School of Law

Felicity Gerry QC

Senior Lecturer in Law

Degrees and appointments

  • Queen's Counsel
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory
  • Called to the Bar of England and Wales
  • Vice President of Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory
  • Visiting Professor De La Salle University, Manila
  • Visiting Lecturer (distinguished) University of Western Sydney
  • Chair of Research and Research Training Committee and HDR Coordinator (CDU)
  • NMAS and LEDR accredited mediator
  • Expert Reflection Group (Trafficking as a Criminal Enterprise)
  • COAG Advisory Panel on reducing violence against women and their children (Technology Working Group)
  • Chaired the televised G20 Gender Equality forum which prepared the report for the Sherpas to the G20 Leaders (2014)
  • Professional Board Member - The Computer Law & Security Review (Elsevier) (CLSR)
  • Associate Editor and Reviewer - International Journal of Issues in Legal Scholarship (ILS)
  • Member of the Management Committee of the UK Advocate's Gateway preparing toolkits for advocacy with vulnerable people on behalf of the UK Training Council
  • Member of the Board of Halsbury’s Law Exchange, a politically independent  legal think tank engaged in writing articles and contributing to policy papers
  • Part of the team providing legal advice and assistance for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games - Specialism:  Sexual offending and defamation
  • First woman to write a comment piece for CL&JW in its (then) 175 year history
  • Member of the International Bar Association Crimes Against Women Sub Committee
  • Member of International Bar Association
  • LLB (Hons) 2:1 Kingston University

Professional experience

Felicity Gerry QC is Senior Lecturer at Charles Darwin University School of Law where she coordinates / lectures across Transnational Law, Criminal Law, Science and Law, Criminology and ‘Law, Justice and the State’ and she leads an Indigenous justice Exoneration Project. She researches in the fields of woman & law, technology & law and reforming justice systems and has numerous publications as set out below. She is approved to supervise PhD to associate level and Masters by research as a principal.

In 2016 she was Solicitor’s Journal Legal Personality of the Year and in 2015 she received a CDU Ryan Family Award for commitment to excellence, outstanding results in research and innovative teaching approaches. It was recognised that “Felicity has played key roles in the development of international partnerships and has contributed to important outcomes in the region”.

Felicity is admitted in England and Wales and Australia and has had ad hoc admission in Hong Kong and Gibraltar. She specializes in serious and complex crime, often with an international element. She led the defence team in R v Jogee, the ground breaking appeal in the UK Supreme Court which corrected the law on complicity and held that the form of accessorial liability known as ‘joint enterprise’ was an erroneous tangent of law. She was described in the Legal 500 for 2016 as ‘well respected for national and international appellate issues’ and previously in Chambers and Partners as ‘A vastly experienced advocate noted for her experience in serious sexual cases, homicides and frauds’.

International Queen’s Counsel: Specialist in appellate and trial advocacy for serious and complex national, transnational and international individual and corporate crime.

 Directories

  • Well respected for national and international appellate issues - Legal 500 for 2016.
  • Fearless and independent minded – Legal 500 for 2015.
  • A vastly experienced advocate noted for her experience in serious sexual cases, homicides and frauds - Chambers and Partners 2014.
  • Fearless and effective advocate – Legal 500 for 2013 and 2014.
  • Featured in Chambers and Partners women silks for 2014.
  • Tenacious in court – Legal 500 for 2012.
  • An expert in the field of sex offences – Legal 500 for 2010.

Professional Skills

  • 23 years of courtroom case preparation and advocacy, specialising in major, serious and complex crime often involving an international element.
  • Academic research and publications (see below).
  • Teaching in university law schools online and on campus in Australia, UK and the Philippines.
  • Accredited legal training podcasts and webinars.
  • Designed and delivered accredited face to face training programs for corporate law, police, prosecuting authorities and defence teams.
  • Submissions to Government Committees in England and Australia and to the European Commission Department of Justice.
  • Debating and Mooting - Including proposing a motion at the Oxford Union debate and drafting a moot for the ICC Mooting Manual for the International Bar Association.
  • HDR supervision and mentoring of students and pupil and women barristers.
  • Appeared in the BAFTA nominated FGM documentary The Cruel Cut, ABC Foreign Correspondent's documentary Saving Mary Jane , BBC 3 Series ‘Sex on the Edge’ and on all major news channels including ABC, BBC News, Sky News, Russia Today and Al Jazeera.
  • Regular Contributor to practitioner publications including a weekly column in Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, comment in Criminal Bar Quarterly (CBQ),Counsel Magazine, The Barrister Magazine, Legal Week, Solicitor’s Journal , Civil Liberties Australia, The Justinian, Law Week, The Conversation, The Justice Gap and NT Balance.
  • Writes regularly for the broadsheet press, particularly The Times Law Section.
  • Pro bono – including death penalty cases and advising NGOs.

