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Professor Ben White

Faculty of Law,
Law School

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Name
Professor Ben White
Position(s)
Professor
Faculty of Law,
Law School
Discipline *
Law, Public Health and Health Services
Phone
+61 7 3138 4066
Fax
+61 7 3138 2121
Email
Location
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Social Media
Twitter
Qualifications

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

Professional memberships
and associations

Committee member, Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law

Keywords

Adult Guardianship Law, Advance Care Planning, Consent To Medical Treatment, End Of Life Decision-Making, Health Law, Law Reform, Medical Decision-Making, Medical Futility, Medical Law, Withholding And Withdrawing Treatment

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

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: http://eprints.qut.edu.au/view/person/White,_Benjamin.html.

Research interests

  • End of life decision-making
  • Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment
  • Medical futility
  • Euthanasia
  • Palliative care
  • Adult guardianship
  • Health law
  • Medical law
  • Consent to medical treatment
  • Socio-legal research into medical decision-making
  • Law reform

External competitive grants

This information has been contributed by Professor Ben White.

Teaching

Units currently taught

I also supervise a number of PhD students in the field of health law and law reform.

This information has been contributed by Professor Ben White.

Experience

Ben White served as the full-time Commissioner of the Queensland Law Reform Commission between 2005 and 2007 and as a part-time Commissioner between 2007 and 2010.  During his term as the full-time Commissioner, Ben had carriage of the Guardianship Review on behalf of the Commission during which time the following publications were produced (available at http://www.qlrc.qld.gov.au/guardianship/publications.htm):

  • Queensland Law Reform Commission, Public Justice, Private Lives: A New Approach to Confidentiality in the Guardianship System, Report 62 (2007)
  • Queensland Law Reform Commission, A new approach to confidentiality: A guide for people who may need help with decision-making, Miscellaneous Paper 40 (2007)
  • Queensland Law Reform Commission, A new approach to confidentiality: A guide for families, friends and advocates, Miscellaneous Paper 41 (2007)
  • Queensland Law Reform Commission, Public Justice, Private Lives: A Companion to the Confidentiality Report, Miscellaneous Paper 42 (2007)
  • Queensland Law Reform Commission, Confidentiality in the Guardianship System: Public Justice, Private Lives, Discussion Paper, Working Paper 60 (2006)
  • Queensland Law Reform Commission, Public Justice, Private Lives: A Companion Paper, Working Paper 61 (2006)
  • Queensland Law Reform Commission, Public Justice, Private Lives: A CD-ROM Companion, Working Paper 62 (2006)
  • Queensland Law Reform Commission, Confidentiality: Key questions for people who may need help with decision-making, Miscellaneous Paper 38 (2006)
  • Queensland Law Reform Commission, Confidentiality: Key questions for families, friends and advocates, Miscellaneous Paper 39 (2006)
This information has been contributed by Professor Ben White.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Withholding and Withdrawing Life-sustaining Treatment from Adults Lacking Capacity: Enhancing Medical Decision-making Through Doctors Compliance with the Law
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0990329
Start year
2010
Keywords
Withholding and Withdrawing Treatment, Medical Law, Adult Guardianship, Medical Training,
Title
Families and Generational Asset Transfers: Making and Challenging Wills in Contemporary Australia
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP110200891
Start year
2011
Keywords
Intergenerational Transfers, Older People, Social Work
Title
Futile treatment at the end of life: legal, policy, sociological and economic perspectives
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP120100096
Start year
2012
Keywords
Health Sociology, Health Communication, Law and Policy, Social Psychology
Title
Enhancing Community Knowledge and Engagement with Law at the End of Life
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP140100883
Start year
2014
Keywords
Health And Medical Law, End Of Life Decision-Making, Community Knowledge Of Law

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