Dr Sean Sexton

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Senior Associate

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Legal Pluralism – Law & co-existent rights

Dr Sexton is a lawyer who specialises working with Indigenous people with a focus on land rights and native title.

He is a leading practitioner in the field of agreement making and dispute resolution, particularly in the area of competing land uses and development.

His skills are an ability to quickly assess situation, understand both how problems arise, and resolve, and be outcome driven. He is a very strong believer in the value of relationships and the role they play in agreement making and implementation.

Sean’s experience is unique. After being admitted to practice, he has worked as Associate to a Federal Court judge, Aboriginal Land Commissioner, and Deputy President of the National Native Title Tribunal. He has worked in community organisations, and a top tier law firm, before a lengthy period in the Commonwealth Government with the Australian Taxation Office, Special Counsel in the Attorney-General’s Department, and Senior Advisor in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Sean has worked on many different projects including exploration, mining, fibre optic cables, gas pipelines, defence reserves, the building of radio telescopes and Federal and High Court litigation. He has been involved in legislative and policy reforms, and managed the program that funded the native title representative bodies across Australia. He also advises on corporate and benefit management structuring and governance.