Dr Will Bateman

Senior Lecturer
PhD (University of Cambridge), LLM (Hons) (University of Cambridge), BA/LLB (Hons) (Australian National University)
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Biography

Dr Bateman researches legal aspects of technology, finance and public administration. He is currently leading multi-jurisdictional 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.

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.

Dr Bateman previously worked as associate to the hon Justice Stephen Gageler AC of the High Court of Australia, the hon Justice Steven Rares of the Federal Court of Australia and as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills (in litigation and banking).

Appointments

Dr Bateman is the Deputy-Director of Research of the ANU Law School and a member of the Centre of International and Public Law.

He is also a legal practitioner, admitted to practice in NSW and Federal Courts.

Significant research publications

Public Finance and Parliamentary Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press, UK, 2020) (forthcoming)

'Algorithmic Decision-Making and Legality: Public Law Dimensions' (2019) 93 Australian Law Journal (forthcoming)

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

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

'Federal Jurisdiction in State Courts: an Elaboration and Critique’ (2012) 23 Public Law Review 220  

'Legislating against Constitutional Invalidity: Constitutional Deeming Legislation' (2012) 34 Sydney Law Review 478  

'Chapter III of the Constitution, Federal Jurisdiction and Dialogue Charters of Human Rights' (2012) 35 Melbourne University Law Review 1 (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 432  

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

Recent news

23
Oct
2019
Emeritus Professor Terry Carney AO, FAAL.
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
26
Oct
2018
Emeritus Professor Robin Creyke AO (left) and Emeritus Professor John McMillan AO
Honoring Emeritus Professors Robin Creyke AO and John McMillan AO

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Research biography

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

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 currently co-leading (with Dr Jason Allen of the Humboldt University, Berlin) a project on the legal regulation of central bank money creation, which investigates the past, present and future of the exercise of monetary authority by central banks. The project focuses on the US, UK and Eurozone monetary systems, and engages closely with the digital future of money.

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 forthcoming book, Public Finance and Parliamentary Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press, UK) presents the major 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.

In 2020, 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

"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=...

"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

Will Bateman, Public Finance and Parliamentary Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, forthcoming 2020).

Book chapters

'Rule by Financial Assembly' in Griffiths and Stellios (eds), Zines Symposium (Federation Press, 2020, forthcoming).

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

Refereed journal articles

'Algorithmic Decision-Making and Legality: Public Law Dimensions' (2019) 93 Australian Law Journal (forthcoming)

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

'Federal Jurisdiction in State Courts: an Elaboration and Critique’ (2012) 23 Public Law Review 220.

'Legislating against Constitutional Invalidity: Constitutional Deeming Legislation' (2012) 34 Sydney Law Review 478.  

'Chapter III of the Constitution, Federal Jurisdiction and Dialogue Charters of Human Rights' (2012) 35 Melbourne University Law Review 1 (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 432.  

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

Conference papers & presentations

 

'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.

'Commentary on: Executive Power Following the Williams Cases by Professor Anne Twomey', Zines Symposium, Australian National University, 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.

‘Public Sector Automation’, Centre for International and Public Law, Australian National University, August 2018.

'Legal Regulation of Central Banking' commenting on Lastra, 'Populism and Central Bank Independence', Centre for Arts, Social Science and the Humanities, University of Cambridge, March 2018.

‘Automatic Law’, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, March 2017.

‘Research Agendas in Public Law’, Centre for Public Law, University of Cambridge, February 2017

'Grounds of Review, Statutory Interpretation and Proportionality: Diversity and Unity in the English and Australian Law of Judicial Review', Cambridge Public Law Conference, University of Cambridge, September 2016.

'Parliamentary Control of Public Expenditure', Australian Association of Constitutional Law, Australian National University, August 2016.

‘Parliamentary Control of Public Money: The Curious Case of Sovereign Borrowing', Democracy and Debt Workshop, University of Cambridge, 2015.

‘Australia’s Constitutional and Regulatory Environment’, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Sydney, 2013.

‘International Arbitration and Constitutional Law’, Australian Association of Constitutional Law, Federal Court of Australia, Sydney, 2012.

‘Constitutional Law and Government Contracting’, Australian Association of Constitutional Law, Australian National University, Canberra, 2012.

PhD supervision

Will is keen to supervise in his areas of research interest.

Honours thesis supervision

Will is keen to supervise in his areas of research interest.

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2020 LAWS2202
Class #7214
Commonwealth Constitutional Law
2020 LAWS6202
Class #9146
Commonwealth Constitutional Law
2020 LAWS6202
Class #7695
Commonwealth Constitutional Law

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2019 LAWS2202
Class #7240
Commonwealth Constitutional Law
2019 LAWS6202
Class #8107
Commonwealth Constitutional Law
2019 LAWS6202
Class #9540
Commonwealth Constitutional Law

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