Benjamin Authers

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Benjamin's research examines how literary and other non-legal texts create meaning in the Canadian and international human rights systems, as well as the possibilities presented by cultural production for strengthening rights. 

Research interests

  • Human Rights
  • Law and Literature
  • Canadian Literature (Contemporary and 19th Century)
  • The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Victorian Literature


BA (Hons), LLB (Hons) (Adelaide), MA (Dalhousie), PhD (Guelph)


Benjamin Authers was educated in law and literary studies at the University of Adelaide, Dalhousie University (Canada) and the University of Guelph (Canada), and is a former Australian Research Council Laureate Postdoctoral Fellow at RegNet. In 2019 Benjamin’s monograph, A Culture of Rights: Law, Literature, and Canada, was awarded the Pierre Savard Award by the International Council for Canadian Studies. Benjamin is currently the Manager, Investigations, at the Office of the South Australian Ombudsman. 


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