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Professor Alexander Reilly

Alexander Reilly
Director - Public Law & Policy Research Unit
Adelaide Law School
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Professor Alexander Reilly

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD — email supervisor to discuss availability.

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


Date Institution name Country Title
1995 - 1996 University of British Columbia Canada LLM
1993 - 1993 University of South Australia Australia Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
1988 - 1991 University of Adelaide Australia LLB

Research Interests


Year Citation
2018 Richards, B., de Zwart, M., Reilly, A., Le Mire, S., & Webster, A. (2018). Enhancing the First Year Curriculum and Experience: Law School 'Boot Camp'. Legal Education Review, 28.
2018 Reilly, A., Howe, J., van den Broek, D., & Wright, C. (2018). Working holiday makers in Australian horticulture: labour market effect, exploitation and avenues for reform. Griffith Law Review, 1-32.
2018 Reilly, A. (2018). Beyond the pale: Rethinking the fences between us. Griffith Law Review, 61, 116-125.
2017 Reilly, A., Vivian, A., Jorgensen, M., McMillan, M., McRae, C., & McMinn, J. (2017). Indigenous Self-Government in the Australian Federation. Australian Indigenous Law Review, 20, 215-242.
2017 Appleby, G., & Reilly, A. (2017). Unveiling the Public Interest: The Parameters of Executive Discretion in Australian Migration Legislation. Public Law Review, 28, 293-309.
2016 Reilly, A., & Appleby, G. (2016). Taking Responsibility for Don Dale. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 8(27), 4-7.
2016 Reilly, A., & Torresi, T. (2016). Voting rights of permanent residents. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 39(1), 401-420.
2016 Reilly, A. (2016). Asylum seekers in the community: the importance of work for a decent life. Australian Journal of Human Rights, 22(1), 1-25.
2016 Reilly, A. P. (2016). Book Review: Aboriginal peoples, colonialism and international law: Raw law by Irene Watson. Alternative, 12(3), 333-335.
2015 Reilly, A. P., Appleby, G., & Brennan, S. (2015). Teaching Public Law: Forward. Legal Education Review, 25(2), 295-298.
2015 Howe, J., & Reilly, A. (2015). Meeting Australia’s labour needs: the case for a low skill work visa. Federal Law Review, 43(2), 259-287.
2015 Reilly, A. (2015). Low-cost labour or cultural exchange? Reforming the Working Holiday visa programme. The Economic and Labour Relations Review, 26(3), 474-489.
2014 Reilly, A. P. (2014). The Price of Rights: Regulating International Labor Migration. A Book Review. Adelaide Law Review, 35(1), 189-192.
2014 Reilly, A., Appleby, G., & LaForgia, R. (2014). 'To watch, to never look away': The public's responsibility for Australia's offshore processing of asylum seekers. Alternative Law Journal, 39(3), 163-166.
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2014 Reilly, A. (2014). Recovering the foundations of Koowarta : the struggle of the Aboriginal Land Fund Commission to purchase land in Queensland. Griffith Law Review, 23(1), 61-78.
2013 Appleby, G., Burdon, P., & Reilly, A. (2013). Critical thinking in legal education: Our journey. Legal Education Review, 23(2), 345-377.
2013 Reilly, A., & La Forgia, R. (2013). Secret 'enhanced screening' of asylum seekers. Alternative Law Journal, 38(3), 143-146.
2013 Reilly, A. (2013). Confusion of tongues: Constitutional recognition of languages and language rights in Australia. Federal Law Review, 41(2), 333-361.
2012 Reilly, A. (2012). Protecting vulnerable migrant workers: the case of international students. Australian Journal of Labour Law, 25, 181-208.
2011 Reilly, A. (2011). The ethics of seasonal labour migration. Griffith Law Review, 20(1), 127-152.
2009 Reilly, A. (2009). Finding an indigenous perspective in administrative law. Legal Education Review, 19(1), 271-287.
2009 Reilly, A. (2009). How sorry are we? The limits of the apology to the stolen generation. Alternative Law Journal, 24(2), 97-101.
2007 Lynch, A., & Reilly, A. (2007). The constitutional validity of terrorism orders of control and preventative detention. Flinders Journal of Law Reform, 10(1), 105-142.
2007 Reilly, A., Behrendt, L., Williams, G., McCausland, R., & McMillan, M. (2007). The promise of regional governance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Ngiya: Talk the Law, 1, 126-166.
2006 Reilly, A. (2006). A constitutional framework for indigenous governance. The Sydney Law Review, 28, 403-435.
2006 Reilly, A. (2006). How Mabo helps us forget. Macquarie Law Journal, 6, 25-47.
2004 Reilly, A., & Genovese, A. (2004). Claiming the past: historical understanding in Australian native title jurisprudence. Indigenous Law Journal, 3(1), 19-42.
2003 Reilly, A. (2003). Cartography and Native Title. Journal of Australian Studies, 79, 3-14.
2003 Reilly, A. (2003). Can Liberalism be PC?: Duncan lvison's Postcolonial Liberalism. Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 28, 171-199.
2002 Reilly, A. (2002). From a jurisprudence of regret to a regrettable jurisprudence: shaping Native Title from Mabo to Ward. Electronic Law, 9(4).
2001 Reilly, A. (2001). Dedicated seats for Indigenous Australians in Federal Parliament. Balayi, 2(1), 73-103.


