Dr Tom Middleton is an Associate Professor in the School of Law, James Cook University, Townsville.  He is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland. 

 He earned a Bachelor of Commerce and a Ph.D from James Cook University and, a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Masters Degree in Legal Practice at Queensland University of Technology.

 In 1999 he wrote a two volume book (looseleaf and on-line service) entitled “ASIC Corporate Investigations and Hearings,” published by Thomson Reuters, Sydney.  He currently updates this book 5 times per year and it has been in continuous publication for the past 18 years.  It is the leading publication for legal practitioners in relation to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s investigative and enforcement powers.

 He has published numerous refereed articles and a number of these have been cited by the Courts, Academics and Law Reform Commissions in Australia and New Zealand.  Those articles have also been utilised by government agencies including the Commonwealth Treasury in the context of proposals for law reform.

 He is a foundation staff member in the School of Law and he currently teaches third and fourth year law subjects in both Townsville and Cairns.

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  • BX3114: Bankruptcy and Insolvency (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • LA3011: Commercial and Personal Property Law (Level 3; TSV)
  • LA3014: Law of Trusts (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • LA4037: Bankruptcy and Insolvency (Level 4; CNS & TSV)
  • LA4047: Research Dissertation B: Part 1 of 2 (Level 4; CNS)
  • LA4048: Research Dissertation B: Part 2 of 2 (Level 4; CNS & TSV)

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 42+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Thomas Middleton from 1999 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Examining Criminal Responsibility through 'Command Responsibility', 'Superior Orders' and the 'Doctrine of Military Necessity' as applied at the Allied Military War Crimes Trials of the Pacific War 1945-1951 (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The role of corporate governance in Australian sporting entities. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Teaching 'Hope': Incorporating Hope Theory in Australian Law Students' Academic Experience (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Comparative corporate governance ; A case study of religious institutions and legal entrepreneurism - regulatory problems and suggested reforms (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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