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Dr Rupert Johnson

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5118, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2.315
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5118
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.315  


Rupert Johnson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Business and Law.


By appointment

Current teaching

  • Property Law I
  • Property Law II
  • Community Legal Practice


Rupert Johnson joined Edith Cowan University in 2004, after having practised law in Perth for nearly 10 years, including four years working as a sole practitioner. In addition to his position as a Senior Lecturer, Rupert has held a number of administrative positions, including that of Associate Dean, Law within the School of Business & Law.

Rupert graduated with a bachelor of arts (history) and a bachelor of laws from Murdoch University in 1995. A graduate of The University of Western Australia, Rupert’s doctoral thesis Private Property Rights and the State. A Study of Regard and Increasing Disregard in Western Australia: 1829-2016 was successfully examined in 2017 as part of his doctor of juridical science (SJD) candidature. Rupert is admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia, and has enjoyed a long association with the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre (Inc) as a board member.

Rupert’s writing has included contributions to The Laws of Australia, and the Australian Law Dictionary (Oxford University Press). He is presently contributing to a text on property law in Western Australia.

Professional Associations

  • Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society, member
  • Law Society of Western Australia, member
  • Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre (Inc), board member
  • Politics and Law, Course Advisory Committee, Government of Western Australia School Curriculum and Standards Authority

Awards and recognition

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Award 2014 Service to Students
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award 2008 ‘Engagement in Teaching and Learning’ Mr Rupert Johnson, The Law & Justice Team

Research areas and interests

  • Property law, in particular the relationship between the State and private property rights
  • Legal History, in particular colonial land tenure
  • Torts


  • Doctor of Juridical Science, The University of Western Australia, 2017.
  • Bachelor of Laws, Murdoch University, 1995.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Murdoch University, 1995.


Recent Research Grants

  • A collaborative national and international interdisciplinary research agenda to investigate the development, application and governance of pesticides.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2017 Round 1,  2017 - 2018,  $10,000.
  • Sellenger Centre Criminal Justice Review Project,  Law Society of WA,  Grant,  2014 - 2015,  $50,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Johnson, R., (2018), Pesticides, Disease, Causal Uncertainty and Standards of Proof: An Introduction to the Impact of Causal Uncertainty on Incapacitated Workers Seeking Compensation in Australia. Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 35(4), 408-425.
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