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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 international law, particularly space law and human rights, and constitutional 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, 2017), University (2008, 2012, 2013, 2016) 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 serves as a Core Expert on the Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations.
Date Position Institution name 2015 Associate Professor The University of Adelaide 2013 - 2014 Senior Lecturer The University of Adelaide 2008 - 2012 Lecturer The University of Adelaide 2006 - 2008 Associate Lecturer in Law The University of Adelaide
Date Institution name Country Title 2003 High Court of Australia Australia Barrister and Solicitor 2003 Supreme Court of South Australia Australia Barrister and Solicitor 2003 - 2011 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD 2002 - 2003 Law Society of South Australia Australia GDLP 1999 - 2003 The University of Adelaide Australia Hons LLB 1998 - 2002 The University of Adelaide Australia BEc 1998 - 2000 The University of Adelaide Australia BFin
Year Citation 2019 Stubbs, M. T. (2019). The Adelaide Law Review at (Volume) 40: Reflections and Future Directions. Adelaide Law Review, 40(1), 1-14. 2018 Stubbs, M. T., & Webster, A. (2018). Eligibiilty of Dual Citizens: The Coming-of-Age of Section 44. 2018 Stubbs, M. (2018). Book Review: Dewigged, Bothered and Bewildered: British Colonial Judges on Trial, 1800-1900 by John McLaren. Australian Bar Review, 35, 302-306. 2018 Stubbs, M. T., & Hewitt, A. (2018). Supporting Law Students’ Skills Development Online – a Strategy to Improve Skills and Reduce Student Stress? (2017) Research in Learning Technology Vol. 25. Research in Learning Technology, 25. 2018 Stubbs, M. (2018). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70. Law Society of SA Bulletin, 40(11), 6-7. 2018 Piccolo, R., & Stubbs, M. (2018). Lowering the Voting Age: A Human Rights Perspective. Law Society of SA Bulletin, 40(11), 22-24. 2018 Stubbs, M. T. (2018). Book Review: Human Rights Acts: The Mechanisms Compared. 2018 Stubbs, M. T. (2018). Prosper the Government, Suffer the Practitioner: The Graham Barclay Oysters Litigation. 2018 Stubbs, M. T. (2018). Legal Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: Recent Achievements and Future Directions. 2017 Stubbs, M., & Stephens, D. (2017). Dredge Your Way to China? The Legal Significance of Chinese Reclamation and Construction in the South China Sea. Asia-Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and Policy, 2, 25-51. 2017 Hewitt, A., & Stubbs, M. (2017). Supporting law students’ skills development online – A strategy to improve skills and reduce student stress?. Research in Learning Technology, 25(0).
2017 Stubbs, M. (2017). Ensuring Loyalty to the Public: The High Court's Decision to Disqualify Day and Culleton from Parliament. Law Society Bulletin, 39(6), 7-9. 2017 Stubbs, M. (2017). Space Law Lands in Adelaide. Law Society Bulletin, 39(2), 19. 2017 Taylor, G., & Stubbs, M. T. (2017). Book Review: Sir Richard Hanson by Greg Taylor. U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper, (2017). 2016 Stubbs, M. T. (2016). Jumping the Gun: Legal Limits on the Display of Election Posters. The Bulletin, Law Society of South Australia, 38(7), 12-13. 2016 Stubbs, M. T. (2016). Human Rights Acts: The Mechanisms Compared. Australian Journal of Human Rights, 22(1), 203-208. 2016 Stubbs, M. (2016). Substantive recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the constitution. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 8(25), 9-14. 2015 Stubbs, M. (2015). Refining the model for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Public Law Review, 26(3), 9-12. 2015 Burdon, P., Drew, G., Stubbs, M., Webster, A., & Barber, M. (2015). Decolonising Indigenous water ‘rights’ in Australia: flow, difference, and the limits of law. Settler Colonial Studies, 5(4), 334-349.
2014 Stubbs, M. (2014). Sir Richard hanson. Adelaide Law Review, 35(1), 193-202. 2014 Habel, C., & Stubbs, M. (2014). Mobile phone voting for participation and engagement in a large compulsory law course. Research in Learning Technology, 22, 19537-1-19537-15.
2014 Stubbs, M. (2014). The constitutional validity of State Chief Justices acting as Governor. Public Law Review, 25(3), 197-219. 2013 Stubbs, M. (2013). Zentai and the troubles of extradition. Monash University Law Review, 39(3), 894-914. 2013 Appleby, G., & Stubbs, M. (2013). The royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse: safely in judicial hands?. Public Law Review, 24(2), 81-86. 2012 Stubbs, M. (2012). A brief history of the judicial review of legislation under the Australian Constitution. Federal Law Review, 40(2), 227-252. 2011 Stubbs, M. (2011). The acquisition of indigenous property on just terms: Wurridjal v Commonwealth. The Sydney Law Review, 33(1), 119-136. 2006 Stubbs, M. (2006). Arbitrary detention in Australia: Detention of unlawful non-citizens under the Migration Act 1958 (Cth). The Australian Year Book of International Law, 25, 273-308. 2006 Stubbs, M. (2006). From foreign circumstances to first instance considerations: Extrinsic material and the law of statutory interpretation. Federal Law Review, 34, 103-125. 2005 Stubbs, M. (2005). The case for an Australian Bill of Rights : freedom in the War on Terror by George Williams. Policy, 21(1), 57-58. 2003 Stubbs, M. (2003). Case note: Prosper the government, suffer the practitioner: The Graham Barclay oysters litigation. The University of New South Wales Law Journal, 26(3), 727-740.
