About Me

Dr Aaron Timoshanko is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and Justice at the University of Southern Queensland. Aaron has previously held positions at the Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University and Flinders University.

Aaron’s main research focus lies at the intersection of democracy, accountability and the regulation of animals; specifically, the expression of the public’s values regarding the use of animals in the political and legal spheres.

Aaron’s PhD thesis was conferred in 2018. Aaron’s thesis examines whether the regulation of horses used in the ordinary course of hurdle racing and steeplechasing (collectively referred to as ‘jumps racing’) is democratically accountable to the public. The thesis uses regulatory theory and an ‘indirect duties’ approach to animal protection, which justifies the protection of animals due to the pernicious effects the poor treatment of animals can have on individuals and society as a whole. Aaron’s thesis titled ‘Democratising the Regulation of Horses Used in the Sport of Jumps Racing’ was awarded the 2018 Mollie Holman Medal for the best thesis for the Faculty of Law.

Aaron has been a member of the Voiceless Legal Advisory Council since 2015 and was an inaugural member of the South Australian Law Society’s Animal Law Committee (2010-14). Prior to undertaking post-graduate study, Aaron worked in-house and as a solicitor in private practice.

Current Memberships

  • Australasian Law Academics Association (2017-present)
  • Voiceless Legal Advisory Council (2015-present)
  • Corporate Law Teachers Association (2021-present)


  • Mollie Holman Medal for the best thesis for the Faculty of Law (2018)
  • Monash Law School Students’ Publication Prize Runner-Up (2015)
  • USQ School of Law and Justice Citation for Excellence in Teaching (2020)


  • Most Outstanding Lecturer Award 2022 by the USQ Law Society