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Rohan Price Lecturer (07) 5589 3342
School of Law and Justice Dr Rohan Price authors works of biography, comparative legal history and political philosophy including the acclaimed Going Native: The Passions of Philip Jacks (2016, Australian Scholarly) and Reading Colonies: Property and Control of the British Far East (2016, City University Press of HK).

Rohan's current manuscript Violence and Emancipation in Colonial Ideology asks: if, when and how was anti-colonial violence justified? How and why were nationalist movements criminalised by colonial, and neo-colonial powers? Using the insurrection by the Malayan Communist Party (1948-60) as an example, the book argues that resort to violence sped up the decolonisation of British Malaya by forcing its colonial administration to invent Malay nationalism and pursue ameliorative social policy among the Chinese diaspora community in a manner clearly derived from the MCP's platform. Yet this was not the same as giving the country economic emancipation from the expectations of neo-colonial rule. Using an Althusserian assumption, the book asks: if a late colonial state was subjective, how did it claim a sufficiently objective mantle to rule and how did ideological techniques enable this?

Reading Colonies is available on and google play. Going Native is stocked by Abbey's and gleebooks (Sydney), Readings (Melbourne) and Fuller's Bookshop (Hobart) or any one of ten libraries around the country:

Rohan writes serial fiction about Republican China as well as academic works. His serial the parrots is available here: BA, LLB (UTAS), LLM (UTAS), DPhil (UNE) Rohan BA, LLB (UTAS), LLM (UTAS), DPhil (UNE) Gold Coast
Aidan Ricketts Lecturer 02 66203781
School of Law and Justice Mr Aidan Ricketts is an experienced academic and educator as well as a prominent social and environmental activist. Aidan has published extensively in the fields of law, activism and education including his recent book " The Activists Handbook: A step-by-step guide to particpatory democracy" which was published internationally by Zed books in 2012. Aidan is also a qualified educational designer with extensive experience in online and distance education. Prior to returning to Southern Cross University Aidan taught at the University of the South Pacific in Vanuatu, providing legal education across twelve different Pacific nations. LLB(Hons)(UQ), LLM(QUT), MEd(JCU) Aidan LLB(Hons)(UQ), LLM(QUT), MEd(JCU) Lismore
Nicole Rogers Associate Professor (07) 55893105
School of Law and Justice Associate Professor Dr Nicole Rogers is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University. Prior to commencing work at the then University of New England Northern Rivers in 1992, she worked briefly in private practice and in a research capacity at the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Nicole has two first class Honours degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney, a Masters in Natural Resources Law from the University of Wollongong, and a PhD in Law from Southern Cross University. Her PhD thesis is entitled the 'The Play(fulness) of Law' and involved interdisciplinary research into performance studies theory and law

Nicole is one of six academic staff members who established the law school at Southern Cross University in 1993 and developed its law degree. She has been responsible for writing, developing and teaching the core units of Environmental Law and Constitutional Law since the law degree was first introduced. She has taught and assisted in the development of over sixteen other units in both the law and paralegal degrees since 1993.

Nicole has published widely in areas as disparate as environmental activism, gene technology, anti-terrorism law and performance studies theory and the law. Her most recent research is in the areas of wild law, climate change litigation and climate change activism. In 2014, she instigated and then co-led the three year Wild Law Judgment project, which resulted in 2017 in a co-edited Routledge publication entitled Law as if Earth really mattered: the Wild Law Judgment project. Nicole has served as the lawyer of the University Human Research Ethics Committee for ten years. She has been an active member of various environmental organisations, including the North East Forest Alliance, Beyond Zero Emissions and the Australian Wild Laws Alliance (now Australian Earth Laws Alliance). She is a member of the World Commission on Environmental Law.

Nicole is currently supervising two PhD students.

