BA(Mod) Dublin, LLB Rhodes, DPhil Waikato
Bede Harris is a native of Zimbabwe. He has a BA(Mod) from Trinity College, University of Dublin, and LLB (cum laude) from Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, and a DPhil from the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. He has previously taught at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg; the University of Waikato; James Cook University and the University of Canberra.
Bede's primary areas of teaching are Business Law and Corporations Law. His areas of research are Constitutional Law (particularly constitutional reform), Indigenous legal issues, Corporations Law and Consumer Law.
In 2001 Bede was awarded a Fulbright Senior Fellowship and attended the American Studies Institute held at the Meyner Centre for the Study of Government at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where teachers of Constitutional Law from a variety of jurisdictions studied IUS constitutional law, before travelling in the south-west of the United States to study native American self-government.
Supervision at Honours, Masters and PhD level in the fields of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Corporations Law.
In 2007 Bede worked as a Senior Legal Consultant in the Finance and Revenue unit of the Office of General Counsel at the Australian Government Solicitor in Canberra, which provides advice to Commonwealth government agencies on constitutional matters, on compliance with the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (Cth), and on general administrative law matters. Bede also served as a member of the Commonwealth Department of Families, Health, Community Services and Ageing (FaHCSIA) Research Ethics Committee.
Bede has made written and oral representations to legislative committee enquiries on constitutional law, human rights protection and civics education within my areas of expertise. He was a moderator of community discussions during the 1999 Republic Referendum, and was co-sponsor of proposal adopted by the Peoples Conference at Corowa, which was convened in December 2001 to consider processes which might be used to put the issue of an Australian Republic before voters. He contributes to the print and electronic media.
Bede is a member of the Australasian Law Teachers' Association (ALTA), the Corporate Law Teachers Association (CLTA) and the Australian - American Fulbright Association.
Bede has had consultancies with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, delivering the Legal Environment module of the Practice of Directorship course. He has also delivered modules on Directors' and Officers' duties, Trade Practices, Corporate Governance, and Ethics for the CPA Australia accreditation course. He has also taught Australian Legal Foundations on behalf of IIBT Pte Ltd (Singapore) to students at Universities in China.