Ruth C A Higgins was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 2006, having practised at Gilbert + Tobin in Sydney and Slaughter & May in London. She graduated with first class honours in law from Glasgow University in 1995, as joint winner of the Dr John MacCormick Prize for the Most Distinguished Graduate in Law, and winner of the Bennet Miller Prize for Private Law.
Between 1996 and 2000, she undertook her DPhil at Balliol College, Oxford, on a Snell Scholarship. During this period, she held a lectureship in law at Corpus Christi College, tutoring in Jurisprudence, Contract, Tort and Introduction to Laws, and spent time as a visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York.
Her publications include The Moral Limits of Law: Obedience, Respect, and Legitimacy (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2004).
She is a member of the Bar Council of New South Wales and the Australian Section of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy.