School of Law

I.H. Fraser

Lecturer in Law

Degrees and Appointments

  • LL.B., McGill University (1984)
  • LL.M., Columbia University (1992)

Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario)

  • Barrister and Solicitor (1986-current)
  • Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation (1996-2007)

Professional Practice

Ian Fraser practised as a litigation lawyer (barrister) in Canada from 1984 to 2007. He worked both in the private sector—where he was for a time the Managing Partner of the Ottawa office of Ogilvy Renault (now Norton Rose Canada)—and with the Canadian Department of Justice. In 2007, he and his spouse decided to spend some time living outside North America. Over the past ten years, he has offered advocacy training, consulting, and dispute resolution services to professional organizations, law firms, and practitioners in the Caribbean, Europe, and Australia. He is also trained as a mediator in Australia.

  • Department of Justice Canada, Ottawa (2005-2007)
  • Ogilvy Renault (now Norton Rose Canada), Ottawa (1993-2005)
  • Perley-Robertson, Panet, Hill & McDougall, Ottawa (1984-1989)    

Teaching Experience

  • Visiting Professor, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law (1991-1992)Sessional Lecturer, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law (2002-2007)
  • Instructor, Bar Admission Course, Law Society of Upper Canada (1989-2004)
  • Instructor, Ontario Advocates Society (2007)
  • Instructor Training, Australian Advocacy Institute (2014)
  • Instructor, Northern Territory Bar Association (2015-2016)
  • Instructor, Law Society Northern Territory (2015-2016)
  • Conference Presenter, Ontario Bar Association (2007)
  • Conference Presenter, County of Carleton Law Association (1999, 2007)

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association (1986-2007)
  • Ontario Bar Association (1995-2007), Pres., Litigation Sec. (East Reg.) (1996-1997)
  • County of Carleton Law Association (1986-2007), Trustee (1996-2007)
  • Advocates Society (1993-2007)
  • Ad Idem (Media Defence Lawyers Association of Canada) (1995-2007)

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Some Comments on Subsection 92(10) of the Constitution Act 1867 (1984) 29 McGill L.J. 557
  • Fight or Flight: Remedies for the Embattled Franchisee (1994 Annual Institute) Ontario Bar Association
  • Using Prior Inconsistent Statements for Their Truth: the Reformed Rule from R. v. K.G.B. (1996) Ins. L.J., vol. III, no. 1
  • Punitive Damages in Commercial Litigation (1999) Ins. L.J., vol. IV, no. 2
  • Relief from Forfeiture Not Available (1999) Ins. L.J., vol. IV, no. 2
  • Franchise Wars: Franchise Litigation for the General Litigator (1999 Civil Litigation Updated Conference) County of Carleton Law Association
  • Practical Motion Tips (with S. Sviergula) (2007) County of Carleton Law Association
  • Blank Is Not Carte Blanche: Blank v. Canada (A.G.) (2007 Civil Litigation Updated Conference) County of Carleton Law Association
  • Preparation of Witnesses (2007 Professional Retreat) Department of Justice Canada

Courses Currently Taught

LWA322  Moot Court

Contacts

T: 08 8946 6116
E: ian.fraser@cdu.edu.au

New Colombo Plan 2015 - University of Udayana Bali

Nine CDU law students completed two week study course on Balinese Customary Law at Udayana University in Bali  as part of the Commonwealth New Colombo Program 2015. In addition to attending seminars and lectures, students also had the opportunity to participate in an international seminar hosted by Udayana University on the subject of recognition and protection of local communities' rights and traditional knowledge. The students also visited a number of cultural sights, including the High Council of Customary Law Villages, the famous subak irrigation fields and experienced Indonesian culture and hospitality first hand.

School of Law

Donna Storey

Sessional Tutor

Degrees and Appointments

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Ancient World Studies) (First Class Honours) (University of Melbourne)
  • Graduate Diploma in Arts (Classical Studies and Archaeology) (University of Melbourne)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Charles Darwin University)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Charles Darwin University)
  • Darwin Community Legal Service volunteer (2011)
  • Law Society Northern Territory council member (2009–2011)
  • Northern Territory Young Lawyers committee member (2008–2011)

Donna is a sessional tutor with the School of Law at Charles Darwin University. Donna is admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.

Professional Practice

Donna has worked in Indigenous policy for the Northern Land Council and Northern Territory Government, and practiced as a commercial lawyer for the Australian Government Solicitor in both the Darwin and Melbourne offices.

Teaching Experience

Donna has worked as a sessional tutor with Charles Darwin University since 2012. Her subjects vary from semester to semester but have previously included Introduction to the Legal System, Property Law, Advanced Property Law, and Indigenous People and Property.


Selected Publications

  • Balance Journal March/April 2010: "Visions of the Mockingbird” (published as Donna Ward).


