Dr Rayner Thwaites

BA (Hons) LLB (Hons) (Melbourne) LLM SJD (Tor)
ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher
Senior Lecturer

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Dr Rayner Thwaites is ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher in the Law School, University of Sydney. His research project, Conditional citizenship: Revocation’s Implications for Australians (No. DE160101123) is a comparative study of contemporary law on deprivation of citizenship status, focussing on Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, and analysing the interaction between domestic and International law on nationality.

Rayner joined the Law School in 2014, having lectured from 2010-13 at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has an LLB/BA (Hons) from Melbourne and an LLM and SJD from the University of Toronto.

Rayner’s research concerns comparative public law as between common law jurisdictions. His particular interests are the relationship between different disciplines of public law: administrative, constitutional and international law, and between rights instruments and their wider legal context. His main substantive areas of research are citizenship, immigration and national security, and in particular the nexus between them.

Rayner is the author of, among other publications, The Liberty of Non-Citizens: Indefinite Detention in Commonwealth Countries (Hart Publishing, 2014). This book examines the legality of the indefinite detention of non-citizens pending deportation. It centres on how the highest appellate courts in Australia, the UK and Canada responded to government claims of a power of indefinite detention. It analyses the way in which the different judicial responses, both within and between jurisdictions, proceed from different understandings of the legal position of non-citizens.

Research interests

  • Comparative public law
  • Administrative law and human rights
  • Citizenship and rights

Teaching and supervision

  • Administrative Law
  • Public Law
  • Comparative Public Law (common law jurisdictions)

Awards and honours

  • 2010 Marks Medal from the University of Toronto law faculty for the best graduate thesis.

Selected grants

2016

  • Citizenship law in Australia; Thwaites R; European University Institute, Florence/Shared Research Support.
  • Conditional citizenship Revocations implications for Australians; Thwaites R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Thwaites, R. (2014). The Liberty of Non-citizens: Indefinite Detention in Commonwealth Countries. United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.

Book Chapters

  • Thwaites, R. (2014). The security of citizenship?: Finnis in the context of the United Kingdom's citizenship stripping provisions. In Fiona Jenkins, Mark Nolan, Kim Rubenstein (Eds.), Allegiance and Identity in a Globalised World, (pp. 243-266). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Thwaites, R., Knight, D. (2013). Administrative Law Through a Regulatory Lens: Situating Judicial Adjudication Within a Wider Accountability Framework. In Susy Frankel, Deborah Ryder (Eds.), Recalibrating Behaviour: Smarter Regulation in a Global World, (pp. 529-558). Wellington, New Zealand: LexisNexis.
  • Knight, D., Thwaites, R. (2011). Review and Appeal of Regulatory Decisions: The Tension between Supervision and Performance. In Susy Frankel (Eds.), Learning from the Past, Adapting for the Future: Regulatory Reform in New Zealand, (pp. 215-240). Wellington, New Zealand: LexisNexis.
  • Thwaites, R. (2010). A coordinated judicial response to counter-terrorism? Counter-examples. In Mark B. Salter (Eds.), Mapping Transatlantic Security Relations: The EU, Canada and the war on terror, (pp. 236-258). Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Thwaites, R., Dyzenhaus, D. (2007). Legality and Emergency - The Judiciary in a Time of Terror. In A. Lynch, E. MacDonald & G. Williams (Eds.), Law and Liberty in the War on Terror. Sydney: Federation Press.

Journals

  • Hammond, E., Thwaites, R. (2016). Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v SZSSJ: Consideration of Asylum Claims outside the Visa Application System. Sydney Law Review, 38(2), 243-253.
  • Thwaites, R. (2016). The Changing Landscape of Non-Justiciability. New Zealand Law Review, 2016 (1), 31-61.
  • Irving, H., Thwaites, R. (2015). Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015 (Cth). Public Law Review, 26(3), 143-149.
  • Thwaites, R. (2013). Book Review: Daniel Wilsher, Immigration Detention: Law, History, Politics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012, 420 pp, hb £65.00. The Modern Law Review, 76(3), 639-643.
  • Thwaites, R. (2012). Book Review: Robert Thomas, Administrative Justice and Asylum Appeals: A Study of Tribunal Adjudication, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2011, 342 pp, pb £50.00. The Modern Law Review, 75(4), 674-678. [More Information]
  • Thwaites, R. (2011). Process and Substance: Charkaoui I in the Light of Subsequent Development. U N B Law Journal, 62(13), 13-36.
  • Thwaites, R. (2009). Discriminating Against Non-Citizens Under the Charter: Charkaoui and Section 15. Queen's Law Journal, 34, 669-718.

