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Michael Stokes

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Room 1.01, Faculty of Law Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 2065 (phone)

+61 3 6226 7623 (fax)

Michael.Stokes@utas.edu.au

Achievements

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.

Additional Information

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.

Publications

  • 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

Web Access Research Portal (WARP)

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Research Fields

  • Law (180199)
  • Constitutional Law (180108)
  • Law and Legal Studies (189999)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (050204)
  • Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation (180122)
  • Civil Law and Procedure (180104)
  • Public Policy (160510)
  • Australian Government and Politics (160601)
  • Political Theory and Political Philosophy (160609)
  • Public Administration (160509)

Research Impact

  • Justice and the Law (940499)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (970117)
  • Civil Justice (940401)
  • Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards (960799)
  • Work and Institutional Development (940599)
  • Law Reform (940405)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies (970118)
  • Civics and Citizenship (940201)
  • Political Systems (940203)
  • Government and Politics (940299)
  • Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis (940204)
  • Cultural Understanding (959999)

Publications

Total publications

85

Highlighted publications

(9 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2007Journal ArticleStokes MD, 'The Interpretation of Legal Terms Used in the Definition of Commonwealth Powers', Federal Law Review, 35, (2) pp. 241-264. ISSN 0067-205X (2007) [Refereed Article]

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2007Journal ArticleStokes MD, 'Contested Concepts, General Terms and Constitutional Evolution', The Sydney Law Review, 29, (4) pp. 683-712. ISSN 0082-0512 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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2006Journal ArticleStokes MD, 'The Resignation of Richard Butler s the Governor of Tasmania', University of Tasmania Law Review, 23, (2) pp. 207-242. ISSN 0082-2108 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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2002ReviewStokes MD, 'Australian Constitutional Law - Foundations and Theory', Adelaide Law Review, 23, (1) pp. 155-67. (2002) [Substantial Review]

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2000Journal ArticleStokes MD, 'Legal Independence and Tests for Law', Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 25, (1) pp. 37-78. ISSN 1440-4982 (2000) [Refereed Article]

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2000ReviewStokes MD, 'Environment and Natural Resources: Development Control: Tasmania', The Laws of Australia, 14, (1) pp. 69-107. (2000) [Substantial Review]

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2000ReviewStokes MD, 'Environment and Natural Resources: Local Planning Schemes and Compensation: Tasmania', The Laws of Australia, 14, (1) pp. 189-222. (2000) [Substantial Review]

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2000ReviewStokes MD, 'Judicial Systems: Tasmania', Planning Law in Australia, 1, (1) pp. 6271-6292. (2000) [Substantial Review]

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1998Journal ArticleStokes MD, 'Are There Separate State Crowns?', Sydney Law Review, 20, (1) pp. 127-143. ISSN 0082-0512 (1998) [Refereed Article]

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Journal Article

(29 outputs)
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2015Stokes M, 'The role of negative implications in the interpretation of Commonwealth legislative powers', Melbourne University Law Review, 39, (1) pp. 175-229. ISSN 0025-8938 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2013Stokes MD, 'The Australian Journal of legal Philosophy', 38 pp. 171-182. ISSN 1440-4982 (2013) [Edited Journal]

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2013Stokes MD, 'Australian Journal of Legal Pilosophy', 39, (2) ISSN 1440-4982 (2013) [Edited Journal]

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2013Stokes MD, 'Meaning, Theory and the Interpretatation of Constitutional grants of power', Monash University Law Review, 39, (2) pp. 319-347. ISSN 0311-3140 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2012Stokes MD, 'Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy', 37, (2012) ISSN 1440-4982 (2012) [Edited Journal]

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2011Stokes M, 'Legal Issues arising from the Pulp Mill Permit issued under the Pulp Mill Assessment Act 2007 (Tasmania)', University of Tasmania Law Review, 30, (2) pp. 75-106. ISSN 0082-2108 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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2010Stokes MD, 'The role of the Governor when there is a hung Parliament: The 2010 Tasmanian experience', Public Law Review, 21, (4) pp. 227-231. ISSN 1034-3024 (2010) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2009Stokes MD, 'Journal of Law, Information and Science', 18 pp. 93. ISSN 0729-1485 (2009) [Edited Journal]

