Francis Johns joined the Faculty in 2004, having taught on a sessional basis the previous two years.
Francis has been the academic co-ordinator for the subjects Legal Research and Personal Property and is currently taking an active role in the Faculty's curriculum review. He is also undertaking postgraduate study in higher education teaching and learning.
Prior to teaching at UTS, Francis worked for Butterworths Legal Publishers. While at Butterworths, he variously edited Halsbury's Laws of Australia; managed the commissioning department; and managed the Lexis.com market for Australia and New Zealand.
- Comparative law survey of court rules in relation to citation of unreported judgments.
- Higher education teaching and learning.
- Commercial Law
- Legal Education
Watt, R.J. & Johns, F. 2009, Concise Legal Research, 6th, Federation Press, Sydney.
[From back cover] Concise Legal Research details the techical aspects of legal sources and explains how to research law with confidence and in good time.
Johns, F 2015, 'I heard it through the grapevine: what do we know about how lawyers research?', Australian Law Librarian, vol. 23, no. 3 and 4 (combined in single issue), pp. 136-147.
Early predictions of uncertainty and instability in law resulting from online access to legal research sources - consideration of whether this has occurred - interviews with law librarians - finding that little has changed in recognition of authority in legal research - maintenance of library training roles - study of law as an apprenticeship.
Johns, F. 2008, 'Product Overviews--LexisNexis AU maintenance upgrade, JADE and Harzing.com', Online Currents, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 126-131.
Online database review
Johns, F. 2007, 'Editorial- Changing Horses in mid-stream- Introducing the New Editor for Online Currents', Online Currents, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 5-8.
Johns, F. 2007, 'Open Access publishing--Reclaiming the Information Commons', Online Currents, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 44-52.
Johns, F & Dobinson, I 2017, 'Legal Research as Qualitative Research' in McConville, M & Chui, W (eds), Research Methods for Law, Research Methods for the Arts and Humanities, Edinburgh, pp. 18-47.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Drawing on actual research projects, Research Methods for Law discusses how legal research as process impacts on research as product.