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Helen Cockburn

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Helen Cockburn

Coordinator of Police Studies, Lecturer in Criminal Law and Evidence

Room 2.16, Faculty of Law Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 2072 (phone)

+61 3 6226 7623 (fax)

Helen.Cockburn@utas.edu.au

Biography

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. As a post-doctoral Research Fellow she was engaged on several ARC grant projects examining public attitudes to sentencing by the Higher Courts. She also worked for a number of years as the Executive Officer and Research Fellow at the Tasmania Law Reform Institute. She is the co-ordinator of Police Studies at the Faculty and lectures in Criminal Law and Evidence Law. She has a continuing interest and engagement with law reform issues particularly in the areas of sexual and family violence and access to justice.

Teaching

Teaching responsibility

LAW257 Criminal Law A (Police Studies)

LAW351 Criminal Law A

LAW352 Criminal Law B and Criminal Procedure

LAW422 Evidence

LAW260 Advanced Law for Police Officers

Bachelor of Arts with Professional Honours (LAW708 Prosecution Practice)

Bachelor of Arts with Professional Honours (LAW478 Investigative Practice)

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Fields of Research

  • Criminal Law and Procedure (180110)
  • Courts and Sentencing (160203)
  • Access to Justice (180102)
  • Law (180199)
  • Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation (160202)
  • Causes and Prevention of Crime (160201)
  • Criminology (160299)

Research Objectives

  • Justice and the Law (940499)
  • Criminal Justice (940403)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies (970118)
  • Legislation, Civil and Criminal Codes (940407)
  • Law Enforcement (940404)
  • Crime Prevention (940402)
  • Rehabilitation and Correctional Services (940408)
  • Law Reform (940405)
  • Legal Processes (940406)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Ability and Disability (940101)

Publications

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

22

Journal Article

(9 outputs)
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2018Warner K, Davis J, Freiberg A, Spriranovic C, Cockburn H, 'Aggravating and mitigating factors in sentencing: Comparing the views of judges and jurors', The Australian Law Journal ISSN 0004-9611 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Warner K; Spriranovic C

2017Warner K, Davis J, Cockburn H, 'The purposes of punishment: how do judges apply a legislative statement of sentencing purposes?', Criminal Law Journal, 41 pp. 69-85. ISSN 0314-1160 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2017Warner K, Davis J, Cockburn H, 'The purposes of punishment: how do judges apply a legislative statement of sentencing purposes', Criminal Law Journal, 41, (2) pp. 69-85. ISSN 0314-1160 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Warner K

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2017Warner K, Davis J, Spiranovic C, Cockburn H, Freiberg A, 'Measuring jurors' views on sentencing: Results from the second Australian jury sentencing study', Punishment and Society, 19, (2) pp. 180-202. ISSN 1462-4745 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1462474516660697 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Warner K; Spiranovic C

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2017Warner K, Davis J, Spiranovic C, Cockburn H, Freiberg A, 'Why sentence? Comparing the views of jurors, judges and the legislature on the purposes of sentencing in Victoria, Australia', Criminology & Criminal Justice pp. 1-17. ISSN 1748-8966 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1748895817738557 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Warner K; Spiranovic C

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2017Warner K, Davis J, Spiranovic C, Cockburn H, Freiberg A, 'Why sentence? Comparing the views of jurors, judges and the legislature on the purposes of sentencing in Victoria, Australia', Criminology & Criminal Justice pp. 1-19. ISSN 1748-8966 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1748895817738557 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Spiranovic C

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2015Prichard P, Watters P, Krone T, Spiranovic C, 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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Citations: Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Prichard P; Spiranovic C

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2015Spiranovic C, Cockburn H, Bartels LM, Julian R, 'Outcome measures for evaluating the efficacy of juvenile justice programs', Victoria University Law and Justice Journal, 5, (1) pp. 23-33. ISSN 2202-7912 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Spiranovic C; Bartels LM; Julian R

