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Dr Alex Deagon

Faculty of Law,
Law School

Personal

Name
Dr Alex Deagon
Position(s)
Lecturer
Faculty of Law,
Law School
Discipline *
Law, Philosophy, Religion and Religious Studies
Phone
+61 7 3138 5202
Email
Location
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Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Griffith University), Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) (Griffith University), Bachelor of Science (Griffith University)

Professional memberships
and associations

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of QUT’s Academy of Learning and Teaching

Member of Higher Education Research Network

Keywords

Law and Legal Philosophy, Jurisprudence, Law and Theology, Religious Freedom and Non-Establishment, Theories of Secularism and the Secular State

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Alex graduated from Griffith University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physics.   His own Christian faith in conjunction with an interest in the interaction of Contemporary Philosophy, Theology and Legal Theory led him to commence a PhD with the Griffith Law School at the beginning of 2012 entitled “Using Christian Theology and Philosophy to Construct a Jurisprudence of Truth”. Using the work of John Milbank, the thesis examines how the secularisation of reason through the distortion and/or rejection of faith and theology leads to violence in law.  The thesis argues in response that the way to remove this violent ontology is through the revelation of truth in the Incarnation, which reconciles faith and theology with reason, and provides the foundation for a Christian ontology of peace in law through the Pauline law of love. The thesis was submitted for examination in June 2015 and awarded without alteration in December 2015, and received the Chancellor’s Medal for outstanding excellence in the Doctor of Philosophy. Alex has research expertise in Theories of Law, Law and Theology and Freedom of Religion, and has been published in Law, Culture and the Humanities, the International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, and the Griffith Law Review.  He has been a reviewer for Cambridge University Press, the Journal of Social Inclusion, and Law in Context.  Alex has been cited  in the 2017 Report of the Select Committee on the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill and the 2016 ALRC Report 129 ‘Traditional Rights and Freedoms – Encroachments by Commonwealth Laws’, and has received QUT’s Early Career Academic Recruitment and Development Grant.  Alex commenced as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology in December 2014 and has completed a Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice.  He has been accepted as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  His teaching areas include Theories of Law, Constitutional Law and Evidence.  Alex has presented his research at a number of national and international conferences:

  • Collaborating with Students to Create Assessment in Law: A Case Study, given at the Higher Education Research Network Symposium, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, November 2016.
  • Facilitating Collaboration in Physical and Virtual Spaces, given at the Queensland University of Technology Law School Learning and Teaching Showcase, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, November 2016.
  • Secularism and Religious Freedom in Australia: Political Engagement and Constitutional Culture, given at the Queensland University of Technology Law Faculty Research Seminar Series, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, July 2016.
  • Shifting Understandings: Radical Orthodoxy and the Future of the Secular State, given at the Queensland University of Technology Law Faculty Research Seminar Series, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, October 2015.
  • Sovereignty, Surveillance and Speeding: Considering the Panopticon as a Method of Policing, given at the International Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Conference, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, July 2015.
  • What is a “Christian” Jurisprudence?, given at the Centre for the Study of Science, Religion and Society Write Conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane, July 2014.
  • “It’s Not the Jedi Way!”: Moral Ambivalence and Delivering the ‘Good’ in Star Wars, given at the Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, December 2013.
  • Popper or Kuhn: Truth and the Progress of Science, given at the Perspectives on Progress Conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane, November 2013.
  • Constituting Religion After Williams: The False Dichotomy of Theocracy and Secularism, given at the After Williams Colloquium, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, October 2013.
  • Using Christian Theology and Philosophy to Construct a Jurisprudence of Truth (Confirmation Paper), given at the Emerging Scholars Colloquium, Griffith Law School, Griffith University, Gold Coast, February 2013.

Orcid ID: orcid.org/0000-0002-6384-2083 https://qut.academia.edu/AlexDeagon Alex is a member of the International Law and Global Governance Research Program. https://www.qut.edu.au/law/research/research-areas/international-law-and-global-governance

This information has been contributed by Dr Alex Deagon.

Teaching

LLH475 Theories of Law

LLB303 Evidence

LLB203 Constitutional Law

LWN304 Legal Research Methodologies 

 

Alex is coordinator and designer of Theories of Law, and co-coordinator and co-designer of Evidence.  He also teaches into Constitutional Law and in the Masters unit Legal Research Methodologies.

This information has been contributed by Dr Alex Deagon.

Publications


Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
Dr Deagon's PhD Thesis 'The Contours of Truth: Using Christian Theology and Philosophy to Construct a Jurisprudence of Truth' was awarded the Chancellor's Medal for outstanding excellence in the Doctor of Philosophy by Griffith University. The award recognises the highest ranking PhD theses in the University and the top ranked thesis in the Arts, Education and Law Group.