Dr Robert Mullins

Senior Lecturer

School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 334 67229


Robert Mullins holds a BPhil in Philosophy and a DPhil in Law from the University of Oxford. His research expertise is in legal philosophy and the theory of legal reasoning. Much of Robert's published work investigates the implications of different accounts of the meaning and use of deontic language developed by logicians and linguists for the understanding of legal rights, obligations, and authority relations. His most recent work focuses on logics of common law reasoning developed by scholars in Artificial Intelligence and Law.

Dr Mullins currently serves as Reviews Editor of the peer-reviewed professional journal, Law and Philosophy. He is an Associate Member of the ARC Centre for Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford
  • Bachelor of Law, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2023) Doctor Philosophy

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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Mullins, Rob (2022). Lesser evils, mere permissions and justifying reasons in law. New essays on the nature of legal reasoning. (pp. 259-280) edited by Mark McBride and James Penner. Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart Publishing. doi: 10.5040/9781509937684.ch-012

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Governatori, Guido and Mullins, Robert (2019). Deontic closure and conflict in legal reasoning. 32nd International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems (JURIX 2019), Madrid, Spain, 11-13 December 2019. Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press. doi: 10.3233/FAIA190322

  • Mullins, Robert (2016). Rights in default logic. 13th International Conference, DEON 2016, Bayreuth, Germany, 18-21 July 2016. London, United Kingdom: College Publications.

Other Outputs

  • Weatherall, Kimberlee, Bednarz, Zofia, Bello y Villarino, Jose-Miguel, Burgess, Jean, Cellard, Loup, Cohen, Tegan, Fraser, Henry, Goldenfein, Jake, Graham, Timothy, Haines, Fiona, Henman, Paul, Ilyushina, Nataliya, Kennedy, Jenny, Leach Scully, Jackie, Leeftink, Dennis, Maitra, Suvradip, Matulionyte, Rita, McCosker, Anthony, Mullins, Robert, Nabben, Kelsie, Parker, Christine, Phan, Thao, Salim, Flora, Snoswell, Aaron, Thomas, Julian, Trezise, Melanie, Young, Libby and Zeng, Jacky (2023). Safe and Responsible AI in Australia Discussion Paper: ADM+S Submission. Canberra, ACT Australia: Department of Industry, Science and Resources. doi: 10.25916/catx-q405

  • Mullins, Robert (2016). Relational Norms. PhD Thesis, University of Oxford, University of Oxford.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision

  • (2023) Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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