Teaching experience

  • Senior Lecturer and Unit Development / Coordinator / Lecturer
    • Master of Laws Program: International Criminal Law and Transnational Law.
    • Current Undergraduate Law Degree: Criminal Law, ‘Law, Justice and the State’, Transnational Law, Criminology, Evidence Law, Science and Law.
    • Previously: Advanced Criminal Law, Torts, Practical Advocacy and Dispute Resolution.
    • Legal Clinic: Indigenous Justice Stream and Reprieve Australia Externship.
  • 2014 to 2016 Chair of Research and Research Training Committee.
  • 2015 HDR coordinator.
  • Member of the Law School Learning and Teaching committee.
  • Member of the Unit Review Committee for CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capabilities.
  • Member of School of Law Environmental Law Research group: In 2014 coordinated some student assistance for the Legal Response Initiative in relation to the international negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and lectured in the Environment and Planning Law Unit.
  • Lectures on Female Genital Mutilation and the Law MID301 Women’s Health, CDU School of Health.

Research supervision

Health and Law

  • Voluntary Euthanasia Vulnerability and the law.
  • Should Australia Adopt the Groningen Protocol? Considering the effects of legalizing assisted dying on persons with disabilities who cannot consent.
  • The Euthanasia Fallacy: Why it is time to regulate in Australia?
  • What Happened to the Recommendations from the Review of the Law of Negligence 2002, with respect to liability and the medical profession?

 Corporate Law

  • Should Corporate Monitorship Reports attached to Deferred Prosecution Agreements be made public?
  • Small Subcontractors and Security of Payments: Rough Justice or the Rough End of the Gavel

 Transnational and Domestic Criminal Law

  • Fallen Women or Prostituted Women? India’s Human Trafficking Crisis and the treatment of sex-trafficking victims within the Indian Legal system
  • Substance abuse, mental impairment and specific intent.
  • Are Australia’s counter Terrorism laws effective in combatting radicalization?
  • Drawing the judicial line: defining an acceptable extent of community input into sentencing.
  • Double jeopardy reform: political expediency or much needed change?
  • New South Wales Right to Silence Reforms: Maximum Admissions, Minimum Silence.
  • Looking at the insanity defence with the help mainly of some Australian cases, legislation and trial procedures, what is insanity, how is insanity established in the courtroom and what input is accepted from the field of psychiatry?
  • Offender information gathering, recording and tracking, a private nightmare or a public necessity?

 Technology and Law

  • Everybody knows: Snowden’s NSA leaks and the implications for Australians privacy
  • The internet, social media and trial by jury.
  • The effect of the Dallas Buyers Club ruling on cyber law in Australia.

 Family Law

  • The Rights of Indigenous Children interacting with the Care System.
  • Same-sex Parents: Won’t somebody please think of the children! A Review Of Whether The Children Of Same-Sex Parents Are Afforded The Same “Best Interests” As Children To Heterosexual Parents Under Family Law.
  • Has the Australian Family Court attempted to reconcile the competing interests of a parent wising to relocate with their children and the ‘best interests’ of the child being maintained by a meaningful relationship with both parents.
  • Do Family Courts need to reform evidence rules to manage social media evidence?

 Animal Law

  • Animal Welfare, Exploitation and the Law: Is a Bill of Rights for Animals Going Too Far?

2013 to 2015

  • Drawing the judicial line: defining an acceptable extent of community input into sentencing.
  • Everybody knows: Snowden’s NSA leaks and the implications for Australians privacy.
  • Double jeopardy reform: political expediency or much needed change?
  • Same sex Parents: Won't somebody please think of the children! A Review Of Whether The Children Of Same-Sex Parents Are Afforded The Same “Best Interests” As Children To Heterosexual Parents Under Family Law.
  • New South Wales Right to Silence Reforms: Maximum Admissions, Minimum Silence.
  • What Happened to the Recommendations from the Review of the Law of Negligence 2002, with respect to liability and the medical profession?
  • Has the Australian Family Court attempted to reconcile the competing interests of a parent wishing to relocate with their children and the ‘best interests’ of the child being maintained by a meaningful relationship with both parents.
  • Looking at the insanity defence with the help mainly of some Australian cases, legislation and trial procedures, what is insanity, how is insanity established in the courtroom and what input is accepted from the field of psychiatry?
  • Should Australia Adopt the Groningen Protocol?
  • Offender Information: Public rights or private nightmare?
  • The Euthanasia Fallacy:  Why it is time to regulate in Australia.
  • The internet, social media and trial by jury.
  • Do Family Courts need to reform evidence rules to manage social media evidence?
  • Offender information gathering, recording and tracking, a private nightmare or public necessity?
  • Should Australia Adopt the Groningen Protocol?  Considering the effects of legalising assisting dying on persons with disabilities who cannot consent.
  • The effect of the Dallas Buyers Club ruling on cyber law in Australia.

