Researcher biography

Dr Peter Billings is a Professor at the School of Law, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2014 he was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Law, University of Warwick. His research interests are in particular areas of public law: administrative law, immigration and refugee law, social welfare law and human rights law. In 2016 he received an Australian Award for University Teaching - Award for Programs that Enhance Learning (Pro Bono Centre). Since 2010 he has received five teaching excellence awards within the School of Law for outstanding course/teacher evaluations, and in 2011 was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Equity and Diversity Award (UQ) for the Asylum and Refugee Law Project.

Recently, he has published several papers on crImmigration law, policy and practice: including; "Regulating Crimmigrants Through the Character Test: Exploring the Consequences of Mandatory Visa Cancellation for the Fundamental Rights of Non-citizens in Australia" (2019) 71(1) Crime, Law and Social Change 1-23; and, "Getting Rid of Risky Foreigners: Promoting Community Protection at the Expense of Administrative Justice?" (2019) 47(2) Federal Law Review 231. He has edited and contributed two chapters for a socio-legal volume entitled Crimmigration in Australia - Law Politics and Society (2019, Springer), and co-authored a chapter (with R Ananian-Welsh) entitled "Counter-terrorism and the Exclusion of Refugees and Refugee-Citizens from Australia" in Terrorism and Asylum, J Simeon (ed.) Brill Nijhoff, 2020. He is currently co-authoiring a judgment (with Narelle Bedford) for Bringing Indingeous Voices into Judicial Decision-making (Watson, Woods and Douglas (eds)), co-authoring a text on the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) (with Nicky Jones) for LexisNexis 2020, and is leading an interdisciplinary project called Regulating Refugee Protection through Social Welfare Law, Policy and Praxis to be published by Routledge in early 2021.