Courses taught

LWZ111 Introduction to Law (formerly LWZ100A)
LWZ223 Property Law
LWA223 Advanced Property Law
LWB313 Indigenous People and Property

Contacts

E: donna.storey@cdu.edu.au

Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909

Matthew Storey

University Fellow, Sessional Lecturer

Degrees and Appointments

  • Bachelor of Economics (Charles Darwin University )
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hon) (Charles Darwin University)
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (Australian National University)
  • Masters of Law (Macquarie University )
  • Graduate Diploma of Energy & Resource Law (Melbourne University)
  • Chief Executive Officer, Native Title Services Victoria (2012- present)
  • University Fellow (School of Law) Charles Darwin University (2014 – present)
  • Director and Executive Member, National Native Title Council (2012 – present)
  • Senior Crown Law Officer, Aboriginal Lands Division, NT Department of Justice. (2009-2012)
  • President, Law Society of the Northern Territory (2009-2011)
  • Associate Professor and Head of Law, Charles Darwin University (2007-2009) 
  • Senior Solicitor, Aboriginal Lands Division, NT Department of Justice (2002-2009)
  • Director, Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission (2000-2002)
  • Associate Dean, School of Law, Faculty of Law Business & Arts, NTU 1998 – 2000)  
  • Senior Solicitor, NAALAS Stolen Generations Unit (1996-1998)

Professional Practice

  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia
  • Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital
  • Accredited Mediator (NMAS, LEADR and the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory)
  • Lieutenant (Legal Officer), Royal Australian Navy Reserve

Matthew has instructed and appeared as counsel before great variety of forums from administrative tribunals to the Federal Court and High Court of Australia. He is an experienced mediator having held a number of statutory appointments in the Northern Territory. He regular appears to deliver evidence on native title matters before Parliamentary Committees. He is a former member of the Council of Australian Law Deans and a former Director of the Law Council of Australia.

Teaching Experience

Matthew has taught across many subject areas at CDU including Property, Mining, Indigenous Legal Issues, Professional Responsibility, Vendor & Purchaser, Environmental Law, Military Law, Clinical Legal Education and Constitutional Law His particular interest is in the areas of natural resource management law, native title and Indigenous economic development.

Selected publications & editorships

Matthew’s recent publications and editorial positions include:

  • 'Indigenous Cultural Heritage Management: Federalisms Next Frontier?' (2014) Vol 1.4 ERLB September 2014 – 80.
  • 'FPIC, ICMM and CSR, Alphabet Soup or a Sea Change' (2014) Vol 1.3 ERLB August 2014 - 55.
  • 'Western Australia v Brown: From Confusion to Clarity – for now' (2014) Vol 1.1 ERLB June 2014.
  • '20 Years After Mabo v The Commonwealth Alternative Law Journal' (2012) Vol 37:3 190.
  • 'Mining and Native Title' chapter in Lexis Nexis Energy and Resources Law Loose Leaf Service.
  • 'One Mineral Many Laws: The Regulation Of Uranium Mining in the Northern Territory' (2007) 28 AERLJ 101
  • 'Dealing in Native Title' (2007) 26 AERLJ 56
  • 'Not of this Earth: The Extraterrestrial Nature of Statutory Property in the 21st Century' (2006) 25 AERLJ 51.
  • 'Of Cows & Metal: Why Men Dig Holes' (2005) 24 AERLJ 74.
  • 'From Red Neck to Green Black: Mineral Exploration and Native Title in the Northern Territory' (2003) 20 ELPJ 275.
  • Editorial Panel Member Energy and Resources Law Bulletin
  • Editorial Panel Member Native Title News

Courses Currently Taught

WZ320 Professional Responsibility
LWA223 Advanced Property
LWA 329 Vendor & Purchaser
LWB313 Indigenous People and Property Law

Contacts

E: matthew.storey@cdu.edu.au

Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909

Professor Les McCrimmon

Professor

Degrees and appointments

  • LLB, University of Alberta (1982)
  • LLM (by research), University of Queensland (1988)
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy - Diplomas in Teaching Advocacy Skills; Trial Advocacy Skills; and Negotiation Skills
  • Mediation Certificate (Bond Dispute Resolution Centre, 2011)
  • Professor of Law, Charles Darwin University
  • Formerly, Full-time Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission
  • Deputy President of the Northern Territory Law Reform Committee
  • Member of the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal
  • Member of the Northern Territory Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal
  • Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the Australian Academy of Law
  • Formerly member of the Northern Territory Legal Practitioners Admission Board
  • Formerly one of four members of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) Expert Uniform Evidence Act Reference Group
  • Recognised expertise in privacy, evidence law and practice, real property, legal education
  • Six years as a member of the International Steering Committee of the Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE)
  • Trained mediator

Professional qualifications

Barrister and Solicitor in Alberta, Canada (1983 - 1990)
Barrister and Solicitor Northern Territory, New South Wales and the High Court of Australia

Les has a wide-ranging practice with a focus on civil litigation.

Teaching experience

Les has taught a range of subject in law schools across Australia, including property law, privacy, torts, evidence, advocacy, evidence and civil procedure. He has held a number of senior academic positions, including Head of School and Pro-Vice Chancellor.

