Faculty of Law

BA(Hons), LLB(Hons) Melb, LLM, SJD Tor


Rayner started at the Faculty of Law in July 2010, following completion of his SJD at the University of Toronto.  His doctoral thesis was entitled ‘Judicial Responses to the Indefinite Detention of Non-citizens Subject to Removal Orders: A Comparative Study of Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada’.  It has been awarded the Marks Medal, selected by a committee of faculty at Toronto as the best graduate thesis submitted in the 2009-2010 academic year.

Prior to commencing his academic career at Victoria University, Rayner was a solicitor with Malleson Stephen Jaques in Melbourne, an associate at the Federal Court of Australia, and a sessional lecturer in the then LLB and LLM programmes at the University of Melbourne.

Research Interests

  • Comparative Public Law
  • Anti-terrorism law
  • Treatment of non-citizens (immigration law and citizenship and nationality law)
  • Domestic Reception of International Law

Areas of Supervision (PhD and LLM)

  • Comparative Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Anti-terrorism and National Security Law
  • Domestic Reception of International Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Citizenship and Nationality Law

Current Research

Deprivation of citizenship; immigration detention; the interaction between specialist bodies, ministers and the courts in New Zealand; the relationship between process and substance; discrimination against non-citizens.

Selection of Publications

‘A coordinated judicial response to counter-terrorism?: Counter-examples’ in Mark Salter (ed) Mapping Transatlantic Security Relations: The EU, Canada and the War on Terror (Routledge, 2010).

‘Discriminating Against Non-citizens Under the Charter: Charkaoui and Section 15’ (2009) 34 Queen’s Law Journal 669.

(with David Dyzenhaus) ‘Legality and Emergency – The Judiciary in a Time of Terror’ in Andrew Lynch, Edwina McDonald and George Williams, eds, Law and Liberty in the War on Terror (Federation Press, 2007).