Ven. Alex Bruce

Associate Professor
LLB (QUT); LLM (Syd); MA (Theology) (ACU); PhD (ANU), SFHEA, Fellow, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics

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Biography

Venerable Alex Bruce is a Buddhist Monk and Associate Professor with a number of research interests. His work on Animals and the Law has been acknowledged internationally through his appointment as a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and as an editorial member of several international Animal Law Journals.

Alex’s text Animal Law in Australia: An Integrated Approach (2012) was Australia’s first sole-authored Animal Law text and is shortly to appear in a Second Edition. Before joining ANU, Alex was a Senior Lawyer with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and his other research interests include Competition Law and Consumer Protection Law.

His important texts Australian Competition Law and Consumer Protection Law in Australia are shortly to appear in Third Editions and are used in many law schools throughout Australia.

In addition, Alex has a research profile in Comparative Theology, particularly focused on Buddhism and Christianity. Having created and moderated the 2007 Interreligious Symposium with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he is a regular speaker at Comparative Theology Conferences and Interreligious Dialogue Initiatives both throughout Australia and Internationally.

 In October 2016, Alex travels to the University of Oxford where he will commence work on a DPhil in Theology.

A recipient of the ANU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching, Alex is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Appointments

  • Associate Professor - Australian National University
  • Buddhist Chaplain - Australian National University
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics
  • Consultant editor, Oxford Journal of Animal Ethics
  • Editorial member, Australian Animal Protection Law Journal
  • Editorial member, Competition and Consumer Law News (LexisNexis Butterworths)

Significant research publications

  • Animal Law in Australia: An Integrated Approach. 2nd edition. (2016)
  • Australian Competition Law. 3rd edition.(2016)
  • Consumer Protection Law. 3rd edition (2016)

Recent news

23
Aug
2016
Associate Professor Ven. Alex Bruce
A PhD scholarship to Oxford University will give ANU College of Law Associate Professor Ven. Alex Bruce the opportunity to fulfill two long-held aspirations - the chance to study theology, and play a Bach lute suite in the Oxford cloisters.
19
May
2015
Appointment as a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics is a prestigious recognition of Associate Professor Alex Bruce's outstanding contribution to the field of animal ethics and research.
15
Nov
2013

Congratulations to Associate Professor James Stellios, Associate Professor Alex Bruce, Professor Tom Faunce, Professor Don Rothwell and Dr Hitoshi Nasu for receiving Australian Research Council Grants for 2014.

18
Jul
2013

The ordained Buddhist monk, who studied animal law, is one of 2000 students graduating from the university this week.

Past events

09-10
Sep
2016
Lord Howe Island
2.00PM to 10.00PM Conference
  • Dan Nocera, Harvard
  • Dohyung Kim, Berkeley
  • KB Yoon, Sogang
  • Chennupati Jagadish, ANU

The third international conference dedicated to developing the scientific breakthroughs and governance structures for globalising artificial photosynthesis and promoting its role in environmental and social sustainability will be held 9-11 September 2016 at Lord Howe Island, a beautiful world heritage-listed site in the South Pacific.

07-08
Sep
2016
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9.00AM to 2.00PM Workshop
  • Nate Lewis, Caltech
  • Chennupati Jagadish, ANU
  • Dohyung Kim, Berkeley
  • James Blackmore, Kansas

This workshop builds upon unique Australian interdisciplinary research and collaborations to develop novel approaches to governance leadership in the frontier renewable energy technology of artificial photosynthesis (making fuels, food and fertilizer from sunlight, water, atmospheric nitrogen and carbon dioxide).

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

Research biography

Venerable Alex Bruce is a Buddhist Monk and Associate Professor with a number of research interests. His work on Animals and the Law has been acknowledged internationally through his appointment as a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and as an editorial member of several international Animal Law Journals. Alex’s text Animal Law in Australia: An Integrated Approach (2012) was Australia’s first sole- authored Animal Law text and is shortly to appear in a Second Edition.

Before joining the ANU, Alex was a Senior Lawyer with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and his other research interests include Competition Law and Consumer Protection Law. His important texts Australian Competition Law and Consumer Protection Law in Australia are shortly to appear in Third Editions and are used in many law schools throughout Australia.

In addition, Alex has a research profile in Comparative Theology, particularly focused on Buddhism and Christianity.
Having created and moderated the 2007 Inter-religious Symposium with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he is a regular speaker at Comparative Theology Conferences and Inter-religious Dialogue Initiatives both throughout Australia and Internationally. From October 2016, Alex will be working on a DPhil in Theology at the University of Oxford.

A recipient of the ANU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching, Alex is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Currently supervising

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Topic: Congruent Regulation: Designing the Optimal Australian Utility Regime

PhD supervision

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SJD supervision

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MPhil supervision

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LLM Masters thesis supervision

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Internship supervision

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Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2016 LAWS4255
Class #3726
Competition Law
2016 LAWS4259
Class #6851
Consumer Protection and Product Liability Law

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