DR Tanya Josev

DR Tanya Josev


  • Academic, Law



  • Dr Tanya Josev is a legal historian, researching in contemporary Australian and American legal and political history. Her current interests include the origins and evolution of the binary understanding of the judicial role as involving 'activism' and 'restraint' across various common law jurisdictions; and judicial biography. Recent articles include an examination of the status of judicial biography in Australia in the University of New South Wales Law Journal , and a narrative account of the first fifteen years of the judicial activism ‘debate’ in the United States in Studies in Law, Politics and Society.

    Her first book, The Campaign Against the Courts: A History of the Judicial Activism Debate was published by the Federation Press in 2017, and was awarded the Law & Society Association of Australia and New Zealand’s ECR prize in 2018. The doctoral thesis upon which the book was based also won the Dennis-Wettenhall Prize for the best thesis in Australian history in 2015.

    Tanya is a BA LLB(Hons) and PhD graduate of the university, and a former editor of the Melbourne University Law Review. She previously worked as a commercial litigation lawyer at Allens and as an associate to the late Justice Alan Goldberg AO of the Federal Court of Australia. She was one of the Law School's inaugural PhD Teaching Fellows, and, in 2010-11, she was based at New York University's School of Law through her appointment as a Hauser Global Fellow. Her research has been supported by scholarships from the Australian Federation of Graduate Women, the Alma Hansen Bequest, the Hauser Global program at NYU, and various other prizes.

    She teaches The High Court in the Twentieth Century (legal research); the Law of Obligations; Legal Method and Reasoning; Corporations Law and the breadth subject Principles of Business Law, and has previously published in related areas.

    Her research interests extend from Australian legal and politica   


Member of

  • Legal History (journal). Editorial Board 2016 -
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association (UK). Member 2016 -
  • Law and Society Association (US). Member 2015 -
  • Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand. Member 2015 -
  • Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society. Member 2012 -
  • Supreme Court of Victoria. Australian Legal Practitioner 2006 - 2007


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2010-11 New York University Law School Hauser Global Fellowship   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2016
  • GradDipLegSt, University of Melbourne 2012
  • BA, University of Melbourne 2004
  • LLB (HONS), University of Melbourne 2004

Awards and honors

  • Dennis-Wettenhall Thesis Prize in Australian History, 2016
  • The Dennis-Wettenhall Prize (Best Thesis in Australian History), 2016
  • PORES Scholarship, University of Melbourne - Graduate School of Research, 2010
  • MATS Scholarship, University of Melbourne - Graduate School of Research, 2010
  • Bennett Travel-in-Aid Top Up Scholarship, University of Melbourne - Graduate School of Research, 2010
  • NYU Hauser Global Fellows Program, 2010
  • AFGW Fellowship 2010-11, Australian Federation of Graduate Women, 2010
  • Alma Hansen Scholarship 2010, Alma Hansen Bequest, 2010
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, Commonwealth Government, 2008
  • Law School Foundation Prize, University of Melbourne - Melbourne Law School, 2005
  • Dean's List, University of Melbourne - Faculty of Arts, 2001
  • Brenda Judge Prize in Philosophy, University of Melbourne - Faculty of Arts, 2000