Dr Julie Copley

Dr Julie Copley
NameDr Julie Copley
Email Addressjulie.copley@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleLecturer (Construction and Property Law)
QualificationsBA Qld, LLB(Hons) Qld, GDipLegPrac Collaw, LLM QUT, PhD Adelaide
DepartmentSchool of Law and Justice
AffiliationsCentre for Heritage and Culture
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Dr Julie Copley is a Lecturer in Property and Construction Law in the School of Law and Justice, University of Southern Queensland. Her research examines the way in which legal and social (including political and economic) theory can give meaning to law and legislative practice, especially land law and the legislation of Australian States and Territories. Research interests extend to the shared value of human dignity – the equal freedom of all equal people – as found and understood in legislation and jurisprudence. Teaching the School of Law and Justice’s foundational law course and construction law, Julie puts to work her conviction that law, as ‘the cement of society’ and ‘an essential medium of change’, requires, and will always require, good lawyers.

Julie has a PhD in Law from the University of Adelaide and is admitted to legal practice. Her professional experience includes legal research, legislative scrutiny and law reform roles at Queensland's Parliament and Court of Appeal, and a national policy role in the resources sector.


Lecturer (Property and Construction Law)University of Southern Queensland, School of Law and Justice2014


Law and legislation, legislative authority and legislative democracy

Property law and theory

Reading and understanding legislation


LAW1111 Australian Legal System

LAW5111 Advanced Australian Legal System

LAW3473 Construction Law

Fields of Research

  • 440707. Housing policy
  • 440708. Public administration
  • 440709. Public policy
  • 480501. Access to justice
  • 480504. Legal institutions (incl. courts and justice systems)
  • 500202. History and philosophy of law and justice

Professional Membership

Professional MembershipYear
Society of Construction Law Australia
Ipswich District Law Association

Possessory title: Its salience to the Torrens systems of Australian states

Gray, Anthony and Copley, Julie. 2023. "Possessory title: Its salience to the Torrens systems of Australian states ." Australian Property Law Journal. 30 (3), pp. 235-260.

No Argument: Human Dignity and the Making of Legislation

Copley, Julie. 2022. "No Argument: Human Dignity and the Making of Legislation." Linhares, José Manuel Aroso and Atienza, Manuel (ed.) Human Dignity and the Autonomy of Law. Switzerland . Springer. pp. 239-257

Land, the Social Imaginary, and the Constitution Act 1867 (Qld)

Copley, Julie. 2022. "Land, the Social Imaginary, and the Constitution Act 1867 (Qld)." McKibbin, Sarah, Patrick, Jeremy and Harmes, Marcus (ed.) The Impact of Law's History: What's Past is Prologue. Switzerland. Springer. pp. 239-255


Copley, Julie, Harmes, Marcus, McKibbin, Sarah and Patrick, Jeremy. 2023. "Introduction." Queensland History Journal. 25 (7), pp. 527-529.