Susan Burton Phillips

Areas of expertise

Native Title

Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Laws (First Class Hons)

Master of Laws

Master of Administrative Law and Policy (Sydney)


Professional Organisation

Member of the NSW and Queensland Bar Associations

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Susan Burton Phillips


Susan Phillips is a barrister specialising in native title.  She has published and worked in that field since the Mabo decision was handed down in 1992.  

Since the Native Title Act was passed in 1993 Susan has been counsel to Indigenous groups and communities all over Australia from the Kimberley and Cape York to the south eastern and western parts of Australia, representing them in the National Native Title Tribunal, Federal Court and in mediations and negotiations with local, State and Commonwealth governments, mining companies, pastoralists and other parties. 

Susan lectures and has taught courses on Indigenous people and the law at the Universities of Sydney, NSW and UTS. 

Susan has contributed to several publications on native title. She was admitted to the NSW Bar in 1995.

Publications and Editorial Contacts

Native Title Service, Looseleaf Contact: LN SC Publishing

Professional Contact

Clerk Emma Cupitt
13th Floor St James Hall, 169 Phillip Street
Sydney, NSW 2000

Tel: 02 9335 3063


Speaking Engagements

  • Contributor to the AIATSIS Native title Representative Bodies annual conference
  • Guest lecturer from time to time at the Faculties of Law at the universities of Sydney, NSW and UTS