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Associate Professor John Anderson

Acting Head of School and Dean

Newcastle Law School (Law)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Anderson practised exclusively in criminal law and reached the position of senior solicitor/advocate in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW) before changing to an academic career. Dr Anderson completed his PhD in 2003. His thesis involved an in-depth analysis of the natural life sentence for murder in New South Wales and the question of equal application of the law in sentencing. Dr Anderson has published several articles and conferences papers arising from this and other research dealing with sentencing and related aspects of the criminal justice system. Dr Anderson currently lectures in various courses taught by the Newcastle Law School, including Criminal Law and Procedure, Advanced Criminal Law,  Evidence, and Introduction to Advocacy. He will teach the Sentencing: Global Theory, Law and Practice elective in the JD and LLM programs commencing in 2014. Dr Anderson has received eight teaching awards and citations recognising excellence in teaching at local, state and national levels. In 2010 he received the prestigious Australian Learning & Teaching Council's Teaching Excellence Award for Law, Economics, Business and Related Studies in the Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Research Expertise
The overarching concept of my research scholarship is related to questions of unfairness and inequity in the criminal justice system, particularly the sentencing of offenders and treating like cases alike. In addition, I have developed a research interest in relation to the legal framework for the crime of arson and related issues involving the mental element of the offense and sentencing arson offenders. I also research in relation to various aspects of evidence law particularly identification evidence and the judicial discretion to exclude evidence. Finally, I have some research interests in the scholarship of teaching and learning and I am currently working on a court collaboration project with the co-location of the new state court precinct and University House. Sentencing of offenders in the criminal justice system The law of evidence, particularly identification evidence, and judicial discretion to exclude evidence The offense of arson and its legal regulation Issues of fairness and equity in the criminal justice system

Teaching Expertise
Dr Anderson teaches across a number of courses in the Newcastle Law School LLB/Dip Leg Prac & JD/GDLP programs. These courses include LAWS2004A & B - Criminal Law & Procedure Parts A & B, LAWS5003 Advanced Criminal Law, LAWS4004 Evidence and LAWS6004A & B - Criminal Law & Procedure (JD/GDLP Program). Dr Anderson is currently the Director of the JD/GDLP Program, which will commence in 2014. He will also teach an elective course, Sentencing: Global Theory, Law and Practice in the LLM Program from 2015. Dr Anderson has received eight teaching awards and citations recognising excellence in teaching at local, state and national levels. In 2010 he received the prestigious Australian Learning & Teaching Council's Teaching Excellence Award for Law, Economics, Business and Related Studies in the Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Administrative Expertise
Dr Anderson has extensive administration expertise at school, faculty and university level. Dr Anderson was Acting Dean and Head of the Newcastle Law School from January to April 2013 after having served six years as Deputy Head of School from January 2007. He also spent periods as the Deputy Head of School in 2004 and 2005. Dr Anderson is currently the Director of the new JD/GDLP program. He was the Student Academic Conduct Officer in the Newcastle Law School from July 2006 to December 2010 during which time he investigated and adjudicated several cases of academic misconduct within the school. He has served on the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Business and Law and also on the Academic Senate.

Collaborations
The overarching concept of my research scholarship is related to questions of unfairness and inequity in the criminal justice system, particularly the sentencing of offenders and treating like cases alike. In addition, I have developed a research interest in relation to the legal framework for the crime of arson and related issues involving the mental element of the offense and sentencing arson offenders. I also research in relation to various aspects of evidence law particularly identification evidence and the judicial discretion to exclude evidence. Finally, I have some research interests in the scholarship of teaching and learning and I am currently working on a court collaboration project with the co-location of the new state court precinct and University House. I have worked with international collaborators on this project following a study tour of various US law schools.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Legal Studies, Macquarie University

Keywords

  • Advanced Criminal Law
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Introduction to Advocacy
  • Law of evidence
  • Sentencing
  • Sentencing: Global Theory, Law and Practice

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified 20
180110 Criminal Law and Procedure 60
180123 Litigation, Adjudication and Dispute Resolution 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Professor University of Newcastle
Newcastle Law School
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
3/06/2015 - 3/07/2015 Student Academic Conduct Officer University of Newcastle
Business and Law
Australia
1/04/2013 -  Program Convenor Juris Doctor/Grad Dip Legal Practice University of Newcastle
School of Law
Australia
1/07/2010 -  Associate Professor University of Newcastle
School of Law
Australia
1/01/2007 - 1/12/2012 Deputy Head University of Newcastle
School of Law
Australia
1/01/2005 - 1/06/2010 Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Law
Australia
1/12/1998 - 1/12/2004 Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Law
Australia
1/03/1997 - 1/03/1998 Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Law
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/07/1993 - 1/07/1995 Senior Solicitor/Advocate Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, NSW
Australia
1/02/1988 - 1/07/1993 Solicitor Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, NSW
Newcastle Regional Office
Australia