Conferences

  • Thwaites, R. (2014). [Comparative] Common Law Experiences Panel - Australasia. Deportation with Assurances Symposium 2014, London, England: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R., Macklin, A. (2014). Citizenship Deprivation in the UK and Canada. European University Institute (EUI) 2014, Florence, Italy: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2014). Procedural Fairness as Empty? Procedural Fairness and National Security in Australia and the UK. The Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Annual Conference 2014: Judging in the 21st Century, Nottingham, England: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2014). Secrecy, Procedural Responses and the Role of Rights. Secrecy, Law and Society Workshop 2014: University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2014). The Separation of Powers, Rights and Procedural Change: Judicial Responses to Secret Evidence in the United Kingdom and Australia. Public Law Conference 2014: Process and Substance in Public Law, Cambridge, England: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2013). Rights Without Reference. Law on the Edge: Joint Conference of the Canadian Law and Society Association and the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand 2013, Vancouver, BC, Canada: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2012). The Place of Adjudication in Regulatory Reform. Regulatory Reform Stage 3 Workshop: Victoria University of Wellington 2012, Wellington, New Zealand: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2011). "Intentionalist" Approaches and Indefinite Detention: The Court of Appeal's Decision in Yadegary. New Zealand Public Law Colloquium 2011, Auckland, New Zealand: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2011). Commentator on Claudia Geiringer, 'Proportionality Review of Administrative Power Under the Bill of Rights'. New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, 21st Birthday Workshop 2011, Wellington, New Zealand: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2011). Regulation - Specialist Bodies, Ministers and the Courts. Regulatory Reform Stage 2 Workshop: Victoria University of Wellington 2011, Wellington, New Zealand: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2010). Allegiance: of Continuing Relevance to Citizenship? Critic and Conscience: 27th Annual Conference of the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ) 2010, Wellington, New Zealand: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2010). How Important is Citizenship Status? Connecting International Law with Public Law - Allegiance and Identity in a Globalised World 2010, Canberra, ACT: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2008). From "Facilitating Removal" to "Segregation": Shifting Rationales for Immigration Detention. Inaugural Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) 2008, Toronto, ON, Canada: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2008). Removable Aliens? The Divergence Between Canada and the United Kingdom on Indefinite Detention. Internal and External Insecurities: The EU's Anti-Terrorism Strategy and International Cooperation 2008, Brussels, Belgium: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2008). The Impact of National Security on Immigration Jurisprudence Under the Charter: the Fractured Picture Emerging from Charkaoui. Workshop on Justice and Security in Canada and the European Union 2008, Toronto, ON, Canada: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2008). The Slide from "Facilitating Removal" to "Segregation": Indefinite Immigration Detention Cases in Australia and Canada. Biennial Immigration Law Teachers' Workshop 2008, Coral Gables, FL, USA: Presentation.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Thwaites, R. (2015). Citizenship discussion paper offers a misleading take on this right. The Conversation. [More Information]
  • Thwaites, R. (2015). New laws make loss of citizenship a counter-terrorism tool. The Conversation. [More Information]
  • Thwaites, R., Crawford, E. (2015). Who exactly makes the call on conduct that revokes citizenship? New bill doesn't say. The Conversation. [More Information]

Other

  • Irving, H., Thwaites, R. (2015), Banishment, Australian style. [More Information]
  • Thwaites, R., Wilsher, D. (2015), Book Review/Response: Rayner Thwaites and Daniel Wilsher on Indefinite Detention of Non-Citizens. [More Information]
  • Thwaites, R. (2015), Submission: Inquiry into the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015.
  • Thwaites, R., Irving, H. (2015), The Citizenship Amendment Bill: Out of the Frying Pan into the Fire. [More Information]

2016

  • Hammond, E., Thwaites, R. (2016). Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v SZSSJ: Consideration of Asylum Claims outside the Visa Application System. Sydney Law Review, 38(2), 243-253.
  • Thwaites, R. (2016). The Changing Landscape of Non-Justiciability. New Zealand Law Review, 2016 (1), 31-61.

2015

  • Irving, H., Thwaites, R. (2015). Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015 (Cth). Public Law Review, 26(3), 143-149.
  • Irving, H., Thwaites, R. (2015), Banishment, Australian style. [More Information]
  • Thwaites, R., Wilsher, D. (2015), Book Review/Response: Rayner Thwaites and Daniel Wilsher on Indefinite Detention of Non-Citizens. [More Information]
  • Thwaites, R. (2015). Citizenship discussion paper offers a misleading take on this right. The Conversation. [More Information]
  • Thwaites, R. (2015). New laws make loss of citizenship a counter-terrorism tool. The Conversation. [More Information]
  • Thwaites, R. (2015), Submission: Inquiry into the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015.
  • Thwaites, R., Irving, H. (2015), The Citizenship Amendment Bill: Out of the Frying Pan into the Fire. [More Information]
  • Thwaites, R., Crawford, E. (2015). Who exactly makes the call on conduct that revokes citizenship? New bill doesn't say. The Conversation. [More Information]

