Barbara Ann Hocking is Associate-Professor of Law, based at the University of Tasmania Faculty of Law for 2008 and 2009. She is on leave from Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Law, where she has worked for the past 15 years. Prior to joining QUT, Barbara worked for the Queensland Law Society and the Queensland Teachers Union, and began her academic career with Griffith University’s then new Law Faculty early in the 1990’s. Funded by a Lionel Murphy Foundation Scholarship in 1988 and 1989, she completed her PhD studies with the Faculty of Law at the University of Queensland in 1998.
During her time at QUT Faculty of Law, Barbara acted as Assistant Dean, Research from 2002-2003, and President, Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand (ACSANZ) from 2005-2007. She was also awarded the Lilian Penson Fellowship of the Commonwealth Studies Unit at the University of London in 2003, to work on a book dealing with intersections of law and biology.
In 2008-2009, Barbara has been awarded an ARC Linkage International Fellowship (ARCIF) to work on sovereignty, pandemic planning and benefit-sharing of vaccines, with colleagues at the Universities of Giessen in Germany, Hong Kong and Puerto Rico.
Barbara is also Honorary Research Associate, Riawunna Centre, at the University of Tasmania. She writes on links between law and biology, Indigenous self-determination and reparations, and on the ways in which law can protect young people particularly in the workplace.