Research grants

2016             CDU Strategic grant as a seed fund for a Youth Justice Project Alice Springs ($4000)

2016             Expert on EU Commission innovation grant on rights of children with mental disabilities (€250,000).

2016             The Indigenous Justice and Exoneration Project’ at CDU ($25,000).

2015             Chief Investigator on collaborative project with Menzies School of Health Research and CDU School of Health on ‘Women’s Health and the Law: FGM and TOP’ ($15,000).

2015             CDU Innovation Grant to pilot an “Innocence” style project ($9000).

2014             Small CDU grant funded project completed on human trafficking in ASEAN ($3000).

Memberships and other positions of responsibility

Current

  • Vice President, Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory of Australia.
  • Board Chair, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, Darwin, Australia.
  • Affiliated Member of Research group on Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
  • Member of 2017 International Conference Committee (2015 Chair) for The Advocates Gateway and member of management committee preparing toolkits for advocacy with vulnerable people.
  • Member of International Bar Association
  • Member of Commonwealth Lawyers Association
  • Member of Female Fraud Forum.
  • Member of Everywoman Everywhere Coalition.
  • Ambassador for Enough Abuse UK.
  • Member of Expert Reflection Group (Trafficking as a Criminal Enterprise).
  • Member of European Migration Research Platform
  • Member of UK Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association.
  • Professional Board Member, Computer Law & Security Review (Elsevier) (CLSR).
  • Associate Editor and Reviewer: International Journal of Issues in Legal Scholarship (ILS).
  • Member of the board of Halsbury’s Law Exchange – a politically independent legal think tank engaged in writing articles and contributing to policy papers.

 Past

  • Member of UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Rape and Sexual Violence.
  • Panel member of Baroness Stern’s Rape and serious sexual offences Parliamentary group.
  • Part of team providing legal advice and assistance for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. Specialisms: Sexual offending and defamation.
  • 2013 Bar Council South Eastern Circuit Representative.
  • 2012 Bar Council for England and Wales Public Affairs Committee.
  • 2000 to 2004 Midland Circuit Committee Leicester Representative.
  • First woman to write comment piece for CL&JW in its (then) 175 year history.

Conferences

Conferences organised

  • 2017 The Advocates Gateway International Conference: Access to Justice for Vulnerable People.
  • 2016 CDU Research Workshop and Student Showcase: Health and Law.
  • 2016 CDU Child Rights Forum.
  • 2016 CDU Research Workshop and Student Showcase: Empowering First Nations People through Law and Policy.
  • 2016 CDU Research Workshop and Student Showcase: Transnational Law.
  • 2016 Lexis Nexis: Women in prison: Is the Justice System Fit For Purpose
  • 2015 The Advocates Gateway International Conference: Addressing Vulnerability in Justice Systems
  • 2014 Lexis Nexis: Women in prison: Is the Penal System Fit For Purpose
  • 2012 Exeter University / SOAS and 36 Group: To Iraq and Beyond. 
  • 2010 Open University and 36 Group: Corporate Manslaughter.

 Conferences speaker – Women and Law

  • 2016 International Criminal Law Congress: Human Trafficking, Drug Trafficking and the Death Penalty
  • 2016 Webinar on FGM and the Law for the Australian College of Midwives.
  • 2016 Oxford Criminology 50th Anniversary Panel on Women in Prison
  • 2016 2nd Law Scholar’s Writing Colloquium, Universitas Indonesa. Paper chosen as Editor’s Choice for Indonesian Law Review. Human Trafficking, Drug Trafficking and the Death Penalty.
  • 2016 FGM is Everybody’s Business: Australian Human Rights Commission. FGM and the Law.
  • 2016 Gender, Culture Power, ACU. Dowry Deaths and feticide.
  • 2015 Start at the Top Family Law Conference, Parliament House, Darwin. Speaking on a rights based approach to International Commercial Surrogacy and Human Trafficking.
  • 2015 Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Flinders University, Adelaide. Speaking on FGM and the Law: Have campaigners succeeded where governments have feared to tread?
  • 2015 Damned Whores and God’s Police 40 years on Sydney Conference: Speaking on female genital mutilation (FGM) and the law.
  • 2015 Australian Midwifery Conference: FGM and the law: Can midwives succeed where governments fear to tread?
  • 2015 LRPP Conference, Singapore 4th International Conference: “Achieving gender equality through uniformity, extra territoriality and corporate responsibility”
  • 2015 ICELFS: Patterns of Sexual Behaviour. The Law of Evidence: Back to the Future in Australia and England.
  • 2015 Law Society of South Australia CPD Event: FGM and the Law.
  • 2015 Law Society of the Northern Territory of Australia CPD Event: Let’s Talk About Slaves.
  • 2015 UNSW Gendered Violence and Gender Violations Conference: Domestic Violence and Access to Justice in East Timor.

