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


Calculated based on number of publications stored in Pure and citations from Scopus

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), and his analysis of evolutions in Australian native title law was shortlisted for the 2020 Australian Legal Research Awards (Article/Chapter category). Simon teaches undergraduate and postgraduate units at USQ and UWA. He has provided expert advice and/or seminars to various government agencies (in Australia and Canada), various non-government organisations, the Australian Law Reform Commission, judges, law firms, barristers and journalists.  In 2024 he undertook a Fulbright Scholar exchange to study First Nations' water rights at the University of Wisconsin in the US.

Roles and responsibilities

Professor of Law and Justice (University of Southern Queensland) (2014-)

Deputy Director of the Centre for Heritage and Culture (UniSQ) (2019-)

Adjunct Professor of Law (UWA) (2014-)

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

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

Member of The International Society of Public Law (2020-)

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

Member of editorial board for International Journal of Agriculture Law and Sustainability (Oct 2023-)

Member of Advisory Committee for First Peoples of Australia Law Review (June 2024-)


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 has received the UWA Blackstone Society Award for Law Teacher of the Year (in 2008 & 2013), the UWA Faculty of Law Excellence in Individual Teaching Award (p/grad & u/grad) (2008), the UniSQ Law Student Society Outstanding Lecturer Award (2020 & 2022), and the UWA School of Law Enhancing Student Learning Award (2023).


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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

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


Dive into the research topics where Simon Young is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or