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The Australian National University

Alex Bruce

Firstname: Alex
Surname: Bruce
Gender: Male
Staff type: Academic
Dept/School/Centre: College of Law
College: ANU College of Law
Year: 2009
Institution: The Australian National University (ANU)
Award name: ANU Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Education
Award type: Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
Individual or Team: Individual


For a decade of motivating and inspiring students to learn & flourish, both personally and professionally


Ven. Alex Bruce is a Buddhist Monk, Senior Lecturer in Law, Theologian and former Lawyer with the Competition Commission. He teaches Competition Law, Consumer Protection, Contracts, Animals & the Law and Interreligious Dialogue. Because of his very wide interdisciplinary skills, unique background and dedication to student’s learning, Alex's teaching style is singularly described by students as “inspirational”; characterised by passion, clarity; compassion, relevance and respect.

Alex is very passionate about teaching, describing it as the most rewarding thing he has have ever done. Because Alex is passionate about teaching, he strives for maximum impact on student’s learning; impact is assisted by making complex material accessible and relevant. Alex maintains that transforming complex material into clear, accessible and relevant knowledge requires a gentle compassion for students’ individual abilities and circumstances.

Alex's research interests reflect the diversity of his abilities including law, social justice, theology and interreligious dialogue. When combined in his teaching, these diverse qualities inspire students beyond the confines of any one of his courses; consistently generating student comments such as: “Alex Bruce – Best Lecturer I’ve had” (ANUSET Evaluation: Competition Law, 2000);

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