Faculty of Law

Michael Stokes

Michael Stokes

Mr Michael Stokes

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Contact Details

Contact Campus Sandy Bay Campus
Building Faculty of Law Building
Room Reference 1.01
Telephone +61 3 6226 2065
Fax +61 3 6226 7623
Email Michael.Stokes@utas.edu.au


  • Is the Constitution a Social Contract? M Stokes 1990 * Adel Lr 12 249-291
  • Constitutional Commitments, not Original Intentions; interpretation in the Freedom of Speech Cases M Stokes 1994 * Syd LR 16 250-73
  • Formalism, Realism and The Concept of Law M Stokes 1994 * Law and Philosophy 13 115-159
  • Legal Independence and Tests for Law M Stokes 2000 * Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 25 37-78
  • The Resignation of Richard Butler as Governor of Tasmania M Stokes 2004 * UTLR 207-42
  • Contested Concepts, General Terms and Constitutional Evolution M Stokes 2007 * Syd LR 29 683-712
  • The Interpretation of Legal Terms Used in the Definition of Commonwealth Powers M Stokes 2007 * FLR 35 241-64

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Michael studied law at the University of Tasmania, qualifying for the LLB with first class honours in 1971. In that year he was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for Tasmania and completed an M Phil in Politics at Oxford University from 1972-1975.

In 1976, he was appointed as Lecturer in the Law School at the University of Tasmania and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1991.

Michael was editor of the Journal of Law, Information and Science until recently, and is now the editor of the Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, a journal which was given an A listing in the ERA rankings. He is also a well known as a commentator on constitutional and public law issues in the media.

Units Taught

LAW205 - Constitutional Law 1

LAW612 - Jurisprudence

LAW204 - Administrative Law

Over the years Michael has taught in a number of other units such as: Torts, Principles of Public Law, Planning Law and Environmental Law.