Dennis has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (History) from the University of Queensland. Prior to commencing his postgraduate studies he worked in privacy and cyber security, both as an academic and as a consultant. He has previously held a lecturing position at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and is currently a casual academic at UQ, teaching public law.

Dennis’ research interests are in jurisprudence and legal history. His thesis is on the constitutional thought and jurisprudence of David Hume, with a particular interest in how Hume accounts for the evolution of constitutions, and the way in which Hume’s science of human nature informs his constitutional thought generally.

HDR Project Title: Hume’s Constitutionalism: History and Human Nature in the Constitutional Thought of David Hume

Supervisors: Professor James Allan and Dr Simon Kennedy


Harfield, C., & Gibson, D. ‘Amplifying victim vulnerability: Unanticipated harm and consequences in data breach notification policy’ (2022) International Review of Victimology. doi:10.1177/02697580221107683

Gibson, D., & Harfield, C. ‘Contradictions and inconsistencies in Australia’s mandatory data breach notification laws’ (2021) 42 Computer Law and Security Review.

Lacey, D., Goode, S., Pawada, J., & Gibson, D. ‘The application of scam compliance models to investment fraud offending’ (2020) 6(1) Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, 65