Selected publications

  • Real Property Law in Queensland (4th ed, Law Book Co, 2015) with A Wallace and M Weir
  • Fundamentals of Trial Technique, 3rd Australian Edition (Thomson Reuters, 2011) with T Mauet
  • Reform, regulation and risk: the internationalisation of legislation and legal policy in M Hiscock, W Van Caenegem (eds), The Internationalisation of Law: Legislating, Decision- Making, Practice and Education (Edward Elgar, 2010), 55–70.
  • Justice Education, Law Reform and the Clinical Method in F Bloch (ed) The Global Clinical Movement: Educating Lawyers for Social Justice (OUP, 2010, with E Santow) 211–224.
  • Whose Land is it Anyway? Adverse Possession and Torrens Title in Torrens in the Twenty-First Century (LexisNexis NZ Ltd, 2003) 157–176
  • Compellability and Unavailability under the Uniform Evidence Act: The interaction between sections 18 and 65 (2015) NTLJ (forthcoming)
  • The Uniform Evidence Act and the Anunga Guidelines: Accommodation or annihilation? (2011) 2 NTLJ 91-110
  • Reviewing the Evidence Act 1995: Some emerging themes (2005) 86 Reform 63–66 (with B Alston)
  • Mandating a Culture of Service: Pro Bono in the Law School Curriculum (2003-2004) 14 Legal Ed Rev 53–76
  • Challenging a Potential Juror for Cause: Resuscitation or Requiem? (2000) 23 UNSWLJ 127–146
  • Gametes, Embryos and the Life in Being: The Impact of Reproductive Technology on the Rule Against Perpetuities (2000) 34 Real Prop, Probate and Trusts Jour 697–720
  • Teaching Trial Advocacy: Inviting the Thespian into Blackstone's Tower (1999) 33 Law Teacher 31–49

Courses currently taught

LWZ316 Evidence

Les McCrimmon

Contacts

T: 08 8946 7467
E: les.mccrimmon@cdu.edu.au

Yellow 1, Level 3, Room 51
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909

New Colombo Plan - Indonesia visit 2014

Sixteen CDU law students completed two week study courses in Indonesia as part of the Commonwealth New Colombo Programme at the end of 2014. Half of the students completed a course on Legal Pluralism at the University of Udayana in Bali. The other half completed a course on International Business Law at the University of Gadjah Mada at Yogyakarta.

In addition to attending seminars and lectures, students also had the opportunity to visit a number of cultural sights and experience Indonesian culture and hospitality.

School of Law

New Colombo Plan – Indonesia visit April 2014

Fourteen of CDU’s School of Law students successfully completed a two-week study program in Indonesia as part of the New Colombo Project. Half of the students attended lectures and activities at Universitas Indonesia in Jakarta, the other half spent two weeks in the University of Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta. The students studied a variety of subjects including International Law, Transnational Criminal law, Intellectual Property Law and Human Rights Law.

As well as attending lectures and organised visits by our partner universities in Indonesia, the students also had the opportunity to make the most of Indonesia’s cultural and historical sights.

School of Law

2014 School of Law Prize-giving ceremony

Congratulations to all of our 2014 Law Prize Winners!

On 27 May 2014 the annual School of Law Prize-giving ceremony was held at the Supreme Court in Darwin where overall and individual subject prizes were awarded to our top students. The prizes were presented by the Honourable Chief Justice Trevor Riley of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory and by Professor Ned Aughterson.

In total, more than 30 students were recognised for their hard work and achievements. It was a wonderful evening attended by students, staff and practitioners with many students and their families flying from interstate to attend the ceremony. Those who could not attend in person had the opportunity to watch and participate in the ceremony through Collaborate. This year was the first time the ceremony was broadcast live via Collaborate, allowing both internal and external students to be part of the festivities. A video recording of the ceremony can be viewed online in Learnline Law Central in a room entitled “2014 Law Prize Night (Supreme Court)”.

The top two awards, the Supreme Court Medal and the Attorney-General’s Medal were presented by the Honourable Chief Justice Trevor Riley and by the Attorney-General, the Honourable John Elferink MLA. This year the medals were awarded to Andrew Hahn and Joel Cockerell respectively, our two most outstanding students for 2014.

The School of Law would like to thank the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, all of our sponsors for their generosity and everyone who was able to attend, both physically and virtually.

Once again congratulations to all of the award winners on their wonderful achievements from everyone at the School of Law.

School of Law

Rachel Klesch

Liaison Librarian

Rachel is the Liaison Librarian for the School of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Charles Darwin University, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University and a Master of Information Studies (Librarianship) from the University of Canberra.

Rachel was admitted in the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory and had worked as a solicitor in various positions. She has worked for Charles Darwin University since 2005 and also provides support for the School of Business, Midwifery, VET Business and Service Industry Divisions and VET Trades Industry Divisions. Rachel is an active member of the Australian Library and Information Association and the Australian Law Librarians’ Association.  

Racel Klesch

Contacts

T: 8946 7364
E: rachel.klesch@cdu.edu.au
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909

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

Contacts

T: 8946 6842
E: ken.parish@cdu.edu.au
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909

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