Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Human rights
  • Media law

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Bill Swannie

Bill is an established researcher and author, particularly in the area of free speech, human rights law, equal opportunity law and media law. He has had articles published in leading Australian law journals. Bill is currently completing a PhD examining Australia’s racial vilification laws.

Bill is a lecturer in the College of Law and Justice. He is admitted as an Australian Lawyer in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Prior to commencing teaching in 2013, Bill was the Principal Lawyer at a busy community legal centre. He managed the legal service and conducted complex litigation involving human rights and housing issues in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Bill is a member of the Australasian Law Teachers' Association, Human Rights Tertiary Teachers' Network, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, and the Law Institute of Victoria. He was chair of the Human Rights Committee of the LIV from 2017 to 2018. He is also on the Editorial Board for the Alternative Law Journal.

Bill has been engaged as a consultant by non-government organisations and community groups to provide strategic advice regarding proposed legislative amendments. He has also been engaged to provide advice to the Dean of a law school on the practical and pedagogical issues in establishing a human rights clinic.

Qualifications

  • PhD (candidature confirmed)
  • Master of Laws
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Swannie, B. (190601). Liability for racially offensive remarks. Law Institute Journal, (38-41).
2018 Swannie, B. (180902). Why I m no longer talking to white people about race . Australian Journal of Human Rights, 24(3), (345-347).

doi: 10.1080/1323238x.2018.1491260

2018 Swannie, B. (180101). Airbnb and Residential Tenancy Law: Do Home Sharing Arrangements Constitute a Licence or a Lease?. Adelaide Law Review, (1-1).
2018 Swannie, B. (180101). ARE RACIAL VILIFICATION LAWS SUPPORTED BY FREE SPEECH ARGUMENTS?. MONASH UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW, 44(1), (71-111).
2017 Swannie, B. (170101). Rights without remedies. Law Institute Journal,
2017 Swannie, B. (170101). Freedom of Speech: Do We Know What We Are Talking About?. Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, 10 (110-116).
2016 Swannie, B. (161101). Total control or exclusive possession?. Law Institute Journal,
2016 Swannie, B. (160101). Is house sharing grounds for eviction?: A victorian perspective. Alternative Law Journal, 41(4), (267-270).

doi: 10.1177/1037969X1604100411

2016 Swannie, B. (160101). Trouble in paradise: Are home sharing arrangements subletting under residential tenancies legislation?. Australian Property Law Journal, 25(3), (183-198).
2015 Swannie, B. (150101). Creation of Tenancy in Public Housing: A Human Rights Perspective. Victoria University Law and Justice Journal, 4(1), (77-88).

Research funding for the past 5 years

Funding details for this researcher are currently unavailable.

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Teaching activities & experience

Bill teaches the units BLB4145 Human Rights Law and LLW2010 Privacy and Media Law.

Bill also supervises honours dissertations, mainly in the area of human rights law.

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Feb 2018 - Jan 2019
Academic Level A
Victoria University
Feb 2015 - Feb 2018
Academic Teaching Scholar
Victoria University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Feb 2018 -
Jan 2019
Academic Level A
Victoria University
Feb 2015 -
Feb 2018
Academic Teaching Scholar
Victoria University

Key industry, community & government roles

Dates Role Department/Organisation
Feb 2018 - May 2019
Community Visitor
Office of the Public Advocate
Jan 2017 - Dec 2018
Chair – Human Rights Committee
Law Institute of Victoria
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Feb 2018 - May 2019
Community Visitor
Office of the Public Advocate
Jan 2017 - Dec 2018
Chair – Human Rights Committee
Law Institute of Victoria

Awards

Year Award
2016

Excellence in Programs that Enhance Learning - Vice-Chancellor, Victoria University

2015

Excellence in Teaching and Learning - College of Law and Justice, Victoria University

2014

Excellence in Unit Coordination - College of Law and Justice, Victoria University

Professional memberships

  • Human Rights Committee - member, Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member, Australasian Law Teachers Association

Media appearances

28th November 2017

Representing Yourself In Court’

Talking Lifestyle Radio, The Daily Drive program.

06th September 2017

Interview regarding the High Court decision on the same sex marriage survey

Interview on Joy FM, The Informer program.

28th March 2017

‘Sleeping rough no camping holiday’

Editorial opinion piece in The Age/The Sydney Morning Herald, on the human rights implications of laws proposed by the Melbourne City Council that criminalised homelessness.

08th February 2017

Interview on Melbourne City Council Homelessness Laws

Interview on ABC radio Law Report Bulletin.