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2008Stokes MD, 'Journal of Law, Information & Science', 17 ISSN 0729-1485 (2008) [Edited Journal]

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2007Stokes MD, 'The Interpretation of Legal Terms Used in the Definition of Commonwealth Powers', Federal Law Review, 35, (2) pp. 241-264. ISSN 0067-205X (2007) [Refereed Article]

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2007Stokes MD, 'Contested Concepts, General Terms and Constitutional Evolution', The Sydney Law Review, 29, (4) pp. 683-712. ISSN 0082-0512 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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2006Stokes MD, 'The Resignation of Richard Butler s the Governor of Tasmania', University of Tasmania Law Review, 23, (2) pp. 207-242. ISSN 0082-2108 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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2005Stokes MD, 'Editorial', Journal of Law and Information Science, 14 pp. 5-6. ISSN 0729-1485 (2005) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2005Stokes MD, 'Journal of Law and Information Science', 15 ISSN 0729-1485 (2005) [Edited Journal]

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2005Stokes MD, 'Editorial', Journal of Law and Information Science, 15 pp. 5-6. ISSN 0729-1485 (2005) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2005Stokes MD, 'Journal of Law and Information Science', 14 ISSN 0729-1485 (2005) [Edited Journal]

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2005Stokes MD, 'Case Note - Prosecution of a Council for Failure to Enforce its Statutory Planning Scheme in Tasmania - Ellis (DPP) v Hobart City Council', Environmental Planning Law Journal, 22, (1) pp. 469-474. ISSN 0813-300X (2005) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2004Stokes MD, 'The resignation of Richard Butler - a Tasmanian fiasco', Alternative Law Journal, 29, (5) pp. 257. ISSN 1037-969X (2004) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2004Stokes MD, 'Journal of Law and Information Science', 13, (1) ISSN 0729-1485 (2004) [Edited Journal]

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2003Stokes MD, 'Journal of Law and Information Science', 12, (2) pp. 290. ISSN 0729-1485 (2003) [Edited Journal]

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2000Stokes MD, 'Legal Independence and Tests for Law', Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 25, (1) pp. 37-78. ISSN 1440-4982 (2000) [Refereed Article]

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2000Stokes MD, 'The Journal of Law and Information Science (1)', 11, (1) pp. 1-151. ISSN 0729-1485 (2000) [Edited Journal]

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2000Stokes MD, 'The Journal of Law and Information Science (2)', 11, (2) pp. 152-280. ISSN 0729-1485 (2000) [Edited Journal]

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1999Stokes MD, 'Journal of Law and Information Science', 10, (1) pp. 1-121. ISSN 0729-1485 (1999) [Edited Journal]

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1999Stokes MD, 'Journal of Law and Information Science', 10, (2) pp. 121-231. ISSN 0729-1485 (1999) [Edited Journal]

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1998Stokes MD, 'Are There Separate State Crowns?', Sydney Law Review, 20, (1) pp. 127-143. ISSN 0082-0512 (1998) [Refereed Article]

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1997Stokes MD, Clark E, Kaye SB, 'Journal of Law and Information Science', 8, (1) pp. 1-169. ISSN 0729-1485 (1997) [Edited Journal]

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1997Stokes MD, Clark E, Kaye SB, 'Journal of Law and Information Science', 8, (2) pp. 170-354. ISSN 0729-1485 (1997) [Edited Journal]

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Co-authors: Kaye SB

1996Stokes MD, 'Asking the Law Question', Sydney Law Review, 18 pp. 401-409. ISSN 0082-0512 (1996) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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Chapter in Book

