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Helen Cockburn

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Helen Cockburn

Lecturer in Law

Room 3.08 , Law Building

+61 3 6226 2072 (phone)

Helen.Cockburn@utas.edu.au

Dr Cockburn is the Coordinator of Police Studies within the Faculty of Law and also lectures in Criminal Law and Evidence. She served a period as a researcher in the Tasmania Law Reform Institute and a law reform agenda continues to exert a strong influence on her research and teaching focus.  She has forged a strong collaborative relationship with colleagues in Tasmania Police and is committed to using her scholarly expertise to promote the professionalisation of the police force in Tasmania.

Biography

Helen completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Tasmania in 1987, majoring in Japanese and English Literature. After a number of years living and teaching in Japan, 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 including as a Researcher and Executive Officer at the Tasmania Law Reform Institute and a post-doctoral research fellow engaged on two ARC funded projects. She is currently the coordinator of the Police Studies programme at the Faculty of Law and oversees the delivery of two Professional Honour courses. She also lectures in Criminal Law and Evidence law.

Career summary

Languages (other than English)

  • Japanese (intermediate)

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Teaching expertise in undergraduate core units of the LLB, Criminal Law and Evidence. Expertise in course design - BA, Prof Hons (Prosecution Practice), BA, Prof Hons (Investigative Practice)

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Expertise

Helen’s research interests are closely aligned with her teaching expertise and include sexual assault law reform and the construction of consent, public attitudes to offending involving sexual and other violence and traditional and more innovative legal responses to family violence.

Current projects

A statistical picture of serious violence convictions in Tasmania: an open source reference tool (2019)

Fields of Research

  • Criminal law (480401)
  • Access to justice (480501)
  • Courts and sentencing (440203)
  • Public law (480799)
  • Legal theory, jurisprudence and legal interpretation (480410)
  • Correctional theory, offender treatment and rehabilitation (440202)
  • Causes and prevention of crime (440201)
  • Youth justice (480507)
  • Other law and legal studies (489999)
  • Police administration, procedures and practice (440211)
  • Criminology (440299)
  • Legal practice, lawyering and the legal profession (480505)

Research Objectives

  • Justice and the law (230499)
  • Criminal justice (230403)
  • Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies (280117)
  • Law enforcement (230404)
  • Law reform (230405)
  • Civil justice (230401)
  • Legislation, civil and criminal codes (230407)
  • Crime prevention (230402)
  • Rehabilitation and correctional services (230408)
  • Legal processes (230406)
  • Other law, politics and community services (239999)
  • Expanding knowledge in human society (280123)
  • Violence and abuse services (230114)
  • Ability and disability (230101)

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

27

Journal Article

(11 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Hunn C, Prichard J, Cockburn H, 'Internet users' beliefs about a novice-user of child sexual abuse material (CSAM): what can they tell us about introducing offender-focused prevention initiatives?', Victims & Offenders pp. 1-21. ISSN 1556-4886 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/15564886.2020.1865224 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Hunn C; Prichard J

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2019Curtis P, Powell P, Zekiroski H, Cockburn H, 'How Tasmania Police Have Achieved Breakthroughs in Investigative Interviewing Training', Australian Police Journal pp. 72-77. ISSN 0005-0024 (2019) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2019Warner 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, 19, (1) pp. 26-44. ISSN 1748-8966 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1748895817738557 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Warner K; Spiranovic C

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2018Hunn CM, Cockburn H, Spiranovic C, Prichard J, 'Exploring the educative role of judges' sentencing remarks: an analysis of remarks on child exploitation material', Psychiatry Psychology and Law pp. 1-18. ISSN 1321-8719 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2018.1478337 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Hunn CM; Spiranovic C; Prichard J

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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', Australian Law Journal, 92, (5) pp. 374-391. ISSN 0004-9611 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Warner K; Spriranovic C

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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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Citations: Web of Science - 4

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: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 25

Co-authors: Warner K; Spiranovic C

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2017Warner Kate, 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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Co-authors: Warner Kate

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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]

DOI: 10.1080/10345329.2015.12036042 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 12

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 - 3

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

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Book

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Hunter J, Metzger J, Henning T, Edmond G, McMahon R, et al., 'THE TRIAL: Principles, Process and Evidence', The Federation Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 720. ISBN 9781760022938 (2021) [Revision/New Edition]

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Co-authors: Henning T

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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

Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Cockburn H, 'Introduction to the Evidence Act 2001 (Tasmania)', Uniform Evidence in Australia, LexisNexis, Australia, pp. 13-18. ISBN 9780409350968 (2020) [Revised Book Chapter]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(8 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Campbell E, Richter J, Howard J, Cockburn H, 'The PIPA project: Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent violence in the home (AVITH)', Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS), NSW, Australia (2020) [Contract Report]

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

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Co-authors: Henning T

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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

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Ketelaar-Jones T, Cockburn H, Henning T, 'A comparative review of national legislation for the indefinite detention of dangerous criminals'', Tasmania Law Reform Institute, 4 (2017) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Ketelaar-Jones T; Henning T

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

A statistical picture of serious violence convictions in Tasmania: an open source reference tool, Law Foundation Tasmania (2019) $15,016

The PIPA Project - Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent Violence in the Home (AVITH),

Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety Ltd (2017), $168,221

Review of the defence of insanity in s 16 of the Criminal Code and fitness to plead, Tasmania Law Reform Institute, Department of Justice Tasmania (2017), $87,171

Funding Summary

Number of grants

8

Total funding

$1,862,584

Projects

A statistical picture of serious violence convictions in Tasmania: an open source reference tool (2020)$15,016
Description
Building on an existing, complete database of convictions for the crimes of wounding and grievous bodily harm under s 172 of the Criminal Code (Tas) the researchers will analyse the data and produce a report which will be a practical tool for criminal justice system professionals and policy makers. project
Funding
Law Foundation of Tasmania ($15,016)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Cockburn HM; Hunn CM
Year
2020
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 - 2022)$1,425,000
Funding
Department of Premier and Cabinet ($1,225,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Gogarty B; Cockburn HM; Henning T
Period
2001 - 2022

Research Supervision

Christina Hudson, Doctor of Philosophy, Conceptualising Family Violence: The implications of Tasmanian and Victorian legislative responses for effective sentencing practices (completion in 2021)

Charlotte Hunn, Doctor of Philosophy, Internet Users’ Perceptions of Child Exploitation Material: Lessons for Prevention (completed 2018)

Sabina Fernando, Masters, Exploring the implications of consent for neglected elderly people in the context of euthanasia in Tasmania (commencing 2020)

Caroline Spiranovic, Masters, Australia’s jurisdictional differences in requirements for prosecuting and approaches to sentencing persistent child sexual abuse (commencing 2020)

Current

2

Completed

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDStraight-talking, but from the Heart: Exploring judicial court-craft in sentencing offenders for intimate partner violence2016
MastersExploring the implications of consent for neglected elderly people in the context of euthanasia in Tasmania2020

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDInternet Users' Perceptions of Child Exploitation Material: Lessons for prevention
Candidate: Charlotte Mary Hunn
2018