Professor Paul Babie

Professor Paul Babie
 Position Bonython Chair in Law
 Org Unit Adelaide Law School
 Email paul.babie@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5521
 Location Floor/Room 3 ,  Ligertwood ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Paul T Babie, DPhil, FRSA, FAAL

    Bonython Chair in Law and Professor of Laws


    Paul T Babie joined the Adelaide Law School in 1999, was promoted to a Personal Chair in Law in 2015, and was named the holder of the Bonython Chair in Law in 2021.  Established in 1926 by a gift of Sir John Langdon Bonython KCMG, the Bonython Chair in Law is the first endowed chair of law of the University of Adelaide, and Paul Babie is only its ninth holder in the 140 year history of the Adelaide Law School.  He is currently Associate Dean of Law (International Development) and Director of the Research Unit for the Study of Society, Ethics, and Law, and has previously been Associate Dean of Law (Research) and Associate Dean of Law (Learning and Teaching).  He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2017 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2021.  He received the 2021 Australian Legal Education Awards (ALEA) Excellence in Research Supervision Award, a 2011 Executive Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the 2007 Adelaide Law School Excellence in Teaching Prize, 2015 and 2016 Executive Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Research, and 2014 and 2017 Executive Dean’s Commendations for Excellence in Research.

    He holds a BA in sociology and political science from the University of Calgary, a BThSt from Flinders University, a LLB from the University of Alberta, a LLM from the University of Melbourne, writing a thesis on the transferability of water entitlements supervised by SD Clark, and a DPhil in law from St Catherine's College, the University of Oxford, completing a thesis on the nature of the Crown (state) interest in Australian land supervised by JW Harris, DJ Ibbetson, and JD Davies. At Oxford, he was a Viscount Bennett, a Canadian Centennial, and a Landau Scholar. Following law school he was an Associate with Howard, Mackie (now Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG)) in Calgary, Canada, specialising in securities and natural resources law. Prior to his appointment to the Adelaide Law School, he was Lecturer in Law at St Catherine's and Balliol Colleges, University of Oxford, and the Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne. He is a Barrister and Solicitor (inactive) of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta (Canada), and an Associate Member of the Law Society of South Australia (of which he is a Member of the Property Law Committee). He is frequently consulted on issues relating to real property law and law and religion (especially in relation to the Australian Constitution).

    His research, throughout his career, has involved asking what property is and how, if at all, it can be justified. He has explored those questions from legal theoretical and from theological perspectives. He is a General Editor of the Australian Property Law Journal, was Editor in Chief and South Australia Editor of the Property Law Review (Thomson Reuters), and is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Law and Religion (Cambridge University Press), the Routledge Research Series in Law and Religion, the Springer Research Series in Law and Religion, and of the Forum on Religion & Ecology (FORE) @ Australia (affiliated with FORE, Yale University (USA). His work has appeared in leading American law reviews (including the North Carolina Law Review, Emory Law Journal Online, UC Davis Law Review Online, Brigham Young University Law Review, Tulane Law Review, San Diego Law Review, Michigan State Law Review, the University of Hawai'i Law Review, the Fordham International Law Journal, and the Journal of Law and Religion) and in leading Australian law reviews (including the Melbourne University Law Review, the Sydney Law Review, the Federal Law Review, the Monash University Law Review, the UNSW Law Journal, The University of Queensland Law Journal, the Adelaide Law Review, and the University of Western Australia Law Review).

    He teaches property law, property theory, law and religion, and Roman law.

    Appointments

    Bonython Chair in Law, The University of Adelaide, Australia (2021-present)

    Personal Chair in Law, Adelaide Law School, Australia (2015-present)

    Associate Professor and Reader in Law, Adelaide Law School, Australia (2012-2014)

    Senior Lecturer in Law, Adelaide Law School, Australia (2008-2011)

    Lecturer in Law, Adelaide Law School, Australia (1999-2007)

    Lecturer in Law, Balliol College, University of Oxford, UK (1999)

    Lecturer in Law, St Catherine's College, University of Oxford, UK (1996-1999)

    Lecturer in Law, Melbourne Law School, Australia (1995)

    Visiting Fellow in Law, Melbourne Law School, Australia (1994)

    Associate, Howard, Mackie (now BLG (Borden Ladner Gervais LLP)), Canada (1993-1994)

    Student-at-Law, Howard, Mackie (now BLG (Borden Ladner Gervais LLP)), Canada (1992-1993)

    University Service

    Associate Dean of Law (International Development), Adelaide Law School (2017-2019, 2021-present)

    Director, The University of Adelaide Research Unit for the Study of Society, Ethics and Law (RUSSEL) (2021-present)

    Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching), Adelaide Law School, The University of Adelaide (2021)

    Associate Dean (International), Faculty of the Professions, The University of Adelaide (2017-2019)

    Director, Law and Religion Research Project, The University of Adelaide Research Unit for the Study of Society, Ethics and Law (RUSSEL) (2017-present)

    Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of the Professions, The University of Adelaide (2011-2017)

    Associate Dean of Law (Research), Adelaide Law School (2007-2011, 2012-2017)

    Director and Founder, The University of Adelaide Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion (RUSSLR) (2007-2017)

    Memberships

    Royal Society of Arts, Fellow (by election) (2021-present)

    Australian Academy of Law, Fellow (by election) (2017-present)

    National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), Member 1999-present

    Research Awards

    Executive Dean of The University of Adelaide Faculty of the Professions Award for Excellence in Research (2016)

    Executive Dean of The University of Adelaide Faculty of the Professions Award for Excellence in Research (2015)

    Executive Dean of The University of Adelaide Faculty of the Professions Commendation for Excellence in Research (2014)

    Teaching Awards

    Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD) and Legal Education Associate Deans (LEAD) Network, Australian Legal Education Awards (ALEA), Excellence in Research Supervision (2021)

    Executive Dean of The University of Adelaide Faculty of the Professions Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2011)

    Adelaide Law School Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2007)

  • Qualifications

    DPhil (Oxford, 2002)

    LLM (Melbourne, 1995)

    LLB (Alberta, 1992)

    BThSt (Flinders, 2006)

    BA (Calgary, 1989)

    Barrister and Solicitor (inactive), Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, Canada

    Associate Member, Law Society of South Australia

  • Teaching Interests

    Property Law (LLB/MCL)

    Property Theory (LLB/MCL)

    Law and Religion (LLB/MCL)

    Roman Law (LLB/MCL)

    Honours Research and Writing (LLB)

  • Research Interests

    Private Law Theory

    Property Theory

    Law and Religion

  • Publications

    My scholarly research can be found at my Researcher ProfileGoogle ScholarSSRN, ResearchGate, and academia.edu pages.

    My contributions to the scholarly community can be found at my Publons page.

  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesLaw, Crime & Justice, Religion & Theology
    Expertiselaw, climate change and religion;
    property law and property theory, the relationship between resource use and climate change;
    relationship between law, religion and theology
    NotesPaul Babie's primary research interests are legal theory, especially the nature of property and its role in climate change; the relationship between law and theology; and, law and religion, especially the relationship between constitutions and religious freedom. He has published over 90 books, book chapters and scholarly articles, and given over 80 public lectures and papers in both fields.

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Entry last updated: Sunday, 22 May 2022

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