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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]

Citations: Scopus - 2

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

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Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Blackwood JB, Warner K, Bradfield R, Cockburn H, Newey B, et al., 'Tasmanian Criminal Law: Text and Cases', University of Tasmania Law Press, Hobart, pp. 533. ISBN 085901701X (2015) [Authored Other Book]

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Co-authors: Warner K; Bradfield R; Newey B; Prichard JP

2015Blackwood JB, Warner K, Bradfield R, Cockburn H, Newey B, et al., 'Tasmanian Criminal Law: Text and Cases', University of Tasmania Law Press, Hobart, pp. 1055. ISBN 085901701X (2015) [Authored Other Book]

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Co-authors: Warner K; Bradfield R; Newey B; Prichard JP

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(8 outputs)
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2018Richards D, Cockburn H, Wood H, Henning T, Newey B, 'Consensual Assault Final Report 25', Tasmanian Attorney-General's Department, Tasmania, May 2018 (2018) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Richards D; Henning T; Newey B

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2017Cockburn H, Henning T, Newey B, Richards D, 'Consensual Assault', Tasmania Law Reform Institute, Australia, Issues Paper No. 24 (2017) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Henning T; Newey B; Richards D

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2017Ketelaar-Jones Taya, Cockburn H, Barns G, Henning T, 'A comparative review of national legislation for the indefinite detention of Dangerous Criminals', Tasmanian Law Reform Institute Research Paper No 4', Tasmanian Attorney-General's Departmen, Tasmania, July (2017) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Ketelaar-Jones Taya; Barns G; Henning T

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2015Bradfield RJ, Henning T, Prichard J, Cockburn H, 'Review of the Law Relating to Self-defence: Tasmania Law Reform Institute Final Report No 20', Tasmanian Attorney-General's Department, Tasmania, October (2015) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Bradfield RJ; Henning T; Prichard J

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2015Cockburn H, 'Sentencing of Adult Family Violence Offenders: Sentencing Advisory Council Final Report No 5', Tasmanian Attorney-General's Department, Hobart, Tasmania, October (2015) [Contract Report]

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2014Bradfield RJ, Henning T, Prichard J, Cockburn H, 'Review of the Law Relating to Self-defence: Tasmania Law Reform Institute Issues Paper No 20', Tasmanian Attorney-General's Department, Tasmania, November (2014) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Bradfield RJ; Henning T; Prichard J

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2013Cockburn H, Zdenkowski G, Warner K, 'Protecting the Anonymity of Victims of Sexual Crimes: Tasmania Law Reform Institute Final Report No 19', Tasmanian Attorney-General's Department, Hobart, Tasmania, November (2013) [Consultants Report]

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Co-authors: Zdenkowski G; Warner K

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2012Warner K, Cockburn H, Shirley P, Rudolf J, 'Sexual Offences Against Young People: Tasmania Law Reform Institute Final Report No 18', Tasmanian Attorney-General's Department, Hobart, Tasmania, October (2012) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Warner K; Shirley P; Rudolf J

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Other Public Output

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Cockburn H, 'Glass v Tasmania', Tasmanian Reports 466, Supreme Court of Tasmania, Australia, 22 (2015) [Report of Restricted Access]

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2013Cockburn H, 'Director of Public Prosecutions v Harris', Tasmanian Reports, Supreme Court of Tasmania, Australia, 22, pp. 448-465. (2013) [Report of Restricted Access]

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2013Cockburn H, 'Director of Public Prosecutions V Shaw', Tasmanian Reports 424, Supreme Court of Tasmania, Australia, 22 (2013) [Report of Restricted Access]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

