Samuel White

Samuel White

Post Doctoral Researcher

Adelaide Law School

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics


I am the inaugural Cybersecurity Post Doc Researcher at the Adelaide Law School, RUMLAE Associate Researcher at the University of Adelaide and  Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of New England. Prior to joining the Australian Regular Army as a 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 their intersection with other branches of law - industrial relations and disputes, administrative law and judicial review, as well as international and domestic criminal law. This scholarship has seen me recognised as an 'Emerging Voice' in international humanitarian law by the International Committee of the Red Cross. 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! 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2022 - 2024 Cybersecurity Post Doc Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2021 - ongoing Adjunct Research Fellow University of New England
    2020 - ongoing Associate Researcher University of Adelaide
    2019 - ongoing Australian Army Legal Corps Australian Defence Force
    2018 - 2019 Federal Court Associate The Hon. Justice JA Logan RFD
    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

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2022 White, S. (2022). Taking the King's Hard Bargain. Australian Law Journal.
    2022 White, S. (2022). Colouring in the Grey Zone: Lawfare as a Lever of National Power. Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, 21(2), 77-106.
    2021 White, S. (2021). Keeping the Peace of the iRealm. Adelaide Law Review, 42(1), 101-145.
    2021 White, S. C. (2021). iCan Help You: The Benefits of Artificial Intelligence to Military Forces Outside of Warfighting Operations. Australian Army Journal, 17(1), 79-97.
    2021 White, S. (2021). Authorisation and Accountability of Automated Government Decisions under Australian Administrative Law. AIAL Forum, 102(July), 84-96.
    2021 White, S., & Kerkhove, R. (2021). Indigenous Australian laws of war: Makarrata, milwerangel and junkarti. International Review of the Red Cross, 102(914), 959-978.
    DOI
    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.
    DOI Scopus1
    2021 White, S. C. D. (2021). Keeping the Peace of the Realm. Adelaide Law Review, 42(1), 101-145.
    Scopus1
    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., & Kerkhove, R. (2020). Indigenous Australian laws of war: Makarrata, milwerangel and junkarti. International Review of the Red Cross, 102(914), 959-978.
    DOI WoS1
    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). 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.
    2019 White, S. C. D. (2019). Loose Lips Bring Ships. The Forge.
    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. (2018). Achilles Throughout the Ages: Bringing to Heel the Myths of Hollywood. History In The Making, 6.
    2018 White, S. C. D. (2018). Justice Doesn't Come from the Briefcase of the White Man. Perth Journal of International Law, 3, 19-32.
  • 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.
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    2021 White, S. C. D. (Ed.) (2021). The Laws of Yesterday's Wars (Vol. 1, 1 ed.). Netherlands: Brill.
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  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2022 White, S., & Kerkhove, R. (2022). Indigenous Australians. In S. White (Ed.), The Laws of Yesterday's Wars (Vol. 58, pp. 3-43). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill & The Hague Academy of International Law.
    DOI
    2022 White, S., & Kerkhove, R. (2022). Indigenous Australians. In S. White (Ed.), The Laws of Yesterday's Wars (Vol. 58, pp. 3-43). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill & The Hague Academy of International Law.
    DOI
    2022 White, S. (2022). Roman Laws of War. In S. White (Ed.), The Laws of Yesterday's Wars: Volume II.
    2022 White, S. (2022). Roman Laws of War. In S. White (Ed.), The Laws of Yesterday's Wars: Volume II.
    2021 White, S. (2021). The Late Middle Ages in Northern Europe. In S. White (Ed.), The Laws of Yesterday's Wars (Vol. 58, pp. 101-126). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill & The Hague Academy of International Law.
    DOI
    2021 White, S. (2021). The Late Middle Ages in Northern Europe. In S. White (Ed.), The Laws of Yesterday's Wars (Vol. 58, pp. 101-126). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill & The Hague Academy of International Law.
    DOI
    2021 White, S. (2021). The Aztecs. In S. White (Ed.), The Laws of Yesterday's Wars (Vol. 58, pp. 69-100). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill & The Hague Academy of International Law.
    DOI
    2021 White, S. (2021). The Aztecs. In S. White (Ed.), The Laws of Yesterday's Wars (Vol. 58, pp. 69-100). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill & The Hague Academy of International Law.
    DOI
  • Internet Publications

    Year Citation
    2022 White, S. (2022). Hack Backs: How Indigenous Australian laws of war can apply online. ILA Reporter.
    2022 White, S. (2022). Killing the Queen's Enemies (And Keeping the Peace). AUSPUBLAW.
    2022 White, S. (2022). Student Symposium Profile Piece: Samuel White. SA Rights Research Centre.

I am a sessional academic at the University of New England, where I lecture in Law in Context and Introduction to Criminal Law. I have also taught international law at Charles Sturt University. 

  • Position: Post Doctoral Researcher
  • Email: samuel.white@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ligertwood
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Law School

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