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Rick Snell

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Rick Snell

Senior Lecturer - Deputy Dean/ Deputy Head of School

Room 2.09, Faculty of Law Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 2062 (phone)

+61 3 6226 7623 (fax)

R.Snell@utas.edu.au

Career summary

Biography

Rick Snell is a senior lecturer in law at the University of Tasmania. His research, ideas and teaching have been influential within Australia and internationally. After joining the Law School he quickly built an international reputation in the area of Freedom of Information and within six years was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award and was profiled as one of the 48 Australian academics with exemplary or noteworthy approaches to teaching (Ballantyne et al Reflecting on University Teaching Academics Stories 1997). Since that time he has developed a growing reputation in the area of Ombudsman studies.

Rick was formerly a member of the Tasmanian Administrate Review Advisory Council which advises the Tasmanian Attorney-General on Administrative Law matters. He was an elected and active member of the governing Council of the University of Tasmania from 2003-2006.

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Rick is a University of Tasmania Teaching Excellence Award winner and received a 2008 National Citation for Teaching but more importantly he loves to teach. Teaching and research are intertwined, or concomitant, elements of his professional life. He strives to link teaching and research, and build upon those links, to aim for what the former vice-chancellor of Wollongong University Ken McKinnon described as a spiral of quality a continuous cycle of planning, acting, observing and reflecting.

As a teacher he is inclusive, people orientated and has a passion to search out, test and pass on knowledge whether it be from a lectern, the pages of a journal or an on-line opinion piece. For students, experts and the community he tries to act as a bridge or conduit between research, ideas, public law values and the needs of citizens.

Rick Snell has recently been awarded the following teaching prizes:

  • 2008 Australian National Citation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • 2009 UTAS Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2009 Lexis Nexis Australasian Law Teacher of the Year for Excellence in Teaching and Innovation

Teaching responsibility

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Research Fields

  • Law (180199)
  • Law and Legal Studies (189999)
  • Constitutional Law (180108)
  • Administrative Law (180103)
  • International Law (excl. International Trade Law) (180116)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (050204)
  • Criminal Law and Procedure (180110)
  • Conflict of Laws (Private International Law) (180107)
  • Education (139999)

Research Impact

  • Justice and the Law (940499)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (970117)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Hydro-Electric Energy (850503)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies (970118)
  • Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards (960799)
  • Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis (940204)
  • Work and Institutional Development (940599)

Publications

Total publications

45

Highlighted publications

(4 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2006Journal ArticleSnell RD, 'Freedom of Information Practices', AGENDA, 13, (4) pp. 291-307. ISSN 1322-1833 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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2002Chapter in BookRicketson M, Snell RD, 'FOI: threatened by governments, underused by journalists - still a sharp tool', Journalism Investigation & Research, Longman, S Tanner (ed), Sydney, pp. 150-164. ISBN 0-7339-9931-X (2002) [Research Book Chapter]

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2002Journal ArticleSnell RD, 'FoI and the Delivery of Diminishing Returns, or How Spin Doctors and Journalists have Mistreated a Volatile Reform', The Drawing Board Journal , 2, (3) pp. 187-207. ISSN 1443-8607 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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2001Journal ArticleSnell RD, 'Freedom of Information: The Experience of the Australian States - An Epiphany?', Federal Law Review, 29, (3) pp. 343-358. ISSN 0067-205X (2001) [Refereed Article]

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Journal Article

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2015Snell R, MacDonald R, 'Customising Freedom of Information Law Reform in South Pacific Micro-States', The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 104, (6) pp. 687-701. ISSN 0035-8533 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/00358533.2015.1112099 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: MacDonald R

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2007Snell RD, Sebina P, 'Information Flows: The real art of Information Management and Freedom of Information', Archives and Manuscripts: The Journal of the Australian Society of Archivists, 35, (1) pp. 54-82. ISSN 0157-6895 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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2006Snell RD, 'Freedom of Information Practices', AGENDA, 13, (4) pp. 291-307. ISSN 1322-1833 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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2002Snell RD, 'FoI and the Delivery of Diminishing Returns, or How Spin Doctors and Journalists have Mistreated a Volatile Reform', The Drawing Board Journal , 2, (3) pp. 187-207. ISSN 1443-8607 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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2001Snell RD, 'Freedom of Information: The Experience of the Australian States - An Epiphany?', Federal Law Review, 29, (3) pp. 343-358. ISSN 0067-205X (2001) [Refereed Article]

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2000Snell RD, 'The Kiwi Paradox - A Comparison of Freedom of Information in Australia and New Zealand', Federal Law Review, 28, (3) pp. 575-616. ISSN 0067-205X (2000) [Refereed Article]

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2000Snell RD, Townley H, Vance DJ, 'The Tasmanian Subordinate Legislation Committee - Lifting the Scrutiny Veil by Degrees', Deakin Law Review, 4, (2) pp. 1-38. ISSN 1321-3660 (2000) [Refereed Article]

