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Professor Helen Irving

BA (Hons) (Melbourne) MPhil (Camb) LLB (Hons) PhD (Sydney)

Elected: 2013

Discipline: Law


Helen Irving teaches Australian, comparative, and United States constitutional law. She has researched and written on the making of the Australian Constitution; comparative constitutional design and gender; the use of history in constitutional interpretation; and the ‘dialogue’ model of judicial review. Her current major research, supported by a four-year ARC Discovery Grant, is on the history of constitutional citizenship and gender.



Member, Australian Association of Constitutional Law
Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

Awards and Honours

2013 Elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia
2012 University of Sydney, Law School Award for Excellence in Teaching
2008, Delegate, Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit
2005-2006, Harvard Chair of Australian Studies
2003, Centenary Medal
1995, Australian Political Science Association, Women and Politics essay prize
2001, Finalist, NSW Premier’s Centenary History Award, for Irving (ed), The Centenary Companion to Australian Federation (CUP 1999)
1998, Honourable mention, Centre for Australian Cultural Studies Book Award, for To Constitute a Nation (CUP 1997)
1996, Manning Clark essay prize, Evatt Foundation
1995, Women and Politics essay prize, Australian Association of Political Science.


Ross, S., Irving, H., Klug, H. (2014). Comparative Constitutional Law: A Contextual Approach. United States: LexisNexis.

Irving, H. (2014). State Jurisdictional Residue: What Remains to a State Court When its Chapter III Functions are Exhausted? Federal Law Review, 42(1), 121-142.

Irving, H. (2013). Amending the Constitution: Achieving the Democratic Republic. In Benjamin T Jones & Mark McKenna (Eds.), Project Republic: Plans and Arguments for a New Australia, (pp. 155-165). Melbourne: Black Inc.

Irving, H. (2013). Autonomies of scale: Precarious self-government on Norfolk Island. In Yash Ghai, Sophia Woodman (Eds.), Practising Self-Government: A Comparative Study of Autonomous Regions, (pp. 200-227). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Irving, H. (2013). Constitutional Interpretation, the High Court, and the Discipline of History. Federal Law Review, 41(1), 95-126.

Irving, H. (2013). Making the federal Commonwealth, 1890-1901. In Alison Bashford, Stuart Macintyre (Eds.), The Cambridge History of Australia: Volume 1: Indigenous and Colonial Australia, (pp. 242-266). New York: Cambridge University Press.


Website: http://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/profiles/helen.irving.php

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