Captain Samuel Camden Duckett White
Visiting Fellow

Captain Samuel Camden Duckett White

  • Doctorate of Philosophy (University of Adelaide)
  • Master of Laws (University of Adelaide)
  • Master of Laws (Hons I) (University of Melbourne)
  • Master of War Studies (University of New South Wales)
  • Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (University of Queensland)
UNSW Canberra
School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Dr Samuel White is the inaugural Adelaide Law School Cybersecurity Postdoctoral Research Fellow and currently holds positions as a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Defence Force Academy and as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New England. He is Editor of the Adelaide Law Review and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society. 

Samuel has served as both a Royal Australian Infantry Corps and an Australian Army Legal Corps officer in a variety of tactical, operational and strategic level postings. These include platoon command in the 9th Royal Queensland Regiment; Staff Officer in the Directorate of Operations and International Law; Deputy Command Legal Officer - Headquarters Maritime Border Command; and Legal Officer HQ Special Operations. His military experiences led him to write Keeping the Peace of the Realm (LexisNexis, 2021), which analysed the nature of section 119 of the Constitution and whether it created a shield, or empowerment, for Commonwealth interventions in State affairs.

He is also the editor of a multi-volume series, called The Laws of Yesterday’s Wars (Brill Nijhoff) which critically questions how international the laws of war are. In 2021, he was recognised by the International Committee of the Red Cross as an ‘Emerging Voice’, for his scholarship in international humanitarian law.

He has particular research interests in international and domestic military law, and its intersection with other branches of law - industrial relations and disputes, administrative law and judicial review, as well as international and domestic criminal law. He has published numerous books, book chapters and journal articles on these topics.

My Research Supervision

  • PhD - University of New England - Teferi Hailemichael - Constitutionalism in Ethiopia (Primary supervisor)
  • MPhil - University of New England - Gary Jones - Powers of Military Police Officers