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Associate Professor Matthew Stubbs
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Dr Matthew Stubbs is an Associate Professor in the Law School at the University of Adelaide, where he serves as Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) and Editor in Chief of the Adelaide Law Review.
His research and teaching is focussed in the areas of human rights, constitutional law and international law. Dr Stubbs has received prizes for his outstanding teaching, and for his extensive work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students, at Faculty (2008, 2012, 2014), University (2008, 2012, 2013) and National level (2009, 2013).
Associate Professor Stubbs is involved with professional bodies in the law and academia, and is the Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of South Australia and a member of the Law Council of Australia's National Human Rights Committee.
Matthew completed undergraduate degrees in Finance and Economics, and took a First Class Honours degree in Law, before undertaking the professional qualification and being admitted to legal practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia.
Matthew then returned to academic life, taking the FA and MF Joyner Scholarship in Law, completing his PhD in Australian Constitutional Law at Adelaide Law School under the supervision of Professors Rosemary Owens and John Williams. He has also published in the fields of negligence, human rights and statutory interpretation. Matthew has taught at the University of Adelaide since 2003. After teaching in the School of Commerce in 2007, Matthew took up his current position at Adelaide Law School in 2008.
Matthew is the Law School's Indigenous Students Liaison Officer and has a keen interest in the legal education of Indigenous people.
Ph.D. in Law (University of Adelaide)
2015 - 'Enriching the Online Learning Environment in Principles of Public Law - Part II' (Learning Development Grant, Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide)
2013-15 - Office for Learning and Teaching, Innovation and Development Grant: 'Filling the Social Justice Gap' (with Susan Banki and Paul Duffill (Sydney), Simon Rice (ANU), Mary Anne Kenny and Lisa Hartley (Curtin), Phil Orchard (Queensland), Laurie Berg (UTS) and Peggy Kerdo (La Trobe); lead institution: University of Sydney; total value $220,000, cat. 1)
2013-14 - ‘Developing Online Content for Principles of Public Law to Enrich the Online Learning Environment and Increase Teaching Efficiency to offer Small Group Discovery Experiences’ (University of Adelaide)
2012-13 - e-learning development grant (University of Adelaide)(with Anne Hewitt)
2011 - Teaching Large and Diverse Classes Project - Small Grant (Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide) (with Dr Chad Habel)
I have been teaching at the University of Adelaide since 2003. In 2017, I will teach International Law Moot in Summer Semester and Semester 1, Foundations of Law in Semester 1, and Principles of Public Law and International Law in Semester 2.
In 2010-16, I taught variously in Jessup Moot, (Public) International Law (LLB and LLM), Principles of Public Law and Australian Legal History. In 2008-9, I taught Civil and Criminal Procedure, Litigation Practice, Evidence and Introduction to Advocacy. In 2007 in the School of Commerce, I taught Commercial Law I(S), Commercial Law II and Corporate Law (M). I previously taught on a sessional basis in the Law School in Introduction to Australian Law and Legal Research and Writing.
Videos about Teaching:
Constitutional Law, Legal History, Human Rights, Public International Law.
Matthew serves as an Associate Expert in the International Law on the Use of Force group in the MILAMOS project.
‘Human Rights Obligations as a Collateral Limit on the Powers of the Security Council’ in Paul Babie and Dale Stephens (eds), Imagining Law: Essays in Conversation with Judith Gardam (University of Adelaide Press, 2016) 61-99.
'Decolonising Indigenous Water ‘Rights’: Flow, Difference and the Limits of Law' in Timothy Neale and Stephen Turner (eds), Other People’s Country: Law, Water and Entitlement in Settler Colonial Sites (Routledge, 2016) 58-73 (with Peter Burdon, Georgina Drew, Adam Webster and Marcus Barber).
Articles in Refereed Journals:
'Dredge Your Way to China? The Legal Significance of Chinese Reclamation and Construction in the South China Sea' (2017) 2 Asia-Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and Policy (forthcoming)(with Dale Stephens).
'Substantive Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution' (2016) 8(25) Indigenous Law Bulletin 9-14.
'Book Review: Kris Gledhill, Human Rights Acts: The Mechanisms Compared (Hart, 2015)' (2016) 22 Australian Journal of Human Rights 203-8.
'Refining the Model for Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' (2015) 26 Public Law Review 150-4.
'Decolonising Indigenous Water ‘Rights’ in Australia: Flow, Difference and the Limits of Law' (2015) 5 Settler Colonial Studies 334-49 (with Marcus Barber, Peter Burdon, Georgina Drew and Adam Webster).
