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Associate Professor John Anderson

Associate Professor

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

CodeDescriptionPercentage
160299Criminology not elsewhere classified20
180110Criminal Law and Procedure60
180123Litigation, Adjudication and Dispute Resolution20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - Associate ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
Newcastle Law School
Australia
4/06/2012 - 1/12/2012Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
Newcastle Law School
Australia
30/05/2007 - 30/05/2007Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
Centre for Teaching and Learning
Australia
13/12/1997 - 13/12/1998Associate Lecturer - LawUniversity of Newcastle
Law
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
3/06/2015 - 3/07/2015Student Academic Conduct OfficerUniversity of Newcastle
Business and Law
Australia
1/04/2013 - Program Convenor Juris Doctor/Grad Dip Legal PracticeUniversity of Newcastle
School of Law
Australia
1/07/2010 - Associate ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Law
Australia
1/01/2007 - 1/12/2012Deputy HeadUniversity of Newcastle
School of Law
Australia
1/01/2005 - 1/06/2010Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Law
Australia
1/12/1998 - 1/12/2004LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Law
Australia
1/03/1997 - 1/03/1998Associate LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Law
Australia

Professional appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/07/1993 - 1/07/1995Senior Solicitor/AdvocateOffice of the Director of Public Prosecutions, NSW
Australia
1/02/1988 - 1/07/1993SolicitorOffice of the Director of Public Prosecutions, NSW
Newcastle Regional Office
Australia

Awards

Recognition

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

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Anderson JL, Hopkins AL, Uniform Evidence Law Guidebook, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Australia, 384 (2014) [A2]
2014Anderson JL, Hopkins AL, Uniform Evidence Law Guidebook, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Australia, 384 (2014) [A2]
2010Anderson JL, Heath M, Criminal Law Guidebook: New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, VIC, 361 (2010) [A2]
2009Anderson 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Anderson JL, Murphy BM, 'After the Serpent Beguiled Me: Entrapment and Sentencing in Australia and Canada', Queen's Law Journal, 39 621-654 (2014) [C1]
2012Anderson 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]
2011Lansdell 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]
2008Anderson 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]
2007Murphy 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]
2007Anderson JL, 'The standard non-parole period as a 'reference point' in sentencing', Criminal Law News, 14 15-16 (2007) [C2]
2006Anderson 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]
2006Anderson JL, 'Standard minimum sentencing and guideline judgments: An uneasy alliance in the way of the future', Criminal Law Journal, 30 203-222 (2006) [C1]
2006Anderson JL, 'Sentencing and the unlikely scholar', Newcastle Law Review, 9 99-108 (2006) [C1]
2004Anderson JL, 'Smoke gets in your mind: the legal framework for the crime of arson', Criminal Law Journal, 28 26-42 (2004) [C1]
2004Anderson JL, 'Leading steps aright: Judicial guideline judgments in New South Wales', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 16 140-159 (2004) [C1]
1998Anderson JL, 'Case and Comment : Pantaja', Criminal Law Journal, 22 39-43 (1998) [C2]
1998Anderson JL, 'Casenote: R v Brendan Kelly Smith', The Newcastle Law Review, 2 92-99 (1998) [C2]
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Conference (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Anderson 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]
2010Anderson JL, 'Informing the public about sentencing. Labelling 'Life' as a mandatory sentence: Effective denunciation or misleading populism?', Sentencing Conference 2010: Proceedings, Canberra (2010) [E2]
2010Anderson JL, Lansdell G, 'The evolving legislative response to bushfire arson', Advancing Bushfire Arson Prevention in Australia, Melbourne (2010) [E2]
2006Anderson 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]
1999Anderson JL, 'From Marble to Mud: The Punishment of Life Imprisonment', History of Crime, Policing and Punishment, ANU, Canberra (1999) [E2]
1998Anderson 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 grants13
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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law
Project Team
SchemeConference Travel Grant Scheme
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law
Project Team
SchemeTeaching Development Program Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law
Project Team
SchemeConference Travel Grant Scheme
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyLaw Foundaton of New South Wales
Project Team
SchemeLegal Scholarship Support Fund
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNo
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor John Anderson
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189144
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law
Project Team
SchemeOnce-off Funding Grant for Research
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law
Project Team
SchemeOnce-off Research Funding for DEST Publications
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20061 grants / $205

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor John Anderson
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNoG0186153
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyLaw Foundaton of New South Wales
Project Team
SchemeLegal Scholarship Support Fund
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNo
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

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 bodyLaw Foundaton of New South Wales
Project Team
SchemeLegal Scholarship Support Fund
RoleLead
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNo
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

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 bodyLaw Foundaton of New South Wales
Project Team
SchemeLegal Scholarship Support Fund
RoleLead
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNo
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

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 bodyLaw Foundaton of New South Wales
Project Team
SchemeLegal Scholarship Support Fund
RoleLead
Funding Start1999
Funding Finish1999
GNo
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

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 bodyLaw Foundaton of New South Wales
Project Team
SchemeLegal Scholarship Support Fund
RoleLead
Funding Start1998
Funding Finish1998
GNo
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015The 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
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Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Zone of Impeachment: A Post-Foucauldian Analysis of Controlled Operations Law and Policy
Law, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
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Associate Professor John Anderson

Position

Associate Professor
Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

Law

Contact Details

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

Office

RoomMC180
BuildingMcMullin - Level 1
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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