Aaron Moss

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Aaron Moss

Adjunct Researcher

Faculty of Law Building , Sandy Bay Campus

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Aaron Moss is an adjunct researcher with the Faculty of Law, where he regularly publishes in areas including administrative and constitutional law, native title/indigenous law, customs and sanctions, freedom of information, local government, environment and planning, and admiralty and maritime law.

Aaron graduated from the University of Tasmania in December 2015, being awarded a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours in Law, as well as the University Medal in Law.

In 2016, he served as Associate to The Hon. Justice J M Jagot, Justice of the Federal Court of Australia. Aaron completed his Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice in 2016 and is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.

From 2017 onwards, he has practiced as a solicitor-advocate with Clayton Utz, developing a broad disputes and litigation practice (with a particular focus on migration law). Aaron is also a casual academic at the Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney, and a law reporter with the Federal Law Reports, Federal Court Reports and Administrative Appeals Reports.

In October 2019, Aaron will commence a Masters of Law at the University of Cambridge. He has been awarded the W M Tapp Studentship in Law by Gonville & Caius College, and an Honorary Award by Cambridge Australia Scholarships.  

Having worked as a Tutor as well as a Research, Teaching and Administrative Assistant with the Faculty of Law since 2013, Aaron commenced as an Adjunct Researcher with the Faculty in June 2016.

Between 2013 and 2015, Aaron tutored in Administrative Law (LAW204) and International Law (LAW254/LAW634) as well as in the international student support program for Torts (LAW256). He also served as a Research, Teaching and Administrative Assistant with the Faculty of Law and was involved in a wide range of curriculum and unit planning, research and other ancillary work.

Aaron continues to contribute to these areas as an Adjunct Researcher. He is also available to supervise students undertaking Supervised Research Paper (LAW679), and has previously supervised  a student paper considering the principle of legality as a “common law” protector of freedom of political expression.

Throughout his studies, Aaron was awarded 29 awards and honours, including the 2013 Order of Australia Association Foundation Scholarship, subject awards for highest achievement in 18 of his 24 law units studied, and placement on the Dean's Honour Roll and Roll of Excellence with Honours in the Faculty of Arts, where he majored in international relations with a minor in political science.

In 2015, Aaron was one of two editors of the University of Tasmania Law Review, after serving as a board member for that publication in 2013 and 2014. He also successfully competed in a number of national, and faculty-level, mooting competitions, and was heavily involved with the Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA), Tasmania University Law Society (TULS), the Tasmania University Union (TUU), the Hobart Community Legal Centre, and UN Youth Australia.

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Research Themes

Current Research Projects

  • A review of the law and practice surrounding the making of consent determinations pursuant to ss 87 and 87A of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).
  • A comparative analysis of the “legitimate expectations” concept in Australian administrative law, and the fair and equitable treatment standard in investment treaty law.
  • An analysis of the nature, extent and influence of judicial commentary in the conduct of litigation.
  • An examination of the constitutional and legal position of Norfolk Island following the passage of the Norfolk Island Legislation Amendment Act 2015 (Cth), theTerritories Legislation Amendment Act 2016 (Cth) and related instruments.

Research and Practice Fields

Although Aaron researches and works across all areas of public and private law, his predominant areas of research, practice and interest include:

  • Administrative Law and Practice
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Civil Procedure, Litigation and Professional Responsibility
  • Constitutional Law and Theory
  • Immigration and Extradition Law
  • Law of Remedies and Remedial Theory
  • Legal Theory and Jurisprudence
  • Native Title and Indigenous Law (incl. compensation and post-determination practice)
  • Planning and Development Law
  • Public International Law, Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law
  • Public Law, Statutory Interpretation and Governance
  • Torts and Civil Liability (incl. Medical Law)

Fields of Research

  • Law and humanities (480403)

Research Objectives

  • Crime prevention (230402)


Academic Journals

Peer-Reviewed (as sole author)