(7 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2011Stokes MD, 'Environmental Assessment in Tasmania: the Resource Management and Planning System', Pulp Friction in Tasmania, Pencil Pine Press, F. Gale (ed), Launceston, pp. 101-132. ISBN 9780646545783 (2011) [Other Book Chapter]

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2011Stokes MD, 'The Validity of the Pulp Mill Permit', Pulp Friction in Tasmania, Pencil Pine Press, F. Gale (ed), Launceston, pp. 264-284. ISBN 9780646545783 (2011) [Other Book Chapter]

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2010Macintosh A, Stokes MD, 'Tasmania and the Gunns Pulp Mill', Mills, Mines and Other Controversies: The Environmental Assessment of Major Projects, Federation Press, Bonyhady, T and Macintosh, A (ed), Sydney, pp. 16-59. ISBN 9781862877573 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]

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2008Stokes MD, 'Planning Systems - Tasmania ', Planning Law in Australia, LBD Information Services, McLeod (ed), Sydney, pp. 6-1-22. ISBN 0455214964 (2008) [Revised Book Chapter]

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2008Stokes MD, 'Judicial Systems - Tasmania', Planning Law in Australia, LBD Information Services, McLeod (ed), Sydney, pp. 15-1-22. ISBN 0455214964 (2008) [Revised Book Chapter]

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2008Stokes MD, 'Environmental Law in Tasmania - Clearing and Conservation Policies', Planning Law in Australia, LBD Information Services, McLeod (ed), Sydney, pp. 51-65. ISBN 0455214964 (2008) [Other Book Chapter]

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2008Stokes MD, 'Environmental Law in Tasmania - Contaminated Sites', Planning Law in Australia, LBD Information Services, McLeod (ed), Sydney, pp. 101-110. ISBN 0455214964 (2008) [Other Book Chapter]

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Review

(38 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Stokes MD, 'Bills of Rights and the Right to Participate in Politics', Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 38 pp. 171-182. ISSN 1440-4982 (2013) [Review Single Work]

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2006Stokes MD, 'Case Summaries - Judicial Systems', Planning Law in Australia, 47, (1) pp. 1147-117, 119, 121-123, 125, 127. (2006) [Review Single Work]

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2006Stokes MD, 'Case Summaries - Heritage', Planning Law in Australia, 47, (1) pp. 65-67. (2006) [Review Single Work]

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2006Stokes MD, 'Case Digest - Judicial Systems', Planning Law in Australia, 47, (1) pp. 67. (2006) [Review Single Work]

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2006Stokes MD, 'Case Summaries - The Planning Systems', Planning Law in Australia, 47, (1) pp. 187-191, 4109, 4111, 5119, 6167-6172.1, . (2006) [Review Single Work]

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2005Stokes MD, 'Chapter 15 - Judicial Systems', Planning Law in Australia, 2005, (1) pp. 69-74. (2005) [Review Single Work]

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2005Stokes MD, 'Chapter 26A - Development', Planning Law in Australia, 2005, (1) pp. 13051-2. (2005) [Review Single Work]

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2005Stokes MD, 'Chapter 27 - Dwelling', Planning Law in Australia, 2005, (1) pp. 7111-2, 8123-6, 10119-121; 11159-11163; . (2005) [Review Single Work]

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2005Stokes MD, 'Chapter 28 - Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal', Planning Law in Australia, 2005, (1) pp. 113-129. (2005) [Review Single Work]

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2005Stokes MD, 'Chapter 31 - Appeals (Tas) Courts and Tribunals with environment jurisdiction', Planning Law in Australia, 2005, (1) pp. 67-68. (2005) [Review Single Work]

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2004Stokes MD, 'Chapter 6 - Planning Systems - Tasmania', Planning Law in Australia, 1 pp. 6-53 -4; 69-73. (2004) [Review Single Work]

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2004Stokes MD, 'Chapter 15 Judicial Systems - Tasmania ', Planning Law in Australia, 1 pp. 15-61-73. (2004) [Review Single Work]