'The Constitutional Validity of State Chief Justices Acting as Governor' (2014) 25 Public Law Review 197-219.
'Book Review: Sir Richard Hanson by Greg Taylor' (2014) 35(1) Adelaide Law Review 193-202.
'Mobile Phone Voting for Participation and Engagement in a Large Compulsory Law Course' (2014) 22 Research in Learning Technology (with Dr Chad Habel).
'Zentai and the Troubles of Extradition' (2013) 39(3) Monash University Law Review 894-914.
'The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Safely in Judicial Hands?' (2013) 24 Public Law Review 81-6 (with Dr Gabrielle Appleby).
'A Brief History of the Judicial Review of Legislation under the Australian Constitution' (2012) 40(2) Federal Law Review 227-252.
'Book Review: Dewigged, Bothered and Bewildered: British Colonial Judges on Trial, 1800-1900 by John McLaren' (2012) 35 Australian Bar Review 302-306.
'The Acquisition of Indigenous Property on Just Terms: Wurridjal v Commonwealth' (2011) 33 Sydney Law Review 119-136.
'Arbitrary Detention in Australia: Detention of Unlawful Non-Citizens under the Migration Act 1958 (Cth)' (2006) 25 Australian Year Book of International Law 273-308.
'From Foreign Circumstances to First Instance Considerations: Extrinsic Material and the Law of Statutory Interpretation' (2006) 34 Federal Law Review 103-125.
'Case Note: Prosper the Government, Suffer the Practitioner: The Graham Barclay Oysters Litigation' (2003) 26 University of New South Wales Law Journal 727-740.
The Eminent Domain in Australia: The 'Individual Rights' Approach to s 51(xxxi) of the Australian Constitution (PhD Thesis, University of Adelaide, 2011).
The International and Domestic Legality of Australia's Mandatory Detention of 'Unlawful Non-Citizens' under the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) (Honours Thesis, University of Adelaide, 2002) (25,000 words).
Articles in Non-Refereed Outlets (Community and Professional Engagement):
'Jumping the Gun: Legal Limits on the Display of Election Posters' (2016) 38(7) Law Society Bulletin 12-13.
'2016: The Year of ‘Substantive’ Progress on Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples?' on AUSPUBLAW (5 February 2016) https://auspublaw.org/2016/2/2016-the-year-of-substantive-progress/
'Legal Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' (2013) 35(8) Law Society Bulletin 14-15.
'Book Review: The Case for an Australian Bill of Rights: Freedom in the War on Terror by George Williams' (2005) 21(1) Policy 57-58.
Seminar and Conference Papers:
‘The Impact of the Lands Clauses Consolidation Act 1845 (Eng) upon the Australian Colonies' (Paper presented at the 1st Legal Histories of the British Empire Conference, Singapore, 7 July 2012).
'A Brief History of Judicial Review of Legislation in Australia' (Paper presented at the 30th Annual Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society Conference, Brisbane, 12 December 2011).
'No Need to Fear Unelected Judges: Lessons from the Judicial Review of Legislation in Australia' (Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, San Francisco, 3 June 2011).
'Case Note: Wurridjal v Commonwealth' (Paper presented at an Australian Association of Constitutional Law Seminar, Adelaide, 23 April 2009).
'The Human Rights Committee at the Antipodes: The Impact of Individual Communications in Australia and New Zealand' (Paper presented at the Law's Empire Conference, Harrison, British Columbia, Canada, 27 June 2005).
'What Future for the International Adjudication and Enforcement of Human Rights?' (Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 2 June 2005).
'Arbitrary Detention in Australia: Detention of Unlawful Non-Citizens under the Migration Act 1958 (Cth)' (Paper presented at the New Researchers, New Research Conference, University of Adelaide, 30 September 2004).
Seminar and Conference Posters and Presentations:
'Inquiry-Based Learning in Public Law: Adelaide’s Small Group Discovery Experience’ (Poster presented at the ‘Public Law in the Classroom’ Workshop, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 February 2017) (with Cornelia Koch)
'Inquiry-Based Learning in Law: Three Years of a Small Group Discovery Experience in the First-Year Curriculum' (Presentation at 'From Research and Policy into Practice': Higher Education Research Group of Adelaide Conference, Adelaide, 22 September 2016) (with Cornelia Koch).
