Peter A Allard School of Law

Benjamin Goold

B.Ec., LL.B. (Tasmania), B.C.L. (Oxford), D.Phil. (Law) (Oxford)


Dr Benjamin Goold is a Professor at the Allard School of Law. He holds degrees in law and economics from the University of Tasmania, as well as a BCL and doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His major research interests include privacy rights, the use of surveillance technologies by the police and intelligence communities, and the governance of international borders. He is the author of numerous works on privacy, surveillance, and security, including CCTV and Policing (Oxford University Press) and Security and Human Rights (Hart Publishing; edited with Liora Lazarus). Most recently, he has been working with two Allard School of Law colleagues – Professors Efrat Arbel and Catherine Dauvergne – on a SSHRC-funded project examining how legislative and policy changes introduced as a result of the 2011 Beyond the Border Agreement have affected the governance of the Canada-US border, and in particular their impact on the rights and civil liberties of border crossers.


B. Goold and L. Lazarus (eds.), Security and Human Rights – Second Edition (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2019)

B. Goold, “Trusted Travelers and Trojan Horses: Security, Privacy, and Privilege at the Border” in B.J. Goold and L. Lazarus (eds), Security and Human Rights – Second Edition (Hart Publishing, 2019) 127–146

L. Lazarus and B. Goold, “Security and Human Rights: Finding a Language of Resilience and Inclusion” in B.J. Goold and L. Lazarus (eds), Security and Human Rights – Second Edition (Hart Publishing, 2019) 1–24

B. Goold “More Than Privacy: Thinking Ethically About Public Area Surveillance” in Annabelle Lever & Andrei Poama (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and Public Policy (Routledge, 2018) 102–114

B. Goold, “Principle or Pragmatism? Charting a New Direction for the Exclusion of Evidence under Section 24(2)” in Benjamin L. Berger, Emma Cunliffe and James Stribopoulos (eds.) To Ensure that Justice is Done: Essays in Memory of Marc Rosenberg (Thompson Reuters, 2017) 35–52

B. Goold, “Policing and Human Rights” in B. Bradford, B. Jauregui, I. Loader and J. Steinberg (eds.) SAGE Handbook of Global Policing. (Sage, 2016) 226–240

B. Loftus, B. Goold and S. Macgiollabhui, “From a Visible Spectacle to an Invisible Presence: The Working Culture of Covert Policing” (2016) 56(4) British Journal of Criminology 629-645

S. Macgiollabhui, B. Goold and B. Loftus, “Watching the watchers: an ethnographic investigation of covert policing” (2016) 16(6) Qualitative Research 630–645

I. Loader, B. Goold, and A. Thumala, “Grudge spending: the interplay between markets and culture in the purchase of security” (2015) 63 The Sociological Review 858–875

I. Loader. B. Goold and A. Thumala, “The Moral Economy of Security” (2014) 18 Theoretical Criminology 469–488

I. Loader. A. Thumala, and B. Goold “Tracking Devices: On the Reception of a Novel Security Good” (2014) 14 Criminology and Criminal Justice 1–20

I. Loader. B. Goold and A. Thumala, “The Banality of Security: The Curious Case of Surveillance Cameras” (2013) 53 British Journal of Criminology 977–996

B. Goold, “Mind the (Information) Gap: Making Sense of the European Union’s Strategic Approach to Transnational Organised Crime” in F. Allum and S. Gilmour (eds), Routledge Handbook on Transnational Organised Crime (Routledge, 2012) 483–93

B. Loftus and B. Goold, “Covert Surveillance and the Invisibilities of Policing” (2012) 12(3) Criminology and Criminal Justice 275–88

A. Thumala, B. Goold and I. Loader, “Tainted Trade: Moral Ambivalence and Legitimation Work in the Private Security Industry” (2011) 62 British Journal of Sociology 283–303

B. Goold, A. Thumala and I. Loader, “Consuming Security: Tools for a Sociology of Security Consumption” (2010) 14(1) Theoretical Criminology 3–30

B. Loftus, B. Goold and S. Macgiollabhui, “Covert Policing and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000” (2010) 8(9) Archbold Review 3–9

B. Goold, “How Much Surveillance is Too Much? Some Thoughts on Surveillance, Democracy and the Political Value of Privacy” in D.W. Schartum (ed), Overvåkning i en rettsstat: Surveillance in a Constitutional Government (Fagbokforlaget, 2010) 38–48


Ben Goold Profile

Organization Affiliations

  • Centre for Asian Legal Studies

Research Interests

  • Asian legal studies
  • Criminal law and criminal justice
  • Human rights

How do we reconcile our commitment to fundamental human rights with the pursuit of security?

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