7

Total funding

$1,647,568

Projects

The PIPA Project - Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent Violence in the Home (AVITH) (2017)$168,221
Description
The PIPA Project aims to strengthen evidence of the prevalence of AVITH representation within the youth justice system, informing understanding of the extent to which AVITH is widespread; its intersection with other forms of juvenile offending; the communities which are most affected; and the responses with which it is being met. The overarching aim of the PIPA Project is to understand the prevalence of AVITH representation in police, youth justice and court responses, contributing to an evidence base which can then support the development and delivery of an integrated response framework which is considered and consistent, and which also functions as positive intervention in the lives of adolescents and their families.
Funding
Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Ltd ($168,221)
Scheme
Grant-Perpetrator Interventions Research Stream
Administered By
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University
Research Team
Hulls R; Campbell E; Howard J; Cockburn HM
Year
2017
Review of the defence of insanity in s 16 of the Criminal Code and fitness to plead (2017)$87,171
Description
The project has two objectives. It will review the operation of the law of insanity in Tasmania with particular reference to:The operation of s 16(3) of the Criminal Code;Whether evidence of insane delusions arising from mental illness should form the basis of claims self-defence;If insane delusions arising from mental illness form the basis of self-defence claims, whether defendants relying on insane delusions to establish self-defence should be liable to supervision under the Criminal Justice (Mental Impairment) Act 1999; andIf insane delusions arising from mental illness form the basis of self-defence, whether the Criminal Justice (Mental Impairment) Act 1999 requires amendment in relation to treatment options for such defendants.The project will also examine the operation of the Criminal Justice (Mental Impairment) Act 1999 and, in particular, consider whether:The process of determining fitness to stand trial or establishing the defence of insanity (as currently governed by the Criminal Code) can be improved; andThe operation of Part 4 of the Criminal Justice (Mental Impairment) Act 1999 including in relation to discharge and review of forensic and treatment orders and whether there is a need for step down provisions.
Funding
Department of Justice Tasmania ($87,171)
Scheme
Grant-Solicitors Guarantee Fund
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Henning T; Bradfield RJ; Cockburn HM; Mawad RJ
Year
2017
Responding to the Problem of Recidivist Drink Drivers (2016)$14,214
Description
The project aims to develop a profile of recidivist drink driving offenders in Tasmania. Construction of the profile is a component of a larger project, which is examining ways to respond more effectively to the problem of repeat drink drivers.
Funding
MAIB Injury Prevention & Management Foundation ($14,214)
Scheme
Grant-IPMF
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Henning T; Bartkowiak-Theron IMF; Cockburn HM
Year
2016
The use of intermediaries to obtain the best evidence from children and other vulnerable witnesses testifying in criminal trials. (2016)$16,481
Description
The project will examine the feasibility of instituting an expert intermediary scheme as a special measure for the reception of evidence from children and witnesses with cognitive impairments.
Funding
Department of Justice Tasmania ($16,481)
Scheme
Grant-Solicitors Guarantee Fund
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Henning T; Cockburn HM; Mawad RJ
Year
2016
Responding to the problem of recidivist drink drivers: Is the Court Mandated Diversion framework the answer? (2016)$16,481
Description
The project will review the existing options available to Tasmanian courts in sentencing recidivist drink drivers.
Funding
Department of Justice Tasmania ($16,481)
Scheme
Grant-Solicitors Guarantee Fund
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Henning T; Cockburn HM
Year
2016
Review of the Guardianship and Administration Act 1995 (2016)$120,000
Description
The Institute is to review the Guardianship and Administration Act 1995 (Tas) and report on the need for or desirability of changes to the Act.
Funding
Department of Justice Tasmania ($120,000)
Scheme
Grant-Solicitors Guarantee Fund
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Henning T; Cockburn HM; Mawad RJ
Year
2016
Tasmanian Law Reform Institute (2001 - 2018)$1,225,000
Funding
Department of Premier and Cabinet ($1,025,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Henning T; Cockburn HM
Period
2001 - 2018

Research Supervision

Current

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDConceptualising Family Violence: The implications of Tasmanian and Victorian legislative responses for effective sentencing practices2016
PhDInternet Users Perceptions of Child Exploitation Material: Lessons for prevention2016