Helen Cockburn

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Helen Cockburn

Executive Officer - Tasmanian Law Reform Institute

Room 1.07, Faculty of Law Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 2069 (phone)

+61 3 6226 7623 (fax)

Career summary


Helen completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Tasmania in 1987, majoring in Japanese and English Literature. For the next 15 years she taught Japanese and raised a family. In 2002 she returned to study, completing a Bachelor of Laws with Honours in 2006. In 2012 Helen was awarded a PhD in Law. Her PhD examined the construction of consent in Tasmanian sexual offences trials. She has been employed in various capacities during her years as both an undergraduate and a postgraduate at the Law Faculty. She is a lecturer in Criminal Law and Evidence Law, a post-doctoral research fellow engaged on two ARC funded projects examining public attitudes to sentencing and the Executive Officer of the Tasmania Law Reform Institute.


Teaching responsibility

LAW257 Criminal Law A (Police Studies)

LAW351 Criminal Law A

LAW352 Criminal Law B and Criminal Procedure

LAW422 Evidence

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Research Fields

  • Criminal Law and Procedure (180110)
  • Law (180199)
  • Criminology (160299)

Research Impact

  • Justice and the Law (940499)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)


Helen Cockburn, 'Sentencing of Adult Family Violence Offenders', Sentencing Advisory Council (Tas), Final Report No 5 (2015) [Contract Report].

Prichard, J and Matthews, A and Bruno, R and Rayment, K and Cockburn, H (2010) 'Detouring Civil Liberties? Drug-Driving Laws in Australia' 19(2) Griffith Law Review 330.

Total publications


Journal Article

(2 outputs)
2015Prichard P, Watters P, Krone T, Spiranovic CA, Cockburn HM, 'Social Media Sentiment Analysis: A New Empirical Tool for Assessing Public Opinion on Crime?', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 27, (2) pp. 217-236. ISSN 1034-5329 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Prichard P; Spiranovic CA

2010Prichard JP, Matthews AJ, Bruno RB, Rayment K, James HM, 'Detouring Civil Liberties? Drug-Driving Laws in Australia', Griffith Law Review, 19, (2) pp. 330-349. ISSN 1038-3441 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10383441.2010.10854679 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Prichard JP; Matthews AJ; Bruno RB; Rayment K


Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
2013Cockburn HM, 'Protecting the Anonymity of Victims of Sexual Crimes, Final Report', Tasmanian Law Reform Institute, Hobart, TLRI Final Report 19 (2013) [Consultants Report]

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