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  • Bond University, Faculty of Law

    4229 Gold Coast

    Australia

Accepting PhD Students

19992019

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Personal profile

Research interests

I am the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law at Bond University, and a  former commercial lawyer. I have been an academic since 1996. My areas of teaching expertise include business and commercial law, law in society and legal theory, company law, the law of succession and property law.

My current research is characterised by four overlapping themes:
1. The development of legal reasoning and critical thinking skills by law students: In my doctoral thesis I applied Foucauldian theory to explore and explain the inconsistency and marginalisation of critique within Australian legal education. Since then I have continued to conduct research in an effort to resolve these inconsistencies and construct a practical and relevant pedagogy for the teaching and assessment of legal reasoning and critical legal thinking.

2. The critical analysis and evaluation of law teaching programs, projects and problems: I have published papers and engaged in projects about law program objectives, law student mentoring programs, 100% final exams and other assessment for law students, law student wellbeing, and perceptions by LLB students regarding the quality of their learning experience at law school.

3. The application of Foucauldian theoretical frameworks and methodologies to law and legal issues: I have published papers focussing upon Foucauldian analyses of legal education, cybercrime regulation, and corporate crime. I have in recent years focussed upon a Foucauldian analysis of academic resistance to teaching reform.

4. Foundational law textbooks: I have written three editions of a business law textbook, Business Law, published by Wiley and I am presently working on the 4th edition for publication in 2016. I have also written one edition of The New Lawyer, a first year law textbook co-authored with Rachael Field and by Wiley in 2013.

Statement for HDR students

There are three areas in which I would be very interested in supervising a HDR project:

1. The development of legal reasoning and critical thinking skills by law students
2. The critical analysis and evaluation of law teaching programs, projects and problems
3. The application of Foucauldian theoretical frameworks and methodologies to law and legal issues

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, Queensland University of Technology

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Projects

Research Output

Survivors Speak: How the Criminal Justice System Responds to Sexual Violence

Funnell, N., Lee, B., Mullins, S., Crowe, J. & James, N., 2019, In : Bond Law Review. 31, 1, p. 21-47 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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  • The New Lawyer

    Walkden-Brown, J., James, N. & Field, R. M., 15 Feb 2019, 2nd ed. Milton QLD: Wiley & Sons Australia. 560 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportScholarly editionEducationpeer-review

  • A Critical Evaluation of Micro-Credentialing and Stacking in Legal Education

    James, N., 27 Oct 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentationResearch

    Open Access
    File
  • A Critical Evaluation of the Relevance of Design Thinking for Lawyers

    Galloway, K. & James, N., 5 Jul 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentationResearch

    Open Access
    File
  • Law and Power: Ten Lessons From Foucault

    James, N., 2018, In : Bond Law Review. 30, 1, 13 p., 4.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
    File
  • Activities

    Legal Education Review (Journal)

    Nickolas James (Reviewer)
    2013Aug 2017

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workGuest Editor

    Animal Law Education Workshop 2016

    Nickolas James (Participant)
    16 Sep 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...Other

    Legal Education Review (Journal)

    Nickolas James (Member of editorial board)
    Aug 2017 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial Board Member

    The Future of Australian Legal Education Conference

    Nickolas James (Participant)
    11 Aug 201713 Aug 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...Attendee

    Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference

    Nickolas James (Participant)
    4 Jul 20186 Jul 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...Other

    Student theses

    Thinking Like an Expert Lawyer: Measuring Specialist Legal Expertise Through Think-Aloud Problem Solving and Verbal Protocol Analysis

    Author: MacMillan, P., 10 Oct 2015

    Supervisor: James, N. (Supervisor) & Earl, P. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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