Dr Tim Peters is a critical and cultural legal scholar based in the School of Law and Criminology. His research is interdisciplinary and has two major focuses. The first examines the intersections of legal theory, theology and popular culture and has been the subject of a number of published articles and book chapters, including the forthcoming monograph from Edinburgh University Press, A Theological Jurisprudence of Popular Cinema: Superheros, Science Fictions and Fantasies of Modern Law.His second research focus is on critical theories and genealogies of the corporation from the perspective of political and economic theology.
In 2019, Dr Peters was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award for the project 'New Approaches to Corporate Legality: Beyond Neoliberal Governance'. This three-year project seeks to critically rethink and reconceptualise approaches to the corporation understood as a social, economic and legal entity.
His professional background is in banking and finance and he has taught cultural legal studies, corporations law, associations law, securities regulation and corporate takeovers and competition and consumer law.
Dr Peters is currently the president of the Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australia and a management committee member of the Corporate Law Teachers Association. He sits on Editorial Boards for a number of law and humanities and critical legal journals and book series, and has served as a managing editor of the Griffith Law Review: Law Theory Society 2012–2016), secretary of the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (2006–2016) and secretary of the Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia (2009–2016).
He has experience supervising honours and PhD students in corporate law, banking & finance law, cultural legal studies, legal theory, law and theology.
- President, Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia
- Management Committee member, Corporate Law Teachers Association
- Adjunct Research Fellow, Law Futures Centre (Griffith Law School, Griffith University)
- Academic Editor, Griffith Law Review: Law Theory Society
- Associate Editor, International Journal for the Semiotics of Law
- Editorial Advisory Board, Law, Culture and the Humanities
- Editorial Board, "Law and Visual Jurisprudence" Book Series, Springer
- Editorial Board, "TechnNomos: Law, Technology and Culture" Book Series, Routledge
- Member, Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand
- Member, Asian Law and Society Association
Awards and Fellowships
- 2020-2023 ARC DECRA Fellowship
Key recent research publications
- Timothy D Peters (2020) “Theological ‘Seeing’ of Law: Daredevil, Christian Iconography and Legal Aesthetics” in Thomas Giddens (ed) Critical Directions in Comics Studies, University Press of Mississippi
- Timothy D Peters (2018) “Corporations, Sovereignty and the Religion of Neoliberalism” 29 Law and Critique 271
- Timothy D Peters and Karen Crawley (eds) (2018) Envisioning Legality: Law, Culture and Representation, Routledge
- Timothy D Peters (2018) “ ‘Seeing’ Justice Done: Envisioning Legality in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy” in Timothy D Peters and Karen Crawley (eds) Envisioning Legality: Law, Culture and Representation, Routledge
- Timothy D Peters (2018) “ ‘Holy trans-jurisdictional representations of justice, Batman!’: Globalisation, Persona and Mask in Kuwata’s Batmanga and Morrison’s Batman Incorporated” in Ashley Pearson, Thomas Giddens and Kieran Tranter (eds) Law and Justice in Japanese Popular Culture: From Crime Fighting Robots to Duelling Pocket Monsters, Routledge
- Timothy D Peters (2017) “I, Corpenstein: Mythic, Metaphorical and Visual Renderings of the Corporate Form in Comics and Film” 30(3) International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 427
|Grant / Project Name||Investigators||Funding Body and A$ value||Year||Focus (of research grant)|
|Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship||Dr Timothy Peters||ARC - $420,040||2020 - 2022||"New Approaches to Corporate Legality: Beyond Neoliberal Governance"|
- Cultural legal studies
- Law and film
- Law and the visual
- Legal theory, political theology and economic theology
- Corporate law theory
- Cultural Legal Studies
- Corporations Law
- Competition and Consumer Law
- Legal Theory