Dr Christine Black

Ph.D (Law)

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Christine Black is a Kombumerri/Munaljahlai woman from South East Queensland. Her research background is in Indigenous policy issues pertaining to media, the creative arts and biodiversity, and more recently climate change and traditional healing practices.  She has been an expert witness on Access and Benefit Sharing, and issues relating to Indigenous genetic material, as well as communication in local communities at the UN Convention on Biodiversity (CBD). She has carried out extensive research in relation to media in remote communities. Her publications are published nationally as well as internationally. She is a former Radio Nation producer/presenter. She has a Phd in Law, Griffith University and her scholarly publications pertain to issues of Indigenous Jurisprudence. 

Research Interests

  • Indigenous understanding of spatial literacy in STEM
  • Graphic fiction and healing  
  • Women’s ‘business’ as a concept for study through literature and politics
  • Scholarly papers on the Visual Jurisprudence
  • Graphic Justice research 
  • Traditional Design and Spatial literacy in  Desert traditions in Australia and the USA
  • Therapeutic Landscapes in Wellness tourism – Land as Healer

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Research Projects

Current Projects

Visual/Spatial literacy as pathway for Aboriginal students into Higher Education and employment. Fellow researchers: Dr Judith Lovell, Kathleen Wallace, Ltyentye Apurte community, School Humanities/Creative Arts.

Traditional Design and Spatial Literacy in Desert Communities. Native American Institute of Art, Santa Fe.

Healing stories in graphic novels. Judith Lovell, Kathleen Wallace, School of Health.

Publications & Resources


Black, C.F. (2016, forthcoming) Understanding Indigenous Visual Jurisprudence. UK: Routledge Cavendish

Black, C.F. (2011) The Land is the Source of the Law: A Dialogic Encounter with Indigenous Jurisprudence. UK: Routledge Cavendish.

Book Chapters

Morris, C. (2011). Working with Indigenous Media. In S. Cook & S. Diamond (Eds.), Euphoria and Dystopia: The Banff New Media Institute Dialogues. Riverside Architectural Press.

Morris, C., & Meadows, M. (2005). Indigenous Communication Response: A Smart State Response. In R. Breit & J. Servaes (Eds.), Information Society or Knowledge Societies UNESCO in the Smart State. Penang: Southbound Publications.

Morris, C., & Meadows, M. (2004). Digital dreaming: Indigenous intellectual property and new communication technologies. In G. Goggin (Ed.), Virtual Nation: an Australian internet reader. Sydney, Australia: UNSW Press.

Morris, C., & Meadows, M. (2003). Framing the future: Indigenous communication in Australia. In N. Couldry & J. Curran (eds) Contesting Media Power. Boulder, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

Morris, C. (2000). Constitutional Dreaming. In C. Sampford & T. Round (Eds.), Beyond the Republic: Meeting the Global Challenges to Constitutionalism. Sydney, Australia: Federation Press.

Morris, C. (1999). A Full Law. In D. Posey (Ed.), London: Cultural and Spiritual Values of Biodiversity – A complimentary contribution to the Global Biodiversity Assessment. UK: United Nations Environment Programme and Intermediate Technology.

Morris, C. (1996). Oral Tradition Under Threat. In A. Pattel-Gray (Ed.), Aboriginal Spirituality - Past, Present, Future. Sydney, Australia: HarperCollins Publishers.

Journal Articles

Black, C.F. (2017, forthcoming). Sananado la negación de los derechos de la tierra y de las mujeres nativas, un relato indígena de jurisprudencia visual. Revista Tabula Rasa. Universidad Colegio Mayor de Cudinamarca. Bogotá Colombia. 

Black, C.F. (2016, forthcoming). Lives Lived with Law: Land as the Healer. Law Culture Text Journal, University of Wollongong.

Camara, F.C., & Black, C.F. (2016, forthcoming). The Colonial Gender Construct: The Gift that Keeps on Giving. Gender and the Colonial Working Papers Series, SOAS. University of London, UK

Black, C.F. (2016, forthcoming). Land as the Healer in Law. Culture and Text Journal. University of Woolongong, Australia.

