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Professor Simon Young

Professor Simon Young
Name Simon Young
Position Professor (Law and Justice)
Section School of Law and Justice
Office Q430
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 5591
Extension 5591
Qualifications AMusA AMEB , BA Qld , LLB Qld , LLM QUT , PhD UWA
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Dr Simon Young is a Professor of Law and Justice at the University of Southern Queensland and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia. He previously worked at UWA (2005-2014), QUT (1996-2005) and with a national law firm (1992-1996). He specialises in the areas of Indigenous law and policy (particularly native title) and public law (particularly administrative law) - publishing books in those fields in 1997, 2001, 2007, 2008 and 2016 - and articles in Australian, Canadian and UK journals. He has assisted and/or collaborated with various government agencies (in Australia and Canada), non-government organisations, law reform commissions, courts and tribunals, law firms, barristers and journalists.

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Comparative Law ( 180106 )
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law ( 180101 )
  • Administrative Law ( 180103 )

Research interests
Administrative Law and Government Accountability
Native Title Law (including comparative)
Indigenous Law and Policy
Aspects of Constitutional Law

Professional memberships
Adjunct Professor - School of Law, Uni of Western Australia (2014-)
External Fellow - Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law, Uni of Queensland (2017-)
Admitted as Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland (1994-)
Member of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law (2004-)
Member of the Editorial Board of the Indigenous Law Bulletin (2014-)

Currently teaching courses/programs
LAW8709 Comparative Native Title Law & Policy (from 2015)
LAW2221/5221 Administrative Law (from 2015)

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
20 Years

Research most recent
J Corrin and S Young, 'Constitutional Promises of Indigenous Recognition: Canada, Vanuatu and the Challenges of Pluralism' (2019) 48(4) Common Law World Review pp 233-265.

S Young, 'The Increments of Justice: Exploring the Outer Reach of Akiba's Edge Towards Native Title Ownership' (2019) 42(3) UNSW Law Journal pp 825-868.

M Burns, S Young and J Nielsen, “The Difficulties of Communication Encountered by Indigenous Peoples’: Moving Beyond Indigenous Deficit in the Model Admission Rules for Legal Practitioners’ (2018) 28(2) Legal Education Review pp 1-27

S Young, ‘The Evolution of Bias: Spectrums, Species and the Weary Lay Observer’ (2017) 41(2) Melbourne University Law Review pp 928-956

Research most notable
S Young, J Nielsen and J Patrick (eds), Constitutional Recognition of First Peoples in Australia: Theories and Comparative Perspectives (The Federation Press, Leichhardt, NSW, 2016)

S Young, The Trouble with Tradition: Native Title and Cultural Change (Federation Press, Sydney, 2008) (A1)

WB Lane and S Young, Administrative Law in Australia (Thomson Lawbook Co, Sydney, 2007) (A1)

WB Lane and S Young, Administrative Law in Queensland (Thomson Lawbook Co, Sydney, 2001)

B Horrigan and S Young (eds), Commercial Implications of Native Title (The Federation Press, Leichhardt, 1997)

Publications in ePrints

Corrin, Jennifer and Young, Simon (2019) Constitutional promises of Indigenous recognition: Canada, Vanuatu and the challenges of pluralism. Common Law World Review , 48 (4). pp. 233-265. ISSN 1473-7795

Young, Simon (2019) The increments of justice: exploring the outer reach of Akiba's edge towards native title 'ownership'. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 42 (3). pp. 825-868. ISSN 0313-0096

Burns, Marcelle and Young, Simon and Nielsen, Jennifer (2018) 'The difficulties of communication encountered by Indigenous peoples’: moving beyond Indigenous deficit in the model admission rules for legal practitioners. Legal Education Review, 28 (2). pp. 1-27. ISSN 1033-2839

Young, Simon (2017) The evolution of bias: spectrums, species and the weary lay observer. Melbourne University Law Review, 41 (2). pp. 928-956. ISSN 0025-8938

Young, Simon and Nielsen, Jennifer and Patrick, Jeremy, eds. (2016) Constitutional recognition of first peoples in Australia - theories and comparative perspectives. Federation Press, Leichhardt, NSW, Australia. ISBN 978-176002-078-1

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Comparative Law ( 180106 )
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law ( 180101 )
  • Administrative Law ( 180103 )