Geoff James

Lecturer in Law

Degrees and Appointments

  • LLB (Australian National University)
  • Practitioner of the High Court of Australia
  • Practitioner of the Supreme Court of the NT 1967 - 2008
  • Charles Darwin University Lecturer (2007- present)

Practical Experience

Geoff James is a native of the NT.  Indeed he was the first University graduate from the NT’s post-World War 2 primary and secondary education system.  After becoming a lawyer in 1967, he privately practiced general law as an amalgam (solicitor and barrister) in Darwin for 40 years.  During that period there was a short absence in the United States whilst employed by McGraw Hill as an editor of legal profession publications.

Geoff’s much varied and active professional life can be condensed to these points:  In the early years he did jury trials as defence with some prosecution work.  In later years he focused more on the very broad needs of the law abiding public in a small community.  The middle decades of his professional life were spiced with controversial litigation including the Ranger Uranium Injunction case, the Oenpelli roads case, the Timor Gun-running case and the Mudginberri Abattoirs case (all of which made national headlines).  His last decade in the profession focused on Trade Practices and Administrative law punctuated by 2 significant constitutional cases.  The case of which he is most proud involved declaratory relief in respect of the unlawful imprisonment of a legal practitioner ordered by a Stipendiary Magistrate.

Teaching Experience

Geoff joined the School of Law in 2007. He has experience teaching in the areas of Equity, Trusts, Succession, Legal History and Jurisprudence, Trade Practices, Vendor and Purchaser, Contracts and Oil and Gas law.

Courses Taught

LWZ210 Equity
LWZ211 Trusts
LWA325 Succession
LWB205 Legal History and Jurisprudence
LWA328 Trade Practices
LWA329 Vendor and Purchaser
LWZ118 Contracts
LWA211 Oil and Gas law

Geoff James


T: 8946 6791
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909