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Paul Babie

Paul is an active and widely published researcher, working mainly on law and religion, especially the intersection of private property theory and Christian theology and the nature of religious law. He is currently writing a book for UBC Press in Canada which draws together his research interests entitled Private Property, Climate Change and the Children of Abraham. He is an expert in the history of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Australia and the canon law of the Eparchy for Ukrainian Catholics for Australia, New Zealand and Oceania; he regularly consults on these matters.

In 2004, Paul was ordained a Priest of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, in which capacity he currently holds several positions: Chair of the Eparchial Statutes Review and Canon Law Committee and Canon Law Adviser to the Eparch; Consultor and Secretary of the College of Eparchial Consultors and the Eparchial Presbyteral Council; Legal Member of the Eparchial Financial Committee; Canon Law Advisor, Chief Constitutional Draftsperson, and Eparchial Representative to the Eastern Catholic Bishops Forum of Australia; and, Member of the Eparchial Liturgical Committee.

Bernadette Richards Bernadette has worked at the University of Adelaide for a number of years and her research focus is in the area of tort law in general with a specific focus on medical law and ethics. Her current research focus sits at the nexus of ethics and the law in the context of medical treatment, with a particular emphasis on consent to medical treatment. Bernadette is an active member of the Ethics Centre of South Australia and was recently  holder of an Australian Research Discovery Grant (along with other members of the Ethics Centre) entitled: 'Consent in the void: moral, legal and community values in decisions about human biological donations.'
Ngaire Naffine Professor Naffine is currently in the first of a three year project looking at the regulation of consent to use of embryos and organs.  Religious issues are very central to this work.  She is also completing a book manuscript on the influence of religion on the conception of the person as duty bearer.  Her future research may include asking why churches are given the right to intervene in judicial cases and why representatives of religions are often included on committees, such as ethics committees.  Generally, she is interested in the scholarly study of the secular.
Alex Reilly Associate Professor Reilly is interested in the State's understanding of religion (including its legal definition) and what this understanding means for the separation of church and state in government law and policy. To what extent, for example, can the State explicitly or implicitly encourage or discourage religious ideas. He is interested in this question in relation to the State's role in the provision of education, and in laws against terrorism. He is also interested in the theory and practice of legal pluralism, including the extent to which it is plausible to owe allegiance to the law of the State and religious law. 
Samer Akkach Samer Akkach is Reader in architectural history and theory at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, and Founding Director of the Centre for Asian and Middle Easter Architecture at The University of Adelaide, Australia. He is an intellectual historian and architectural theoretician with expertise in Islamic religion and culture and in Islamic art and architecture. He has a special interest in Islamic cosmology in the pre- and post-Copernican periods. For several years he has been working on the religious, socio-urban and intellectual histories of Damascus in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, focusing on the life and works of an eminent figure of the city, ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi. His recent major works include The Correspondence of ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi (1641-1731) (forthcoming, Brill 2009), ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi: Islam and the Enlightenment (Oneworld 2007), Cosmology and Architecture in Premodern Islam: An Architectural Reading of Mystical Ideas (SUNY 2005), and the “The Poetics of Concealment: al-Nabulusi’s Encounter with the Dome of the Rock,” Muqarnas 22 (November 2005), 110-127. He is the editor of De-Placing Difference: Architecture, Culture and Imaginative Geography, (Adelaide: CAMEA, 2002, 2nd ed. 2006), and Self, Place and Imagination: Cross-Cultural Thinking in Architecture (Adelaide: CAMEA, 1999, 2nd ed. 2001). Samer has lectured widely in the Middle East, Europe, North America, Canada, South East Asia, China and Australia, held visiting research fellowship at MIT, and is currently the leading Chief Investigator on a large research project funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), Islam, Modernity and the Enlightenment: A New Perspective (2006-2008).
Neville Rochow SC Mr Rochow practises from Howard Zelling Chambers, which grew from the chambers that he, with Steve Roder, (now Supreme Court Registrar), founded in 1992. He appears at first instance and on appeal in a variety of areas of commercial law, specialising in trade practices and competition matters. Mr Rochow has had broad commercial litigation experience. He has most frequently appeared in the Federal Court of Australia (Adelaide Registry) and the Supreme Court of South Australia. He also appears in other registries of the Federal Court. Mr Rochow has also appeared in the High Court of Australia, District Court of South Australia, South Australian Industrial Relations Court and other State and Territory jurisdictions. He has appeared before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Australian Competition Tribunal and the Delegate for the Registrar of Trade Marks.

The range of matters in which he has been and continues to be retained to advise and appear before superior courts include trade practices contraventions, (such as alleged unconscionable conduct, restrictive trade practices and misrepresentation in relation to franchises), interpretation of statues, construction of contractual terms, restraint of trade, failure to use trade marks bona fide, annual valuation of land, negligent misstatement and pure economic loss, caveats over real property titles, indefeasibility of real property title, shareholder disputes, international product liability and sale of goods. Mr Rochow has also had broad experience in the mediation of disputes.

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Joshua Neoh Joshua Neoh graduated with an LLB, with First Class Honours and the University Medal, from the Australian National University in 2010, and an LLM from Yale Law School in 2011. At Yale Law School, he served on the editorial board of the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities. After spending a year as an Associate Lecturer in Law at the University of Adelaide in 2012, he joined the Australian National University as a Lecturer in Law in 2013. His scholarship lies at the intersection of jurisprudence, theology and philosophy. He has written papers on: ‘Text, Doctrine and Tradition in Law and Religion’ (published in the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion), ‘The Rhetoric of Precedent and Fulfilment in the Sermon on the Mount and the Common Law’ (published in Law, Culture and the Humanities), and ‘Fictions and Myths in PGA v The Queen’ (published in the Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy). At present, he is working on two projects. First, he is writing a series of papers, which will explore the philosophical and theological concepts of law and love. Second, he is co-authoring a monograph on law and religion in Australia.

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