Dr Jordan English

Dr Jordan English is an Indigenous lawyer, UQ University Medal in Law recipient and Monash and Rhodes Scholar, now working as a Supernumerary Teaching Fellow in Law at St John’s College, Oxford.

Dr English’s research has contributed significantly to the fields of private law and civil asset recovery, and has been cited by the High Court of Australia, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia, and the England and Wales High Court (Commercial Court).

He co-authored The Law of Tracing (Federation Press, 2021), which has made an essential contribution to the field of equity and trusts, and recently completed the co-written manuscript for Federal Proceeds of Crime Law (Thomson Reuters, 2023).

He is due to publish his third book, Discharge of Contractual Obligations for Failure of Condition with Oxford University Press in 2024. His research has influenced the development of the law and has had a positive impact on legal practice.

Dr English is committed to the educational success of Indigenous Australians. Through his work as an Aurora Fellow with the Aurora Education Foundation, Dr English mentors and provides support to Indigenous scholars studying in the United Kingdom.

What’s a surprising or fun fact people wouldn’t know about you?

“That I am a loyal Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson fan, having watched almost every movie that he has appeared in. My dream is to invite him to a high table dinner at Oxford. He has a great quote that I try to live by: ‘It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.’”

If you could change one thing about the world for the next generation, what would it be?

“That the place a person is born, the circumstances of their upbringing, or a person’s background does not dictate the opportunities that life affords them.”


Distinguished Young Alumni Award
Distinguished Young Alumni Award for exceptional leadership, a commitment to meaningful change and advancing Indigenous representation in the field of law.


Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
Bachelor of Commerce