Adelaide Law School
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Peter Burdon (he/him/his) is Deputy Dean (Learning and Teaching) for the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics. He has previously been Acting Dean, Deputy Dean and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) for the Adelaide Law School. Peter is a delegate for the National Tertiary Education Union and a member of the ALLY Network which promotes an inclusive and respectful university environment for all who identify as LGBTIQ.
Peter's research uses interdisciplinary materials from sociology, political science, economics, philosophy, history and environmental studies. Peter is an expert in environmental theory and has written and edited books on Earth Jurisprudence and Earth Democracy. In 2021 his monograph - Earth Jurisprudence: Private Property and the Environment - was translated into Mandarin and is distributed by Routledge and the Commercial Press. In 2017 Peter published a book on Hannah Arendt and the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. He is currently completing a research handbook and a monograph on the Anthropocene.
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
- 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 2022 - ongoing Deputy Dean (Learning and Teaching) Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics 2022 - ongoing Deputy Dean (Learning and Teaching) University of Adelaide 2022 - 2022 Deputy Dean (Learning and Teaching) University of Adelaide 2021 - 2021 Acting Dean University of Adelaide 2021 - 2022 Deputy Dean University of Adelaide 2016 - ongoing 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 2020 Award University Award for Outstanding Achievement University of Adelaide Australia 2020 Award Covid 19 Emergency Teaching Response University of Adelaide Australia 2020 Award Executive Dean Award University of Adelaide Australia 2019 Teaching Award Executive Dean Award: Embedding Indigenous Knowledges University of Adelaide Australia 2016 Award Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions Prize for Excellence in Teaching 2016 Award IUCN Academy of Environmental Law: Emerging Scholarship Award 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 2022 Burdon, P. (2022). The war lawyers: The United States, Israel and juridical warfare. The ALternative Law Journal, 46(4), 337-338. 2022 Burdon, P. D. (2022). 'Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste': The Impact of COVID-19 on Legal Education. Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law, 8, 1-37. 2021 Burdon, P. (2021). Living with the Anthropocene: Love, loss and hope in the face of environmental crisis. Alternative Law Journal, 46(1), 87-88.
2021 Burdon, P. D. (2021). On the limits of political emancipation and legal rights. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, 34(2), 319-339.
2020 Taylor, P., Don, B., & Burdon, P. D. (2020). Moral Leadership and Climate Change Policy: The
Role of the World Conservation Union. Ethics, Policy and Environment, 23(1), 1-21.
2020 Burdon, P. D. (2020). Ecological law in the Anthropocene. Transnational Legal Theory, 11(1-2), 33-46.
2020 Babie, P., & Burdon, P. (2020). COVID-19 and the Adelaide Law School, Australia. Journal of Security, Intelligence, and Resilience Education, 10(2). 2020 Baumann, A., Alexander, S., & Burdon, P. (2020). Land Commodification as a Barrier to Political and Economic Agency: A Degrowth Perspective. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 86(1), 379-405. 2020 Baumann, A., Alexander, S., & Burdon, P. (2020). Land commodification as a barrier to political and economic agency: A degrowth perspective. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 2020(86), 379-405.
2020 Burdon, P. D. (2020). Extinction Rebellion, Knitting Nannas and the silencing of dissent. Australian Environment Review, 34(9 & 10), 205-209. 2020 Burdon, P. D. (2020). Obligations in the Anthropocene. Law and Critique, 31(3), 309-328.
2019 Babie, P., Burdon, P., da Rimini, F., Metcalf, C., & Stenseth, G. (2019). The Idea of Property: A Comparative Review of Recent Empirical Research Methods. Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, 26(2), 401-436.
2018 Burdon, P., & Heath, M. (2018). Protest and Political Communication after Brown v Tasmania. Law Society of SA Bulletin, 40(1), 10-11. 2018 Brown, D., Breakey, H., Burdon, P., Mackey, B., & Taylor, P. (2018). A four-step process for formulating and evaluating legal commitments under the Paris Agreement. Carbon & Climate Law Review, 12(2), 98-109.
2018 Babie, P. T., Burdon, P. D., & da Rimini, F. (2018). The Idea of Property: An Introductory Empirical Assessment. Houston Journal of International Law, 40, 797-843. 2018 Burdon, P. (2018). Hannah Arendt and Edward Said: Exile and Binationalism. Philosophy Today, 62(2), 377-395.
2017 Heath, M., & Burdon, P. (2017). Silencing of activism in Australian law. Alternative Law Journal, 42(3), 190-194.
2017 Alexander, S., & Burdon, P. (2017). Wild democracy: A biodiversity of resistance and renewal. The Ecological Citizen, 1(1), 45-54. 2016 Burdon, P. (2016). Book Review: Foucault and the Politics of Rights. Adelaide Law Review, 37(2), 523-535. 2016 Wawryk, A., Burdon, P., & Podgorlec, J. (2016). Siting a Nuclear Waste Storage Facility & Matters of Consent. Law Society of South Australia Bulletin, 38(3), 20-22. 2015 Burdon, P. (2015). Hannah Arendt: on judgment and responsibility. Griffith Law Review, 24(2), 221-243.