Year Citation 2016 Richardson, J. (2016). Australia's Constitutional Government. M. Stubbs (Ed.), Australia: LexisNexis Butterworth.
Year Citation 2019 Stubbs, M. (2019). Protecting Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law: Dixon's Chapter III Legacy. In J. Eldridge, & T. Pilkington (Eds.), Sir Owen Dixon's Legacy (pp. 80-97). Australia: The Federation Press. 2016 Stubbs, M. (2016). Human rights obligations as a collateral limit on the powers of the Security Council. In D. Stephens, & P. Babie (Eds.), Imagining Law: Essays in Conversation with Judith Gardam (1 ed., pp. 61-99). Adelaide, South Australia: University of Adelaide Press.
2016 Burdon, P., Drew, G., Stubbs, M., Webster, A., & Barber, M. (2016). Decolonising Indigenous water ‘rights’ in Australia: flow, difference, and the limits of law. In T. Neale, & S. Turner (Eds.), Other People's Country: Law, Water and Entitlement in Settler Colonial Sites (pp. 58-73). United Kingdom: Routledge. 2016 Stubbs, M. T. (2016). Editor’s Note. In M. T. stubbs (Ed.), Australia's Constitutional Government (pp. xi-xii). 2016 Stubbs, M. T. (2016). Editor’s Note. In M. T. stubbs (Ed.), Australia's Constitutional Government (pp. xi-xii).
Year Citation 2013 Jerram, K., Stubbs, M., Westphalen, L., Williamson, N. M., & Metha, G. F. (2013). Delivering a Small-Group Discovery Experience in Large Classes. In HERGA 2013 Proceedings. Adelaide.
2017 - 'Refreshing the LLB: Structure, Pedagogy and Assurance of Learning Outcomes' (Curriculum Renewal Grant, Faculty of the Professions, 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)
- Executive Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching (Academic Staff), Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide
- Student-led Teaching Award, Adelaide University Union
- Beacon Commendation for the Enhancement and Innovation of Student Learning, University of Adelaide (with Cornelia Koch and Dr Adam Webster)
- Executive Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide (with Anne Hewitt)
- Office for Learning and Teaching, Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning ('For respect and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students, achieving individual student development, improved academic experiences and outcomes, and increased social awareness')
- Vice-Chancellor and President's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Engagement, University of Adelaide
- Executive Dean's Prize for Excellence in Teaching (Undergraduate), Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide
- Commendation for Excellence in Support of the Student Experience, University of Adelaide
- Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning ('For the development of a suite of law courses designed to facilitate student learning of legal theory by immersion in simulated legal practice') (with Margaret Castles, Anne Hewitt, Cornelia Koch and Andrew Ligertwood)
- Stephen Cole the Elder Prize for Teaching (Team) (with Margaret Castles, Anne Hewitt, Cornelia Koch and Andrew Ligertwood), University of Adelaide
- Executive Dean of the Professions' Prize for Teaching (Undergraduate) (with Margaret Castles, Anne Hewitt, Cornelia Koch and Andrew Ligertwood), Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide
I have been teaching at the University of Adelaide since 2003. In 2018, I will teach International Law Moot in Summer Semester and Semester 1, Foundations of Law and Adelaide Law Review in Semester 1, and Principles of Public Law and International Law in Semester 2.
In 2010-16, I taught variously in Adelaide Law Review, 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.
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Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 Principal Supervisor Impact and Benefit Agreements and Indigenous Peoples Rights in Australia and Canada Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Joseph Seun Onele 2015 Co-Supervisor Reconceptualising Coercive Mental Health Treatment : A Human Rights and Bioethical Approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Susan Elizabeth Peukert
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2014 - 2017 Principal Supervisor African States and the Universal Periodic Review Mechanism: A Study of Effectiveness and the Potential for Acculturation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr . Etone Damian 2013 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Permission to Intercede or Sovereignty Supreme?: The Influence of R2P on Non-Forceful Responses to Atrocity Crimes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Stacey Henderson 2012 - 2014 Co-Supervisor A Proposal for the Implementation of Human Rights Treaty Obligations in Armed Conflict Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Samaneh Hassanli
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2013 - ongoing Member National Human Rights Committee Law Council of Australia Australia 2013 - ongoing Chair Human Rights Committee Law Society of South Australia Australia 2008 - ongoing Member Aboriginal Issues Committee Law Society of South Australia Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2018 - ongoing Member International Institute of Space Law France 2003 - ongoing Member Australian Association of Constitutional Law Australia 2003 - ongoing Member Australia and New Zealand Society of International Law Australia
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