Ben White is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (Professorial level, 2020-2024) in the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at the Faculty of Business & Law, Queensland University of Technology. Ben graduated with first class Honours and a University Medal in Law from QUT, later completing a DPhil at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship.
Before joining the Law Faculty, he worked as an associate at the Supreme Court and at Legal Aid Queensland. Between 2005 and 2007, Ben was appointed as the full-time Commissioner of the Queensland Law Reform Commission where he had carriage of the Guardianship Review on behalf of the Commission. He also served as a part-time Commissioner between 2007 and 2010.
Ben was a foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research for six years (2013-2018) and still co-leads the End of Life Research Program within the Centre. Ben’s area of research focus is end-of-life decision-making and his work is interdisciplinary with publications in law, medicine, bioethics and social science journals. He has had funding from four Australian Research Council grants examining law, policy and practice at the end of life.
Ben is currently undertaking a full-time Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2020-2024) that aims to develop a new and holistic approach to regulating voluntary assisted dying. This project will enhance end-of-life care in Australia through better regulation. Ben is also a Chief Investigator on two National Health and Medical Research Council projects: one examines Victoria’s new voluntary assisted dying legislation and the other involves an intervention to address futile or non-beneficial treatment at the end of life.