  • ‘Reconceptualising Current Issues in the Law & Practice of Consent Determinations Under The Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)’ (2018) 41(4) University of New South Wales Law Journal 1187.
  • ‘“Risk of Harm”, Relevant Considerations and Section 501: Wrangling the Minister’s Discretion’ (2016) 90 Australian Law Journal 268
  • ‘Tiptoeing Through The Tripwires: Recent Developments in Jurisdictional Error’ (2016) 44(3) Federal Law Review 467

Peer-Reviewed (joint author)

  • Samuel Walpole and Aaron Moss, 'Piracy, Negotiation Period Expenses and Allowance in General Average: The Longchamp' (2018) Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 34.
  • Samuel Walpole and Aaron Moss, ''Ownership' of a Surrogate Ship and the Use of the Presumption of Similarity of Foreign Law' (2019) 25 Journal of International Maritime Law 6.
  • Claire Smith and Aaron Moss, 'PFAS: Emerging Contaminant, Emerging Regulation' (2018) 33(3) Australian Environment Review 69.

Case Notes & Book Reviews

  • ‘Note: Ure v Commonwealth of Australia[2015] FCA 241’ (2015) 34(1) University of Tasmania Law Review 128.
  • ‘Book Review: Non-International Armed Conflicts in International Law - Yoram Dinstein’ (2015) 34(1) University of Tasmania Law Review 145.
  • Book Review: Resolving Claims to Self-Determination: Is there a role for the International Court of Justice? – Andrew Coleman’ (2014) 33(1) University of Tasmania Law Review 181.
  • Book Review: Law and Religion – Peter Radan, Denise Meyerson and Rosalind F Croucher’ (2013) 32(2) University of Tasmania Law Review 362


As sole author

  • ‘Looking forward, looking back: Native Title in 2017 and 2018’ (26 February 2018) AUSPUBLAW
  • ‘All Aboard ! Why Public Lawyers Should Consider Admiralty and Maritime Law’ (2016) 2 The Vibe: Public Law and Government Committee Bulletin (NSW Young Lawyers)14-17
  • 'Case Note – Legitimate Expectations in The High Court: WZARH' [2016] 1 Public Law and Government Committee Bulletin (NSW Young Lawyers) 3-5
  • ‘Refashioning Legitimate Expectations in Australian Administrative Law: Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v WZARH’ (8 December 2015) AUSPUBLAW
  • ‘A Jurisprudential Defence of International Law’ (2012) 6 Perspective Youth Journal 11

As joint author

  • Aaron Moss and William Isdale, “Where To Next? Native Title Compensation following Timber Creek” (3 April 2019) AUSPUBLAW.
  • Claire Smith and Aaron Moss, ‘Take the money and run? Court of Appeal confirms directors' liability for Council's clean-up costs’, Clayton Utz, 15 March 2018.
  • Nick Thomas, Mark Geritz, Tosin Aro and Aaron Moss, ‘NSW proposes major reforms to protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage’, Clayton Utz, 1 March 2018.
  • Claire Smith and Aaron Moss, 'Filling the void? NSW Government seeks to strengthen rehabilitation obligations for mine operators', Clayton Utz, 21 December 2017.
  • Claire Smith, Rebecca Davie and Aaron Moss, 'New Contaminated Land Guidelines place more obligations on NSW Site Auditors', Clayton Utz, 26 October 2017.
  • Advocacy Tasmania, Community Legal Centres Tasmania, Aaron Moss and Andrew Topfer, ‘The Public Trustee and a Fair and Proportionate Fee Structure for Represented Persons’ (Research Brief presented to Attorney-General (Tas), 2014).

Total publications


Journal Article

(1 outputs)
2020Haddad A, Sauer J, Prichard J, Spiranovic C, Gelb K, 'Gaming tasks as a method for studying the impact of warning messages on information behavior', Library Trends, 68, (4) pp. 576-598. ISSN 0024-2594 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1353/lib.2020.0012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Sauer J; Prichard J; Spiranovic C