Ben White is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the Queensland University of Technology and a member of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research. He graduated with first class Honours and a University Medal in Law from the Queensland University of Technology. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to complete a DPhil at Oxford University, where his doctoral thesis investigated the role that consultation plays in the law reform process.
Before joining the Law Faculty, Ben worked as an Associate at the Supreme Court and at Legal Aid Queensland. Between 2005 and 2007, he was appointed as the full-time Commissioner of the Queensland Law Reform Commission where he had carriage of the Guardianship Review on behalf of the Commission. He also served as a part-time Commissioner between 2007 and 2010.
Ben was a foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research for six years (2013-2018). He still co-leads the End of Life: Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice Program within the Centre. Ben has published over 100 book chapters and journal articles in the area of health law, with a particular focus on end of life decision-making. His work is interdisciplinary with publications in law, medicine, bioethics, social science and psychology journals as well as those that have an interdisciplinary focus. He is an editor of the leading text Health Law in Australia (2018, 3rd ed, Thomson).
Ben has been part of interdisciplinary teams that have been awarded over $40 million in the field of end-of-life decision-making, including from the Australian Research Council, the National Health and Medical Research Council and Commonwealth and State governments. He is currently undertaking a four-year Australian Research Council Future Fellowship that aims to enhance end of life care through better regulation (2020-2023).
Ben’s legal research is publicly available through the End of Life Law in Australia website (https://end-of-life.qut.edu.au/ - co-authored with Lindy Willmott and Penny Neller). This site aims to provide accessible information about law at the end of life for patients, families, health and legal practitioners, the media, policymakers and the broader community.