- Dr Alex Deagon
Faculty of Law,
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- Law, Philosophy, Religion and Religious Studies
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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
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of QUT’s Academy of Learning and Teaching
Member of Higher Education Research Network
Law and Legal Philosophy, Jurisprudence, Law and Theology, Religious Freedom and Non-Establishment, Theories of Secularism and the Secular State, ILGG
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. The thesis was published as the book ‘From Violence to Peace: Theology, Law and Community’ in August 2017. 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 Interim Report on the Legal Foundations of Religious Freedom in Australia by the Human Rights Sub-Committee, 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:
- Turning your PhD into a Book, given at the Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Law, Brisbane, September 2017.
- The Place of Religion in the Australian Democracy, given at the Queensland University of Technology Law Faculty Research Seminar Series, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, July 2017.
- 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
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
Alex is coordinator and designer of Theories of Law, and coordinator and designer of Evidence. He also teaches into Constitutional Law, and has taught in the Masters unit Legal Research Methodologies as well as other undergraduate law units.
Media and Public Engagement
Religious Freedom, the confessional and the Royal Commission: Should priests be compelled to disclose confessions of child sexual abuse? https://www.policyforum.net/religious-freedom-confessional-royal-commission/ Policy Forum, September 2017
Comment on Proposed Amendments to the Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Act Law and Religion Australia, October 2017 https://lawandreligionaustralia.blog/2017/10/05/review-of-nt-discrimination-law-guest-blog/
Radio interview on whether religion does more harm than good on The Wire Current Affairs, October 2017. http://thewire.org.au/story/bad-religion/
Does religion have a place in the marriage debate? Public policy benefits from a diversity of arguments, including religious ones. https://www.policyforum.net/religion-place-marriage-debate/ Policy Forum, October 2017
Interview discussing the need for religious freedom protections when same-sex marriage is legalised. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-16/religious-protection-and-same-sex-marriage/9157830 ABC, November 2017.
- Deagon AC, (2017) From violence to peace: Theology, law and community p1-232
- Deagon AC, (2017) Collaborating with students to create law assessment: A case study, Bond Law Review p1-28
- Deagon AC, (2017) Defining the interface of freedom and discrimination: Exercising religion, democracy and same-sex marriage, International Trade and Business Law Review p239-286
- Deagon AC, (2017) Secularism as a religion: Questioning the future of the 'secular' state, The Western Australian Jurist p31-95
- Deagon A, (2017) Rendering to Caesar and God: St Paul, the Natural Law Tradition, and the Authority of Law, Law, Culture and the Humanities p469-492
- Deagon A, (2015) On the symbiosis of law and truth in Christian theology: reconciling universal and particular through the Pauline law of love, Griffith Law Review p589-611
- Deagon A, (2014) Milbank's milieu: theorisations of truth, faith and reason, International Journal of Philosophy and Theology p86-103
Awards and recognition
- Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
- Reference year
- 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.