.
  • Levy, R 2018, Review Report on Bougainville Referendum Outcome Issues Study.
  • Dixon, R, Levy, R & Tushnet, M 2018, 'Theories and practices of federalism in deeply divided societies', Federal Law Review, vol. 46, no. 4, pp. 481-490.
  • Moses, L, Gore, R, Levy, R et al. 2017, 'No More Excuses: Automated Synthesis of Practical and Verifiable Vote-Counting Programs for Complex Voting Schemes', International Joint Conference on Electronic Voting, ed. R. Krimmer et al., Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 66-83.
  • Wood, A & Levy, R 2019, 'A Mini-public of Academics: Experimenting with Deliberative Democracy and Indigenous Cultural Competency in Legal Education', Legal Education Review, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 1-17.
  • Levy, R, Simpson, A, O'Flynn, I et al 2018, 'Designing Referendums for Peacemaking: The Case of Bougainville', Australasian Parliamentary Review, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 6-40.
  • Kong, H & Levy, R 2018, 'Deliberative Constitutionalism', in André Bächtiger, John Dryzek, Jane J. Mansbridge and Mark Warren (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy, Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, pp. 625-639.
  • Levy, R 2018, 'The 'Elite Problem' in Deliberative Constitutionalism', in Ron Levy, Hoi Kong, Graeme Orr, Jeff King (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Deliberative Constitutionalism, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 351-369.
  • Levy, R & Kong, H 2018, 'Introduction: Fusion and Creation', in Ron Levy, Hoi Kong, Graeme Orr, Jeff King (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Deliberative Constitutionalism, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 1-14.
  • Levy, R, Kong, H, Orr , G et al., eds, 2018, The Cambridge Handbook of Deliberative Constitutionalism, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
  • Levy, R 2018, 'Shotgun Referendums: Popular Deliberation and Constitutional Settlement in Conflict Societies', Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 1237-1277.
  • Levy, R 2017, 'A People's Federation? Populism, Deliberation and Federal Reform', in Mark Bruerton, Tracey Arklay, Robyn Hollander, Ron Levy (ed.), A People's Federation, The Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 258-271pp.
  • Levy, R, Silva, N & Saunders, B 2017, 'Deliberation at the Founding: Deliberative Democracy as an Original Constitutional Value', Public Law Review, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 41-60pp.
  • Levy, R 2017, 'The Deliberative Case for Constitutional Referenda', Election Law Journal, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 213-221pp.
  • Levy, R, O'Brien, M, Rice, S et al 2017, 'Introduction', in (ed.), New Directions for Law in Australia: Essays in Contemporary Law Reform, ANU Press, Canberra, pp. 1-10.
  • Orr, G & Levy, R 2016, 'Regulating opinion polling: a deliberative democratic perspective', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 318-340.
  • Levy, R & Orr , G 2016, The Law of Deliberative Democracy, Routledge, London, UK.
  • Levy, R 2015, 'Erudite Primer to the Constitutional Practice of Deliberative Democracy', Brazilian Political Science Review, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 133-135.
  • Levy, R 2014, Constitutional Codification and Deliberative Voting.
  • Levy, R 2013, 'The Law of Deliberative Democracy: Seeding the Field', Election Law Journal, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 355-371.
  • Levy, R 2013, '"Deliberative Voting": Realising Constitutional Referendum Democracy', Public Law, vol. 2013, pp. 555-574.
  • Levy, R 2012, 'Deliberative Constitutional Change in a Polarised Federation', in Paul Kildea, Andrew Lynch and George Williams (ed.), Tomorrow's Federation: Reforming Australian Government, The Federation Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 350-370.
  • Levy, R 2012, 'Changing constitutions through 'deliberative voting': A new approach', Pandora's Box, vol. 19, pp. 41-45.
  • Brown, A & Levy, R 2011, 'A Tale of Two Questions? An Argument for Coordinated Constitutional Reform', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 7, no. 25, pp. 31-36.
  • Levy, R 2011, 'Drawing Boundaries: Election Law Fairness and its Democratic Consequences', in Joo-Cheong Tham, Brian Costar and Graeme Orr (ed.), Electoral Democracy: Australian Prospects, Melbourne University Press (an imprint of Melbourne University Publishing), Melbourne Australia, pp. 57-77.
  • Levy, R 2010, 'Breaking the Constitutional Deadlock: Lessons from Deliberative Experiments in Constitutional Change', Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 805-838.
  • Orr, G & Levy, R 2009, 'Electoral malapportionment: Partisanship, rhetoric and reform in the shadow of the agrarian strongman', Griffith Law Review, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 638-655.
  • Levy, R 2008, 'Regulating impartiality: Electoral-boundary politics in the administrative arena', McGill law journal. Revue de droit de McGill, vol. 53, pp. 1-57.
  • Levy, R 2007, 'Judicial Selection Reform in Comparative Context', University of British Columbia Law Review, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 591-628.
  • Levy, R 2002, 'Expressive Harms and the Strands of Charter Equality: Drawing Out Parallel Coherent Approaches of Discrimination', Alberta Law Review, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 393-416.