Stephen Parker

Professor Stephen Parker AO

Honorary Professorial Fellow

Melbourne CSHE

Professor Stephen Parker was the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra from 1 March 2007 until 1 July 2016.  He was previously the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Monash University in Melbourne.  

Prior to taking up senior management positions Stephen was a legal academic.  He has lectured at University College Cardiff, the Australian National University, Griffith University and Monash University.  He was Dean of Law at Monash from 1999 to 2003.  

Stephen moved to Australia from the UK in 1988, having mixed lecturing and legal practice over the previous decade.  He graduated with honours in Law from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Wales.  He is admitted to legal practice in England and Wales, the ACT and Queensland

Stephen has published books, monographs and articles on the court system, legal ethics, family law and children's rights.  He is also the co-author of a textbook called Law in Context, which is designed to introduce law students to the way that other disciplines view law.

He has held various major research grants in relation to projects on lawyers’ tactics, lawyers’ values, discretionary rules, family law, judicial independence and reform of civil procedure.  In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

His interests include cycling and contemporary music, including as guitarist in the UC band, The Hip Replacements.  He supports a British soccer team which last won a major trophy when The Beatles were still playing together.

Stephen was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) as part of the Australia Day Honours in January 2014 for his distinguished service to tertiary education through administrative, academic and representational roles, and as a leader in the growth and development of the University of Canberra.

Recent publications

Books, Monographs and Collections

2012Negotiating By The Light of The Law, with Matt Harvey and Maria Karras, Themis Press
2003Family Law: Processes, Practices and Pressures (edited collection, with John Dewar), Hart Publishing UK, 604pp
1999Australian Family Law in Context (with Patrick Parkinson and Juliet Behrens), 2nd edition, Law Book Co, 925pp + Tables and Index
1998Courts and the Public, Australian Institute of Judicial Administration, 168pp + Appendixes
1997Law in Context (2nd edn) (with Stephen Bottomley), Federation Press, 384pp + Index
1997Supplement to Australian Family Law in Context (with Patrick Parkinson, Sydney, and Juliet Behrens, ANU), Law Book Co

Articles, Chapters, etc.

2005“Australian Higher Education: Crossroads or Crisis” in F Iacobucci and C Tuohy, Taking Public Universities Seriously, University of Toronto Press, 26-37
2001"A Case for Private Courts", 26 Alternative Law Journal, 161-167
2001"Why Lawyers Should Do Pro Bono Work" in C Arup and K Laster, For the Public Good, Federation Press, 2001, 5-12
2000"English Family Law since World War II: From Status to Chaos", in S Katz, J Eekelaar and M Maclean, Cross Currents: Family Law and Policy in the US and England, Oxford University Press, pp 123-140 (with John Dewar)
2000"Judicial Independence" in B Opeskin and F Wheeler (eds), The Australian Federal Judiciary, Melbourne University Press
1999"The Impact of the New Part VII", 13 Australian Journal of Family Law, 96-116 (with John Dewar)
1999"Being Expected to do More with Less: Criminal Legal Aid in Queensland", 23 Criminal Law Journal 69 (with John Dewar and Jeff Giddings)
1999"The Impact of Legal Aid Changes on Family Law Practice" (1999) 13 Australian Journal of Family Law 33 (with John Dewar and Jeff Giddings)
1998"The Impact of Changes to Legal Aid on Criminal and Family Law Practice in Queensland" (with John Dewar and Jeff Giddings), The Guardian
1997"Islands of Civic Virtue: Lawyers and Civil Justice Reform" (1997) 6 Griffith Law Review 1-29
1997"What Do Legal Scholars Do When They Research? (And Why Does It Matter?)" in Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Challenges for the Social Sciences and Australia, Commonwealth of Australia, 1997, 115-142