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1999Snell RD, Langston ER, 'Who Needs FOI When Market Mechanisms Will Deliver Accountability on Demand? A Critical Evaluation Of The Relationship Between Freedom of Information and Government Business Enterprises'', The Flinders Journal of Law Reform, 3, (2) pp. 215-246. ISSN 1325-3387 (1999) [Refereed Article]

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1998Snell RD, 'A Spiral of Quality: Some Reflective and Personal Thoughts About Changing University Teaching Practices', International Journal of University Teaching and Learning, 1, (1) pp. 1-11. (1998) [Refereed Article]

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1997Griggs LD, Snell RD, 'The Teaching and Curriculum of Property Law in Australian Law Schools', Australian Property Law Journal, 5, (2-3) pp. 213-226. ISSN 1038-5959 (1997) [Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Griggs LD

1997Snell RD, Sheridan HE, 'Freedom of Information and the Tasmanian Ombudsman, 1993-1996', University of Tasmania Law Review, 16, (2) pp. 107-159. ISSN 0082-2108 (1997) [Refereed Article]

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1995Snell RD, 'The torchlight states to glow a little brighter: Interpretation of Freedom of Information Legislation Revisited', Australian Journal of Administrative Law, 2, (4) pp. 197-216. ISSN 1320-7105 (1995) [Non Refereed Article]

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1995Snell RD, 'The Tasmanian Caveat Board: An Overview of a Key Colonial Tribunal 1835-1859', Tasmanian Historical Research Association. Papers and Proceedings, 42, (4) pp. 192-213. ISSN 0039-9809 (1995) [Non Refereed Article]

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1995Snell RD, 'The Ballad of Frank and Candour: Trying to Shake the Secrecy Blues From the Heart of Government', Freedom of Information Review , (57) pp. 34-37. ISSN 0817-3532 (1995) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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1995Snell RD, 'Journey From the Comfort Zone: A Few Steps Towards Open Government', Freedom of Information Review, (55) pp. 3-7. ISSN 0817-3532 (1995) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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1995Snell RD, 'Kioa to Teoh: Ten Years After - Right Location - Wrong Track', Alternative Law Journal, 20, (3) pp. 136-137. ISSN 1037-969X (1995) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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1995Snell RD, 'The Ombudsman Strikes Back', Freedom of Information Review, (55) pp. 2-3. ISSN 0817-3532 (1995) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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1995Snell RD, Sheridan HE, 'ALRC/ARC Discussion Paper 59 - A Few Significant Steps Towards Open Government', Freedom of Information Review, (60) pp. 90-96. ISSN 0817-3532 (1995) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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1995Snell RD, Townley H, 'Freedom of Information and Administration of Education', The Principal Handbook Series, 1 pp. 48-54. (1995) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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1993Henning T, Snell R, 'The APPM Strike: An Exercise in Police Discretion; A Poor Example of Judicial Oversight', The Bond Law Review ISSN 1033-4505 (1993) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Henning T

Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
1997Snell RD, 'The Role of the University Visitor: A Symposium', University of Tasmania Law Press, Hobart, pp. 67. ISBN 1038-1627-(ISSN) (1997) [Edited Book]

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Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2007Snell RD, 'Australian Ombudsman: A continual work in progress', Australian Administrative Law, Cambridge University Press, Matthew Groves and HP Lee (ed), Cambridge, pp. 100-115. ISBN 978-0-521-69790-3 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]

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2002Ricketson M, Snell RD, 'FOI: threatened by governments, underused by journalists - still a sharp tool', Journalism Investigation & Research, Longman, S Tanner (ed), Sydney, pp. 150-164. ISBN 0-7339-9931-X (2002) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2009Snell RD, Clark E, Meyers GD, 'Team teaching, real world experts, and student reflection: teaching and learning pedagogy in the UTAS Introduction to Law course', Partnerships for learning: On campus and beyond, 26 November 2009, Hobart, pp. 12. (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Clark E; Meyers GD

1999Snell RD, 'Rethinking Administrative Law: A Redundancy Package for Freedom of Information', Administrative Law and the Rule of Law: Still Part of the Same Package?, June 1998, Melbourne, pp. 84-108. ISBN 0 9585312 2 6 (1999) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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1999Snell RD, 'Administrative Compliance and Freedom of Information in Three Jurisdictions: Australia, Canada and New Zealand', Freedom of Information - One Year On, 23 April 1999, Dublin, pp. 1-8. (1999) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1995Snell RD, 'Adverse Possession in Tasmania: A Response to the 1994 Law Reform Discussion Paper', Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference, Hobart, pp. 1566-1571. (1995) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Other Public Output

(18 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; Stamm M; Stokes MD; Stratford E; Warner CA; White RD

2007Snell RD, 'China joins stampede as the leader falls flat', Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 25/01/2007 (2007) [Newspaper Article]

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2007Snell RD, 'An open-and-shut case of Tasmanian devilry', Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 18/01/2007 (2007) [Newspaper Article]

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2007Snell RD, 'The truth is out there: in Wellington, not Canberra', Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 11/01/2007 (2007) [Newspaper Article]