2014

  • Thwaites, R. (2014). [Comparative] Common Law Experiences Panel - Australasia. Deportation with Assurances Symposium 2014, London, England: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R., Macklin, A. (2014). Citizenship Deprivation in the UK and Canada. European University Institute (EUI) 2014, Florence, Italy: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2014). Procedural Fairness as Empty? Procedural Fairness and National Security in Australia and the UK. The Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Annual Conference 2014: Judging in the 21st Century, Nottingham, England: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2014). Secrecy, Procedural Responses and the Role of Rights. Secrecy, Law and Society Workshop 2014: University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2014). The Liberty of Non-citizens: Indefinite Detention in Commonwealth Countries. United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.
  • Thwaites, R. (2014). The security of citizenship?: Finnis in the context of the United Kingdom's citizenship stripping provisions. In Fiona Jenkins, Mark Nolan, Kim Rubenstein (Eds.), Allegiance and Identity in a Globalised World, (pp. 243-266). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Thwaites, R. (2014). The Separation of Powers, Rights and Procedural Change: Judicial Responses to Secret Evidence in the United Kingdom and Australia. Public Law Conference 2014: Process and Substance in Public Law, Cambridge, England: Presentation.

2013

  • Thwaites, R., Knight, D. (2013). Administrative Law Through a Regulatory Lens: Situating Judicial Adjudication Within a Wider Accountability Framework. In Susy Frankel, Deborah Ryder (Eds.), Recalibrating Behaviour: Smarter Regulation in a Global World, (pp. 529-558). Wellington, New Zealand: LexisNexis.
  • Thwaites, R. (2013). Book Review: Daniel Wilsher, Immigration Detention: Law, History, Politics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012, 420 pp, hb £65.00. The Modern Law Review, 76(3), 639-643.
  • Thwaites, R. (2013). Rights Without Reference. Law on the Edge: Joint Conference of the Canadian Law and Society Association and the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand 2013, Vancouver, BC, Canada: Presentation.

2012

  • Thwaites, R. (2012). Book Review: Robert Thomas, Administrative Justice and Asylum Appeals: A Study of Tribunal Adjudication, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2011, 342 pp, pb £50.00. The Modern Law Review, 75(4), 674-678. [More Information]
  • Thwaites, R. (2012). The Place of Adjudication in Regulatory Reform. Regulatory Reform Stage 3 Workshop: Victoria University of Wellington 2012, Wellington, New Zealand: Presentation.

2011

  • Thwaites, R. (2011). "Intentionalist" Approaches and Indefinite Detention: The Court of Appeal's Decision in Yadegary. New Zealand Public Law Colloquium 2011, Auckland, New Zealand: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2011). Commentator on Claudia Geiringer, 'Proportionality Review of Administrative Power Under the Bill of Rights'. New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, 21st Birthday Workshop 2011, Wellington, New Zealand: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2011). Process and Substance: Charkaoui I in the Light of Subsequent Development. U N B Law Journal, 62(13), 13-36.
  • Thwaites, R. (2011). Regulation - Specialist Bodies, Ministers and the Courts. Regulatory Reform Stage 2 Workshop: Victoria University of Wellington 2011, Wellington, New Zealand: Presentation.
  • Knight, D., Thwaites, R. (2011). Review and Appeal of Regulatory Decisions: The Tension between Supervision and Performance. In Susy Frankel (Eds.), Learning from the Past, Adapting for the Future: Regulatory Reform in New Zealand, (pp. 215-240). Wellington, New Zealand: LexisNexis.

2010

  • Thwaites, R. (2010). A coordinated judicial response to counter-terrorism? Counter-examples. In Mark B. Salter (Eds.), Mapping Transatlantic Security Relations: The EU, Canada and the war on terror, (pp. 236-258). Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Thwaites, R. (2010). Allegiance: of Continuing Relevance to Citizenship? Critic and Conscience: 27th Annual Conference of the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ) 2010, Wellington, New Zealand: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2010). How Important is Citizenship Status? Connecting International Law with Public Law - Allegiance and Identity in a Globalised World 2010, Canberra, ACT: Presentation.

2009

  • Thwaites, R. (2009). Discriminating Against Non-Citizens Under the Charter: Charkaoui and Section 15. Queen's Law Journal, 34, 669-718.

2008

  • Thwaites, R. (2008). From "Facilitating Removal" to "Segregation": Shifting Rationales for Immigration Detention. Inaugural Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) 2008, Toronto, ON, Canada: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2008). Removable Aliens? The Divergence Between Canada and the United Kingdom on Indefinite Detention. Internal and External Insecurities: The EU's Anti-Terrorism Strategy and International Cooperation 2008, Brussels, Belgium: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2008). The Impact of National Security on Immigration Jurisprudence Under the Charter: the Fractured Picture Emerging from Charkaoui. Workshop on Justice and Security in Canada and the European Union 2008, Toronto, ON, Canada: Presentation.
  • Thwaites, R. (2008). The Slide from "Facilitating Removal" to "Segregation": Indefinite Immigration Detention Cases in Australia and Canada. Biennial Immigration Law Teachers' Workshop 2008, Coral Gables, FL, USA: Presentation.

2007

  • Thwaites, R., Dyzenhaus, D. (2007). Legality and Emergency - The Judiciary in a Time of Terror. In A. Lynch, E. MacDonald & G. Williams (Eds.), Law and Liberty in the War on Terror. Sydney: Federation Press.

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