Associate Professor Will Bateman

Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Research)
PhD , LLM (Hons) (University of Cambridge), BA/LLB (Hons) (Australian National University)
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Biography

Associate Professor Will Bateman is the Associate Dean (Research) at the ANU College of Law.

Dr Bateman leads multi-jurisdictional projects on the legal regulation of public and private finance, with a special focus on central banking, sovereign debt markets, national budget formulation and sustainable investing. His recent engagements with central banks and financial regulators include:

  • UK Parliament, House of Lords Inquiry into Quantitative Easing, expert evidence provided, recommendations adopted in final report (2021)
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 'Legal Aspects of Central Bank Money Creation' (2020)
  • Bank of England, 'Quantitative Easing, Reserve Creation and Digital Currency' (2020)

Dr Bateman also leads research projects on the regulation of artificial intelligence, and is currently spearheading a major project on the formulation of model legal frameworks to govern artificial intelligence in the public sector. He also collaborates with computer science experts in designing ethical and lawful algorithmic decision systems. His law/tech collaboration partners include:

  • Minderoo Foundation (global philanthropic organisation)
  • Gradient Institute (ethical AI research institute)
  • Humanising Machine Intelligence (ANU Grand Challenge Project)

Appointments

Associate Dean (Research), ANU College of Law (2021->)

Deputy-Director of Research, ANU Law School (2019-2021)

Chief Investigator, Humanising Machine Intelligence (ANU Grand Challenge Project) (2020-2024)

Fellow, Gradient Institute (peak ethical-AI research body headquartered in Sydney) (2020->)

Legal practitioner (admitted to practice in NSW and Federal Courts) (2009->)

Significant research publications

'The Law of Central Bank Reserve Creation', (2021) Modern Law Review (advance release, with J Allen), 1-34.

'The Law of Monetary Finance under Unconventional Monetary Policy', (2021) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (advance release), 1-36.

Public Finance and Parliamentary Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press, UK, 2020), 1-263.

'Central Bank Money: Liability, Asset, or Equity of the Nation?' (2020) Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper 20-46 (with M Kumhoff, J Allen, R Lastra, S Gleeson, S Omarova), 1-46.

'Quantitative Easing, Quasi-Fiscal Power and Constitutionalism', Just Money Roundtable (28 December 2020)  

'Rule by Financial Assembly' in John Griffiths and James Stellios, Current Issues in Australian Constitutional Law: Tributes to Professor Leslie Zines (The Federation Press, Australia, 2020), 56-63.

'Algorithmic Decision-Making and Legality: Public Law Dimensions' (2020) 94 Australian Law Journal 520-530.

'Comparative Constitutional Law' in Stone and Saunders (eds), The Oxford Handbook of the Australian Constitution (2018, Oxford University Press) (with S Gageler), 1-18.

'The Normative Structure of Australian Administrative Law' (2017) 45 Federal Law Review 153-176 (with L McDonald).

'Federal Jurisdiction in State Courts: an Elaboration and Critique’ (2012) 23 Public Law Review 246-267.

'Legislating against Constitutional Invalidity: Constitutional Deeming Legislation' (2012) 34 Sydney Law Review 721-759.

'Chapter III of the Constitution, Federal Jurisdiction and Dialogue Charters of Human Rights' (2012) 35 Melbourne University Law Review 1-40 (with J Stellios).

'The Constitution and the Substantive Grounds of Judicial Review: the Full Scope of the Entrenched Minimum Provision of Judicial Review' (2011) 39 Federal Law Review 463-507.

'Procedural Due Process Under The Australian Constitution' (2009) 31 Sydney Law Review 411-442.

