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Professor Reid Mortensen

Professor Reid Mortensen
Name Reid Mortensen
Position Head of School (Law and Justice)
Section School of Law and Justice
Office Q433
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 2713
Extension 2713
Qualifications BCom(Hons) Qld , LLB(Hons) Qld , PhD Qld
Executive Support

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Law not elsewhere classified ( 180199 )

Research interests
Professor Mortensen's research and publication is in the fields of lawyers' ethics and international and comparative law. In lawyers' ethics, his work centres on philosophies of virtue, and his writings have addressed their relationship with moral and legal theories of care, religious perspectives on legal practice, lawyers' character, the reform of the legal profession in Queensland and the management of client money. Professor Mortensen's work in international and comparative law concentrates on private international law. With Richard Garnett and Mary Keyes, he is the author of the standard Australian text in this field, Private International Law in Australia (2nd ed, LexisNexis, 2011), and has published research on international jurisdiction, the transnational enforcement of judgments and choice of law. A particular focus of Professor Mortensen's research is the use of private international law in trans-Tasman economic integration. Work in choice of tort law and renvoi has appeared in the Journal of Private International Law and the International and Comparative Law Quarterly.

Professor Mortensen is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Private International Law.

Professional memberships
Council of Australian Law Deans
Queensland Law Deans Network
International Association of Legal Ethics
Australasian Law Teachers Association
Queensland Law Society
Ethics Committee, Queensland Law Society
Rule Review Committee, Queensland Law Society
Downs & South West Queensland Law Association
Ipswich District Law Association
Legal Committee, Anglican Diocese of Brisbane

Industry affiliations
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law
Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences

USQ Research affiliations

  • Centre for Heritage and Culture (CHC)

Currently teaching courses/programs
LAW8705-Cross-Border Litigation

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
29 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Head, School of Law and Justice
PhD Supervisor

Research most recent
Grants -

$133,000. Rethinking Law Curriculum: Developing Strategies to Prepare Law Graduates for Practice in Rural and Regional Australia, Australian Learning and Teaching Council (2011) (with Amanda Kennedy, Theresa Smith-Ruig [UNE], Caroline Hart [USQ], Jennifer Nielsen [SCU], Trish Mundy [Griffith], Richard Coverdale, Claire Macken [Deakin]).

$47,000. Sustaining Regional Legal Practice: The Conveyancing Reservation, Legal Practitioners Interest on Trust Accounts Fund (Queensland Government), 2008-9 (with Kevin McDougall and Mark Byrne)

Most recent books -

Private International Law in Australia, Lexis Nexis, 4th ed, Sydney, 2018 (lxxx; 606) (with Richard Garnett and Mary Keyes)

Client Money: Trust Account Management for Australian Lawyers, LexisNexis Butterworths, Sydney, 2017 (xlv, 156)

Managing Client Money: Lawyers' Trust Accounts in Queensland, LexisNexis, Sydney, 2011 (ix, 175)

Alternative Perspectives on Legal Ethics: Reimagining the Profession, Routledge, Oxford, 2010 (x, 294) [with Francesca Bartlett and Kieran Tranter (eds)] (33%).

Reaffirming Legal Ethics: Taking Stock and New Ideas, Routledge, Oxford, 2010 (x, 228) [with K Tranter, F Bartlett, L Corbin and M Robertson (eds)].

Most recent journal articles and book chapters -

'The Clergy of Liberalism: Lawyers’ Character, Virtue and Moral Education in Pluralized Societies’, forthcoming in John Witte, Michael Welker and Stephen Pickard (eds), The Impact of Law on Character Formation, Ethical Education and the Communication of Values in Late Modern Pluralistic Societies (Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Leipzig, 2020).

'The HCCH Judgments Convention in Australian Law' (2019) 47 (3) Federal Law Review 420-433 (with Michael Douglas, Mary Keyes and Sarah McKibbin).

‘The Case Management Stay in Private International Law’ in Michael Douglas, Vivienne Bath, Mary Keyes and Andrew Dickinson (eds), Commercial Issues in Private International law: A Common Law Perspective, Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2018, 69-88.

