Personal details

Name
Dr Alex Deagon
Position(s)
Senior 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 the Australasian Society of Legal Philosophy

Member of the Western Australian Legal Theory Association

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, ILGG

* 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. The thesis was published as the book ‘From Violence to Peace: Theology, Law and Community’ in August 2017 with Hart Publishing, Oxford.

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 Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy and the Federal Law Review.  He has been a peer reviewer for academic presses and journals including Cambridge University Press and the Journal of Law, Religion and State.  Alex has been cited extensively by Commonwealth Law Reform Inquiries and Parliamentary Committees, including in the 2018 Report on Religious Exemptions for Religious Educational Institutions by the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee. Alex’s research was then cited in the subsequent Senate debate by a Government Minister to support proposed Government amendments to the Sex Discrimination Amendment Bill. Alex has also 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 was promoted to Senior Lecturer in June 2018. He has completed a Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice and is 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:

  • “It’s Not Just Courtesy, It’s the Law”: (Not) Giving Way to Alienation, keynote address given at the Western Australian Legal Theory Association, Sheridan College, Perth, October 2018.
  • The Virtues of Public Religion, keynote address given at the Australasian Religious Press Association Annual Conference, Brisbane, September 2018.
  • Equal Voice Liberalism and Free Public Religion: Some Legal Implications, given at the Australasian Society of Legal Philosophy Annual Conference, Bond University, Gold Coast, July 2018.
  • A Christian Framework for Religious Diversity in Political Discourse, given at the Freedom for Faith 2018 National Conference, Parliament House of New South Wales, Sydney, May 2018.
  • Towards a Constitutional Definition of Religion: Challenges and Prospects, given at the Freedom of Religion or Belief Conference: Creating the Constitutional Space for Other Fundamental Freedoms, University of Notre Dame, Sydney, February 2018.
  • 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

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

Alex currently teaches Theories of Law, Constitutional Law, and Evidence. He has taught previously in the Masters unit Legal Research Methodologies as well as other undergraduate law units.

This information has been contributed by Dr Alex Deagon.

Experience

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/

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.

Interview discussing my book ‘From Violence to Peace’ and Religious Freedom on Hope Radio’s Open House with Stephen O’Doherty. https://hope1032.com.au/programs/open-house-interviews/ May 2018.

Interview discussing the meaning of religious freedom and what it entails on The Daily segment at 2SER Radio Sydney. https://2ser.com/does-australia-need-religious-freedoms/ , July 2018

Conscientious Objection in the Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018 (Qld), Law and Religion Australia, October 2018: https://lawandreligionaustralia.blog/2018/10/19/conscientious-objection-in-the-termination-of-pregnancy-bill-2018-qld-guest-blog/

Book Review of Luke Beck’s Religious Freedom and the Australian Constitution: Origins and Future (Routledge, 2018) on the Australian Public Law Blog (UNSW), November 2018: https://auspublaw.org/2018/11/book-forum-alex-deagon/

Overview of current research on religious perspectives and public policy on the QUT Law Research Blog, December 2018. Available at https://blogs.qut.edu.au/law-research/can-public-policy-benefit-from-considering-religious-perspectives/

This information has been contributed by Dr Alex Deagon.

Publications


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

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.
Type
Fellowship of a Learned Academy or Membership of AIATSIS
Reference year
2017
Details
Accepted Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, which recognises quality, expertise and innovation in tertiary education.
Type
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2018
Details
Reviewer for Cambridge University Press (Textbooks on Jurisprudence and Evidence) and Connor Court Publishing (edited collection on Law and Religion) Reviewer for Law, Culture and the Humanities, the Journal of Social Inclusion, Law in Context, the Western Australian Jurist, the Australian Catholic Historical Society Journal and the Journal of Law, Religion and State.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2018
Details
Invited to be a keynote speaker for the Australasian Religious Press Association Annual Conference

Supervision