‘A Preliminary Evaluation of the Small Group Discovery Experience in Large First-Year Courses’ (Invited presentation at the University of Adelaide Festival of Learning and Teaching, Adelaide, 19 August 2016) (with Carolyn Semmler).
‘Dredge your way to China? The Legal Significance of Chinese Reclamation and Construction in the South China Sea’ (Presentation at the symposium Can We Move Beyond Disputes in the South China Sea?, Armidale, 1 August 2016).
‘The Adventures of a Community of Practice on Teaching Large Classes’ (Invited presentation at the University of Adelaide Festival of Learning and Teaching, Adelaide, 9 November 2015).
‘Accommodating Rights? Religion, Speech and Equality in Australia’ (Panel discussion for the Australian Law Reform Commission, Adelaide, 21 September 2015).
‘Proposed Constitutional Amendments to Recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' (Presentation at the Law Society of South Australia Forum, Adelaide, 20 February 2015).
‘Teaching Human Rights using Simulated Learning’ (Presentation at the Human Rights Tertiary Teachers Workshop, Australian National University, Canberra, 18 February 2015) (with Susan Banki, Laurie Berg, Paul Duffill, Lisa Hartley, Peggy Kerdo, Fiona McGaughey, Phil Orchard and Simon Rice).
‘Blending Learning in Public Law Classrooms’ (Presentation at the Public Law in the Classroom Workshop, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 February 2015) (with Gabrielle Appleby).
'Discovering Public Law Through Research: An SGDE Tale' (Invited presentation at the University of Adelaide Festival of Learning and Teaching, Adelaide, 12 November 2014).
‘The Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia’ (Invited keynote address presented at the Adelaide Law School Symposium on The Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Comparative Perspective, Adelaide, 24 May 2014).
'International Law as a Professional Skill for Australian Lawyers' (Presentation at a Law Society of South Australia Continuing Professional Development Conference, Adelaide, 26 March 2014).
‘Promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Engagement in Law' (Invited Poster presented at the University of Adelaide Festival of Learning and Teaching, Adelaide, 4 November 2013).
'Using e-learning tools to open the gate to professional skills acquisition' (Presentation at the Australian Law Teachers' Association Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, 30 September 2013) (with Anne Hewitt).
‘Can we teach professional skills in the cyber world? Creating e-learning legal skills development tools' (Presentation at ‘Bricks to Bytes?': Higher Education Research Group of Adelaide Conference, Adelaide, 27 September 2013) (with Anne Hewitt).
‘Delivering a Small-Group Discovery Experience in Large Classes' (Presentation at ‘Bricks to Bytes?': Higher Education Research Group of Adelaide Conference, Adelaide, 27 September 2013) (with Dr Cate Jerram, Associate Professor Greg Metha, Dr Linda Westphalen and Dr Natalie Williamson).
‘Engaging Students in Large Lectures through Small-Group Discussions and Voting’ (Invited presentations at Learning@Adelaide Masterclass, Adelaide, 28 May 2013 and Vice-Chancellor's Learning and Teaching Showcase, Adelaide, 17 June 2013)
'The Australian Constitution and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' (Presentation to a Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology Seminar, Adelaide, 7 May 2013).
'All Smoke, But No Fire - Tobacco Plain Packaging in the High Court: J T International SA v Commonwealth' (Presentation to an Australian Association of Constitutional Law Seminar, Adelaide, 5 November 2012).
‘Mobile Engagement: Phone Voting in Large Lectures' (Poster presented at the University of Adelaide Festival of Learning and Teaching, Adelaide, 22 November 2011) (50%, with Dr Chad Habel, School of Education).
'An Introduction to the Judicial Career of Callinan J' (Presentation to an Australian Association of Constitutional Law Seminar, Adelaide, 9 August 2007).
'The origins of s51(xxxi) of the Australian Constitution' (Presentation to a Law School Seminar, University of Adelaide, 15 March 2004).
Law Society of South Australia - Chair: Human Rights Committee, Member: Aboriginal Issues Committee, Indigenous Law Student Mentoring Program Committee
Member, Conference Organising Committees: ‘New Researchers, New Research’ Conference, University of Adelaide (2004); National Conference of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law, University of Adelaide (2006); Fourth National Indigenous Legal Conference, University of Adelaide (2009); Australian Association of Constitutional Law Roundtable on Political and Judicial Biography, University of Adelaide (2009).
Community EngagementMatthew is a keen bagpiper and is the founding President of Scotch Old Collegians Pipe Band Inc.
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