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Before joining QUT in 1995, Barbara Ann Hocking worked as a researcher with the Australian Law Reform Commission, Sydney University Faculty of Law, the Queensland Law Society and the Queensland Teachers Union. She also worked as an academic at the then newly established Griffith University School of Law from 1990 to 1994. Previously, Barbara was the holder of a Lionel Murphy Foundation Scholarship in 1988 and 1989 and completed her PhD under their auspices with the School of Law at the University of Queensland. Her PhD topic was The Uses and Abuses of the Law of Criminal Conspiracy. From 2002-2003, Barbara was the Assistant Dean, Research with QUT's Faculty of Law. From 2008-2009 she went on leave to work at University of Tasmania Faculty of Law, returning to QUT School of Justice in January 2010. Barbara continues as a Honorary Research Associate at Riawunna Centre at the University of Tasmania.
Although her PhD dealt with the law of criminal conspiracy, Barbara's research interests now lie mainly in the intersections between the disciplines of science and law, with particular emphasis on genetic technologies, climate change, conservation, bioethics and law. She has also written in the areas of human rights law and tort law. Her first book was Liability for Negligent Words (Federation Press, 1999) and a new book is underway, tentatively titled It’s Only Words? Negligence in a Cyber World, with chapters dealing with new challenges arising for the law of negligence, through new forms of communication such as anonymous 'blogs' and evaluations, facebook, genomics, etc. This new manuscript is due to Federation Press in early 2011. The ways in which these new words, like those traditionally considered 'misstatements', also travel far afield and cause harm is the central analysis of this book. Barbara’s most recent paper is ‘Of Federalism and Tax Bonuses: Reflections in the Australian Context’ (2010) Common Law World Review (co-author, Scott Guy). Another paper titled ‘The Taxation Exemption of Canadian Indians as Governments and Individuals: How does this Compare to Australia and New Zealand?’ (co-authors, Fiona Martin, Brad Morse) is in press (Common Law World Review 2011).
In 2004, Barbara was awarded the Lilian Penson fellowship of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICS), London and was a visiting researcher both there and at the Centre for Public and International Law at the University of Giessen in 2005. During those visits she did several lectures on Australian human rights, including at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian law in Lund, Sweden. Since that time her international research work has been the result of the award of both an ARC International Linkage Grant (2003-2005) and an ARC Linkage International Fellowship (ARCIF, 2007-2009) to work on pandemic planning and benefit-sharing of vaccines, with colleagues at the Universities of Giessen in Germany, Hong Kong and Puerto Rico.
Avian Influenza and Access to Medicines, Constitutional Law, Human Rights, Indigenous human rights - comparative, Law , Genetics and Biology, Law and Mental Health, Reparations, Tort Law
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- Doctor of Philosophy (University of Queensland)
- Master of Laws (University of London)
- Diploma in Graduate Legal Studies (Stockholms Universitet)
- Bachelor of Arts (Monash University)
Professional memberships and associations
- Member - ACSANZ - Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand
- Member - International panel assessing grants in Candadian Studies - ICCS - International Council of Canadian Studies, Ottowa
- Member - (ICJ) International Commission of Jurists (Queensland Chapter).
- 2006 - 2008: President - ACSANZ - Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand
Over the past fifteen years at QUT School of Justice, at undergraduate level, Barbara has taught a variety of units, including forensic scientific evidence, which is offered to both Justice and Science students. While at University of Tasmania Faculty of Law, Barbara taught human rights and constitutional law. Her major postgraduate course is Law, Justice and New Genetic Technologies. From 2011, Barbara will offer a new undergraduate unit in the School of Justice to be titled Environmental Criminology.
Newly Edited Book
- The Nexus of Law and Biology (2009)
- Hocking B, (2006) Do they make a difference? Reflecting on Rights, Presented at: 2006 Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand (ACSANZ) Biennial Conference, pp. 1.
- Hocking B, (2006) The Law Research Network (LawRN) and Transferability of General Legal Research Skills, Presented at: Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference 2006, pp. 1.
- Hocking B, Guy S, (2007) Can private law help to save multicultural Australia?, Private Law and the Many Cultures of Europe, pp. 417-434.
- Hocking B, Guy S, Taylor C, (2006) Trade Liberalization and Labour Law in the Australian Industrial Relations Context: Labour Liberalisation or Labour Bastardisation?, Presented at: 18th World Congress of Labour and Social Security Law, pp. 1.
- Hocking B, Guy S, (2006) The Tasmanian State Government compensation regime for the stolen generation: At last, an Australian model for Australia?, Presented at: The 25th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society, pp. 1.
- Hocking B, Stephenson M, (2006) Review of 'Native Title in Australia' by Perry and Lloyd, Alternative Law Journal , 31, pp. 54.
- Hocking B, (2006) A reflection of the nature of the political community? The in-principle agreement as to Canadian residential schools compensation, Australian Indigenous Law Review, 10 (1), pp. 89-93.
- Guy S, Hocking B, (2006) Times of pestilence: would a bill of rights assist Australian citizens who are quarantined in the event of an avian influenza (bird flu) pandemic?, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 17 (3), pp. 451-467.
- Hocking B, Harvey-Blankenship M, (2006) A Right to Family Life?: Tracing Fractured Family Identities Drawing Upon Law, Human Rights and Biology, The Challenge of Conflict: International Law Responds, pp. 243-260.
- McCallum H, Hocking B, (2006) Reflecting on Ethical and Legal Issues in Wildlife Disease, Ethics and Infectious Disease, pp. 83-94.
- Recipient of a Nationally Competitive Research Fellowship
- Reference year
- LX0881935 Dr BA Hocking; Dr CG Lawson; Prof GL Gilbert; Dr JH Vogel; Prof EC Hui; Prof Dr T MarauhnThe Implications of the Convention on Biological Diversity for Infectious Diseases: The Case of Indonesia and Avian Flu2008