Awards

Recognition

Year Award
2010 Teaching Excellence Award - Australian Awards for University Teaching
Australian Learning and Teaching Council
2009 Teacher Recognition Award
Australian College of Educators
2008 New South Wales Quality Teaching Award
NSW Minister for Education and Training
2007 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
2006 Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
University of Newcastle
2005 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence
University of Newcastle
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Anderson JL, Hopkins AL, Uniform Evidence Law Guidebook, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Australia, 384 (2014) [A2]
2014 Anderson JL, Hopkins AL, Uniform Evidence Law Guidebook, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Australia, 384 (2014) [A2]
2010 Anderson JL, Heath M, Criminal Law Guidebook: New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, VIC, 361 (2010) [A2]
2009 Anderson JL, Bayne P, Uniform Evidence Law: Text and Essential Cases, The Federation Press, Annandale, NSW, 685 (2009) [A2]
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Journal article (13 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Anderson JL, Murphy BM, 'After the Serpent Beguiled Me: Entrapment and Sentencing in Australia and Canada', Queen's Law Journal, 39 621-654 (2014) [C1]
2012 Anderson JL, 'The label of life imprisonment in Australia: A principled or populist approach to an ultimate sentence', The University of New South Wales Law Journal, 35 747-778 (2012) [C1]
2011 Lansdell GT, Anderson JL, King MS, ''Terror among the gum trees' - Is our criminal legal framework adequate to curb the peril of bushfire arson in Australia?', Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 18 357-377 (2011) [C1]
2008 Anderson JL, 'Identification evidence: Proof and doubt: An experiential teaching and learning strategy to promote deep analytical understanding combined with incremental development of practical legal skills', Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, 1 123-139 (2008) [C1]
2007 Murphy BW, Anderson JL, ''Mates, Mr Big and the unwary': Ongoing supply and its relationship to entrapment', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 19 5-33 (2007) [C1]
2007 Anderson JL, 'The standard non-parole period as a 'reference point' in sentencing', Criminal Law News, 14 15-16 (2007) [C2]
2006 Anderson JL, ''Indefinite, Inhumane, Inequitable' - the principle of equal application of the law and the natural life sentence for murder: A reform agenda', The University of New South Wales Law Journal, 29 139-172 (2006) [C1]
2006 Anderson JL, 'Standard minimum sentencing and guideline judgments: An uneasy alliance in the way of the future', Criminal Law Journal, 30 203-222 (2006) [C1]
2006 Anderson JL, 'Sentencing and the unlikely scholar', Newcastle Law Review, 9 99-108 (2006) [C1]
2004 Anderson JL, 'Smoke gets in your mind: the legal framework for the crime of arson', Criminal Law Journal, 28 26-42 (2004) [C1]
2004 Anderson JL, 'Leading steps aright: Judicial guideline judgments in New South Wales', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 16 140-159 (2004) [C1]
1998 Anderson JL, 'Case and Comment : Pantaja', Criminal Law Journal, 22 39-43 (1998) [C2]
1998 Anderson JL, 'Casenote: R v Brendan Kelly Smith', The Newcastle Law Review, 2 92-99 (1998) [C2]
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Conference (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Anderson JL, Berman M, Bar-Morh H, 'Court is in session: Integrating the courtroom experience into the Law school classroom', Law Abstracts. Ninth Annual International Conference on Law, Athens, Greece (2012) [E3]
2010 Anderson JL, 'Informing the public about sentencing. Labelling 'Life' as a mandatory sentence: Effective denunciation or misleading populism?', Sentencing Conference 2010: Proceedings, Canberra (2010) [E2]
2010 Anderson JL, Lansdell G, 'The evolving legislative response to bushfire arson', Advancing Bushfire Arson Prevention in Australia, Melbourne (2010) [E2]
2006 Anderson JL, 'Guideline judgements and standard minimum sentencing - an uneasy alliance in teh Way of the future', http://law.anu.edu.au/nissl/sentencing.htm, Canberra ACT (2006) [E2]
1999 Anderson JL, 'From Marble to Mud: The Punishment of Life Imprisonment', History of Crime, Policing and Punishment, ANU, Canberra (1999) [E2]
1998 Anderson JL, 'Sentencing for 'Life' in NSW', Crime, Criminology and Justice: Current Trends and Future Directions, Surface Paradise, Queensland (1998) [E2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 13
Total funding $26,776

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20122 grants / $10,000

Conference Travel Grant$5,000

 'Court is in Session: Integrating the Courtroom into the Classroom' - 9th Annual International Conference of Law, Athens Institute for Higher Education & Research, Athens, Greece 16-19 July 2012.

