Researcher

Associate Professor Sean Brennan

My Expertise

Constitutional law, Native title and land rights, Indigenous legal issues in general

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

Sean Brennan is Director of the Indigenous Legal Issues Project at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and was the Director of the Centre itself from 2014 to 2018. He teaches and writes mainly in the areas of constitutional law, native title and Aboriginal land rights. After working as a judge's associate in the Federal Court, with various Aboriginal and other community organisations and in the Commonwealth Parliament’s research...view more

Sean Brennan is Director of the Indigenous Legal Issues Project at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and was the Director of the Centre itself from 2014 to 2018. He teaches and writes mainly in the areas of constitutional law, native title and Aboriginal land rights. After working as a judge's associate in the Federal Court, with various Aboriginal and other community organisations and in the Commonwealth Parliament’s research service, Sean joined the UNSW Faculty of Law in May 2002. He is the co-editor and co-author of several books including of Blackshield & Williams Australian Constitutional Law and Theory (Federation Press, 7th ed, 2018), Native Title from Mabo to Akiba: A Vehicle for Change and Empowerment? (Federation Press, 2015), Indigenous Legal Issues: Commentary and Materials (Thomson Reuters, 4th ed, 2009) and Treaty (Federation Press, 2005). He has also worked with a range of Aboriginal organisations and has given evidence and made submissions to a number of parliamentary and other inquiries. In 2016-17 he was part of the pro bono legal team that supported the Regional Dialogues and First Nations Constitutional Convention which culminated in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. He has supervised several PhD students to completion, mainly in relation to native title and Aboriginal land rights issues.


My Qualifications

BA (Hons) LLB (Hons) LLM ANU


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

Native title and land rights

Constitutional law

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal issues


Currently supervising

Lauren Butterly (PhD) - conceptions of marine sovereignty and Aboriginal rights to sea country

Jayne Weepers (Scientia PhD) - impact of leasing on Aboriginal land rights and remote communities in Central Australia


My Teaching

Courses taught:

Principles of Public Law (LAWS1141 / JURD7141)

Federal Constitutional Law (LAWS2150 / JURD7250)

Indigenous Peoples and the Law (LAWS3211 / JURD7411)

Contemporary Constitutional Law (LAWS3150 / JURD7450)

Native Title Law Policy and Practice (LAWS8212 / JURD7812)

 

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Location

Room 322
The Law Building
University of New South Wales
UNSW Kensington Campus
Sydney NSW 2052
Australia
(Access via Gate 2 off High Street)

Contact

+ 61 2 9385 2334
+61 2 9385 1175