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Simon Young

Professor, BA LLB (Hons) Qld, AMusA, LLM Qld UT, PhD(Dist) W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M253), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Simon Young was a full-time member of the UWA Law Faculty from 2005 until 2014 - before which he worked for four years with a national law firm and eight years with the Queensland University of Technology. In 2014 he took up a position as Professor of Law & Justice at the University of Southern Queensland in his family's home town of Toowoomba. He remains an Adjunct Professor at UWA. He specialises in public law (particularly administrative law) and Indigenous law and policy (particularly native title). He has published books in these fields in 1997, 2001, 2007, 2008 and 2016, and his articles have appeared in Australian, Canadian and UK journals. His postgraduate work on comparative native title was awarded the Robert Street Prize for the PhD thesis at UWA making the most significant contribution to its field (2005). Simon teaches undergraduate and postgraduate units at USQ and UWA. He has conducted seminars for, consulted to, or advised various government agencies (in Australia and Canada), various non-government organisations, the Australian Law Reform Commission, judges, law firms, barristers and journalists.

Roles and responsibilities

Professor of Law and Justice (USQ) (2014-)

Adjunct Professor of Law (UWA) (2014-)

External Fellow - Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law, University of Queensland (2017-)

Member of the Editorial Board of the Indigenous Law Bulletin (2014-)

Member of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law (2004-)

Admitted as Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland (1994-) 

Teaching overview

Simon teaches principally in the fields of administrative law, government accountability and Indigenous law and policy (particularly native title). He also periodically teaches in specific areas of Constitutional Law and Property Law.

Simon received the UWA Blackstone Society Award for Law Teacher of the Year (in 2008 & 2013), and the UWA Faculty of Law Excellence in Individual Teaching Award (p/grad & u/grad) (2008).


Administrative Law and government accountability
Native Title Law (including comparative)
Indigenous Law and Policy
Aspects of Constitutional Law


  • Administrative law
  • Native title law
  • Comparative native title law
  • Indigenous law and policy
  • Aspects of constitutional law

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Research Output 2001 2019

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Still Waters Run Deep: Pilbara iron ore State agreement rights to mine dewatering and water law reform

Brown, N., 2018, (Unpublished)

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

iron ore
mining industry

The evolution of bias: spectrums, species and the weary lay observer

Young, S., 2017, In : Melbourne University Law Review. 41, 2, p. 928-956

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Constitutional Recognition of First Peoples in Australia: Theories and Comparative Perspectives

Young, S., Nielsen, J. & Patrick, J., 2016, Sydney, Australia: The Federation Press. 269 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book/Anthology

Rights-based 'Recognition': The Canadian Experience

Mascher, S. L. & Young, S. J., 2016, Constitutional Recognition of First Peoples in Australia: Theories and Comparative Persepectives. Young, S., Nielsen, J. & Patrick, J. (eds.). Sydney: The Federation Press, p. 176-205 30 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter