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A/Prof. Ben Saunders

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

Department

Deakin Law School

Campus

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Qualifications

Graduate Certificate of Higher Ed. Learning & Teaching, Deakin University, 2021
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Queensland, 2017
Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, 2006
Bachelor of Law(s), University of Melbourne, 2006

Contact

b.saunders@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 73462

Biography

Dr Ben Saunders is an Associate Professor at Deakin Law School. Ben's principal areas of research interest are constitutional law, especially executive power and responsible government, law and religion, and public sector governance.

Ben has over 10 years of professional experience, having worked in private practice and with the Victorian and Commonwealth governments, advising on constitutional law and human rights, among other things. Prior to joining Deakin University, he was a Principal Lawyer at the National Disability Insurance Agency.

SSRN page: http://ssrn.com/author=648043

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Research interests

  • Constitutional Law
  • Public Governance
  • Corporate Law
  • Freedom of religion

Teaching interests

  • Constitutional Law
  • Corporate Law

Media appearances

‘God and Religion in the Australian Constitution’, interview with Political Animals podcast, 18 September 2022 <https://anchor.fm/politicalanimals/episodes/God-and-Religion-in-the-Australian-Constitution--with-Dr-Ben-Saunders-e1o0com>.

Nik Dirga, ‘Party On! Constitution Claim Judged to be Utter Nonsense’ AAP FactCheck 21 June 2022 <https://www.aap.com.au/factcheck/party-on-constitution-claim-judged-as-utter-nonsense>.

‘Human Rights Implications of Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations in Victoria’, ABC Religion & Ethics, 8 October 2021 <https://www.abc.net.au/religion/human-rights-and-mandatory-covid-19-vaccinations/13577278>.

‘Human Rights and Constitutional Law’, longform interview for Discernable, 10 November 2021 <https://discernable.io/dr-ben-saunders-human-rights-and-constitutional-law>.

Awards

Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2018–2019.

Deakin University Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher Award for Career Excellence, 2018.

Publications

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2022

Ministers, Statutory Authorities and Government Corporations: the Agency Problem in Public Sector Governance

Ben Saunders

(2022), Vol. 45, pp. 695-729, Melbourne University Law Review, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article
2021

Taking Seriously the Free Exercise of Religion under the Australian Constitution

B Saunders, D Meagher

(2021), Vol. 43, pp. 287-314, Sydney Law Review, C1

journal article

Religion and the constitution: A response to luke beck's safeguard against religious intolerance theory of section 116

B Saunders, A Deagon

(2021), Vol. 44, pp. 1558-1583, University of New South Wales Law Journal, C1

journal article

An Analysis of the Enforcement of Duties Owed by Public Sector Officials

Benjamin Saunders, David Lau

(2021), Vol. 32, pp. 313-330, PUBLIC LAW REVIEW, C1

journal article
2020

Responsible government, statutory authorities and the Australian Constitution

B Saunders

(2020), Vol. 129, pp. 1-26, Federal law review, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Principles, pragmatism and power: Another look at the historical context of section 116

A DEAGON, B SAUNDERS

(2020), Vol. 43, pp. 1033-1068, Melbourne University Law Review, C1

journal article

History and constitutional interpretation: Applying the 'Cambridge school' approach to interpreting constitutions

B Saunders, S Kennedy

(2020), Vol. 40, pp. 591-618, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, C1

journal article
2019

Freedom of Religion

Nicholas Aroney, Benjamin Saunders

(2019), pp. 285-312, The Legal Protection of Rights in Australia, Oxford, Eng., B1

book chapter

An analysis of the enforcement of the statutory duty of care by ASIC

Ian Ramsay, B Saunders

(2019), Vol. 36, pp. 497-521, Company and securities law journal, Rozelle, N.S.W., C1

journal article

Popular Sovereignty, "the People" and the Australian Constitution: A Historical Reassessment

Benjamin Saunders, Simon Kennedy

(2019), Vol. 30, pp. 36-57, PUBLIC LAW REVIEW, C1

journal article

The public sector duty of care and diligence

B Saunders

(2019), Vol. 42, pp. 652-680, University of New South Wales Law Journal, C1

journal article

Causation in securities and financial product disclosure cases: an analysis and critique

B Saunders

(2019), Vol. 47, pp. 494-518, Federal law review, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2017

Deliberation at the Founding: Deliberative Democracy as an Original Constitutional Value

Ron Levy, Neomal Silva, Benjamin Saunders

(2017), Vol. 28, pp. 41-60, PUBLIC LAW REVIEW, C1

journal article

Re Robert John Day AO: section 44(v) of the Australian Constitution revisited

O Roos, B Saunders

(2017), Vol. 39, pp. 123-134, Sydney Law Review, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal article

On judicial rascals and self-appointed monarchs: the rise of judicial power in Australia

N Aroney, B Saunders

(2017), Vol. 36, pp. 221-245, University of Queensland law journal, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal article

Before the High Court

Oscar Roos, Benjamin Saunders

(2017), Vol. 39, pp. 123-134, SYDNEY LAW REVIEW, C1-1

journal article
2014

Securities lending, empty voting and corporate governance

P Ali, I Ramsay, B Saunders

(2014), Vol. 8, pp. 326-341, Law and financial markets review, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The legal structure and regulation of securities lending (Pt 1)

B Saunders, I Ramsay,, P Ali,

(2014), pp. 480-489, Journal of international banking law and regulation, Hebden Bridge, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The legal structure and regulation of securities lending (Pt 2)

B Saunders, I Ramsay,, P Ali

(2014), pp. 581-591, Journal of international banking law and regulation, Hebden Bridge, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The legal structure and regulation of securities lending

B Saunders, P Ali,, I Ramsay,

(2014), Sydney, N.S.W., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Securities lending, empty voting and corporate governance

B Saunders, I Ramsay,, P Ali,

(2014), Sydney, N.S.W., A6-1

research report/technical paper
2013

Democracy, liberty and the prerogative: the displacement of inherent executive power by statute

B Saunders

(2013), Vol. 41, pp. 363-392, Federal law review, Acton, A.C.T., C1-1

journal article
2012

The Commonwealth and the chaplains: executive power after Williams v Commonwealth

B Saunders

(2012), Vol. 23, pp. 153-160, Public law review, Pyrmont, N.S.W., C1-1

journal article
2011

What do you do with a High Court decision you don't like? Legislative, judicial and academic responses to Gambotto v WCP Ltd

B Saunders, I Ramsay,

(2011), Vol. 25, pp. 112-149, Australian journal of corporate law, Chatswood, N.S.W., C1-1

journal article
2010

Should credit default swap issuers be subject to prudential regulation?

B Saunders

(2010), Vol. 10, pp. 427-450, Journal of corporate law studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Has the Financial Services Reform Act fixed the problems with the regulation of securities and derivatives?

B Saunders

(2010), Vol. 21, pp. 33-55, Journal of banking and finance law and practice, New York, N.Y., C1-1

journal article
2006

Litigation by shareholders and directors: an empirical study of the Australian statutory derivative action

B Saunders, I Ramsay

(2006), Vol. 6, pp. 397-446, Journal of corporate law studies, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2004

Putting the spoils of litigation into the shareholders' pockets: when can shareholders bring a personal action against the directors of their company?

B Saunders

(2004), Vol. 22, pp. 535-544, Company and securities law journal, New York, N.Y., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2020

Edwin Amos Awuor Tongoi

Thesis entitled: Mobile Financial Services: Regulatory responses-Kenya, South Africa and Australia

Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin Law School