Terence C. Halliday

  • Research Professor, American Bar Foundation
  • Honorary Professor, School of Regulation and Global Governance, Australian National University
  • Adjunct Professor, Sociology, Northwestern University, USA


Terry studied at Massey University, New Zealand, and the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. Halliday has authored or edited 10 books published by the academic presses of Cambridge, Chicago, Oxford and Stanford universities, and has written extensively on the globalization of law, markets and politics. His most recent books develop a social science theory of legal orders (Transnational Legal Orders, co-edited with Gregory Shaffer, Cambridge UP 2015), analyze the fight for basic legal freedoms in China (Criminal Justice in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work, with Sida Liu, Cambridge 2016), and offer an empirical study and new theory of global governance of international trade (Global Lawmakers: International Organizations in the Crafting of World Markets, Cambridge UP 2017). He has taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the Australian National University, and been a visitor at the Centre for Sociolegal Studies, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, and Sciences Po, Paris. With Donald Hay (University of Oxford), Terry is currently spearheading a Global Faculty Initiative which seeks to promote the integration of Christian faith and academic disciplines in research universities worldwide.

Academic biography


Academic CV

Research topics

  1. How do international organizations, such as the United Nations, make laws that govern global commerce and in whose interests? [the globalization of law and markets; the recursivity of legal change in global contexts; hard and soft law in global governance] (See Block-Lieb and Halliday, Global Lawmakers, Cambridge UP, 2017).
  2. What drives the rise and fall of transnational legal orders which are rapidly expanding as legal and regulatory responses to problems that seem to require solutions beyond the capacity of individual states? (See Halliday and Shaffer, eds, Transnational Legal Orders Cambridge UP 2015).
  3. What are the dimensions of struggle in international arenas where states and international civil society mobilize to influence China’s deepening harms to legal rights, civil society, and government? [the role of the legal complex in the fight for political liberalism, notably in China; social ecologies of activism in international arenas]. (See Liu and Halliday, Criminal Defense in China Cambridge UP 2018).

Contributions to GlobalFacultyInitiative.net

Justice / Social Sciences & Law (Preview Response)
Discipline(s): Law, Social Sciences
Theology: Justice

Justice in Transnational Legal Orders (Disciplinary Brief)
Discipline(s): Law, Social Sciences
Theology: Justice