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2004Stokes MD, 'Chapter 26A Development - Tasmania ', Planning Law in Australia, 1 pp. 2053-6, 10051-2, 12051-2, 12551-2. (2004) [Review Single Work]

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2004Stokes MD, 'Reasons', Planning Law in Australia pp. 28-119-20-123. (2004) [Other Review]

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2004Stokes MD, 'Safety', Planning Law in Australia pp. 28-124. (2004) [Other Review]

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2004Stokes MD, 'Powers of the Tribunal', Planning Law in Australia pp. 28-122. (2004) [Other Review]

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2004Stokes MD, 'Costs', Planning Law in Australia pp. 28-112 119. (2004) [Other Review]

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2004Stokes MD, 'State policy - validity', Planning Law in Australia pp. 27-12108-10. (2004) [Other Review]

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2004Stokes MD, 'Discretionary matters - demolition', Planning Law in Australia pp. 27-1017-20. (2004) [Other Review]

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2004Stokes MD, 'Enforcement', Planning Law in Australia pp. 27-9105. (2004) [Other Review]

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2004Stokes MD, 'Classification and discretion', Planning Law in Australia pp. 27-9104. (2004) [Other Review]

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2004Stokes MD, 'Compensation', Planning Law in Australia pp. 27-8121. (2004) [Other Review]

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2004Stokes MD, 'Conditions', Planning Law in Australia pp. 27-6167-71. (2004) [Other Review]

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2004Stokes MD, 'Adequacy of application', Planning Law in Australia pp. 27-5113-6. (2004) [Other Review]

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2004Stokes MD, 'Interpretation', Planning Law in Australia pp. 27-11159. (2004) [Other Review]

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2004Stokes MD, 'Visual Impact', Planning Law in Australia pp. 27-186. (2004) [Other Review]

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2004Stokes MD, 'Interpretation - signs', Planning Law in Australia pp. 27-11161. (2004) [Other Review]

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2004Stokes MD, 'Anxiety of residents - gun collection', Planning Law in Australia pp. 27-186. (2004) [Other Review]

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2004Stokes MD, 'Changes to Draft Amendments', Planning Law in Australia pp. 27-11158. (2004) [Other Review]

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2003Stokes MD, 'Resource Planning and Development System of Tasmania', Planning Law in Australia, 1 pp. 24 pp. (2003) [Substantial Review]

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2002Stokes MD, 'Australian Constitutional Law - Foundations and Theory', Adelaide Law Review, 23, (1) pp. 155-67. (2002) [Substantial Review]

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2001Stokes MD, 'Major Infrastructure Development Approvals Act 1999', Planning Law in Australia, 1, (1) pp. 4516-4521. (2001) [Review Single Work]

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2001Stokes MD, 'Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal - Costs', Planning Law in Australia, 1, (1) pp. 51,134-136. (2001) [Review Single Work]

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2001Stokes MD, 'Planning Scheme - Interpretatio of Planning Instrument - heritage protection', Planning Law in Australia, 1, (1) pp. 50819-21. (2001) [Review Single Work]

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2000Stokes MD, 'Environment and Natural Resources: Development Control: Tasmania', The Laws of Australia, 14, (1) pp. 69-107. (2000) [Substantial Review]

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2000Stokes MD, 'Environment and Natural Resources: Local Planning Schemes and Compensation: Tasmania', The Laws of Australia, 14, (1) pp. 189-222. (2000) [Substantial Review]

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2000Stokes MD, 'Planning Systems: Tasmania', Planning Law in Australia, 1, (1) pp. 4511-4676. (2000) [Substantial Review]

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2000Stokes MD, 'Judicial Systems: Tasmania', Planning Law in Australia, 1, (1) pp. 6271-6292. (2000) [Substantial Review]

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Conference Publication

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2005Stokes MD, 'The Tort of Seduction? Law and the Devaluation of Human Relations', ALTA NZ 2005 - Conference Handbook, 5 - 8 July 2005, New Zealand EJ (2005) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2003Stokes MD, 'The Dam Case, Commonwealth v Tasmania', Australasian Law Teachers' Association Conference, July, Brisbane, pp. 30. (2003) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2000Stokes MD, 'Reticence and Fundamental Constitutional Compromise', Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 13-14 August 1999, Sydney, pp. 125-130. ISSN 1440-4982 (2000) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Other Public Output

