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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.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 12/12/2003
  • Bachelor of Legal Studies, Macquarie University

Research

Research keywords

  • Criminal Justice System
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Law of evidence
  • Sentencing

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 offence 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 offence of arson and its legal regulation

Issues of fairness and equity in the criminal justice system

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
180110Criminal Law And Procedure60
160299Criminology Not Elsewhere Classified20
180123Litigation, Adjudication And Dispute Resolution20

Awards

Recognition.

2010Teaching Excellence Award - Australian Awards for University Teaching
Australian Learning & Teaching Council (Australia)
Teaching Excellence Award
2009Teacher Recognition Award
Australian College of Educators - NSW Branch (Australia)
Teacher Recognition Award - Enduring contribution to higher learning in the law of evidence and sentencing.
2008New South Wales Quality Teaching Award
NSW Minister for Education & Training & Australian College of Educators NSW Branch (Australia)
New South Wales Quality Teaching Award
2007Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Carrick Australian Awards for University Teaching (Australia)
Citation for developing an innovative Local Court observation program for first year law students that encourages deep learning and professionalism through clinical experience.
2006Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Citation for providing a motivational clinical learning experience through the court observation placement program which effectively engages first year law students and incrementally enhances their learning.
2005Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Teaching Excellen

Collaboration

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 offence 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.

Administrative

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.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

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

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.

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Highlighted Publications

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

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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]
2004Anderson JL, 'Smoke gets in your mind: the legal framework for the crime of arson', Criminal Law Journal, 28 26-42 (2004) [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]

Publications

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

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Book (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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]

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)
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, 'Sentencing and the unlikely scholar', Newcastle Law Review, 9 99-108 (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]
2004Anderson JL, 'Leading steps aright: Judicial guideline judgments in New South Wales', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 16 140-159 (2004) [C1]
2004Anderson JL, 'Smoke gets in your mind: the legal framework for the crime of arson', Criminal Law Journal, 28 26-42 (2004) [C1]
1998Anderson JL, 'Casenote: R v Brendan Kelly Smith', The Newcastle Law Review, 2 92-99 (1998) [C2]
1998Anderson JL, 'Case and Comment : Pantaja', Criminal Law Journal, 22 39-43 (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)
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

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2012 (2 grants)

Conference Travel Grant$5,000
Funding Body: Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
Conference Travel Grant SchemeInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020122012
GNo:184863404

Research Assistance$5,000
Funding Body: Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
Teaching Development Program GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020122012
GNo:184863412

2010 (1 grants)

Conference Travel Grant$1,027
Funding Body: Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
Conference Travel Grant SchemeChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,02720102010
GNo:184863396

2009 (1 grants)

Research Project Grant$6,003
Funding Body: Law Foundation of NSW

SchemeRole
Legal Scholarship Support FundChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,00320092009
GNo:184863388

2008 (2 grants)

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

Project Team
Associate Professor John Anderson
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020082008
GNo:G0189144

Research Assistance$1,200
Funding Body: Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
Once-off Funding Grant for ResearchChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,20020082008
GNo:184863380

2007 (1 grants)

Research Assistance$1,200
Funding Body: Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
Once-off Research Funding for DEST PublicationsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,20020072007
GNo:184863372

2006 (1 grants)

Sentencing: Principals, Perspectives, Possibilities, 10-12 February 2006$205
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor John Anderson
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20520062006
GNo:G0186153

2004 (1 grants)

Conference Travel Grant$1,729
Funding Body: Law Foundation of NSW

SchemeRole
Legal Scholarship Support FundChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,72920042004
GNo:184863362

2003 (2 grants)

Conference Travel Grant$1,649
Funding Body: Law Foundation of NSW

SchemeRole
Legal Scholarship Support FundChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,64920032003
GNo:184863326

Conference Travel Grant$600
Funding Body: Law Foundation of NSW

SchemeRole
Legal Scholarship Support FundChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$60020032003
GNo:184863354

1999 (1 grants)

Conference Travel Grant$893
Funding Body: Law Foundation of NSW

SchemeRole
Legal Scholarship Support FundChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$89319991999
GNo:184863318

1998 (1 grants)

Conference Travel Grant$570
Funding Body: Law Foundation of NSW

SchemeRole
Legal Scholarship Support FundChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$57019981998
GNo:184863310
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.25

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20112016PhD (Law)Principal SupervisorControlled Operations, Risk and Legal Architecture
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Associate Professor John Anderson

Work Phone(02) 4921 7099
Fax(02) 4921 8866
Email
PositionAssociate Professor
Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaLaw
Office
UNH236,
University House,
Newcastle City
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/john-anderson