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About

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Aron Ping D’Souza is Executive Chairman of Good Super and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Moldova for Australia. He is the editor of the Journal Jurisprudence and author of several books. He was educated at the University of Oxford and holds a Ph.D. in intellectual property law from the University of Melbourne. Until 2014, he was a partner at Untitled Australia, a property development firm.

Dr D’Souza dedicates much of his time to his philanthropic activities, particularly as Australian Co-Chair of the Nexus Youth Summit. He is a regular commentator on public affairs and is a strong advocate for building a stronger and more generous Australia.

Work

 

In 2013, Aron D'Souza was appointed Executive Chairman of Good Super, Australia's first social impact superannuation fund.

Until 2014, Aron D'Souza was a partner at Untitled Australia, a property development firm. Untitled's latest project is Stawell Chambers, pictured above, a landmark building in Melbourne's legal prescient. Built in 1887 and pictured above, Stawell today houses offices, the chambers of 20 barristers and Patricia Coffee.

Dr D'Souza is also an independent strategy consultant, particularly in relation to technology companies, intellectual property and research commercialisation. A key focus of his consulting work involves computer software patents, particularly for technology startups.

Since 2012, he has also been the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Moldova in Australia. Prior to his work in the private sector, Aron taught in the political science and economics programs at the University of Melbourne from 2007 to 2010 and, prior to that, in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University.

Philanthropy

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Aron is the Australian co-chair of Nexus, a movement of young philanthropists and impact investors that held its first event in Sydney in October, 2013, at Government House and the Ivy. The summit was covered in major media outlet, including The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.

This was the first event in Australia of the Nexus Global Youth Summit, which is held annually in New York in conjunction with the United Nations. As stated by Forbes Magazine, the summit “brought together hundreds of participants, including young wealth-holders, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists from around the world for a conference dedicated to transforming the narrative of wealth away from materialism to social responsibility.”

Last year, Nexus New York hosted more than 550 representatives with a total net worth exceeding US$100 billion. Nexus Australia is jointly conveyed by Search for Common Ground and the Foundation for Young Australians.

Additionally, Dr D’Souza supports higher education and has a desire to create opportunities for young Australians to access the highest quality education in the world. Since 2012, he has supported a prize for the best performance in the Second BA in Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford.

The inaugural winner of the D’Souza Prize was William Gohl, a Rhodes Scholar at Keble College. The 2013 prize was won by Bibek Mukherjee of Jesus College, who also won the Wronker Prize for Jurisprudence. The 2015 prize was awarded to Phoenix Kushner of University College and in 2016 to Joel Semakula of Mansfield College.

Aron is a member of the Henley Club, upon whose advisory board he currently sits.

Dr Aron Ping D'Souza

Journals

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Aron D'Souza is editor of the Journal Jurisprudence, a quarterly publication on legal philosophy. The Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser, former Prime Minister of Australia, commented in a forward to a recent edition: “The Journal Jurisprudence has a high reputation as an effective and authoritative law journal.”

The journal is published four times annual to coincide with the four terms of the legal year. Every year, a guest editor curates a special edition. Professor Thomas Boudreau of Salisbury University edited the most recent special edition on international law after World War 2. For our 2013 special edition, The Journal Jurisprudence is pleased to have Stephen Keim, SC, a barrister at the Queensland Bar as a guest editor on the theme of “The Influence of International Human Rights Law: Looking Back and Looking Forward”. He has been awarded the Human Rights Medal and was named (with solicitor, Peter Russo) as one of the joint The Weekend Australian's Australians of the Year for 2007.

Dr D'Souza was also associate editor of The Journal of Applied Economy.

Books

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A General Theory of Property (2012)

This book proposes a new theory of property that attempts to situate the coexistence of private, communal and common property in the western and post-colonial traditions by considering universal and general aspects of property rights. By considering both tangible/landed property and its practical antithesis in intellectual property, this jurisprudential project seeks to understand how property can be defined and ownership justified within a coherent set of rules. Building upon the work of Hegel and Locke, this book is of value to scholars of land rights, particularly in relation to indigenous people, and the reform of patent and copyright law.

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Lex Naturalis, Ius Naturalis (2010)

Lex Naturalis presents a unique theory of law. The work is structured as a series of interrelated essays which, taken together, constitute a new theory of law. The work argues: First, that positive law and natural law are complementary, not competing. Second, that normative inference (is-to-ought) can be a logically valid form or reasoning. Thus, the work presents resolutions to the two leading questions of contemporary legal theory. The work addresses classical questions of the relationship between positive and natural law, normative inferencing, and social contract theory, as well as providing a friendly critique of contemporary legal theorists, notably Professor Duncan Kennedy. (By Dr Eric Engle and edited by Dr Aron Ping D'Souza)

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Special Protections: The Ethics of Copyright and Aboriginal Iconography (2008)

Special Protections interrogates the place of indigenous iconography within the liberal Australian Commonwealth. It seeks to determine if Aboriginal iconography, that being expressions of folklore imbued with a spiritual dimension, should be protected beyond the scope of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Using this intellectual framework, this book comes to an ethical conclusion through the theology and political writings of John Locke. This ethical conclusion is given practical legal standing by considering it in regards to the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) and state-level laws, eg, Equal Opportunity Act 1995 (Vic), Racial Vilification Act 1996 (SA), Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Vic).

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The Art of Time: Toward a Fundamental Grammar of the Cinematic (2007)

With potential applications in economics, physiology, number theory and, most evidently, film theory: The Art of Time is an application of information system theory to sets of moving images. Building upon the foundations set by Pier Pasolini in the discipline of semiotics and through the methodology of Umberto Eco, The Art of Time through careful consideration of a range of image and information theories arrives at a fundamental grammar of the moving image, capable of being expressed mathematically. This book demonstrates that the condition of the cinematic found in any visual text can expressed through a generalisable formula, rationalised through number theory, algebra and geometry. Drawing upon a discipline pioneered by Claude Shannon and elucidated by Giles Deleuze, The Art of Time concludes with one powerful expression that unifies the analysis of the condition of the visual with three-dimensional space.

Education

Monash University

Bachelor of Arts
(Sociology, Political Science and Visual Culture)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
(Visual Culture)

University of Melbourne

Doctor of Philosophy
School of Political Science and Faculty of Law

 

University of Oxford

Bachelor of Arts
(Final Honours School of Jurisprudence)