Matthew Stubbs

Associate Professor Matthew Stubbs

Associate Professor

Adelaide Law School

Faculty of the Professions

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Matthew Stubbs is an Associate Professor in the Law School at the University of Adelaide, 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, 2019, 2020), 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 Space Law Committee and 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.

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  • Appointments

    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
  • Education

    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
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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 Who should be the parties to a Treaty (or Treaties) with Australia's First Nations peoples Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mrs Michelle Robyn Hopkins
    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
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  • Committee Memberships

    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
  • Memberships

    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
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83133530
  • Email: matthew.stubbs@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4344
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ligertwood Building, floor 3
  • Room: 3 13
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Law School

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