2015 Burdon, P. (2015). Wild Law: a proposal for radical social change. New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law, 13(1), 157-177. 2015 Burdon, P., Drew, G., Stubbs, M., Webster, A., & Barber, M. (2015). Decolonising Indigenous water ‘rights’ in Australia: flow, difference, and the limits of law. Settler Colonial Studies, 5(4), 334-349.
2014 Burdon, P. (2014). Idealism and struggle: co-opting legal rights for environmental protection. Alternative Law Journal, 39(3), 176-178.
2014 Burdon, P., Appleby, G., LaForgia, R., McIntyre, J., & Naffine, N. (2014). Reflecting on Hannah Arendt and Eichman in Jerusalem: a report on the banality of evil. Adelaide Law Review, 35(2), 427-447. 2013 Burdon, P. (2013). The Earth community and ecological jurisprudence. Onari Socio - Legal Series, 3(5), 815-837. 2013 Appleby, G., Burdon, P., & Reilly, A. (2013). Critical thinking in legal education: Our journey. Legal Education Review, 23(2), 345-377. 2013 Heath, M., & Burdon, P. (2013). Academic resistance to the neoliberal university. Legal Education Review, 23(2), 379-401. 2012 Burdon, P. (2012). A theory of earth jurisprudence. Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 37, 28-60. 2012 Burdon, P. (2012). Earth jurisprudence and the Murray-Darling: the future of a river. Alternative Law Journal, 37(2), 82-85.
2012 Burdon, P. D. (2012). Review Essay: Property Rights and Sustainability: The Evolution of Property Rights to Meet Ecological Challenges'. Adelaide Law Review, 33(2), 581-586. 2011 Burdon, P. (2011). Earth jurisprudence: private property and earth community. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 144(3), 109-110. 2011 Burdon, P. (2011). The jurisprudence of Thomas Berry. Worldviews: global religions, culture, and ecology, 15(2), 151-167.
2011 Burdon, P. (2011). Earth rights: the theory. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law e-Journal, 2011(1), 1-12. 2010 Burdon, P. (2010). The rights of nature: Reconsidered. Australian Humanities Review, 49, 69-89. 2010 Burdon, P. (2010). Wild law: The philosophy of Earth Jurisprudence. Alternative Law Journal, 35(2), 62-65.
2010 Burdon, P. D., & Burdon, P. D. (2010). What is Good Land Use? From Rights to Responsibilities. Melbourne University Law Review, 34(3), 708-735. 2010 Burdon, P. (2010). What is good land use? From rights to relationship. Melbourne University Law Review, 34(3), 708-735.
2008 Burdon, P. (2008). Native title and the clash of civilisations. Chain Reaction, 104, 21-22.
Year Citation 2021 Anker, K., Burdon, P. D., Garver, G., Maloney, M., & Sbert, C. (Eds.) (2021). From Environmental to Ecological Law. Abingdon, Oxon; United Kingdom: Routledge. 2021 伯登. (2021). 地球法理 私有产权与环境. 2019 Burdon, P. D., Bosselmann, K., & Engel, K. (2019). Preface. Edward Elgar Publishing.
2019 Burdon, P., Bosselmann, K., & Engel, K. (Eds.) (2019). The Crisis in Global Ethics and the Future of Global Governance Fulfilling the Promise of the Earth Charter. Cheltenham, Glos; United Kingdom: 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. 2014 Burdon, P. D. (2014). Earth jurisprudence: Private property and the environment. Routledge.
2011 Burdon, P. (Ed.) (2011). Exploring wild law: the philosophy of earth jurisprudence. Kent Town, SA: Wakefield Press.
Year Citation 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 2020 Burdon, P. D. (2020). Torrens Governance Reforms. 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.
Original Creative Works
Year Citation 2020 Authors: Burdon PD, Alexander S. Title: Death For Gaia: Ecocide and the Righteous Assassins. Description: N/A. Extent: 110 pages.
University of Adelaide, Learning and Teaching Award 2020, $5,000 with Anne Hewitt, Stacey Henderson, DavidCaruso, Kellie Toole, Margaret Castles, Gabrielle Golding, Maeghan Toews & David Plater.
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 2022 Principal Supervisor Protecting Public Health Against Avoidable Harm from Medical Device Adverse Events Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Aminath Ali Mariya 2021 Principal Supervisor Created Equal? Revisiting Equality's Philosophical Foundations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Sawinder Singh 2021 Principal Supervisor The Modern Interface of Law and Science: CRISPR Technology Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Olga Christine Pandos 2021 Principal Supervisor Alternative Dispute Resolution and Disability Discrimination Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Peta Spyrou 2020 Principal Supervisor Consent to treatment in acute care health settings: clinical practice and patient autonomy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Patricia Carlisle 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 Part Time Mr Samuel Paul Tyrer 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 Part 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 2017 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Limiting Constraints on a Global Climate Change Regime: Neoliberalism and the Global Order of States Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Geoffrey William George Leane 2017 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Towards a New Law School Curriculum in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Joshua Krook 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 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 Director Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment, Australasia Australia 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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