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2007Snell RD, 'Three quick steps to bring FOI laws into the age of enlightenment', The Australian, The Australian, NSW, 28/09/2008 (2007) [Newspaper Article]

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2007Snell RD, Herr RA, Duncan R, Bevilaqua S, 'Secret Hydro Tactic: Documents reveal plot to 'influence' own watchdog', Sunday Tasmanian, Davies Brothers (News Limited) , Hobart, February 18 (2007) [Media Interview]

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Co-authors: Herr RA; Duncan R

2007Snell RD, 'Lesson for Canberra in neighbour's attitude', Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 23/08/2007 (2007) [Newspaper Article]

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2006Snell RD, 'Secrets under scrutiny', The Mercury, The Mercury, Hobart, 01/09/2006 (2006) [Newspaper Article]

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2004Snell RD, 'Keeping informed a tricky business', The Mercury, The Mercury, Hobart, 05/08/2004 (2004) [Newspaper Article]

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2004Snell RD, 'Reclaim the public interest high ground', The Mercury, The Mercury, Hobart, 22/07/2004 (2004) [Newspaper Article]

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2004Snell RD, 'Information law needs a light hand', The Courier Mail, The Courier Mail, Brisbane, 15/07/2004 (2004) [Newspaper Article]

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2003Snell RD, 'Off the info age pace', The Mercury, The Mercury, Hobart, 04/06/2003 (2003) [Newspaper Article]

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1999Snell RD, 'Freedom of Information in the 1990s', Radio National, Terry Lane, Radio National, Aust - Radio National 22 August 1999 (20 mins), 1 (1999) [Media Interview]

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1999Snell RD, 'FOI laws need rejuvenating, not scrapping', The Age, Fairfax, Melbourne, 1 February 1999 (1999) [Newspaper Article]

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1999Snell RD, Cheah M, 'Independence in substance, and not just name: The value of a seperate Parlimentary committee to oversee, and a seperate appropriation act to fund, the Ombudsman's office', Independence in substance, and not just name: The value of a seperate Parlimentary committee to oversee, and a seperate appropriation act to fund, the Ombudsman's office, Joint Select Committee (Tas) inquiring into the Working Arrangements of the Parliment, Hobart, 1, 1 (1999) [Report of Restricted Access]

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1999Snell RD, Walker PM, 'Designing for access to information rather than fighting for freedom of information', Designing for access to information rather than fighting for freedom of information, Queensland Legal, Constitutional and Administrative Review Committee on the Freedom of Information Act, Brisbane, 1, 1 (1999) [Report of Restricted Access]

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1995Snell RD, 'The Walls of Jericho: Under Threat From Paper Swords', The Walls of Jericho: Under Threat From Paper Swords, Legislative Council Select Committee on Freedom of Information (Tas), Legislative Council, Tasmanian Parliament (1995) [Report of Restricted Access]

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1995Snell RD, Sheridan HE, 'Response to DP 59', Response to DP 59, Australian Law Reform Commission, Point Lonsdale, Victoria (1995) [Report of Restricted Access]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

5

Total funding

$116,875

Projects

Freedom of Information Policy for the Government of Tonga (2011)$50,000
Funding
Commonwealth Secretariat ($50,000)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Snell RD
Year
2011
Development of a Royal Government of Cambodia Policy Paper on Access to Government Information (2007)$44,272
Funding
Pact Cambodia ($44,272)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Snell RD
Year
2007
Cambodia Workshop on Access to Government Information (2007)$6,103
Funding
Pact Cambodia ($6,103)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Snell RD
Year
2007
Review of Model Pacific Information Disclosure Policy (2006)$750
Funding
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative ($750)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Snell RD
Year
2006
Policy development of Freedom of Information (2004)$15,750
Funding
Government of Bermuda ($15,750)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Snell RD
Year
2004

Research Supervision

Current

2

Completed

6

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDEnhancing Legal Pedagogy in Undergraduate Legal Education: Teaching ethics, professionalism and critical reflection to law students from the foundation year of law2010
PhDTransformations in International Civil Society Organisations Working Towards a Greater Access and Use of Governmental Informational Resources2012

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDA Law Unto Themselves? Australian Regulation of Forestry Operations
Candidate: Thomas Ian Baxter
2014
PhDTransborder Biometric Information Flow: Legal Challenges to Personal Privacy and the Need for Public Debate
Candidate: Vanessa Diaz Rodriguez
2014
PhD'Sanism', a Socially Acceptable Prejudice: Addressing the Prejudice Associated with Mental Illness in the Legal System
Candidate: Valerie Ann Williams
2014
PhDA Case Study in the Rise of Public Sector Transparency: Understanding the Global Diffusion of Freedom of Information Law
Candidate: Rhys Barry Frederick Stubbs
2012
PhDFreedom of Information Reform in China: Information Flow Analysis
Candidate: Weibing Xiao
2010
MastersA Critical Analysis of EC - Biotech: The Panel's Approach to Other Rules of International Law and the Application of the SPS Agreement
Candidate: Bruce Newey
2009