Book Chapters

Year Citation
2016 Reilly, A. (2016). The membership of migrant workers and the ethical limits of exclusion. In J. Howe, & R. Owens (Eds.), Temporary Labour Migration in the Global Era: The Regulatory Challenges (pp. 277-297). United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.
2016 Burdon, P., & Reilly, A. (2016). Deliberative democracy. In G. Appleby, & R. Dixon (Eds.), The Critical Judgments Project: Re-reading Monis v The Queen (pp. 163-178). Annandale, NSW: The Federation Press.
2014 Reilly, A. P. (2014). The boats may have stopped but at what cost to Australia?. In The Conversation (Ed.), A year in the life of Australia (1 ed., pp. 329-332). Australia: Future Leaders.
2013 Evans, J., Genovese, A., Reilly, A., & Wolfe, P. (2013). Sovereignty: frontiers of possibility. In J. Evans, A. Genovese, A. Reilly, & P. Wolfe (Eds.), Sovereignty: Frontiers of Possibility (1 ed., pp. 1-15). United States: University of Hawaii Press.
2013 Reilly, A. (2013). Sovereign apologies. In J. Evans, A. Genovese, A. Reilly, & P. Wolfe (Eds.), Sovereignty: Frontiers of Possibility (1 ed., pp. 196-219). United States: University of Hawaii Press.
2006 Reilly, A. (2006). Making space for 'place' in the mapping of indigenous country. In G. Worby, & L. I. Rigney (Eds.), Sharing spaces: Indigenous and non-indigenous responses to story, country and rights (pp. 255-274). Australia: Australian Public Intellectual Network.
2004 Reilly, A. (2004). Cartography, property and the aesthetics of place: mapping native title in Australia. In A. T. Kenyon, & P. Rush (Eds.), An Aesthetics of Law and Culture: Texts, Images, Screens (pp. 221-239). Amsterdam ; London: Elsevier.
2002 Reilly, A. (2002). Budgetary federalism. In G. L. A. Moens, & R. Biffot (Eds.), The convergence of legal systems in the 21st century: an Australian approach (pp. 139-159). Brisbane, Queensland: Copyright Publishing Company Pty Ltd.

Report for External Bodies

Year Citation
2018 Reilly, A., Howe, J., Berg, L., Farbenblum, B., & Tan, G. (2018). International Students and the Fair Work Ombudsman.
2017 Howe, J. M., Reilly, A., van den Broek, D., & Wright, C. (2017). Sustainable Solutions: The Future of Labour Supply in the Australian Vegetable Industry.


Year Institution Name/ID Collaborators Amount
2017 Flinders University Migration visas and workplace exploitation and discrimination: Regulatory and complaints mechanisms to protect health and well being Anna Ziersch, Clemmi Due, Joanna Howe $19,910
2017 University of Adelaide Assessing the Economic, Social and Health Outcomes for Migrant Workers in the State Sponsored Employment Schemes, Vice-Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Research Fund Joanna Howe, Andreas Cebulla, Clemmi Due, George Tan, Anna Ziersch, Deborah Turnbull $24,920
2016 Fair Work Ombudsman Experience of International Students in the Australian Labour Market   $60,000
2016 Horticulture Innovation Australia Labour Supply in the Australian Vegetable Industry Joanna Howe, Chris Wright, Di Van Den Broek $231,000
2016 University of Adelaide Faculty of the Professions Category 1 Funding Support   $3,500
2016 University of Adelaide Faculty of the Professions Aim for the Stars Matthew Stubbs $4,000
2015 Law Foundation of South Australia Support for Indigenous Study tour Laura Grenfell $63,500
2015 University of Adelaide Faculty Learning and Development Grant   $9,920
2015 University of Adelaide, Faculty of the Professions   Momentum Fund   $4,500
2015 University of Adelaide, Faculty of the Professions     Aim for the Stars Laura Grenfell $2,500
2015 University of Adelaide     Beacon grant   $5000
2015 University of Adelaide, Faculty of the Professions     Cat-1 Support Fund   $5,000
2013 University of Adelaide    Interdisciplinary Research Fund   $23,000











Aboriginal Peoples and the Law (2016, 2017)

Aliens, Citizens and Migration (2018)

Australian Constitutional Law (2010 - 2017)

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

Foundations of Law (2008 - 2017)

Migration Law and Policy (2012, 2015)

Native Title Law (2018)

Refugee Law and Policy (2013, 2016)



Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2015 Co-Supervisor The Legal Mind Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr David William Moon
2015 Principal Supervisor The Conflict Between Traditional Aboriginal Culture and the Criminal Law Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Peter Gilbert Whellum

Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Contemporary Irish Migration to Australia: Pathways to Permanence Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Fidelma Breen
2011 - 2016 Co-Supervisor COAG, Democracy and the Australian Constitution: You can Choose Two Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Mark Bruerton
2009 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Earth Jurisprudence: Private Property and Earth Community Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time APrf Peter Burdon
2009 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Affirmative Action: A Never-Ending Story? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Nicole Melanie Lederer

Board Memberships

Date Role Board name Institution name Country
2014 - ongoing Board Member Refugee Advocacy Service of South Australia Refugee Advocacy Service of South Australia Australia

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2012 - 2013 Co-Chair Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, South Australian Sub-Committee Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
2010 - 2013 Member Judicial Education Committee Courts Administration Authority, South Australia


Date Role Membership Country
2009 - ongoing Member Australian Association of Constitutional Law Australia

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
2008 - ongoing Board Member Editorial Board Macquarie Law Journal Macquarie University Australia
2008 - 2010 Editor-In-chief Alternative Law Journal, State Committee University of Adelaide Australia
Director - Public Law & Policy Research Unit
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