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 PhD Thesis 'Subsidiarity's Quest for Meaning' uncovered vibrant subsidiarity political cultures in Australia, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom.

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


  • 2018
    ‘Surveillance and Self Assessment: Foucault and Latour in the Australian Taxation System’, Curtin Law and Taxation Review
  • 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

Research Areas

  • Political Science (1606)
  • Law (1801)