 

Recent news

27
Oct
2020
Will Bateman - book
A new book by Dr Will Bateman presents the first sustained analysis of constitutionalism and public finance in the English-speaking world.
21
May
2020
Dr Will Bateman
Dr Will Bateman has been appointed chief investigator (law) of the interdisciplinary Humanising Machine Intelligence project funded by the ANU Grand Challenges scheme.  
23
Oct
2019
Robo-debt offers lessons for closing AI gaps
Presented by the ANU Centre for International and Public Law, “Technology, public law and public administration” is a conference that brings together more than a dozen law technology experts.
29
Nov
2018
Image shows from left James Stellios, Will Bateman and Leighton McDonald
Dr Will Bateman, Professor James Stellios and Associate Professor Leighton McDonald

Past events

02
Dec
2020
Taming the Terminator: Law, ethics and artificial intelligence
6.00PM to 7.00PM 60th Anniversary Celebrations

Join a panel of leading interdisciplinary experts as they explore the complex legal and ethical challenges AI and automated decision-making present to industry, government and the legal profession.

Research biography

Dr Bateman researches and writes on legal dimensions of finance, artifical intelligence and public administration. 

His research has been awarded numerous prizes, including the 2020 Yorke Prize by the University of Cambridge for his work on public finance and constitutionalism.

Research projects & collaborations

Dr Bateman is working on a broad-range of interdisciplinary projects with international and domestic scholars.

Law and finance

Dr Bateman is working on a number of projects concerning the legal regulation of public and private finance, with a special focus on sovereign debt markets, central banking, national budget formulation and banking regulation.

He is a Co-Investigator on the "Legal and Economic Conceptions of Money" project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (UK)'s "Rebuilding Macroeconomics" Initiative. The team is led by Prof Rosa Lastra (QMUL) and the other team members are Dr Jason Allen (HU Berlin), Mr Simon Gleeson (Clifford Chance), Dr Michael Kumhoff (Bank of England), Prof Saule Omarova (Cornell): https://www.rebuildingmacroeconomics.ac.uk/legal-and-economic

Dr Bateman has recently concluded a major research project on the constitutional dimensions of public finance in the UK, Canada, Australia and elsewhere in the Anglophone Commonwealth. His book, Public Finance and Parliamentary Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press, UK) presents the findings of that project.

Dr Bateman is also a Team Member of the multi-disciplinary project "FA Mann and his contribution to English, German, European, and International Law" funded by the German Research Foundation.

Artificial intelligence and law

Dr Bateman leads various research initiatives on the legal regulation of artificial intelligence.

During 2020-24, he is a Chief Investigator on the ANU Grand Challenge Humanising Machine Intelligence: a multi-year interdiscplinary research project (including computer scientists, mathematicians, philosophers, sociologists, psychologists and lawyers) aimed at developing democratically legitimate machine intelligence.

Over 2020-21, he is co-leading (with Associate Professor Julia Powles, University of Western Australia) the first major project to formulate model legal frameworks for the regulation of artificial intelligence in the public sector. The project is funded by the global-philanthropy and research funding body, The Minderoo Foundation.

Dr Bateman is also collaborating with computer science experts in designing ethical and lawful algorithmic decision systems, particularly the peak Australian non-profit AI research organisation, The Gradient Institute.

Grants

"Rebuilding Macroeconomics Initiative: Legal and Economic Conceptions of Money" (Economic and Social Research Council (UK) - Team Member 2020-2021 - https://www.rebuildingmacroeconomics.ac.uk/legal-and-economic

"FA Mann and his contribution to English, German, European, and International Law" (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - German Research Foundation) - Team Member - 2019-2022 - €620,000 (A$1,012,500) https://fis.hu-berlin.de/converis/portal/Project/901795675?auxfun=&lang=en_GB  

"Model Legal Regulation of AI in the Public Sector" - The Minderoo Foundation - Co-Lead - 2020-2021 (further details available on request) 

Consultancies

Dr Bateman has been retained as an independent expert by government agencies on issues relating to the legal regulation of automation and artificial intelligence. 

Dr Bateman has also provided legal and policy advice on complex administrative and constitutional law matters, as well as issues concerning public finance and the operations of central banks.

Books & edited collections

Public Finance and Parliamentary Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press, UK, 2020), 1-263.

Hanks' Australian Constitutional Law (LexisNexis, 11th ed, 2021) (with D Meagher, J Stellios and A Simpson), 1-1410.

Book chapters

'Rule by Financial Assembly' in John Griffiths and James Stellios, Current Issues in Australian Constitutional Law: Tributes to Professor Leslie Zines (The Federation Press, Australia, 2020), 56-63.

