is an Associate Professor at the Australian National University College of Law, and a Buddhist monk ordained into the Tibetan tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He teaches and researches in the areas of Competition Law, Consumer Protection Law and Animal Law and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Alex has published leading texts in all three areas of law, and his PhD thesis investigated the potential for Competition and Consumer Policy to benefit farm animals. His text Animal Law in Australia: An Integrated Approach (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2012) is one of Australia’s first Animal Law textbooks studied by students of Animal Law both in Australia and internationally. As a Buddhist monk, Alex has a particular interest in the relationship between the world’s religions and animals and has regularly appeared in the Australian print and television media commenting on this relationship. In addition to privately teaching meditation and Buddhist philosophy, Alex is currently working on a second PhD through Monash University in the discipline of Comparative Theology. His thesis is exploring the way seekers integrate and progress through Christian and Buddhist Spiritual Paths.
Gorsuch’s affinity with the views of his adviser Finnis on natural law, his approving citation of Scalia’s views on gay marriage, and his skepticism of the Court’s jurisprudence on the right to chose in matters of personal intimacy all suggest that he might vote to reverse the decision protecting same-sex marriage. Defenders of gay rights have reason to worry that he would roll back the clock on this important issue, and senators should use the upcoming confirmation hearings to find out from Gorsuch exactly where he stands.