 Conferences speaker – Technology and Law

  • 2016 Biometrics 2016: Using Technology to Combat Human Trafficking.
  • 2015 ICELFS: Access to extraterritorial evidence: The Microsoft cloud case and beyond
  • 2015 ANZFSS: Science and the Law: Tales from the Bar.
  • 2015 8th International CPDP conference, Brussels: “Using technology to combat human trafficking”.
  • 2014 CILS International Cooperation conference, Jakarta: “Using technology to combat human trafficking”.
  • 2014 Sensor Society Conference, Brisbane: “The Rule of Law Online; You can’t steal cakes that Google haven’t baked”
  • 2014 4th Sino-Australian Law Deans’ Meeting, Zhejiang University, Guanghua Law School, Hangzhou, China: “Using innovative technology in international legal education”.

 Conferences speaker – Lawyers, Justice and Penal Systems

  • 2016 Spectacular Law Conference, Hong Kong University – Jogee, the last gasp of Colonialism?
  • 2016 Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association. Short presentation on the story behind R v Jogee. 
  • 2016 Presentation to Hong Kong Bar on resilience and opportunities.
  • 2016 Lexis Nexis Women in Prison debate.
  • 2016 NT Law Society social media for lawyers
  • 2016 Middle Temple Survive and Thrive event on social media for lawyers. Think Wall report identified 1.9million exposure impressions.
  • 2016 R v Jogee: NSW Young Lawyers.
  • 2016 Current Issues in Sentencing: National Judicial College of Australia – Women in Prison.
  • 2014 Lexis Nexis Women in Prison debate.
  • 2014 Human Rights Forum of the Asia-Pacific Outgames: “Legisative reform after Sochi”.
  • 2014 CDU/ NTBA conference Dili, East Timor: “Criminal Lawyers Duties to Trafficked victims”

Publications

  • Gerry F., Muraszkiewicz J., Vavoula N.,The role of technology in the fight against human trafficking: reflections on privacy and data protection concerns (forthcoming – accepted by Computer Law and Security Review)
  • Gerry F., Moore L. 2015 Exposure to the elements: Secondary Stress for Lawyers; 15 September 2015 SJ 159/34:
  • Gerry, F., Moore, C., A slippery and inconsistent slope: How Cambodia’s draft cybercrime law exposed the dangerous drift away from international human rights standards Computer Law & Security Review 31 (2015) 628–650
  • Svantesson, D., & Gerry, F. (2015). Access to extraterritorial evidence: The Microsoft cloud case and beyond. Computer Law & Security Review, 31(4), 478-489
  • Gerry, F., Berova, N., Treating data like the sale of goods: Lessons for the internet from OECD and CISG and sacking Google as the regulator [2014] 30 CLSR Issue 5
  • Gerry, F., “Data Uses to Combat Human Rights Abuses” IEEE Technology & Society Magazine Refereed Viewpoint
  • Gerry, F., Let’s talk about Vaginas…Female Genital Mutilation, the failure of international obligations and how to end an abusive cultural tradition’ (2014) 2 Griffith Journal of Law and Human Dignity 1
  • Gerry, F., Let’s talk about slaves…Human Trafficking: Exposing hidden victims and criminal profit and how lawyers can help end a global epidemic (2015) 1 Griffith Journal of Law and Human Dignity 1
  • Gerry, F., Sjölin, C., Urbas, G., Patterns of Sexual Behaviour. The Law of Evidence: Back to the Future in Australia and England (2015) 11(1) Int. Comment. Evid. 29ISSN (Online) 1554-4567, ISSN (Print) 2194-5691, DOI: 10.1515/ice-2014-0012, May 2015
  • Gerry, F., The Rule of Law Online; You can’t steal cakes that Google haven’t baked” 2015 JIL Vol 18 (7) 3
  • Gerry, F., Sjölin, C., Achieving gender equality through uniformity, extra territoriality and corporate responsibility” Law Regulations and Public Policy, Singapore 4th International Conference Proceeding
  • Gerry, F., A victim-led criminal justice system?”: “Vulnerable Witnesses – dignity and respect”. 2014 3rd IARS International Annual Conference Proceeding book
  • Gerry F., Crawley K. 2015 Sentencing in child abuse material cases in InPsych, the bulletin of the Australian Psychological Society Limited, April 2015
  • Gerry F., Sarkaria N. 2014 CBQ “Achieving excellence in handling FGM cases”
  • 2014 working party submission for the Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) written evidence to the UK Parliamentary Inquiry into Female Genital Mutilation (12 February 2014). This led to significant changes in the law in the UK and was based in part on my 2014 paper (see below)
  • 2014 Working party submission for the Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) written evidence to the UK Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) (March 5th, 2014)
  • Male Rape in Conflict Zones: 2012 Lexis Nexis Policy Paper