'Comparative Constitutional Law' in Stone and Saunders (eds), The Oxford Handbook of the Australian Constitution (2018, Oxford University Press) (with S Gageler), 1-18.

Refereed journal articles

'The Law of Central Bank Reserve Creation', (2021) Modern Law Review (advance release, with J Allen), 1-34.

'The Law of Monetary Finance under Unconventional Monetary Policy', (2021) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (advance release), 1-36.

'Algorithmic Decision-Making and Legality: Public Law Dimensions' (2020) 94 Australian Law Journal 520-530.

'The Normative Structure of Australian Administrative Law' (2017) 45 Federal Law Review 153-176 (with L McDonald).

'Federal Jurisdiction in State Courts: an Elaboration and Critique’ (2012) 23 Public Law Review 246-267.

'Legislating against Constitutional Invalidity: Constitutional Deeming Legislation' (2012) 34 Sydney Law Review 721-759.  

'Chapter III of the Constitution, Federal Jurisdiction and Dialogue Charters of Human Rights' (2012) 35 Melbourne University Law Review 1-40 (with J Stellios).  

'The Constitution and the Substantive Grounds of Judicial Review: the Full Scope of the Entrenched Minimum Provision of Judicial Review' (2011) 39 Federal Law Review 463-507.  

'Procedural Due Process Under The Australian Constitution' (2009) 31 Sydney Law Review 411-442.

Conference papers & presentations

'Automated Administrative Decision-Making', Keynote Presentation, Australian Institute of Administrative Law Conference, 22 July 2021

'Pandemic Easing as Sovereign Finance', Politics of Economics Forum, University of Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, 26 May 2020

'Quantitative Easing, Reserve Creation and Digital Currency', Bank of England, London, 28 January 2020.

'Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 'Legal Aspects of Central Bank Money Creation', Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 20 January 2020.

'Monetary Authority and Liberal Constitutionalism', Intersections of Finance and Society, London, 13 December 2019.

'Automating Discretionary Decision Making', ANU Public Law Conference: Technology, Public Administration and Public Law, November 2019.

'Legal Implications of Public Sector Automation and Artificial Intelligence', Attorney-General's Artificial Intelligence Lecture Series, September 2019.

'Artificial Intelligence, Administrative Law and Financial Regulation', Supreme Court of New South Wales Annual Conference, August 2019.

'Algorithmic Decision-Making and Administrative Law', Commonwealth Ombudsman, July 2019.

'Dimensions of Public Sector Automation: Law, Economics, Technology', Workshop on Public Sector Automation and Integrity Agencies, Australian National University, May 2019.

‘Automatic Public Law’, Centre for International and Public Law, Australian National University, November 2018.

Government submissions

Expert evidence provided to the UK Parliament, House of Lords Inquiry into Quantitative Easing: recommendations in written evidence adopted in final report, April - July 2021

Submission to the Australian Attorney-General's Department, Review of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (with Prof Seth Lazar (ANU), Prof Kimberlee Weatherall (U Syd), Dr Damian Clifford (ANU)), December 2020

Submission to Australian Human Rights Commission, Technology and Human Rights: Discussion Paper (with Dr Julia Powles, UWA), April 2020

Other

'Central Bank Money: Liability, Asset, or Equity of the Nation?' (2020) Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper 20-46 (with M Kumhoff, J Allen, R Lastra, S Gleeson, S Omarova), 1-46. Top 10 all time most downloaded SSRN paper on central banking.

'Quantitative Easing, Quasi-Fiscal Power and Constitutionalism', Just Money Roundtable (28 December 2020)  

PhD supervision

Dr Bateman is keen to supervise research students in his areas of research interest: particularly projects orientated towards critical and inter-disciplinary approaches to law and economics/finance/technology/public administration.

Prospective research students are advised to email Dr Bateman directly with a proposed title, provisional bibliography and CV.

Honours thesis supervision

Dr Bateman usually takes two LLB/JD honours students each year and will supervise projects in administrative law, constitutional law, law and economics/finance and law and technology. Students are advised to contact Dr Bateman with a formal proposal, provisional bibliography and writing timetable (at least) 8 months in advance of their proposed start date.

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