Samuel White

Samuel White

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Adelaide Law School

Faculty of the Professions


I am a Legal Officer in the Australian Regular Army, currently completing my PhD at the University of Adelaide. Prior to joining as Legal Officer, I was a Federal Court Associate and Royal Australian Infantry Corps officer. I have particular research interests in international and domestic military law, and its intersection with other branches of law - industrial relations and disputes, administrative law and judicial review, as well as international and domestic criminal law. Arising from an undergraduate background in classical history, I believe that there is nothing new in military affairs / military law when you take a 5000 year perspective!

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 Sessional Academic University of New England
    2020 Research Assistant University of Adelaide
    2019 Australian Army Legal Corps Australian Defence Force
    2018 - 2019 Federal Court Associate The Hon. Justice JA Logan RFD
    2018 - 2018 Tutor Queensland University of Technology
    2015 - 2019 Royal Australian Infantry Officer Australian Defence Force
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Achievement Solicitor & Barrister - High Court of Australia High Court of Australia Australia
    2018 Achievement Solicitor - State of Queensland State of Queensland Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2019 - 2020 University of New South Wales Australia M. War Studies
    2018 - 2018 Australian National University Australia GDLP
    2017 - 2019 University of Melbourne Australia LL.M (Hons I)
    2012 - 2017 University of Queensland Australia BA/LLB
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2022 White, S. (2022). Taking the King's Hard Bargain. Australian Law Journal.
    2021 White, S. (2021). Keeping the Peace of the iRealm. Adelaide Law Review, 42(1), 101-145.
    2021 White, S. (2021). iCan Help You: AI and Military Decision Making. Australian Army Journal.
    2021 White, S. (2021). Authorisation and Accountability of Automated Government Decisions under Australian Administrative Law. AIAL Forum.
    2021 White, S., & Kerkhove, R. (2021). Indigenous Laws of War. International Review of the Red Cross.
    2021 White, S. C. D. (2021). Aztec Laws of War. History In the Making, 9(1), 1-22.
    2021 White, S. (2021). A Shield for the Tip of the Spear. Federal Law Review, 49(2), 210-230.
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    2020 White, S. C. D., & Butler, A. (2020). Reviewing a Decision to Call Out The Troops. AIAL Forum, 99, 58-77.
    2020 White, S. C. D. (2020). God-Like Powers: The character test and unfettered Ministerial discretion. Adelaide Law Review, 41(1), 1-38.
    2020 White, S. C. D. (2020). Military Intervention In Australian Industrial Action. Public Law Review, 31(3), 423-443.
    2019 White, S. C. D. (2019). Loose Lips Bring Ships. The Forge.
    2019 White, S. C. D. (2019). Justice Doesn't Come from the Briefcase of the White Man. Perth Journal of International Law, 3, 19-32.
    2019 White, S. C. D. (2019). A Soldier By Any Other Name - A Reappraisal of the Citizen In Uniform Doctrine. Military Law and Law of War Review, 57(2), 280-331.
    2018 White, S. C. D. (2018). Hiding the Boats: The need for transparency in the Australian Government's border protection policy. AIAL Forum, 92, 12-36.
    2018 White, S. C. D. (2018). Ancient History & Modern Cinema - Bringing to heel Hollywood's Achilles. History In The Making, 6.
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2022 White, S. C. D. (Ed.) (2022). The Laws of Yesterday's Wars - Volume II.
    2021 White, S. C. D. (Ed.) (2021). The Laws of Yesterday's Wars (Vol. 1, 1 ed.). Netherlands: Brill.
    2021 White, S. C. D. (2021). Keeping the Peace of the Realm.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2021 White, S., & Kerkhove, R. (2021). Indigenous Laws of Armed Conflict. In S. White (Ed.), The Laws of Yesterday's Wars (pp. 1-33).
    2021 White, S., & Kerkhove, R. (2021). Indigenous Laws of Armed Conflict. In S. White (Ed.), The Laws of Yesterday's Wars (pp. 1-33).
    2021 White, S. (2021). Medieval Laws of Armed Conflict. In S. White (Ed.), The Laws of Yesterday's Wars (pp. 77-96).
    2021 White, S. (2021). Medieval Laws of Armed Conflict. In S. White (Ed.), The Laws of Yesterday's Wars (pp. 77-96).
    2021 White, S. (2021). Aztec Laws of Wars. In S. White (Ed.), The Laws of Yesterday's Wars (pp. 54-77).
    2021 White, S. (2021). Aztec Laws of Wars. In S. White (Ed.), The Laws of Yesterday's Wars (pp. 54-77).

I am a sessional academic at the University of New England, where I lecture in Law in Context and Introduction to Criminal Law.


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