Submissions

  • 2017 CLANT submission to NT Government Consultation on Termination of Pregnancy Law Reform.
  • 2016 CLANT submission to the Children’s Commissioner on ratification of the Optional Protocol Against Torture.
  • 2016 Civil Liberties Australia submission to the Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into Human Trafficking.
  • 2016 CLANT submission to the Senate Inquiry on the Indefinite Detention of People with Cognitive and Psychiatric Impairment in Australia.  Also gave evidence.
  • 2015 Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade on Australia’s Advocacy for Abolition of the Death Penalty in relation to women trafficked to commit transnational crime.
  • 2014 Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) submission to the UK Parliamentary Inquiry into Female Genital Mutilation.
  • 2014 Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) submission to the UK Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).
Felicity Gerry

Contacts

T: 08 8946 6899
E: felicity.gerry@cdu.edu.au

School of Law
Casuarina campus 
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909

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

Contacts

T: 8946 6791
E: geoff.james@cdu.edu.au
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909

Professor Ned Aughterson

Head of School

Degrees and Appointments

  • LLB (Hons) (Qld), LLM (Qld), PhD (Qld)
  • Professor of Law and Head of School, CDU Law School (2013 -present)
  • Emeritus Professor, Hong Kong Shue Yan University (2012 –present)
  • Honorary Professor of Law, Chinese University of Political Science and Law, Beijing (2008-present)
  • Professor of Law and Head Department of Law and Business, Hong Kong Shue Yan University (2007-2011)
  • Visiting Professorial Fellow, Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention, University of Wollongong (2007)
  • Foundation Dean, Faculty of Law, Northern Territory University (1992-1996)
  • Foundation Professor of Law, Northern Territory University (1990)
  • Accredited Mediator (LEADR; NT Supreme Court)
  • Visiting Scholar, Max-Planck Institute Für Auslandisches und Internationales Strafrecht, Freiburg, Germany (1996)

Professional Practice

Barrister Queensland, Victoria, High Court of Australia

Barrister & Solicitor Northern Territory, Western Australia.

Ned has appeared as counsel in trial and appellate courts, and in both criminal and civil matters, in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory, and before the Federal Court and High Court of Australia. He has also conducted mediations in NSW and the NT and is legal consultant to the Subordinate Legislation and Publications Committee of the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory.

Teaching Experience

Ned has taught a range of courses in Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Mainland China, including contracts, commercial law, criminal law, constitutional law, property law, evidence, negotiation and mediation and international law. His particular interest is in the area of international criminal law.

Selected publications and editorships

In addition to journal articles and papers, principally in the areas of criminal law, property law, and international law, Ned has published books and chapters and has held editorial positions as follows:

  • Extradition: Australian Law and Procedure, Law Book Co., 1995
  • Summary Justice, Queensland, Commentary to Ward and Kelly’s ‘Summary Justice’, Law Book Co., 1983 (with RG Kenny)
  • Jurisdictional Enforcement: Introduction, in ‘Laws of Australia’, Criminal Procedure, Part 11.10, Chapter 1, pp 7-9
  • International Extradition, in ‘Laws of Australia’, Criminal Procedure, Part 11.10, Chapter 2, pp 11-51
  • Interstate Execution of Warrants, in ‘Laws of Australia’, Criminal Procedure, Part 11.10, Chapter 3, pp 52-67
  • Inter-jurisdictional enforcement of Sentences: Introduction, in ‘Laws of Australia’, Criminal Sentencing and Confiscation, Part 12.11, Chapter 1
  • Inter-jurisdictional enforcement of Sentences, in ‘Laws of Australia’, Criminal Sentencing and Confiscation, Part 12.11, Chapter 2
  • Transfer of Prisoners, in ‘Laws of Australia’, Criminal Sentencing and Confiscation, Part 12.11, Chapter 4
  • The Extradition Process: an Unreviewable Executive Discretion?, (2005) 24 The Australian Year Book of International Law 13
  • International Cooperation in the Extradition of Fugitives: Trends and Developments, Shantou University Book of Essays, China, 2008
  • Australian Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, Cumulative Supplement, Assistant Editor, 1985 – 1987
  • Northern Territory Council of Law Reporting, Editor, 1992-1996
  • LAWASIA Journal, General Editor, 1998-2003
  • Northern Territory Law Journal, General Editor, 2006-2008

Courses Currently Taught

LWC304 Research Paper

LWA318 International Law

Professor Ned Aughterson

Contacts

T: 8946 7780
E: ned.aughterson@cdu.edu.au

Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909

Why study law at CDU?