Black, C.F. (2016, forthcoming). A Listening Circle. Tribal Law Journal of New Mexico. University of New Mexico, United States.

Black, C.F. (2015, forthcoming). Healing the Neglected Rights of the Land and Native Women. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. New York: Springer.

Black, C.F. (2016). A Wind Watcher’s Tale: Skinned Alive. Tribal Law Journal, 16.

Black, C. (2011). Maturing Australia through Australian Aboriginal Narrative Law. South Atlantic Quarterly, Special Edition: Sovereignty, Indigeneity, and the Law, 110(2), 347-362. doi:10.1215/00382876-1162489

Black, C.F. (2009). A Timely Jurisprudence for a Changing World. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, 22(2), 197-208. doi: 10.1007/s11196-009-9102-z.

MacNeil, W., Davies, L., & Black, C. (2007). Galactic Jurisprudence: In Space, No One can Hear you Litigate! Law, Culture and the Humanities, 3, 358-360. doi: 10.1177/1743872107081424.

Morris, C. (2004). Shape-Shifting through Reality: The Interactivity of Parallel Universes in the Daily Life of the Ancients. Leonardo Electronic Almanac, 12(11), 18-22. 

Invited Presentations

‘Visual Jurisprudence’ Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia.  Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, 8-10 Dec, 2016.

Women’s Leadership Symposium, Darwin 3rd August, 2016.

PanelistBenny and the Dreamers: Visualizing Law through Film and Narrative’. Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australia Conference, UTS Law School, Sydney 10-12 Dec, 2015

Plenary Speaker McLuhan’s Re-tribalizing the Globe,  Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand, Flinders Law Faculty, Adelaide. 1-3 Dec, 2015

Camara, F.C. & Black, C.F. (2015). The Colonial Gender Construct: The Gift that Keeps on Giving’ Gender and the Colonial Conference, SOAS, University of London, UK 13-14th May, 2015.

Invited Talking Circle Speaker  Centring Indigenous Jurisprudence in Legal Studies: A Talking Circle. Native Law Program, Saskatchewan College of Law, Canada. 27-29th March, 2015

Invited Opening Speaker  ‘Land as Healer’, On Lives Lived with Law Symposium, Melbourne Law School, Dec 8, 2014 .

Invited Discussant  Working with Law: Critical Futures, Critical Futures Group, Melbourne Law School Dec 9/10, 2014.

Invited Speaker; ‘Traditional Healers and their Reality’, Textures of Land Symposium, UTS Law School, Dec 16, 2013, Sydney.

Research Reports & Working Papers

Camara, F.C., & Black, C.F. (2017, forthcoming).  The Colonial Gender Construct: The Gift that Keeps on Giving. Gender and the Colonial Working Papers Series, SOAS, University of London, UK.

Black, C.F. (2009). Is it worth the money?: Harvard Business School-Customer Centric Course. Harvard Club of Australia for The Christensen Fund, Palo Alto, California. USA.  

Black, C.F. (2009). Indigenous Children and Aboriginal Law: an Alternative Regulatory Mechanism for Managing Climate Change. Endeavour Scholarship Report. Department of Education, Australian Government.  

Black, C.F. (2003). Writings from Aotearoa: Indigenous Research Methodology, Techniques and Protocols Report. International Researchers Exchange ARC Grant. OURMedia/NUESTROSMedios.

Black, C.F., & Meadows, M. (2001). Into the New Millennium - Indigenous Media in Australia. Report for a Collaborative Australian Research Council with industry partners – ATSIC & NIMAA.

Guest Editor

Black, C., Johnstone, R., & McVeigh, S. (2008). Of the South. Griffith Law Journal, 16(2).

Morris, C. (2004). (Foreward) in P. Steven, No-Nonsense Guide to World Media. Oxford: New Internationalist Publications, in association with Verso.

Morris, C. (1994). Guest Editor for Literature. In D. Horton (ed.),The Encyclopedia of Aboriginal Australia: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History, Society and Culture. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press, Australia.

Christine Black


T: +61 8 8946 7782
E: christine.black@cdu.edu.au

Darwin, NT