Harry teaches and researches in the areas of public law, Indigenous rights, human rights, and international law. His PhD explored whether and how an Indigenous representative body could empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with the capacity to be heard in the processes of government in Australia.
Alternative Law Journal, Law and Culture Editor
- Constitutional law
- Indigenous legal issues
- Human rights law
- Public international law (including international criminal law)
- Legal history
- Democratic theory
- Foundations of Law (Sem 1 and 2, 2019)
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Hobbs, H 2019, 'Treaty making and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: lessons from emerging negotiations in Australia', The International Journal of Human Rights.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Hobbs, H 2018, 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and multinational federalism in Australia', Griffith Law Review, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 307-336.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Democratic governance is premised on the belief that all citizens are empowered to shape the society in which they live. Over generations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have maintained that Australian democratic practice does not live up to this ideal, contending that the state's legal and political framework does not empower them with the capacity to have their voices heard and their interests considered in the processes of government. However, non-Indigenous Australians remain suspicious of Indigenous-specific political and legal mechanisms designed to rectify this structural fault. In this paper, I argue that this suspicion – and Australia's governance framework more broadly – arises from a particular conception of democratic theory that marginalises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoplehood. If, as the Uluru Statement from the Heart calls for, Australia's political institutions are to be rebuilt so as to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 'to take a rightful place in [their] own country', that conception of democratic theory must first be revealed and re-centred. Multinational federalism offers one path towards a more equitable future.
Hobbs, H, Pillai, S & Williams, G 2018, 'The disqualification of dual citizens from parliament: Three problems and a solution', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 43, pp. 73-80.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Hobbs, H 2018, 'Constitutional recognition and reform: developing an inclusive Australian citizenship through treaty', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 53, pp. 176-194.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Hobbs, H 2017, 'Democratic theory and constitutional design: Hearing persistent electoral minorities', International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, vol. 24, pp. 341-389.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Hobbs, H 2017, 'Towards a Principled Justification for the Mixed Composition of Hybrid International Criminal Tribunals', Leiden Journal of International Law, vol. 30, pp. 177-197.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Hobbs, H 2014, 'Victim participation in international criminal proceedings: Problems and potential solutions in implementing an effective and vital component of justice', Tex. Int'l LJ, vol. 49, pp. 1-1.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Boreham, K, Hobbs, H & others 2011, 'Justice Denied in Cambodia'.
Tobin, J & Hobbs, HO 2019, 'Article 37: Protection against Torture, Capital Punishment, and Arbitrary Deprivation of Liberty' in Tobin, J (ed), The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Commentary, Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 1420-1502.View/Download from: UTS OPUS