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Lecturer - Law, CQUniversity Australia

Dr Jacob Deem is a Lecturer at CQUniversity's Law School. He specialises in public law research, focusing particularly on federalism, constitutional law and the principle of subsidiarity. His published works on these topics include lead authorship of ‘Subsidiarity in the Australian Public Service’ (in Australian Journal of Public Administration) and ‘Beyond the Canberra Bubble’ (in From Turnbull to Morrison), and co-authorship of ‘A Tale of Two Regionalisms (in Regional Studies). He has also contributed chapters on placemaking, local governance and Constitutional reform to volumes such as the Oxford Handbook of Australian Politics (Oxford University Press, forthcoming) and A People’s Federation (Federation Press, 2017). His forthcoming book, Decentralization and the Federal Spirit (published by McGill Queen's University Press) uncovers the link between citizens political values and the allocation of power in federal countries.

Jacob teaches Administrative Law and Principles of Commercial Law at CQUniversity, and has previously taught courses in Constitutional Law, Australian Politics, Political Leadership, and the Mechanics of Power at Griffith University.


  • 2019–present
    Lecturer, CQUniversity


  • 2018 
    Griffith University, PhD
  • 2014 
    Griffith University, Bachelor of Law (Hons)/Bachelor of Psychological Science


  • 2022
    Decentralization and the Federal Spirit: Subsidiarity's Quest for Meaning, McGill Queen's University Press
  • 2020
    When Should the People Decide?: Citizen Trust and Public Support for Direct Democracy in Australia, Parliamentary Affiars
  • 2018
    ‘Surveillance and Self Assessment: Foucault and Latour in the Australian Taxation System’, Curtin Law and Taxation Review
  • 2018
    Are All Constitutional Rules Created Equal? Substantive Hierarchy in Constitutions in Theory and Practice, Journal of Malaysian and Comparative Law
  • 2016
    ‘A Tale of Two Regionalisms: Improving the Measurement of Regionalism in Australia and Beyond’, Regional Studies
  • 2015
    'Subsidiarity in the Australian Public Sector: Finding Pragmatism in the Principle’, Australian Journal of Public Administration

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Breaking barriers to videoconferencing by assessing client digital inclusion
    Associate Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Department of Justice and Attorney-General
  • 2020
    New Staff Research Grant
    Lead Researcher
    Funding Source:

Research Areas

  • Law (1801)
  • Political Science (1606)