A/PROF William Partlett

A/PROF William Partlett


  • Academic Teaching, Law
  • Administrative/Public Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Globalisation and Law
  • Law Reform in Developing Countries
  • Law and Development
  • Law and Society



  • William Partlett is an Associate Professor at Melbourne Law School. He writes and teaches in the field of public law. Before coming to Melbourne, Professor Partlett was an Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University Law School, and a Fellow at The Brookings Institution. Professor Partlett holds a JD from Stanford Law School as well as a DPhil in Soviet History and MPhil in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford (where he was a Clarendon Scholar). He also holds a bachelors degree in International Affairs and Public Policy from Princeton University and speaks Russian.

    Partlett’s research takes a historical and comparative approach to questions of public law. He is currently working on two projects. One compares how historical arguments about public authority and identity shape constitutionalism in Russia and the other fourteen countries of post-Soviet Eurasia. The other examines the migration of constitutional ideas and institutions from post-Soviet Eurasia to Eastern Europe and Asia.   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • JD, Stanford University 2009
  • DPhil, University of Oxford 2006
  • MPhil, University of Oxford 2003
  • AB, Princeton University 2001