Personal details

Dr Nigel Stobbs
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Law,
Law School
Discipline *
+61 7 3138 4445
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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

International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence

Qld Law Reform Commission


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 Dr Stobbs is a senior lecturer and researcher in the Crime and Justice Research Centre at the Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Law and a part-time member of the Queensland Law Reform Commission. Prior to undertaking a full-time academic career, he practiced as a criminal defence barrister at the Queensland Bar between 2001 and 2008.  He has been involved in research and development work in specialist sentencing courts in Australia and the US – particularly drug and alcohol diversion courts and Indigenous sentencing courts.  His main area of research is within the field of Therapeutic Jurisprudence and he is the Australian representative on the Board of Trustees of the International Society of Therapeutic Jurisprudence.  His book Method and Practice of Therapeutic Jurisprudence will be published by Carolina Academic Press later in 2018.  He is the co-author of Principles of Sentencing (published by the Federation Press), of Professional Responsibility and Ethics for Qld Lawyers (published by Thomson Reuters) and in 2019 of Australian Sentencing (with Prof Mirko Bagaric).  In recent years he has presented on research into sentencing, criminal law and Therapeutic Jurisprudence at international conferences and public lectures in Vienna, London, New York, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Rome, Prague and Washington DC. His other main are of research is the Chinese legal system. In 2017 he was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School,  translating legal documents of the Tang and Qing Dynasties held in the Harvard-Yenching Library.  In addition to his research work, Dr Stobbs has delivered professional dev elopement training for lawyers in professional ethics and sentencing law. Research interests

  • Sentencing law and policy
  • Homicide law
  • Specialist courts and tribunals
  • Legal professional ethics
  • Therapeutic Jurisprudence
  • Chinese law and politics

Research funding External

  • 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

  • LLB106 Criminal Law
  • LLB244 Principles of Sentencing
  • LLB240 Chinese Legal System
  • LLB303 Evidence
  • LLB478 Advanced Criminal Law -Principles and Practice

Masters Units

  • LWN182 Specialist Criminal Courts
  • LWN129 Select Issues in Sentencing
This information has been contributed by Dr Nigel Stobbs.


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