Professor Alex Reilly

Professor Alex Reilly
 Position Director - Public Law & Policy Research Unit
 Org Unit Adelaide Law School
 Telephone +61 8 8313 3596
 Location Floor/Room 3 ,  Ligertwood ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Alex is the Director of the Public Law and Policy Research Unit at the University of Adelaide. 

    Alex works in the area of migration, citizenship, constitutional law, and Indigenous legal issues. Alex takes a broad socio-political approach to studying these areas of law, drawing on the knowledge and insights of other disciplines such as history, geography, psychology and politics to critique accepted approaches to regulation.

  • Qualifications

    1995-96 LL.M. (University of British Columbia)

    1993 Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (University of South Australia)

    1991 LL.B.(Hons.) (University of Adelaide)

    1989 B.A.(Juris.) (University of Adelaide)

  • Awards & Achievements

    2016  Inaugural recipient of Faculty of the Professions Values Recognition Programme

    2016 University of Adelaide Beacon Commendation for the Enhancement and Innovation of Student Learning

    2015 Executive Dean Award for Excellence in Teaching 2015, University of Adelaide

    2007 Outstanding Teacher Award, Macquarie University

  • Teaching Interests

    Australian Constitutional Law (2010 - 2018)

    Foundations of Law (2008 - 2016)

    Alien, CItizens and Migration (2018)

    Migration Law and Policy (2012, 2015)

    Refugee Law and Policy (2013, 2016, 2019)

    Being Indigenous in a Global World (Study Tour, 2015)

    Aboriginal Peoples and the Law (2016)

    Native Title Law (2018, 2019)


  • Research Interests

    Migration law, Refugee law, Labour Law, Citizenship, Constitutional Law, Indigenous legal issues


  • Research Funding

    See Researcher profile:

  • Publications

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  • Professional Associations

    Public Law and Policy Research Unit (Director)

    Hugo Centre for Populaiton and Migration research (Associate)

    Australian Association of Constitutional Lawyers



  • Community Engagement

    2015 & 2016   Member of the Board of the Refugee Advocacy Service of South Australia

    September 2014 - Invited member of Labour Migration Panel at the Migration Update Conference, Adelaide.

    February 2014 - Presentation on Australian Refugee Law and Policy' to the Centre for Population and Policy, UGM, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    November 2013 - Participant in the UNHCR Annual consultations in Canberra

    October 2013 - Interview on Radio National Bush Telegraph, 'Asylum Seekers in Rural Communities', 

    October 2013 - Presentation to Amnesty International Club, 'A critique of Australia's Off-shore processing regime'.

    August 2013 - Presentation to the South Australian Refugee Health Network, 'The Law and Politics of regional processing of refugees'

    July 2013 - Convenor of Forum on Refugee Law and Policy, Presentation on the ethical questions underpinning the formation of refugee policy.


  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesLaw, Crime & Justice, Social Issues & Public Policy
    ExpertiseMigration; Immigration; Refugees; Asylum Seekers; Pacific Seasonal Workers, International Students, Indigenous recognition and rights, Constitutional law

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Entry last updated: Tuesday, 29 Mar 2022

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