- Mr Peter Black
- Assistant Dean, Learning and Teaching/Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Law,
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Master of Laws (Columbia University), Bachelor of Laws, Honours Class 1 (University of Queensland)
Peter is a Senior Lecturer in the Law School, teaching and researching in internet law, media law and Australian Constitutional law. He also has a national profile for his advocacy for the LGBTI community.
Peter studied Arts, with a major in Media Studies, and Law at the University of Queensland, graduating from Law as a University Medallist. After working as an Associate for Justice Davies of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Queensland, he worked at the University of Carlos III, Madrid, teaching and coaching a moot team for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.
From 2003-2004, Peter studied at Columbia University in New York, completing his Master of Laws in 2004. On his return to Australia, Peter worked at the Australian Catholic University and the University of Queensland, and was involved in a research project on electronic tendering at QUT.
Peter commenced full time work in the QUT Law School in January 2005. Since joining QUT, Peter has developed an expertise in the legal and policy issues surrounding social media. In addition to his teaching and researching in this area, he is a regular media commentator on these and other issues, including government, politics and constitutional law. From 2010 to 2016, he had a weekly segment on Spencer Howson’s 612 ABC Brisbane radio show on Tuesday morning.
He has an active interest in how technology can be used to improve learning in universities, and uses a variety of social media tools in his teaching. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Peter is the Queensland Director for Australian Marriage Equality and the Equality Campaign, Vice-President of the Queensland AIDS Council, on the management committee of the LGBTI Legal Service, and is the LGBT representative on the Inclusive Brisbane Board (an advisory board to the Lord Mayor of Brisbane). Peter’s advocacy focus for the LGBTI community has focused on marriage equality, equalising the age of consent, the expungement of historic gay sex convictions, access to PrEP, and the abolition of the so-called gay panic defence.
Peter is also on the board of the Postgraduate Medical Education Council of Queensland and is a former Chairman of Keep Queensland Beautiful and board member of Keep Australia Beautiful.
Units Currently Taught
- LLB203 Constitutional Law
- LLB203 Media Law
- LLB345 Internet Law
- LWS008 Entertainment Law
- LWS011 Journalism Law
- Nominated for the David Gardner QUT Teacher of the Year Award in 2016 and 2017
- Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award in 2008, 2012 and 2015
- Law Faculty Awards for Excellence in Teaching 2006
- Students’ Voice Award 2006
Higher Education Academy
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.