‘The Moralities of Australian Bush Lawyers’ in Trish Mundy, Amanda Kennedy and Jennifer Nielsen (eds), The Place of Practice: Lawyering in Rural and Regional Australia, Federation Press, Sydney, 2017, 20-44.

‘How Many Chief Justices? Judicial Appointments and Ethics in Queensland’ (2017) 20(1) Legal Ethics 64-88

‘Editorial – Special Issue: The Ethics of Judicial Appointments’ (2017) 20(1) Legal Ethics 1-3 (with Richard Devlin)

'Together Alone: Integrating the Tasman World', in A Dickinson, M Keyes and T John (eds), Australian Private International Law in the 21st Century, Hart Publishing, 2014, 113-144.

'Educating law students for rural and regional legal practice: embedding place consciousness in law curricula' (2015) 24 Legal Education Review 7-28 (with Amanda Kennedy, Trish Mundy, Jennifer Nielsen, Caroline Hart, Richard Coverdale, Theresa Smith-Ruig and Claire Macken).

'Specious Delusions: John Locke, Knowledge and Religious Toleration' (2014) 33(2) University of Queensland Law Journal 335-355
'Editorial' (2014) 17(3) Legal Ethics iii-iv (with Hilary Sommerlad)

'Legal Ethics at a Time of Regulatory Change: The Sixth International Legal Ethics Conference' (2014) 17(3) Legal Ethics 425-426 (A)

'The Establishment Clause: A Search for Meaning' (2014) 33(1) University of Queensland Law Journal 109-129

'The Twain (and Only the Twain) Meet – the Demise of the Legal Profession National Law' (2013) 16(1) Legal Ethics 219-222

'Woodhouse Reprised: Accident Compensation and Trans-Tasman Integration' (2013) 9(1) Journal of Private International Law 1-38

'The Australia and New Zealand Jurisdiction and Judgments Scheme: A Common Law Judicial Area' (2011) 16 Zeitschrift Für Zivilprozess International 369-403 (with Oliver Knoefel)

'A Trans-Tasman Judicial Area: Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments in the Single Economic Market' (2011) 16 Canterbury Law Review 61-97

Research most notable
Private International Law in Australia, Lexis Nexis, 4th ed, Sydney, 2018 (lxxx; 606) (with Richard Garnett and Mary Keyes)

'Homing Devices in Choice of Tort Law: Australian British and Canadian Approaches' (2006) 55 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 839-878

'"Troublesome and Obscure": The Renewal of Renvoi in Australia' (2006) 2 Journal of Private International Law 1-26

'Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts' (2005) 27(2) Sydney Law Review 289-322

'Solicitors' Will-Making Duties' (2002) 26 Melbourne University Law Review 60-87

'A Voyage in God's Canoe: Law and Religion in Melanesia', in Richard O'Dair and Andrew Lewis (eds), Law and Religion: Current Legal Issues 2001, Volume 4, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 509-28

Publications in ePrints

Mortensen, Reid (2019) The Case Management Stay in Private International Law. In: Commercial Issues in Private International Law: A Common Law Perspective. Studies in Private International Law. Hart Publishing Ltd., Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 69-88. ISBN 9781509922871

Douglas, Michael and Keyes, Mary and McKibbin, Sarah and Mortensen, Reid (2019) The HCCH Judgments Convention in Australian law. Federal Law Review, 47 (3). pp. 420-443. ISSN 0067-205X

McKibbin, Sarah and Douglas, Michael and Keyes, Mary and Mortensen, Reid (2018) Joint submission to the Attorney-General’s Department on the Hague Conference Judgments Project: recognition and enforcement of Foreign Judgments Public Consultation Paper (March 2018). Government Report. Attorney-General's Department , Australia. [Report]

Mortensen, Reid and Garnett, Richard and Keyes, Mary (2018) Private international law in Australia, 4th ed. LexisNexis Butterworths, Sydney, Australia. ISBN 9780409348279

Mortensen, Reid (2018) Professional legal ethics in Australia. Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research, 192. pp. 12-17.

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