Doctor Jason Donnelly

Doctor Jason Donnelly

Senior Lecturer in Law,
School of Law


Dr Jason Donnelly is a leading Australian academic and barrister in Australian migration law and public law.

Dr Donnelly has published widely in the areas of migration law, public law and statutory interpretation. He has both advised and appeared before various Commonwealth parliamentary inquiries, acted as counsel in various leading migration and public law cases in Australia, and has been cited extensively by various members of the Australian media concerning legal cases of substantial public interest. Dr Donnelly previously worked as a Tipstaff to the Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM QC (Chief Judge at Common Law, Supreme Court of New South Wales) and was a legal researcher to the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG (former Justice of the High Court of Australia).

Dr Donnelly is the founding author of the Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law (GDAML) program at Western Sydney University (WSU). He is both the Course Convenor of the GDAML program and Senior Lecturer at WSU.

Dr Donnelly holds a Bachelor of Arts (Macquarie University), a Bachelor of Laws (Honours Class 1 & University Medal) from University of Western Sydney, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (College of Law), and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from the University of New South Wales (Faculty of Law).

Dr Donnelly has been a Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia since May 2011. He is the co-author and editor of the Federal Administrative Law publication (Thomson Reuters) with Professor Matthew Groves and Associate Professor Greg Weeks.

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  • PhD University of New South Wales
  • LLB(Hons) University of Western Sydney


  • Administrative Law
  • Immigration and Refugee Law
  • criminal law

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Law


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Location: EKA.G.02

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  • Donnelly, J., Groves, M., Weeks, G. and Flick, G. (2022), 'Federal Administrative Law', : Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia .

Chapters in Books

  • Donnelly, J. (2020), 'Administrative Appeals Tribunal : Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 (Annotated)', Federal Administrative Law, Thomson Reuters .
  • Donnelly, J. (2020), 'Administrative Appeals Tribunal : reform of Administrative Appeals Tribunal', Federal Administrative Law, Thomson Reuters .
  • Donnelly, J. (2020), 'Administrative Appeals Tribunal : procedure and overview', Federal Administrative Law, Thomson Reuters .

Journal Articles

  • Do, A. and Donnelly, J. (2022), 'Character applications before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal : practical guidance for the conscientious practitioner', Precedent, vol 169 , pp 26 - 30.
  • Donnelly, J. (2021), 'Abuse of power and the issue of prerogative writs : implications for breach of the Commonwealth Model Litigant Policy', Canberra Law Review, vol 18, no 2 , pp 82 - 92.
  • Donnelly, J. (2019), 'Rethinking the character power as it relates to refugees and asylum seekers in Australia', Court of Conscience, vol 13 , pp 97 - 102.
  • Donnelly, J. (2018), 'Failure to give proper, genuine and realistic consideration to the merits of a case : a critique of Carrascalao', University of New South Wales Law Journal Forum, .
  • Donnelly, J. (2018), 'Tale of two characters : the paradoxical application of the character test between visa holders and applicants for Australian citizenship', Australian Journal of Administrative Law, vol 25, no 2 , pp 104 - 121.
  • Donnelly, J. (2017), 'Challenging Huynh : incorrect importation of the national interest term via the back door', Australian Journal of Administrative Law, vol 24, no 1 , pp 99 - 120.
  • Donnelly, J. (2017), 'Utilisation of national interest criteria in the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) : a threat to rule of law values?', Victoria University Law and Justice Journal, vol 7, no 1 , pp 94 - 109.
  • Donnelly, J. (2013), 'The convicted felon's right to judicial review and the common law doctrine of attainder in Australia', Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice, vol 2, no 32 , pp 32 - 38.
  • Donnelly, J. (2012), 'Judicial review for the convicted felon in Australia : a consideration of statutory context and the doctrine of attainder', University of Western Sydney Law Review, vol 16, no 1 , pp 137 - 154.
  • Donnelly, J. (2012), 'Five lessons of a reader at the NSW Bar', Bar News: Journal of the NSW Bar Association, vol Winter 2012 , pp 57 - 61.
  • Donnelly, J. (2011), 'A tippy path to the bar : an alternative approach', Bar News: Journal of the New South Wales Bar Association, vol Autumn 2011 , pp 54 - 59.
  • Donnelly, J. (2011), 'The sex conundrum', Law Institute Journal, vol November 2011 , pp 52 - 56.
  • Donnelly, J. (2011), 'Reconciliation of jury secrecy in light of administrative law principles', Australian Journal of Administrative Law, vol 18, no 3 , pp 172 - 182.
  • Donnelly, J. (2010), 'Bad reputation after the event', LSJ: Law Society of NSW Journal, vol 48 , pp 67 - 69.

Reports & Speeches

Jason Donnelly, Statutory Review of the amalgamation of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Attorney-General's Department, 23 August 2018, pp. 1-21

Jason Donnelly, Oral expert evidence before Joint Standing Committee on Migration, Commonwealth of Australia, 16 July 2018, pp. 27-32

Jason Donnelly, Review processes associated with visa cancellations made on criminal grounds, Joint Standing Committee on Migration, Commonwealth Parliament of Australia, 26 April 2018, 1-27

Jason Donnelly, Legal Studies, Law and the Legal Profession: Synthesis of Principles, King's School Lecture, North Parramatta 12 April 2016

Jason Donnelly, The King's School Lecture - A Perspective on Human Rights From a Practising Lawyer, King's School Lecture, North Parramatta, 8 April 2015, pp. 1-10

Jason Donnelly, Lessons of a UWS Law Graduate, University of Western Sydney School of Law Annual First Year Camp 2013, Collaroy Convention Centre, Sydney, 20 February 2013, 1-9

Jason Donnelly, Consolidation of Commonwealth Anti-Discrimination Laws Discussion Paper, Initiative Under Australia’s Human Rights Framework, Donnelly Report, 29 January 2012, Sydney, pp. 1-40

Key Research Areas

Administrative Law

Criminal Law

Immigration and Refugee Law

Statutory Interpretation

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Current Supervision

Thesis Title: The Environmental Impact of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: Legal and Policy Responses
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