John Eldridge

John Eldridge

John Eldridge is a Lecturer at Sydney Law School, University of Sydney. He has worked in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the University of New South Wales Faculty of Law. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, New Matilda, The Drum, and Crikey.

John Eldridge reviews 'The Campaign against the Courts: A history of the judicial activism debate' by Tanya Josev

January–February 2018, no. 398 22 December 2017
John Eldridge reviews 'The Campaign against the Courts: A history of the judicial activism debate' by Tanya Josev
Although a subject of endless fascination in the hermetic world of the legal profession, the judiciary seldom excites the interest of the broader public. Despite the efforts of senior judges to promote understanding of the legal system, the community seems largely content simply to trust that the machinery of justice is working as intended. This general indifference towards the work of the courts ... (read more)

John Eldridge reviews 'Watching Out: Reflections on justice and injustice' by Julian Burnside

November 2017, no. 396 30 October 2017
John Eldridge reviews 'Watching Out: Reflections on justice and injustice' by Julian Burnside
Watching Out belongs to a rare class of book. Written by a lawyer, concerned largely with law, and touching upon such legal esoterica as interim injunctions, it defies all odds in still being eminently accessible to a lay audience. It has, predictably, set off a frisson of excitement in legal Australia, where each new Burnside title is eagerly received and much discussed. Yet even strangers to the ... (read more)

John Eldridge reviews 'On Fantasy Island: Britain, Europe and Human Rights' by Conor Gearty

April 2017, no. 390 30 March 2017
John Eldridge reviews 'On Fantasy Island: Britain, Europe and Human Rights' by Conor Gearty
Although easy to miss amid the commotion of Brexit, Britain’s Human Rights Act (1998) is locked in a fight for its life. Besieged by a hostile press and beholden to a government that has pledged its repeal and replacement, its days are almost certainly numbered. It is against this fraught backdrop that Conor Gearty’s On Fantasy Island: Britain, Europe and human rights comes to the Act’s defe ... (read more)