Martin Krygier

Martin Krygier is a professor of law and social theory at the University of New South Wales. He is the author of Civil Passions: Selected Writings, a collection of essays. He also writes extensively on issues of political and legal theory and morality, and central and eastern European politics and law.

Articles by this author

Cover of Navigator Between Worlds
Reflections on one of the great essayists at the launch of a new biography
Simon Leys, navigator between worlds
In March 1975, I had just begun my doctorate in Canberra, and I was also editing book reviews for Quadrant, which was once a serious magazine. Professor Google was not yet born,...
Cover of East West Street
Philippe Sands’ ‘East West Street’ mixes memoir, biography and thriller to explain the origins of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’
The secrets of others
Lemberg, Lwów, Lvov, Lviv. Once you know they are place names, it sounds like a lot of travelling, but they are all the same city, buffeted by shifting borders: Polish Lwów before...
What it is, why it matters, and what threatens it
On the rule of law
On 11 August, the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights released an unsung but remarkable critique of the government’s bill to allow dual nationals to be stripped of their...
Remembering Richard Krygier, the Cold War and 'Quadrant'
After the war
The Cold War was a foreign import. Its origins and central battlegrounds were elsewhere. It was only here because it was everywhere. Yet I have long had the sense that for...
Laurie Aarons with Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito, Belgrade, May 1969, on route to the last meeting of the international communist movement in Moscow. © Mark Aarons
Mark Aarons’ ‘The Family File’
Family intelligence
Aarons is a name associated more than any other with communism in Australia. As Marxists used to say, that is no accident. For communism appears to have been congenital in the...
‘Quadrant’ at 50
The usual suspects
Quadrant turned 50 this month. That is a notable achievement, and it did not go unnoticed. Its golden-anniversary dinner, held in October, was apparently quite an occasion. It was...