Studying law at Charles Darwin University means studying at a university with a proud reputation for the quality of its teaching and innovative programs.

The courses will provide you with a solid theoretical and practical legal education and satisfy the academic requirements for admission to professional practice.

While the study of law leads to a career as a solicitor or barrister, it also offers you a multitude of career paths, including politics, the public service, or industrial relations. It can also lead to career opportunities in the public or private sector where an in-depth understanding of the law would be an advantage.

Law courses at CDU encourage an appreciation of legal issues of special significance to the Northern Territory, including Aboriginal legal issues and South East Asian law.

You can choose to study law as a single discipline or in combined degree programs with the Bachelor of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Studies, Arts, Business, Economics, Information Technology and Science.

We also offer the Bachelor of Law externally. With online access to recordings of all lectures as well as online tutorial assistance, the external programs enable you to complete the course from wherever you are in the world.

Undergraduate degrees

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The Associate Degree of Legal Studies is an entry course into the legal profession. Completing this course you will acquire a broad understanding of the process of law in our society as well as gaining a range of legal and practical skills.

This course focuses on two different groups of students, those who are interested in learning about the legal field, but may not want to complete a full law degree and those who may want to continue onto a law degree.

The Bachelor of Laws teaches the practice of law. In that context, the course aims to provide knowledge of the legal system and legal principles, and to cultivate a capacity for legal research, analysis and communication.

The course also deals with theoretical perspectives on the law and encourages an appreciation of legal issues of special significance to the Northern Territory, including Aboriginal legal issues.

The Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) program enables those who hold a degree level qualification (other than law) to complete a law degree in three years instead of four.

The Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts degree provides students with the generic skills and understanding of humanities and social sciences in conjunction with legal education for the practice of law.

Georgia McMaster

Lecturer in Law

Degrees and Appointments

  • LLB (University of Queensland)
  • Lecturer and Tutor, Charles Darwin University (2012 – present)
  • NT Representative on the Law Council of Australia’s “Equalising Opportunities in the Law” subcommittee (2009 – present)
  • Chair, Mandatory Alcohol Treatment Visitors Panel (2013 – present)
  • Legal member, Community Visitors Panel, NT (2007- present)
  • Vice president of the Northern Territory Bar Association (2009 – 2011) 
  • President of Australian Women Lawyers (2008- 2009)
  • Secretary of Australian Women Lawyers (2006-2007)
  • Board member, Australian Women Lawyers (2006-2007)
  • President of the Northern Territory Women Lawyers Association (2005 - 2008)

Practical Experience

Georgia currently practices as a barrister (Magayamirr Chambers in Darwin) in the areas of criminal law, criminal property forfeiture, criminal compensation, mental health and general appellate work to name a few.
Georgia has worked as a lawyer in various capacities including for the Commissioner of Police, Ward Keller Lawyers and Darwin Community Legal Service. She is also an experienced prosecutor having worked at Summary Prosecutions, and as a Crown Prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.  Georgia has lived and worked in Alice Springs, travelled to many of the Territory’s bush courts, and worked as an Associate for a number of the Supreme Court judges.

Teaching Experience

Georgia joined the School of Law as a lecturer and a tutor in April 2012. Georgia is a well renowned advocacy and criminal law specialist. She teaches in the areas of criminal law, practical advocacy and evidence. In addition to teaching at the School of Law, Georgia still teaches at the Northern Territory Police Training College, on matters of criminal law and evidence, from recruit level to senior detective training.  She has also taught advocacy with the Australian Bar Association in Bangladesh.   
In addition to her professional and academic experience, Georgia is a highly regarded criminal law expert regularly appearing on radio and television programmes. She has also written articles for The Australian.

Research Supervision

Georgia is available to supervise any Honours and Postgraduate students interested in pursuing research in the areas of criminal law and mental health.

Courses taught

LWS 320 Practical Advocacy

Georgia McMaster

Contacts

T: 8946 6841
F: 8946 6588
E: georgia.mcmaster@cdu.edu.au
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909

Dr Jenny Ng

Lecturer in Law

Degrees and Relevant Appointments

  • LLB (Hons) (University of London)
  • LLM (IP/IT & eCommerce) (Bond University)
  • SJD (Doctor of Juridical Science) (Queensland University of Technology)
  • GDLP (College of Law, Sydney)
  • GCTLHE (Charles Darwin University)
  • CDU Lecturer in Law (2013- present)
  • QUT Associate Lecturer (2010 – mid 2011)
  • ATC Lecturer in Law (in the University of London programme) & LLB Finals Course Coordinator (1996 – 2001)
  • Legal Research Officer Supreme Court of Queensland (2011- 2012)
  • Assistant Manager (Research) and Knowledge Officer (Shearn Delamore & Co) (2001 -2003)
  • Research Assistant (Bond University) (2003 -2004)
  • Admitted as a Solicitor at the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Board Member, Electronic Frontiers Australia (2013-2015), Life member form 2016 onwards
  • Member of the CDU Faculty Board (2014-2016)
  • Member of the CDU Research Committee (2013 – 2015)
  • Member of the CDU Faculty Teaching & Learning Committee (2016 – current)
  • Chair, Teaching and Learning Committee (Law School) (2017 – current)

