Professor Will Bateman

PhD, LLM (Unversity of Cambridge). LLB, BA (ANU)
Associate Dean (Research)
ANU College of Law

Areas of expertise

  • Constitutional Law 180108
  • Administrative Law 180103
  • Finance 150201
  • Public Economics Taxation And Revenue 140215

Research interests

Law, central banking, monetary systems, sustainable investment, artifical intelligence, automation, algorithmic decision-systems


Dr Will Bateman is a Professor at the ANU law school where he researches legal aspects of finance, technology and public administration.

He leads multi-jurisdictional projects on the legal regulation of public and private finance, with a special focus on central banking, sovereign debt markets, national budget formulation and sustainable investing. His recent engagements with central banks and financial regulators include:

  • UK Parliament, House of Lords Inquiry into Quantitative Easing (2021)
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 'Legal Aspects of Central Bank Money Creation' (2020)
  • Bank of England, 'Quantitative Easing, Reserve Creation and Digital Currency' (2020)

Dr Bateman also leads research projects on the regulation of artificial intelligence, and is currently spearheading a major project on the formulation of model legal frameworks to govern artificial intelligence in the public sector. He also collaborates with computer science experts in designing ethical and lawful algorithmic decision systems. His law/tech collaboration partners include:

  • Minderoo Foundation (global philanthropic organisation)
  • Gradient Institute (ethical AI research institute)
  • Humanising Machine Intelligence (ANU Grand Challenge Project)

Before academia, Dr Bateman worked in appellate litigation, commercial disputes and banking as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills, associate to the hon Justice Stephen Gageler AC of the High Court of Australia, and the hon Justice Steven Rares of the Federal Court of Australia.

He holds a PhD and LLM from the University of Cambridge and a LLB/BA from the ANU. 


Projects and Grants

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