Paul Babie

Professor Paul Babie

Professor

Adelaide Law School

Faculty of the Professions

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD, but is currently at capacity - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Paul Babie is Adelaide Law School Professor of Property Theory and Law and Director of the Law and Religion Project of The University of Adelaide Research Unit for the Study of Society, Ethics and Law (RUSSEL) (which he founded in 2007). He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2017. He is currently Associate Dean of Law (International) of the Adelaide Law School and Associate Dean (International) of the Faculty of the Professions.

He holds a BA in sociology from the University of Calgary, a BThSt from Flinders University, a LLB from the University of Alberta, a LLM from the University of Melbourne, and a DPhil in law from the University of Oxford. Following law school he was an Associate with Howard, Mackie (now Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG)) in Calgary, Canada. 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 Bar 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).

His primary research interests include critical theory, private law theory, property theory, property law, and liberation theology. He has published and spoken extensively in these fields. He is Editor in Chief and South Australia Editor of the Property Law Review (Thomson Reuters) and 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, the University of Hawai'i Law Review, the Houston Journal of International Law, the Colorado Natural Resources, Energy, & Environmental Law Review, Sustainable Development Law & Policy, 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 Property Law Review). He teaches property law, property theory, law and religion, and Roman law.

Research Interests

  • Private Law Theory
    • property theory
    • comparative private law theory
    • consequences of globalisation, especially finance and anthropogenic climate change
  • Legal Theory
    • liberalism
  • Religious Legal Systems
    • Byzantine law
    • Eastern Catholic canon law
  • Baseball
    • keeping the book
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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 Adelaide Law School Professor of Property Theory and Law Adelaide Law School
    2012 - 2014 Associate Professor and Reader in Law Adelaide Law School
    2011 - 2017 Associate Dean (Research) University of Adelaide
    2008 - 2011 Senior Lecturer in Law Adelaide Law School
    2007 - 2017 Associate Dean of Law (Research) University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2017 Director and Founder University of Adelaide
    1999 - 2007 Lecturer in Law Adelaide Law School
    1999 - 1999 Lecturer in Law Balliol College, University of Oxford
    1996 - 1999 Lecturer in Law St Catherine's College, University of Oxford
    1995 - 1995 Lecturer in Law Melbourne Law School
    1994 - 1994 Visiting Fellow in Law Melbourne Law School
    1993 - 1994 Associate Howard, Mackie (now BLG (Borden Ladner Gervais LLP))
    1992 - 1993 Student-at-Law Howard, Mackie (now BLG (Borden Ladner Gervais LLP))
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Fellowship Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law Australian Academy of Law Australia
    2016 Award Executive Dean, Faculty of the Professions Award for Excellence in Research The University of Adelaide
    2015 Research Award Executive Dean, Faculty of the Professions Award for Excellence in Research The University of Adelaide Australia
    2014 Research Award Executive Dean, Faculty of the Professions Commendation for Excellence in Research The University of Adelaide Australia
    2011 Teaching Award Executive Dean, Faculty of the Professions Prize for Excellence in Teaching The University of Adelaide Australia
    2007 Teaching Award Adelaide Law School Prize for Excellence in Teaching The University of Adelaide Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    French Can read
    Ukrainian Can read
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Oxford United Kingdom DPhil (2002)
    University of Melbourne Australia LLM (1995)
    University of Alberta Canada LLB (1992)
    Flinders University Australia BThSt (2006)
    University of Calgary Canada BA (Sociology and Political Science) (1989)
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    0 Barrister & Solicitor (Inactive) Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, Canada
    0 Associate Member; Member, Property Law Committee Law Society of South Australia

