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  • Professor, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Faculty of Law, School of Law, QUT
  • Honorary Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland


DPhil (University of Oxford), Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships and associations

Committee member, Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law

Curent projects/grants


Researcher biography

Ben White graduated with first class Honours and a University Medal in Law from the Queensland University of Technology. He won 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 School, he worked as an associate at the Supreme Court and at Legal Aid Queensland. Between 2005 and 2007, Ben 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 is a Director of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research. He has published extensively in the area of health law, with a particular focus on end of life decision-making and guardianship law. He is presently undertaking three ARC funded studies examining law at the end of life. Ben teaches health law at undergraduate and postgraduate level and also supervises a number of PhD students in this area. He is currently a committee member of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law.

More information about Ben’s research is available here:,_Benjamin.html.

Areas of research