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Dr. Nichola Corbett-Jarvis

PhD, LLB (Hons), Barrister (England & Wales)
Senior Lecturer - Law
School of Business and Law
Cairns Square - 3.09
About Me

Nichola is a Senior Lecturer in Law in the School of Business & Law. Nichola's research interests fall within three broad areas: legal education, private international law, and criminal law.

Before pursuing a career in academia, Nichola was a practising barrister in England and Wales and from this experience, she developed a passion for developing and enhancing law students' legal skills, and in particular legal research and writing, in authentic and innovative learning environments.  Her textbook, Effective Legal Writing: A Practical Guide (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2nd ed, 2016, co-authored with Brendan Grigg), is an example of this.  It is purposely designed to facilitate students' transition to studying law by focusing on explicit teaching practices combined with student-focused, authentic learning activities and examples.  Nichola's work in legal education has also involved leading a range of curriculum projects.  She has presented papers at conferences and symposiums on topics such as utilising machinima to foster engagement in first year law students, embedding explicit teaching practices in statutory interpretation across the law degree, and first year transition pedagogy for law students.  Her current research project involves analysis of law students' understanding and ability to respond to written feedback.

Nichola's research is also focused on criminal law and procedure.  She has previously presented papers on a range of criminal law topics, including gross negligent manslaughter, and the regulation of new and emerging drugs. 

As a barrister, Nichola's practice was primarily focused on civil and commercial matters.  Her research in commercial matters is predominantly focused on issues arising in private international law.  Her PhD thesis was titled: 'Is a global regime regulating the exercise of jurisdiction in civil and commercial cases a feasible reality or a utopian dream?  A comparative perspective'.  This involved a comparative analysis of the policies and theoretical bases underpinning the jurisdictional rules of the United States of America (limited by 'due process' requirements), the Brussels Regulation II, and the traditional rules of England and Wales.  Due to technological advancement, a more mobile society, and connection via the internet 24 hours a day, the legal and practical issues in this area are arising more frequently.  The need to have a consistent approach across the globe has drastically increased but the political and legislative response to tackling these contemporary issues has been slow.  Nichola is particularly interested in the law's ability to determine and mediate disputes that have arisen in an online context or can be resolved through online mediation.  


Nichola joined CQU in January 2020.  Prior to this, Nichola was a Senior Lecturer in Law at JCU.  Before joining JCU, Nichola was a practising barrister in the UK, specialising in civil and commercial matters.

Universities Studied At

PhD - University of Leicester (UK)

Grad Dip (Legal Practice - Barrister) - Nottingham Law School (UK)

LLB (Hons) - University of Leicester (UK)

Universities Worked At

James Cook University (Cairns): 2010 - 2018

University of Leicester (UK): 2002 - 2006


Teaching & Learning: Team Award (2013), James Cook University

Inclusive Practice Award (2010), James Cook University

Lord Denning Scholarship (2006), Lincoln's Inn (UK)

Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship (2006), Lincoln's Inn (UK)

GTA Scholarship in Postgraduate Studies University of Leicester (2002 - 2005), University of Leicester (UK)

Previous teaching

James Cook University (Cairns): 2010 - 2018

University of Leicester (UK): 2002 - 2006

Professional Experience

Senior Lecturer in Law - James Cook University

Practising Barrister (England & Wales), specialising in civil and commercial matters

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4899 Other Law and Legal Studies

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Doctor of Philosophy (Industry)
Conceptualising Legal Practice through a TraumaInformed Lens – Exploring Implications for Policy and Service Provision in Regional and Remote Australia.
Associate Supervisor
Research Interests
Law And Legal Studies

Law - Access to Justice

Law And Legal Studies

Law - Conflict of Laws (Private International Law)

Law And Legal Studies

Law - Criminal Law and Procedure

Law And Legal Studies

Law - Equity and Trusts Law

Law And Legal Studies

Law - Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession

Law And Legal Studies

Law - Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation

Law And Legal Studies

Law - Litigation, Adjudication and Dispute Resolution

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