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law
Project Team
Scheme Conference Travel Grant Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Research Assistance$5,000

Teaching Development Program Grant Description: Uniform Evidence Law Guidebook Project

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law
Project Team
Scheme Teaching Development Program Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20101 grants / $1,027

Conference Travel Grant$1,027

'Labelling life as a mandatory sentence: effective denunciation or misleading populism' - Australian National University & National Judicial College of Australia 'Sentencing Conference', Canberra ACT 6-7 February 2010

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law
Project Team
Scheme Conference Travel Grant Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20091 grants / $6,003

Research Project Grant$6,003

Legal Scholarship Support Fund Description: Criminal Law Guidebook book project

Funding body: Law Foundaton of New South Wales

Funding body Law Foundaton of New South Wales
Project Team
Scheme Legal Scholarship Support Fund
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20082 grants / $2,900

Australian Law Teachers Associaton Conference 2008, James Cook University, Cairns Campus, 6/7/2008 - 9/7/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor John Anderson
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189144
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Research Assistance$1,200

Once-off Funding Grant for Research Description: Criminal Law Guidebook Book Project

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law
Project Team
Scheme Once-off Funding Grant for Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20071 grants / $1,200

Research Assistance$1,200

Once-off Research Funding for DEST Publications Description: Uniform Evidence Law book project

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law
Project Team
Scheme Once-off Research Funding for DEST Publications
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20061 grants / $205

Sentencing: Principals, Perspectives, Possibilities, 10-12 February 2006$205

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor John Anderson
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186153
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20041 grants / $1,729

Conference Travel Grant$1,729

'Indefinite, Inhumane, Inequitable - Life imprisonment for murder in NSW: A Reform Agenda' - Australian & NZ Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law 24th Annual Congress "Walking an Ethical Tightrope: Issues Surrounding Indefinite and Preventive Detention" Port Douglas Far North Qld 15-18 July 2004

Funding body: Law Foundaton of New South Wales

Funding body Law Foundaton of New South Wales
Project Team
Scheme Legal Scholarship Support Fund
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20032 grants / $2,249

Conference Travel Grant$1,649

'Watching and Learning': The Local Court Observation Program at Newcastle Law School - Australasian Law Teachers Association Annual Conference 'Changing Law' Brisbane Qld 6-9 July 2003.

Funding body: Law Foundaton of New South Wales

Funding body Law Foundaton of New South Wales
Project Team
Scheme Legal Scholarship Support Fund
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Conference Travel Grant$600

'The Utility of Guideline Judgments in NSW' - Australian & New Zealand Society of Criminology Annual Conference 'Controlling Crime: Risks and Responsibilities' Sydney 1-3 October 2003

Funding body: Law Foundaton of New South Wales

Funding body Law Foundaton of New South Wales
Project Team
Scheme Legal Scholarship Support Fund
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

19991 grants / $893

Conference Travel Grant$893

'From Marble to Mud: The Punishment of Life imprisonment' - The Australian Institute of Criminology 'History of Crime, Policing and Punishment' Conference, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 9-10 December 1999.

Funding body: Law Foundaton of New South Wales

Funding body Law Foundaton of New South Wales
Project Team
Scheme Legal Scholarship Support Fund
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

19981 grants / $570

Conference Travel Grant$570

'Sentencing for Life in New South Wales' - Australian & New Zealand Society of Criminology Annual Conference - 'Crime Criminology and Justice: Current Trends and Future Directions' Gold Coast Queensland 8-10 July 1998

Funding body: Law Foundaton of New South Wales

Funding body Law Foundaton of New South Wales
Project Team
Scheme Legal Scholarship Support Fund
Role Lead
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1998
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 The Impact of Inequality: How Australian Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults in Same-Sex Parented Families Perceive Themselves to be Affected by Anti-Gay Laws
Law, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Zone of Impeachment: A Post-Foucauldian Analysis of Controlled Operations Law and Policy
Law, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
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News

Where’s the Punchline?

September 12, 2014

Associate Professor John Anderson talks about "Coward Punch" laws being passed in Victoria

Mandatory sentences can’t deliver justice or stop one-punch killings

August 26, 2014

Associate Professor John Anderson discusses new "Coward Punch" laws

Anti-semitic attack proves need for racial vilification laws

August 20, 2014

Newcastle Law School academics Associate Professor John Anderson and Dr Alan Berman discuss racial vilification laws

Will those shown to be corrupt by the ICAC ever go on trial?

August 20, 2014

Associate Professor John Anderson discusses with ABC News the prospect of corrupt politicians facing jail time

The Media’s Impact on Legal Proceedings

August 7, 2014

In light of the recent trial of Gerard Baden-Clay, Associate Professor John Anderson addressed how media coverage impacts trial proceedings and outcomes in a radio interview by Matthew Dryden in late July.

Associate Professor John Anderson

Position

Acting Head of School and Dean
Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

Law

Contact Details

Email john.anderson@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7099
Fax (02) 4921 6931

Office

Room MC180
Building McMullin - Level 1
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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