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Dr Nigel Stobbs

Faculty of Law,
Law School


Dr Nigel Stobbs
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Law,
Law School
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PhD (Bond University), Master of Arts (Philosophy) (University of Queensland), Postgraduate Diploma of Education (University of Southern Qld), Bachelor of Laws (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Arts (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations

American Bar Association The Aristotelian Society Australian College of Educators


Indigenous legal issues, Jury research, Legal professional ethics, Sentencing, Therapeutic jurisprudence

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Background Prior to taking up a fulltime academic position, Dr Stobbs practiced as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland and of the High Court of Australia, practicing mainly in the Criminal Jurisdiction. He has worked in law and education for many years, both in Australia and overseas.

Dr Stobbs completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in Philosophy at the University of Queensland, and a Bachelor of Laws (with first class honours) from QUT, before being admitted to the private bar.  He completed a PhD at Bond University, writing his thesis on a Kuhnian analysis of the relationship between therapeutic jurisprudence and criminal court processes.  He researches and consults in sentencing law and policy, as a member of the QUT Crime and Justice Research Centre, and has presented his work at a number of prestigious international forums in Europe and the US.

In addition to his research work, Dr Stobbs lectures in undergraduate and postgraduate courses and supervises doctoral students from Australia and overseas.

Research interests

  • Sentencing law and policy
  • Homicide law
  • Specialist courts and tribunals (including Indigenous courts)
  • Legal professional ethics
  • Therapeutic Jurisprudence

Research fundingExternal

  • 2007 and commencing in 2008: Sentencing And Public Confidence: Public Perceptions And The Role Of The Public In Sentencing Practice And Policy. (A/Prof GI Mackenzie; Dr D Indermaur; Prof RG Broadhurst; Prof CA Warner; Dr LD Roberts; Mr N Stobbs) – $542,000
  • 2006: Ethics Handbook for Queensland Legal Practitioners. (Professor Stephen Corones, Mr Nigel Stobbs, Mr Mark Thomas), Legal Practitioners Interest on Trust Accounts Fund -$34,980
  • 2006: Self-represented Litigants in the Queensland Court of Appeal. (Mr Nigel Stobbs, Mr Mark Thomas), Legal Practitioners Interest on Trust Accounts Fund – $18,345.


  • Measuring the Trans-Institutional and Trans-Professional Climate of the Queensland Criminal Justice System (Stobbs and Thomas) Faculty grant  – $1,326.00
  • The Aboriginal Litigant in Person – Gauging the Effectiveness of Alternative Indigenous Sentencing Tribunals Across Australian Jurisdictions. Funding – $866.00
  • 2007: Public Confidence in Sentencing (Associate Professor Geraldine Mackenzie, Profesor Rod Broadhurst, Mr Nigel Stobbs) – Faculty seed grant for ARC Discovery Grant application – $15,000
  • 2006: Developing Multimedia Problem Solving Strategies for Advanced Legal Research. Faculty Teaching and Learning Grant – $3,760.
This information has been contributed by Dr Nigel Stobbs.


Units currently taught


Undergraduate Units

Masters Units

  • LWN182 Specialist Criminal Courts
  • LWN129 Select Issues in Sentencing

This information has been contributed by Dr Nigel Stobbs.


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