Research Experience

Dr Jenny Ng has conducted research extensively in the academia and in practice. She has about 10 years of research experience, having conducted research in academia/ universities, an overseas top tier law firm, the courts and barrister's chambers. She has also held the position of the Legal Research Officer of the Supreme Court of Queensland where she conducted research for judges and magistrates at the Queensland Courts.

Her doctoral research in domain names has won a research paper prize in the University of Queensland and an Australian grant. In 2012, she published her doctoral thesis as a monograph with Routledge, Taylor & Francis (UK). Jenny has presented in New South Wales, Queensland and Melbourne. She has made presentations in universities such as the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney. Jenny has also peer reviewed for Media International Australia and the UNSW Law Journal.

In 2014, Jenny was appointed as one of the seven ambassadors who helped lead discussions at the Australian Internet Governance Forum (auIGF) in Melbourne, which was held as a pre-cursor to the United Nations’ global Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. auIGF ambassadors contribute to the outcomes of domestic discussions and report on the outcomes in Turkey.  Jenny attended both forums in Melbourne and Turkey. She is also a nominee of the Vice-Chancellor's Research Excellence Award in 2014.

  • IT Law
  • IP Law
  • Cybercrime & Digital Evidence
  • Media & Telecommunications Law
  • eCommerce
  • Economic analysis of law
  • Privacy & Personality Rights
  • Teaching & Learning
  • IP aspects in Sports Law
  • International law

Teaching Experience

Jenny has taught Australian and English law in Australia, Hong Kong and Malaysia for several years. She currently teaches Private International Law, Intellectual Property Law, Public Law, Consumer Law and Constitutional Law. She has previously taught Cyber Law, Company Law, Contract Law, European Law and Administrative Law. 

Jenny has coordinated several units in CDU such as Private International Law, Competition and Consumer Law, Professorial Responsibility, Introduction to Public Law, Intellectual Property Law, Constitutional Law, Dispute Resolution and Cyber Law.  She has also had experience in assisting to design a new subject called ‘Entertainment Law’ whilst she was working at QUT. 

Professional and Community Engagement

Jenny was a Board Member of the Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), a national advocacy organisation concerned with the rights and interests of individuals in relation to networked technologies. She also held an Executive position, as the Secretary of the EFA Board. Jenny has previously worked as a volunteer in the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House.

Jenny has also chaired a workshop on Privacy in the Australian Internet Governance Forum in Melbourne and was part of the Australian Internet Governance Forum in Turkey.

Grants and Research Prizes

  • auDA Foundation Grant 2007/08
  • Innovation@CDU Grant 2013 (Project Lead: Online Moot Project)
  • Best Research Paper Prize in the University of Queensland’s PhD Colloquium

  • auIGF Ambassador 2014

Research Supervision

Jenny has supervised research students and is available to supervise doctoral candidates, as well as postgraduate and honours research students.She has also sat in a panel of examiners for a Masters thesis.

Papers and Publications

Monograph/ Major Publication

  • Jenny Ng "The Domain Name Registration System: Liberalisation, Consumer Protection and Growth Routledge Research in Information Technology and E-Commerce Law” (Routledge, Taylor & Francis (UK), 2012). Paperback edition published in 2014.

Jenny has assisted in sub-editing the Supreme Court of Queensland History Programme Year Book 2011.

See Dr Jenny Ng's list of selected articles.

Dr Jenny Ng

Contacts

T: 8946 6839
E: jenny.ng@cdu.edu.au
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909

Dr Danial Kelly

Senior Lecturer, School of Law

Qualifications and Appointments

  • Bachelor of Arts (Deakin University)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Charles Darwin University)
  • Graduate Diploma of Education (University of New England)
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (Charles Darwin University)
  • Masters in Applied Linguistics (Charles Darwin University)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Charles Darwin University

Danial is a Senior Lecturer in the CDU School of Law. His PhD was on the intersections of authority of Australian law and Christianity with Aboriginal customary law in Arnhem Land. Danial is admitted to legal practice in the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory and is also qualified as a mediator and teacher. He is a member of the Indonesian Reference Group.

Practical experience

Prior to joining the faculty in 2010, Danial worked as a lawyer with the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency. He has also worked as a mediator and teacher in Australia and Indonesia.  Danial continues to work on legal and justice issues concerning the Aboriginal communities in the Top End of the Northern Territory, especially the interaction between Aboriginal customary law and Australian law.

