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Dr Simon Young is a Professor of Law and Justice at the University of Southern Queensland and Deputy Director of USQ's Centre for Heritage and Culture. He previously worked at UWA (2005-2014), QUT (1996-2005) and with a national law firm (1992-1996). He specialises in the areas of Indigenous law and policy (particularly native title) and public law (particularly administrative law) - publishing books in those fields in 1997, 2001, 2007, 2008 and 2016 - and articles in Australian, Canadian and UK journals. His postgraduate work on comparative native title was awarded UWA's Robert Street Prize for the PhD thesis making the most significant contribution to its field (2005), and his 2019 analysis of evolutions in Australian native title law was shortlisted for the 2020 Australian Legal Research Awards (Article/Chapter category). He has provided expert advice and/or seminars to various government agencies (in Australia and Canada), various non-government organisations, law reform commissions, courts and tribunals, law firms, barristers and journalists.


  • 2015–present
    Professor, University of Southern Queensland
  • 2005–2014
    Adjunct professor, University of Western Australia