Professor Peter Billings

Associate Professor

School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
p.billings@law.uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 57176

Overview

Dr Peter Billings is a Professor at the School of Law, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2014 he was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Law, University of Warwick. His research interests are in particular areas of public law: administrative law, immigration and refugee law, social welfare law and human rights law. In 2016 he received an Australian Award for University Teaching - Award for Programs that Enhance Learning (Pro Bono Centre). Since 2010 he has received five teaching excellence awards within the School of Law for outstanding course/teacher evaluations, and in 2011 was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Equity and Diversity Award (UQ) for the Asylum and Refugee Law Project.

Recently, he has published several papers on crImmigration law, policy and practice: including; "Regulating Crimmigrants Through the Character Test: Exploring the Consequences of Mandatory Visa Cancellation for the Fundamental Rights of Non-citizens in Australia" (2019) 71(1) Crime, Law and Social Change 1-23; and, "Getting Rid of Risky Foreigners: Promoting Community Protection at the Expense of Administrative Justice?" (2019) 47(2) Federal Law Review 231. He has edited and contributed two chapters for a socio-legal volume entitled Crimmigration in Australia - Law Politics and Society (2019, Springer), and co-authored a chapter (with R Ananian-Welsh) entitled "Counter-terrorism and the Exclusion of Refugees and Refugee-Citizens from Australia" in Terrorism and Asylum, J Simeon (ed.) Brill Nijhoff, 2020. He is currently co-authoiring a judgment (with Narelle Bedford) for Bringing Indingeous Voices into Judicial Decision-making (Watson, Woods and Douglas (eds)), co-authoring a text on the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) (with Nicky Jones) for LexisNexis 2020, and is leading an interdisciplinary project called Regulating Refugee Protection through Social Welfare Law, Policy and Praxis to be published by Routledge in early 2021.

Research Interests

  • Immigration and Refugee Law
  • Crimmigration
  • Administrative Law
  • Administrative Justice
  • Social Welfare Law and Migration Management

Research Impacts

Peter's submission, on migration law reform, to the Australian Law Reform Commission for its project, Where next for law reform?, was cited in the final report: The Future of Law Reform: A Suggesdted Program of Work 2020-25, published on 2 December 2019. His submission to the Inquiry into a Possible Human Rights Act for Queensland: written submission no 468, Report No. 30, 55th Parliament, Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee (June 2016). was cited on several occasions in the final parliamentary committee report. His written submission (with A/Prof Cassimatis) to the Administrative Review Council: Judicial Review in Australia, Administrative Review Council (Consultation Paper - Administrative Review Council, Canberra, ARC 2011) was cited throughout the ARC Report (No.50), Federal Judicial Review in Australia Sept. 2012. His research into crimmigration law and policy informed an expert panel discussion held at the Queensland Supreme Court (Banco Court) - "Unlawful Non-citizens: the Rise in Character Visa Cancellations" (Oct 5, 2017) chaired by Paul Barclay ABC RN. The discussion was aired on ABC Radio National (Big Ideas) on 8 December 2017. He regularly provides expert legal commentary on radio and features in print and online media; most recently in The Guardian (Australia) in May and September 2019.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Southampton
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Southampton

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Available Projects

    • Topics that explore socio-legal issues related to the intersection or intermingling of immigration/refugee law/policy with criminal law/policy
    • Topics that explore the socio-legal issues relating to the criminalisation of asylum seekers
    • Topics that related to the detention or containment of asylum seekers and refugees
    • Topcis that relate to refugee protection and regulation of risks to national/border security

    For further information contact Dr Peter Billings, e: p.billings@law.uq.edu.au

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Publications

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

    • Topics that explore socio-legal issues related to the intersection or intermingling of immigration/refugee law/policy with criminal law/policy
    • Topics that explore the socio-legal issues relating to the criminalisation of asylum seekers
    • Topics that related to the detention or containment of asylum seekers and refugees
    • Topcis that relate to refugee protection and regulation of risks to national/border security

    For further information contact Dr Peter Billings, e: p.billings@law.uq.edu.au