Grants

  • University of Adelaide, Faculty of the Professions and Adelaide Law School, Combined Cat 1 and Momentum Fund Grants 2013-2015, $20,000 for 'Psychology of Property' Pilot and ARC DP Projects
  • University of Adelaide, Interdisciplinary Research Fund 2013-2014, $20,000 for ‘Crime Prevention through Environmental Design in South Australia (Veronica Soebarto, Paul Babie, Jennifer Bonham and Susan Oakley)
  • University of Adelaide, Faculty of the Professions and Adelaide Law School, Overseas Conference Scheme Grant 2010, $4,750 to present ‘Current Developments in Australian Real Property Law’, American Bar Association Real Property, Trust & Estates Annual Symposium 2010, Philadelphia, USA, 8 May 2010 (invited); ‘Can Climate Change Alter Private Property?’, University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, Property and Natural Resources Law Institute, Norway, Natural Resources and Property Workshop, 5 May 2010 (invited); and ‘Three Reflections on Climate Change and Private Property: ‘Idea’, ‘Sovereignty’, and ‘Eco-colonialism’’, University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, Norway, Faculty Seminar, 4 May 2010
  • University of Adelaide, Law School, Small Research Grant 2008, $2,500 to hold Law and Religion Roundtable Workshop to be published in the Adelaide Law Review 
  • University of Adelaide, Faculty of Professions, Matching Seed Funding Grant 2007, $4,500 seed funding to match Law School Small Research Grants for the purposes of establishing and making an ARC Grant Application in relation to the Faulty of Professions Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion
  • University of Adelaide, Law School, Small Research Grant 2007, $2,500 seed funding ($1000 grant and 40 hours of research assistance) for the purposes of making an Australian Research Council Grant application to establish the University of Adelaide, Faculty of Professions Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion 
  • University of Adelaide, Law School, Small Research Grant 2007, $1,550 seed funding for the purposes of making an Australian Research Council Grant application to establish the University of Adelaide, Faculty of Professions Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion 
  • University of Adelaide, Law School, Small Research Grant 2007, $2000 for 'Choices of Faith: how private property and the Abrahamic religions can work together for the good of the environment' 
  • University of Adelaide, Law School, Small Research Grant 2006, $2000 for 'Choices of Faith: how private property and the Abrahamic religions can work together for the good of the environment' 
  • University of Adelaide, Law School, Small URG Grant 2000, $2000 for 'Homelessness in Darwin' 
  • University of Adelaide, Law School, Small URG Grant 1999, $2000 for 'Homelessness in Darwin'

Teaching Interests

  • Property Law (LLB/MCL)
  • Property Theory (LLB/MCL)
  • Law and Religion (LLB/MCL)
  • Roman Law (LLB/MCL)
  • Adelaide Law Review (LLB)
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor The (Mis) Use of Science in Criminal Trials and Investigations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Christopher Brook
    2018 Principal Supervisor Investing in 'Home': Theorising the State's Role in Distributing 'Home' Ownership. Is there a Just Distribution of 'Home' in Australia, and whose Responsibility is this? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Samuel Paul Tyrer
    2018 Principal Supervisor Freedom of Religion or Belief and The Creation of Constitutional Space for Fundamental Rights: Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Prof Neville Grant Rochow
    2018 Principal Supervisor How Law Can be Used to Shape Urban Environments That Both Feel Safe and are Safe from Weaponised Vehicles Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Andrew John Raymond Hawking
    2017 Principal Supervisor Improving legal education in Australia: towards a new law school curriculum Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Joshua Krook
    2017 Principal Supervisor Replacing the Anthropocentric Legal Subject with an Ecocentric Legal Subject as a Means of Securing the Health and Future Flourishing of the Whole Community Life on Earth Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Rev Jana Norman
    2017 Principal Supervisor Opinion as Law: University Compliance with Ideo-Political Education Policy Regarding Pedagogy in Chinese Universities Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Michael Shaun Patrick Hooper
    2016 Principal Supervisor Dignity and The Exercise of Legislative Power Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Julie Jane Copley
    2015 Principal Supervisor Critical Legal Studies (CLS) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time James Gilchrist Stewart
    2015 Principal Supervisor Paths for Legal Conscience Protection: German, American and International Perspectives Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time APrf Patrick Thomas Quirk
    2015 Principal Supervisor Legal and Political Economy of Corruption and Foreign Bribery Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Mr Matt Lady
    2014 Co-Supervisor Environmental Law: Ocean/Climate Science Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Claire Marie Williams
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Legal Professional Privilege: The influence of Jeremy Bentham and John Henry Wigmore on the judicial pronouncement of Lord Taylor of Gosforth in R v Derby Magistrates’ Court; ex parte B. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Olivia Cheryl Grosser-Ljubanovic
    2012 - 2015 Principal Supervisor From Right to Light: A Human Rights-Based Approach to Universal Access to Modern Energy Services Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Manuel Peter Samonte Solis
    2012 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Doping in Sport: An interdisciplinary study of its management and prevention Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Aaron Hermann
    2009 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Earth Jurisprudence: Private Property and Earth Community Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time APrf Peter Burdon
    2003 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Global Warming and Climate Change: The Legal, Public and Ecological Health Consequences Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Joseph Smith
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83135521
  • Email: paul.babie@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4344
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ligertwood Building, floor 3
  • Room: 3 05
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Law School

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