ALRC Contributor

Dr William Isdale

Senior Legal Officer

Dr William Isdale joined the ALRC in January 2021 as a Senior Legal Officer. In this role, he leads research and writing for specific aspects of ALRC inquiries.

At the ALRC, William has worked on the following Inquiry:

Prior to joining the ALRC, William worked as a solicitor with MinterEllison, where he specialised in financial services regulation and commercial legal advice. Before commencing practice he was an Associate to the Hon. Justice John Dowsett AM on the Federal Court of Australia.

William holds a PhD in law from the University of Queensland, for a thesis on native title compensation. He was supervised by Adjunct Professors Jonathan Fulcher and the Hon. Justice Andrew Greenwood (a judge of the Federal Court of Australia). His thesis addressed issues relating to native title law, tort law, constitutional law, and the law of remedies. His thesis won the 2021 Holt Prize and was published as a book (‘Compensation for Native Title’) by The Federation Press in 2022.

William also holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University, and an LLM in International Financial and Commercial Law from King’s College London.

He is a weekly contributor of case notes to the Queensland Law Reporter, and has published a number of academic articles on issues in both private and public law. He is an Adjunct Fellow of the T.C. Beirne School of Law, at the University of Queensland.


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