Ms Donna Cooper
Faculty of Business & Law,
School of Law
BiographyBackground Donna joined the Law Faculty in January 2001. She commenced her legal career at Cooper, Grace and Ward and was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1989. She practised exclusively in family law at the law firms, Cooper, Grace and Ward and McInnes, Wilson & Jensen. Subsequently, Donna worked at Legal Aid Queensland as the Coordinator of their Dispute Resolution Section, managing the family law conference program throughout Queensland. Prior to joining the QUT Law Faculty, Donna worked as a Senior Research Assistant in the Griffith University Law Faculty, Family Law Research Unit. Donna is a nationally accredited mediator and an accredited family dispute resolution practitioner. She is on the panel of chairpersons for family law conferences at Legal Aid Queensland and also has experience as a mediator in health decision-making and workplace disputes. She is a current member of the Queensland Law Society ADR Committee and was previously a member of the Queensland Law Society Family Law Specialist Accreditation Committee from 2003 to 2014.
To view some of Donna's publications see: http://eprints.qut.edu.au/view/person/Cooper,_Donna.html
- Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Business & Law,
School of Law
Dispute Resolution, Family Dispute Resolution, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Family Mediation, Family law
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- Master of Laws (Queensland University of Technology)
- Bachelor of Laws (Queensland Inst. of Technology)
Professional memberships and associations
- Member Australian Centre for Health Law Research
- Nationally accredited mediator mediator, Queensland Law Society;
- Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department;
- Member Queensland Law Society, ADR Committee;
- Member Family Law Practitioners Association of Queensland;
- Member Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia;
- Member Queensland Law Society Family Law Specialist Accreditation Committee 2003-2014.
- Relationships Australia Queensland (family mediation training course to provide staff with family dispute resolution practitioner accreditation, co-designed with Jenny Felton)
- Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commission (training seminar for lawyers in how to represent clients at conciliation conferences presented at Crown Law, Legal Aid Queensland and Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commission, co-designed with Deborah Keenan, Director Complaint Services)
- Family Law Section Law Council of Australia, Essentials of Family Law Practice (training course for junior family lawyers, co-designed with Zoe Rathus, Griffith University)
- QUT International Projects Unit, Australia Awards Fellowship program, Implementing Child Protection and Domestic Violence Acts: Strengthening Bhutan’s First Family Court, modules on family mediation, family violence, child protection.
- QUT International Projects Unit, Australia Awards Fellowship program, Negotiation training courses for delegates from Samoa, Maldives and Nigeria.
- Cooper D, Keenan D, (2018) A model to use when representing clients in conciliation conferences in the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commission, Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 29 (2), pp. 126-134.
- Trowse P, Cooper D, (2018) The agony and the ecstasy: Sacrifice and pain for financial gain: Have Indian surrogate mothers been exploited by their intended parents in commercial surrogacy arrangements?, Journal of Law and Medicine, 25 (2), pp. 388-407.
- Cooper D, (2016) Pro bono mediation and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in Brisbane: Lessons learned, Family Law Review, 6 (3), pp. 230-237.
- Cooper D, (2014) Lawyers behaving badly in mediations: Lessons for legal educators, Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 25 (4), pp. 204-211.
- Cooper D, (2014) Representing clients from courtroom to mediation settings: Switching hats between adversarial advocacy and dispute resolution advocacy, Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 25 (3), pp. 150-158.
- Cooper D, (2014) Inconsistencies in and the inadequacies of the family counselling and FDR confidentiality and admissibility provisions: The need for reform, Family Law Review, 4 (4), pp. 213-226.
- Cooper D, (2013) Assisting future lawyers to conceptualise their dispute resolution advocacy role, Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 24 (4), pp. 242-250.
- Cooper D, Perkins K, Couper G, (2012) Family law issues and schools: Guidance for Australian educators, International Journal of Law and Education, 17 (1), pp. 23-38.
- Harland A, Cooper D, Rathus Z, Alexander R, Hyams R, (2011) Family Law Principles.
- Cooper D, (2011) Continuing the critical analysis of 'meaningful relationships' in the context of the 'twin pillars', Australian Journal of Family Law, 25 (1), pp. 33-53.
Completed supervisions (Doctorate)
- Family Law Property Settlements: Principled Law Reform for Separated Families (2017)
- Is a View Different from a Wish? Considering the Child's View in Parenting Disputes in Australian Family Law Matters (2017)
- Protection From Child Emotional Abuse in Family Law Parenting Matters Over Two Regimes of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth): Policy, Legislation and Judicial Reasoning (2017)