Research Interests
Wild law
Climate change law
Climate change activism and law
Performance studies theory and law

Current Areas of Teaching
Environmental Law
Constitutional Law
Law and Government Decision Making

Professional Organisations
North East Forest Alliance: legal observer at forest blockades in the 1990s
Beyond Zero Emissions: member and presenter 2010-11
Australian Earth Laws Alliance: ongoing
World Commission on Environmental Law: ongoing BA(Hons)(Syd), LLB(Hons)(Syd), LLM(UOW), PhD(SCU) Nicole BA(Hons)(Syd), LLB(Hons)(Syd), LLM(UOW), PhD(SCU) Gold Coast
Tom Round Lecturer 07-5589-3056
School of Law and Justice Dr Brief Biographical Details
Tom Round has degrees in Arts (with first-class honours in Government) and Law from the University of Queensland, and a PhD (in Politics and Public Policy) from Griffith University. He has lectured and tutored in the Schools of Criminology (formerly Justice Administration) and Politics at Griffith University, and of Government at UQ; he also worked in the federal Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (as it then was). Before teaching at SCU, he was a Research Fellow at Griffith's Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice, and Governance (KCELJAG). Tom has co-edited two books, BEYOND THE REPUBLIC: MEETING THE GLOBAL CHALLENGES TO CONSTITUTIONALISM (2000) and ASIA-PACIFIC GOVERNANCE: FROM CRISIS TO REFORM (2003), and published several book chapters and journal articles. He also helped Professor Charles Sampford write RETROSPECTIVITY AND THE RULE OF LAW (Oxford University Press, 2006).

Current Teaching
Session 1:
LAW10068 Law & Government Decision-Making [odd-numbered years]
LAW72005 Evidence
Session 2:
LAW00117 Administrative Law
LAW10158 Intro to Evidence & Advocacy [even-numbered years]

Current Research & Research Interests
Ouster (privative) clauses; constitutional limitations (if any) on Australian parliaments' power to rewrite rules of evidence and court procedure; electoral systems; institutional mechanisms for protecting minority rights.

Areas of Expertise
Electoral systems BA(Hons)(Qld), LLB(Qld), PhD(Griff) Tom BA(Hons)(Qld), LLB(Qld), PhD(Griff) Gold Coast
Helen Walsh Lecturer (Teaching Scholar) 02 6620 3848
School of Law and Justice Ms

Helen Walsh is a lecturer at the School of Law and Justice and is also the School’s Director of the Summer and Winter Law School.

As a teaching scholar, Helen’s primary focus is on providing a smooth transition experience for her students and a supportive and positive learning environment that fosters respectful relationships and promotes intellectual engagement.

She received the SCU Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for her significant and sustained commitment to the support, engagement, learning and retention of students in first year undergraduate law programs.

Helen has a Master of Laws from QUT and her research interests include legal education, family law and children’s law.

Helen is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and, prior to her appointment at SCU, was employed in private practice in the Northern Rivers region working mainly in the area of family and criminal law.

Teaching/ keywords/ interests

Legal research, legal writing, first year legal studies, legal education, family law, children’s law.


Walsh, Helen, Guilty Your Honour, Representing Yourself in New South Wales Local Courts when charged with driving under the influence (4th ed, 2020) (pending publication)

Fisher, Warwick John Orr, John Page, Alessandro Pelizzon and Helen Walsh, Student evaluations: pedagogical tools, or weapons of choice? (pending publication)

Professional affiliations

  • Committee Member Northern Rivers Byron Youth Network
  • Australasian Law Academics Association AssocDipBus(UNE), LLB(SCU), LLM(QUT) Helen AssocDipBus(UNE), LLB(SCU), LLM(QUT) Lismore
Emma Babbage Casual Academic (Teaching) (02) 6620 3238
School of Law and Justice Ms BArts(SCU), BEd(SCU), LLB(Hons)(SCU) Emma BArts(SCU), BEd(SCU), LLB(Hons)(SCU) Lismore
Jo Bird Casual Academic (Teaching)
School of Law and Justice Dr BA(Hons)(Monash), LLB(Monash), PhD(Melbourne) Jo BA(Hons)(Monash), LLB(Monash), PhD(Melbourne) Lismore
Lucy Campion Casual Academic (Teaching)
School of Law and Justice Ms BA(Hons)(Sydney), LLB(Hons)(QUT) Lucy BA(Hons)(Sydney), LLB(Hons)(QUT) Gold Coast
Julia Cook Casual Academic (Teaching)
School of Law and Justice Ms BA(Hons)(MU), LLB(Hons)(UniMelb) Julia BA(Hons)(MU), LLB(Hons)(UniMelb) Lismore
Julie De Rooy Casual Academic (Teaching)
School of Law and Justice Ms AssocDipLaw(SCU), DipLegalPrac(Bond), LLB(SCU), LLM(Melbourne) Julie AssocDipLaw(SCU), DipLegalPrac(Bond), LLB(SCU), LLM(Melbourne) Gold Coast