(8 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2007Atkins KM, Coady DA, Crowley CM, Gale F, Henning T, et al., 'Academics lash Lennon 'ethics'', The Mercury, Davies Brothers (News Limited), Hobart, March 24 (2007) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Atkins KM; Coady DA; Crowley CM; Gale F; Henning T; Lawrence PM; Lockwood M; Malpas J; Snell RD; Stamm M; Stratford E; Warner CA; White RD

2006Stokes MD, Duncan R, Hay PR, Bevilacqua S, 'Planning umpires under constraint', Sunday Tasmanian, Davies Brothers (News Limited), Hobart, September 3 (2006) [Media Interview]

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2004Stokes MD, 'Constitutional issues need to be clarified', Constitutional issues need to be clarified, The Examiner, Launceston, 1, 12 August (2004) [Newspaper Article]

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1998Stokes MD, 'Parliamentary Reform', The Mercury, The Mercury, Hobart, 28/07/98 (1998) [Newspaper Article]

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1997Stokes MD, 'The Future Role and Function of the Legislative Council and Outline of Reforms Suggested to Enable it to Perform the Proposed Role and Functions in a Better Way', Legislative Council Select Committee on the Operation of the Legislative Council: Discussion Brief, Parliament of Tasmania, Hobart, 1, 1 (1997) [Report of Restricted Access]

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1997Stokes MD, 'Sovereign Shenanigans', The Mercury, Hobart, 22/10/97 (1997) [Media Interview]

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1995Stokes MD, 'Draining Lake Pedder', The Mercury, The Mercury, Hobart, 21 Feb 1995 (1995) [Newspaper Article]

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1995Stokes MD, 'Evidence to Senate Legal and Constitutional References Committee on Treaties and the External Affairs Power', Official Hansard Report of the Senate Legal and Constitutional References Committee (Reference: Treaties and the External Affairs Power), Hansard, Canberra, 1995, 22/05/95 (1995) [Report of Restricted Access]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

1

Total funding

$7,335

Projects

Tasmanian Constitutional Law Reform Initiative (2015)$7,335
Description
This application is for foundational research needed to inform a Tasmanian constitutional law reform project. The Tasmanian' Constitution' Act 1934 (the Constitution) is, ostensibly, the fundamental law of the state and the source of rules for its legal governance. However, Tasmanias Constitution is extremely limited in this respect. It is a largely skeletal document, which does not fully describe the constitution of the state or its legal and governance system. A number of its provisions have been repealed without replacement, or are insufficiently specific about important matters of Law and government. This has resulted in constitutional uncertainties and culminated in constitutional crises. Equally concerning is a general lack of awareness of, and engagement with, the Constitution amongst the legal and general community. That is probably not least because the constitution fails to articulate any clear statement about the shared heritage, values and priorities that Tasmanians consider important guides toGood government in the state.
Funding
Law Foundation of Tasmania ($7,335)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Gogarty B; Henning T; Hilkemeijer A; Sealy L; Stokes MD
Year
2015

Research Supervision

Current

1

Completed

4

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDThe Human Right to Water and Freshwater Pollution2013

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDA Law Unto Themselves? Australian Regulation of Forestry Operations
Candidate: Thomas Ian Baxter
2014
MastersConsent and Loyalty as Bases of Legitimate Political Authority
Candidate: Jason Grant Allen
2013
MastersAn Historical and Contemporaneous Analysis of Patenting of Methods of Medical Treatment of Human Beings in Australia and Overseas
Candidate: Oksana Mitnovetski
2008
PhDAdd women and stir: the applicability of the theories of distributive justice of Rawls and Dworkin to social, political and economic equality for women
Candidate: Sandra S Berns
1991