Teaching Experience

Danial has experience teaching statutory interpretation, Indigenous legal issues and Indonesian law.  He has also taught Indonesian language in Australia. Danial is instrumental in strengthening the academic relations between Charles Darwin University and various Indonesian Universities and is a frequent guest lecturer at Udayana University in Bali and Gajah Mada University in Jogja.

Research Supervision

Danial is listed in the CDU Register of Supervisors to supervise Master’s and Doctoral students and is especially interested in supervising students on Indonesian or Indigenous issues.

Selected publications

Research Outputs:

  • Journal article: ‘Is it time for deferred prosecution agreements in the Northern Territory?’ (co-authored with Felicity Gerry QC) (2016) 90 The Australian Law Journal 387.
  • Journal article: ‘Normative Authority in the Context of Transnationalism, Pluralism and Semi-Autonomous Social Fields: Focus on Arnhem Land’ (2016) 14(1) Issues in Legal Scholarship 27.
  • Conference paper: ‘Empowering local Aboriginal justice in the NT by establishing Community Courts’ (Transnational Law Research Workshop, School of Law, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia, 16th March 2016.)
  • Conference paper: ‘The nature of authority in fundamentalist Islam and Pancasila: an irreconcilability of origins and destination’ (Paper presented at Understanding Indonesia: Language and Identity Conference, Charles Darwin University, 17-18 June 2016.)
  • Conference paper: ‘Traditional Indigenous Communities and the Development of National Prosperity: Lessons Learned from Australian law’ (Paper presented at ASEAN's Traditional Community in A Global World: Facing ASEAN Single Market 2015 seminar, Center for Law and Ideology, Faculty of Law Udayana University, School of Law Charles Darwin University, Center for Indigenous People Faculty of Law University of Malaya, ASEAN Secretariat, and IKAYANA Faculty of Law, 25 September 2014, Bali, Indonesia.)
  • Book chapter: ‘Introduction to transnational law and its relation to the legal protection of Indigenous peoples’ rights’ in Universitas Udayana Golden Jubilee Book (Udayana 2015).
  • A Fuller Sense of Justice: Resolving Conflict for Traditional Indigenous Australians within the Australian Legal System’ (Paper presented at International Conference on Access to Justice for Indigenous Peoples: Realisation of an Inclusive and Integrated Human Rights Approach, Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, 9-11 April 2015.)
  • Journal article: ‘Marriage Law in Madayin’ (2014) 88(8) The Australian Law Journal 536.
  • Conference paper: ‘Northern Territory and Timor Leste legal systems in context: The interfaces of custom, religion and law with an emphasis on child protection: Primary sources and purposes of authority in Australian law, Christianity and Madayin’ (Paper presented at ‘Common Issues: Common Solutions’, Northern Territory Bar Association 2014 Conference in association with Charles Darwin University, Dili, Timor Leste.)
  • Journal article: ‘The Legal And Religious Nature Of Aboriginal Customary Law: Focus On Madayin’ (2014) 16 The University Of Notre Dame Australia Law Review 50.
  • Journal article: ‘Foundational Sources and Purposes of Authority in Madayin’ (2014) 4(1) Victoria University Law and Justice Journal 48.
  • Journal article: ‘The Black and White of Wunungmurra’ (2012) 2(4) Northern Territory Law Journal 227.
  • Editor of: James Gurrwanngu Gaykamangu, 'Ngarra law: Aboriginal customary law from Arnhem Land' (2012) 2(4) Northern Territory Law Journal 236.
  • Editor of: Gaymarani George Pascoe, ‘Introduction to the Ngarra law of Arnhem Land’ (2011) 1(6) Northern Territory Law Journal 281.
  • Journal article: ‘Pancasila Sakti: Sacred Authority of the Pancasila in Indonesian Law and Society’, Jurnal Yustika: Media Hukum dan Keadilan (University of Surabaya Law School Journal) Volume 13 Number 2, December 2010 (ISSN : 1410 -7724).

Assisted with:

  • Gaymarani George Pascoe ‘Introduction to the Ngarra law of Arnhem Land’ (2011) 1(6) Northern Territory Law Journal 281.
  • James Gurrwanngu Gaykamangu 'Ngarra law: Aboriginal customary law from Arnhem Land' (2012) 2(4) Northern Territory Law Journal 236.

Currently teaching

LWA112 Comparative Law
LWA113 Customary Law
LWZ115 Legal Process
LWB201 Indigenous Peoples and the Legal System
LWB313 Indigenous Peoples and Property Law
LWA210 Indonesian Law



Dr Danial Kelly

Contacts

T: 8946 7754
F: 8946 6588
E: danial.kelly@cdu.edu.au
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909

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