Adelaide Law School
Faculty of the Professions
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Peter Burdon is Associate Professor at the Adelaide Law School. He is the deputy chair of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Ethics Specialist Group, deputy director of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment for Australasia and sits on the steering committee of the Ecological Law and Governance Association. Within the University, Peter sits on the University Student Matters Sub-Committee and the Faculty of Professions Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Peter is also a member of the ALLY Network which promotes an inclusive and respectful university environent for all who identify as LGBTIQ and a delegate for the NTEU.
Peter's research uses interdisciplinary materials from sociology, political science, economics, philosophy, history and environmental studies. Peter is a recognised leader in environmental theory and has written and edited books on Earth Jurisprudence and Earth Democracy. In 2017 he published a book on Hannah Arendt and the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. He is currently working on a project about the surveillance of environmental activists and on a commentary of Karl Marx's 'On the Jewish Question.'
In 2014 Peter was a visiting scholar at the University of California Berkeley, Center for Law and Society. In 2017 Peter was a visiting scholar at McGill University, Faculty of Law and a visiting professor at the McGill School of the Environment, Departments of Geography, and Natural Resource Sciences. In 2017 Peter was also a visiting professor at the Université de Montréal, Faculty of Law where he taught a course in legal theory for the inaugural LLD Innovation and Technology Program. Peter has also been invited to lecture at the University of Auckland, Faculty of Law; the University of Arizona, Faculty of Law and the School of Geography and Development; and San Francisco State University, Department of Political Science
Peter publishes regularly in outlets such as the Sydney Review of Books, The Conversation, The Drum, Overland, New Matilda, Independent Australia and various state and national news papers.
- My Research
- Grants and Funding
- Professional Activities
- Environmental Law and Theory
- Earth Jurisprudence
- Protest Law and Civil Disobedience
- Climate Change Law and Policy
- Political Theory
- Hannah Arendt
- Conservative Legal Thinking
- Marxist State Theory and Anarchist Political Philosophy
- Classics - Greek and Roman Myth and History.
- Legal Education
- Critical Thinking and Democracy
- Neoliberalism and the University
Web of Science ResearcherID: N-6654-2017
Date Position Institution name 2016 Associate Professor and Reader in Law Adelaide Law School 2013 - 2016 Senior Lecturer in Law Adelaide Law School 2011 - 2013 Lecturer in Law Adelaide Law School
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2016 Award IUCN Academy of Environmental Law: Emerging Scholarship Award — — — 2016 Award Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions Prize for Excellence in Teaching — — — 2013 Award Citation, Early Career Award, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia — — — 2012 Award University Doctoral Research Medal — — — 2012 Award Bonython Prize for the Best Orginal Postgraduate Thesis — — — 2011 Award Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions Prize for Excellence in Teaching — — — 2008 Scholarship FA & MF Joyner Scholarship in Law — — —
Date Institution name Country Title 2012 - 2014 University of Adelaide Australia GCert.Ed (Higher Education) 2008 - 2011 University of Adelaide Australia PhD 2002 - 2007 University of Adelaide Australia LLB (hons) 2001 - 2003 University of Adelaide Australia BA (history)
Year Citation 2019 Burdon, P., Bosselmann, K., & Engel, K. (2019). The Crisis in Global Ethics and the Future of Global Governance Fulfilling the Promise of the Earth Charter. Edward Elgar Publishing. 2018 Burdon, P. (2018). Hannah Arendt: Legal Theory and the Eichmann Trial. London: Routledge.
2015 Burdon, P. (2015). Earth Jurisprudence: Private Property and the Environment (1 ed.). United Kingdom: Routledge. 2014 Maloney, M., & Burdon, P. (Eds.) (2014). Wild Law - In Practice. Abingdon & New York. 2011 Burdon, P. (Ed.) (2011). Exploring wild law: the philosophy of earth jurisprudence. Kent Town, SA: Wakefield Press.
Year Citation 2020 Burdon, P. D. (2020). Neoliberalism in legal education research. Poster session presented at the meeting of IMPERATIVES FOR LEGAL EDUCATION RESEARCH: THEN, NOW AND TOMORROW. Sydney, AUSTRALIA: ROUTLEDGE. 2012 Burdon, P. D. (2012). Environmental Protection and the Limits of Rights Talk. Poster session presented at the meeting of Unknown Conference.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2017 Bosselmann, K., Burdon, P., Taylor, P., Stewart, N., Kotzé, L., Waikavee, T., & IUCN WCEL Ethics Specialist Group. (2017). Compatibility of trophy hunting as a form of sustainable use
with IUCN’s objectives. IUCN.
2017 Bosselmann, K., Burdon, P., Taylor, P., Stewart, N., Kotzé, L., Waikavee, T., & IUCN WCEL Ethics Specialist Group. (2017). Compatibility of trophy hunting as a form of sustainable use
with IUCN’s objectives. IUCN.
2015 Burdon, P. D. (2015). A change in the weather? Australia and Climate Change Politics 2007–2014: Ethics and Climate Change: A Study of National Commitments (86). IUCN Publications Services.
University of Adelaide, Faculty of the Professions, Diversity and Inclusion Grant 2017, $2,000.
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, Green Loan Fund 2014, $5,000.
University of Adelaide, Green Loan Fund 2013, $5,000.
My teaching style has been influenced by the educational writings of John Dewey, Paulo Freire, bell hooks, Mary Heath and Stephen Brookfield. I seek to create an educational space that is inclusive, democratic and which encourages critical thinking.
I teach the following courses:
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 Co-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 2017 Co-Supervisor Improving legal education in Australia: towards a new law school curriculum Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Joshua Krook 2017 Principal Supervisor International Law, International Relations and Climate Change Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Geoffrey William George Leane 2017 Co-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 2014 Principal 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 2017 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Posthuman Legal Subjectivity in the Anthropocene: Introducing the Cosmic Person Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Rev Jana Norman 2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Demystifying Critical Legal Studies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time James Gilchrist Stewart 2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Lawful Cruelty: Six Ways in Which Australian Animal Welfare Laws Permit Cruelty Towards Nonhuman Animals Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Katherine Elizabeth Russell
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2019 - ongoing Member Expert Reviewer European Research Council (ERC) Belgium
Date Role Membership Country 2019 - ongoing Member Environment Institute, University of Adelaide Australia
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2018 - ongoing Editor Alternative Law Journal — Australia
Date Office Name Institution Country 2019 - ongoing Deputiy Director Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment - International United States 2017 - ongoing Deputy Director Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment, Australasia — 2016 - ongoing Steering Committee Ecological Law and Governance Association — 2016 - ongoing Editorial Board International Journal of Political Theory — 2012 - ongoing Deputy Chair International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Ethics Specialist Group — 2012 - ongoing Delegate National Tertiary Education Union Australia 2011 - 2012 Executive Committee Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature — 2010 - 2013 Management Committee Environmental Defenders Office (SA) Australia 2007 - 2011 Executive Committee Conservation SA Australia
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