- Dr Nigel Stobbs
- Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Law,
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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
American Bar Association The Aristotelian Society Australian College of Educators
Indigenous legal issues, Jury research, Legal professional ethics, Sentencing, Therapeutic jurisprudence
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.
- Sentencing law and policy
- Homicide law
- Specialist courts and tribunals (including Indigenous courts)
- Legal professional ethics
- Therapeutic Jurisprudence
- 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.
Units currently taught
- LWB238 Fundamentals of Criminal Law
- LWB239 Criminal Responsibility
- LWB494 Principles of Sentencing
- LWB431 Civil Procedure
- LWB432 Evidence
- LWN182 Specialist Criminal Courts
- LWN129 Select Issues in Sentencing
- Stobbs N, (2010) Principles of Sentencing p1-295
- Stobbs N, (2010) The nature of juristic paradigms - exploring the theoretical and conceptual relationship between adversarialism and therapeutic jurisprudence, Proceedings of the Non - Adversarial Justice: Implications for the Legal System and Society Conference 2010 p1-10
- Stobbs N, Mackenzie G, (2009) Evaluating the performance of Indigenous sentencing courts, Australian Indigenous Law Review p90-105
- Stobbs N, (2008) Police power and duties, Policing in Context p69-81
- Corones SG, Stobbs N, Thomas MN, (2008) Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics in Queensland p1-484
- Stobbs N, (2008) Australia, Racist Victimisation: International Reflections and Perspectives p19-41
- Stobbs N, (2007) An Adversarial Quagmire, Indigenous Law Bulletin p15-18
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.