Woodward Medal for Wadham Fellow

14th August 2019


Wadham Fellow Tarun Khaitan has been awarded Melbourne University’s Woodward Medal for his “significant contribution to knowledge in a field of humanities and social sciences.”

  • Professor Tarun Khaitan

His winning monograph, A Theory of Discrimination Law, has won much critical acclaim since its publication by OUP in 2015.  The Woodward Medal, with a cash prize of 10,000 Australian dollars, was announced by Melbourne University where Tarun is on special leave as a Future Fellow. He is focussing on a project on the resilience of democratic constitutions, with a focus on South Asia.

A Theory of Discrimination Law has been cited by the European Court of Human Rights and reviewed positively in leading journals, including in Law and Philosophy, where Sophia Moreau said: "In this magnificent and wide-ranging book ... Khaitan attempts what very few others have tried." In Ethics, Deborah Hellman said that its “ambitious scope and the careful argumentation it contains make it one of the best in the field’.  

In a review in the Modern Law Review, Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen writes that "Khaitan's account is sophisticated, extensive and among the best normative accounts of discrimination law available." 

Sir Edward Woodward, a former University of Melbourne Chancellor, and Lady Woodward established two medals for staff at the University with support from the Office of the Vice-Chancellor. The Woodward Medal in Science and Technology and the Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences are awarded annually to a member of staff for research published in the five years leading up to 31 December of the preceding year. The research must have made a significant contribution to knowledge in a field of science and technology or humanities and social sciences.