Specialisation: Law and social theory; post-communist transformations; rule of law; normative social theory; state and law.
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.
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.
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 lectures, Between Fear and Hope. Hybrid Thoughts on Public Values. In recent years, he has written extensively on the rule of law – its nature, conditions, and challenges – and on prospects for the rule of law in post-dictatorship, post-conflict, and generally screwed-up countries. Apart from some 50 essays on these themes, he has edited and contributed to 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, 1980). He is on the editorial boards of the Hague Journal on the Rule of Law, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Ratio Juris, East Central Europe, and is a contributing jurisprudence editor to Jotwell (Journal of things we like lots)
.Apart from academic writings he contributes to journals of ideas and public debate.
Gordon Samuels Professor of Law and Social Theory Faculty of Law, University of NSW (2009 –
Vice President, International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, (2015-
Co-Director Network for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law (2011-
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law (2008-11)
European Law Centre, University of NSW (2002-7)
Adjunct Professor Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet), Australian National University (2009 -
Recurrent Visiting Centre for Social Studies/Graduate School for Social Research, Professor Institute for Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences (2005-10)
Visiting Fellow Media, Democracy and the Rule of Law project, St Antony’s College, Oxford University (February 2012)
Visiting Professor Central European University, Budapest (October 2011)
Professor of Law Faculty of Law, University of NSW (1996 – 2009)
Fellow for 2008 New Zealand Law Foundation
Fellow Centre for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford (2005-2006)
Visiting Fellow Humanities Centre, Central European University, Budapest (June 2003)
Visiting Professor Department of Legal Studies, Central European University, Budapest (February 2002)
Visiting Fellow Collegium Budapest/Institute for Advanced Study (1995-96)
Associate Professor Law School, University of New South Wales (1987-95)
Visiting Professor Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program, (School of Law, Boalt Hall) University of California, Berkeley (1989-1990)
Visiting Professor Department of Sociology, Nicholas Copernicus University, University of Torun, Poland (July-August, 1989)
Visiting Fellow Department of Law, Research School of Social Sciences, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University, (December 1988-February 1989)
Senior Lecturer Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, (1981-1986)
Visiting Scholar Center for Criminology and the Social and Philosophical Study of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Edinburgh, (October 1985- January, 1986)
Visiting Scholar Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program; University of California, Berkeley, (February-August 1985).
Secretary Australian Society of Legal Philosophy; Editor, Bulletin of the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy (1979-81)
Lecturer/ Jurisprudence, Joint Examinations Board, Sydney (1979-81)
Lecturer Department of Jurisprudence, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney (1978-81)
Research Scholar History of Ideas Unit, Research School of Social Sciences, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University (1975-77)
Tutor (part-time) Faculty of Law, Australian National University (1975)
External Examiner Faculty of Law, University of Sydney (1974)
Vacation Scholar History of Ideas Unit, Australian National University (December 1973-February 1974)
Tutor (part-time) Department of Government, University of Sydney (1972; 1973)
Cavalier’s Cross, Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
Dennis Leslie Mahoney Prize in Legal Theory (2016).
1. Philip Selznick. Ideals in the World, Stanford University Press, 2012
2. Wojciech Sadurski, Adam Czarnota and Martin Krygier, eds., Spreading Democracy and the Rule of Law? Implications of EU Enlargement for the Rule of Law, Democracy and Constitutionalism in Post-Communist Legal Orders, Springer Verlag, 2006.
3. Adam Czarnota, Martin Krygier and Wojciech Sadurski, eds., Rethinking the Rule of Law after Communism: Constitutionalism, Dealing with the Past, and the Rule of Law, Central European University Press, Budapest, 2005.
4. Martin Krygier, Civil Passions, Black Inc., Melbourne 2005.
5. Robert Kagan, Martin Krygier and Kenneth Winston, eds., Legality and Community: On the Intellectual Legacy of Philip Selznick, Rowman and Littlefield, NY, 2002
6. Martin Krygier and Adam Czarnota, eds., The Rule of Law after Communism, Dartmouth, Aldershot, 1999.
7. Martin Krygier, Between Fear and Hope. Hybrid thoughts on public values, Boyer Lectures, ABC Books, Sydney, 1997
8. Martin Krygier, ed. Marxism and Communism: Posthumous Reflections on Politics, Society, and Law, Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of Sciences and the Humanities, Rodopi, Amsterdam - Atlanta, GA., 1994.
9. Eugene Kamenka and Martin Krygier, eds., Bureaucracy. The Career of a Concept, Edward Arnold, London; St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1979.
- Spanish translation: La Burocracia: La trayectoria de un concepto, Fondo de Cultura Economica, Mexico, 1981