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Professor Stephen Colbran

BCom (Hons) (UQ), LLB (Hons) (UQ), LLM (Hons) (QUT), PhD (UQ), GradCertEd (Higher Ed) (QUT), SFHEA
Dean of Law/HOD/HOC - Law
School of Business and Law
About Me

Present appointment:

Dean of Law, School of Business and Law, CQUniversity

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Expert

Previous appointments:

2019 Queensland Law Society Practice Management Committee

2019 Queensland Law Society Specialist Accreditation Board

2008 -2013 Legal Profession Admission Board NSW

2009 – 2012 Professor, School of Law, UNE

2007 – 2008 Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Planning and Renewal), UNE

2004 - 2007 Dean, School of Law, UNE

2003 - 2007 Deputy Head of School, School of Law, UNE

2003 Acting Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Law, QUT

1995 - 2003 Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, QUT

1990 - 2005 Lecturer, Faculty of Law, QUT

1989 Solicitor, Feez Ruthning Solicitors

1988 Articled clerk, Feez Ruthning (now known as “Allens”) Solicitors, Brisbane

1987 Associate to The Honourable Mr Justice McPherson of the Supreme Court of Queensland

1986 Tutor, Accountancy Department, QUT

1985 Lecturer, Commerce Faculty, UQ

1984 Graduate Taxation Adviser, Coopers and Lybrand, Chartered Accountants

Formal qualifications:

2003 Graduate Certificate (Higher Education), QUT

2002 PhD, UQ

1993 Master of Laws (Research), Honours, QUT

1987 Bachelor of Laws degree, Honours, UQ

1987 Bar Practice Course Diploma

1984 Bachelor of Commerce degree, First Class Honours, UQ

1983 Bachelor of Commerce degree, UQ


2015 Zero Tolerance

2014 MIT edX Certificate - Design and Development of Educational Technology


Teaching and Learning Scholarship repository:

Universities Studied At

University of Queensland

Queensland University of Technology

Universities Worked At

University of Queensland

Queensland University of Technology

University of New England


2014 Office of Learning and Teaching Australian Award for University Teaching

2013 Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Teaching Excellence

Media Citations
Previous teaching

Civil Procedure

Professional Responsibility

Information Technology Law

Legal Implications of e-Commerce

Civil Litigation


Advanced Civil Procedure


Corporate Law

Business Finance

Financial Accounting

Financial Management

Professional Experience

Professor of Law, University of New England

Dean, School of Law, University of New England

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Planning and Renewal, University of New England 

Professional Memberships

  1. TEQSA expert
  2. Australian Institute of Judicial Administration
  3. Ascilite
  4. Herdsa
  5. Solicitor (Supreme Court of QLD)
  6. Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Computer Software


Industry Reports

2020 Victorian Law Admissions Board Accreditation Review of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology School.

2019 Victorian Law Admissions Board Accreditation Review of LaTrobe Law School.

2017-2018 Review of the Supreme Court of British Columbia and Court of Appeal of British Columbia.

2013 Lexis Nexis Butterworths designing and testing linkages between iTunesU, iBooks and Learning Management System learning objects.

2012 External Review University of South Pacific Law School. 30 July – 8 August 2012.

2012 Advice and Materials on Performance of Prosecution Services, Ministry of Justice of Georgia.

2010 Judicial Performance Evaluation, Report for the Turkish Ministry of Justice.

2010 Review of Teaching Technologies for Charles Darwin University – Business and Law Schools.

2009 Peer Review Law Theme Courses Charles Darwin University for course re-accreditation.

2009 Provided advice to the British Ministry of Justice concerning judicial performance evaluation.

2008 Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand – Review of Continuing Professional Development activities.

2007 PLC Sydney – Review of IT delivery in teaching and learning and administration for Dr William McKeith AM.

2006 Expert Review Panel – University of Southern Queensland.

2003 Migration Institute of Australia.

Commissioned to write an options paper entitled ‘Education and Training Options for the Migration Advice Industry’. This paper lay as the base document for the Migration Agents Registration Authorities (MARA) Migration Agent Registration course requirements.

2001 - 2003 Family Court of Australia.

2001 academic consultant to the Family Court of Australia to act on both the National Steering Committee and Working Party developing the Family Court Rules 2004. The working party consisted of three people who were charged with researching international best practice in case management and formulating detailed drafting instructions for the new rules. In fact, the working party drafted the new rules. This was a significant national project attracting much international attention. The outcome of this process now shapes the face of Family Court litigation. The rules have been quite successful and have received good reviews. This project provided me with considerable legislative drafting experience and experience with dealing with legislative drafting and the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department.

2002 Israeli government

In 2002, I was requested by the Israeli government to provide advice on judicial performance evaluation. I had several discussions with staff from the Ministry of Justice and forwarded copies of draft judicial performance programs I have developed for Australian courts.

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3904 Specialist Studies in Education

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests
Law And Legal Studies

Law - Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession
Teaching law using technology Animation Simulation Artificial Intelligence Automation Legal Design Thinking

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