Dr Nichola Corbett-Jarvis is a Senior Lecturer in Law and also First Year Expereince Coordinator in the College of Business, Law and Governance at JCU. 

Nichola's research primarily fits within two broad areas.  The first falls within the area of private international law (also know as the conflict of laws) and focuses on the regulation of litigation of a multinational character.  Her PhD thesis was titled: 'Is a global regime regulating the exercise of jurisdiction in civil and commercial cases a feasible reality or a utopian dream? A comparative perspective.'  This involved a comparative analysis of the policies and theoretical bases underpinning the jurisdictional rules of the United States of America (limited by ‘due process’ requirements as interpreted by the Supreme Court), the Brussels Regulation II and the traditional rules of England and Wales (which apply only in relation to matters not falling within the Brussels Regulation II). Due to advances in technology and access to the internet 24 hours a day, this area is now under the spotlight.  In an increasingly mobile society, in which goods and services are available online to the world at large, and in which people are connected 24 hours a day to social media, more disputes will involve multinational elements and thus the need for counties to engage in a consistent approach towards such disputes will also drastically increase. 

Nichola's second area of research is focused on legal education.  Before pursuing a career in academia, Nichola was a practising barrister in England and Wales and from this, she has developed a passion for developing and enhancing students' legal skills.  Her book is an example of this.  Effective Legal Writing (Lexis Nexis Butterworths, 2nd ed, 2017, co-authored with Brendan Grigg) is purposely designed to facilitate students' transition to studying law by focusing on explicit teaching practices combined with student-focused autehntic learning activities and examples.  Once basic skills are grasped, the book further refines and enhances existing skills in the context of professional-oriented writing tasks, such as preparing outlines of arguments, client letters and drafting legal documents.  Nichola's work in this area includes first year transition pedagogy, and in particular curriculum design of first year law programs.  In addition, her work on statutory interpretation adopts a 'whole-of-course' approach towards explicit teaching and assessment practices in this area.  Nichola has also presented on several innovative topics in legal education, including utlitising machinima in teaching first year law students.

Current Research Projects:

A collaborative project with academics in Australia and Singapore, focused on the regulation of law graduates seeking admission in the Asia-Pacific region (including Singapore, Australia and New Zealand), analysing how economic, political and practical factors might be challenged or addressed with reform.

A collaborative project focused on refining existing teaching and assessment practice in relation to statutory interpretation through the collection of qualitative and quantitative data.

A project focused on the most effective manner of providing formative feedback to first year law students.

  • LA1102: Legal Research, Writing and Analysis (Level 1; CNS)
  • LA3013: Principles of Equity (Level 3; CNS)
  • LA3014: Law of Trusts (Level 3; CNS)
  • LA4021: Competition Mooting (Level 4; CNS & TSV)
  • Private international law; comparative law; health law; criminal law; legal education
  • Conflict of laws; equity and trusts; legal research and writing
  • 2019 to present - Senior Lecturer, College of Business, Law & Governance, JCU (Cairns)
  • 2015 to 2018 - Course Coordinator, Law programs, College of Business, Law & Governance, JCU (Cairns)
  • 2010 to 2018 - Lecturer and FYE Coordinator, College of Business, Law & Governance, JCU (Cairns)
  • 2007 to 2010 - Barrister, Bar (legal practice) (England and Wales)
  • 2002 to 2006 - Law Tutor, Faculty of Law, University of Leicester (UK)
Research Disciplines
  • 2012 - JCU Teaching and Learning Award: Team Award
  • 2006 to 2007 - Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • 2006 - Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • 2002 to 2005 - GTA Scholarship for Post-Doctoral Studies, University of Leicester

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU.

Journal Articles
Book Chapters
Other research outputs

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 13+ research outputs authored by Dr Nichola Corbett-Jarvis from 2011 onwards.


The map shows research collaborations by institution from the past 7 years.
Note: Map points are indicative of the countries or states that institutions are associated with.

  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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