Ken Parish

Lecturer in Law

Degrees and Appointments

  • LLB (University of Sydney)
  • Senior partner McCormack & Co then Waters James McCormack (1985-1991)
  • Member of Legislative Assembly (Northern Territory) (1991-1994) (numerous shadow economic portfolios); member of Public Accounts Committee, Subordinate Legislation and Publications Committee
  • Legal Director, Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission (1998-1999)
  • Lecturer in Law, CDU Law School (2000 - present)
  • Acting Head of School, CDU Law School (2000-2001)
  • Course Co-ordinator, CDU Law School (2003-2007 and various other times)

Professional Practice

Barrister & Solicitor Northern Territory, New South Wales, Victoria.

Ken was the senior partner of one of Darwin’s larger legal firms for some years prior to coming to CDU.  He has also appeared as counsel in trial and appellate courts, and in both criminal and civil matters, in the Northern Territory, and before the Federal Court and High Court of Australia.

Teaching Experience

Ken has taught a range of courses at CDU, including constitutional law, administrative law, civil procedure, partnership law, jurisprudence and cyberspace law. His particular interest is in the areas of administrative and constitutional law.

Selected publications and conference papers

  • 'Flexible, Blended and Intensive Learning in Law, in ‘Excellence and Innovation in Legal Education’, Lexis Nexis, 2011, Chapter 16 pp 421-449
  • Northern Territory: “State” of Ambivalence (2011) (paper delivered to Northern Territory Historical Society on the centenary of the handover of control of the Northern Territory by South Australia to the Commonwealth)
  • 'Rough Justice for Roughnecks: the Phantom Theory of Justice in Australia’s State of Exception' (2009) (paper delivered to Australian Law Teachers' Association conference)

Courses Currently Taught

LWZ312 Administrative Law
LWZ317 Civil Procedure
LWZ320 Professional Responsibility
LWB205 Legal History and Jurisprudence


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Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909