Professor Dale Stephens CSM
Professor Dale Stephens CSM is Director of RUMLAE and co-editor of the RUMLAE eJournal. He is a Captain in the Royal Australian Navy Reserve who spent over 20 years as a permanent officer in the Navy before taking up his appointment at Adelaide Law School. He has occupied numerous staff officer appointments throughout his career in the Australian Defence Force, including Fleet Legal Officer, Command Legal Officer (Naval Training Command), Chief Legal Officer Strategic Operations Command, Director of Operational and International Law, Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Military Law (a joint venture with Melbourne University Law School), Director Navy Legal and Director of the Military Law Centre. He has deployed twice to East Timor (INTERFET & UNTAET) and twice to Iraq (Baghdad) in senior legal officer positions and has provided extensive advice to Government at the strategic level.
During his time in the ADF, Professor Stephens was involved in providing legal advice regarding numerous operational, disciplinary and administrative law issues, including fisheries, customs and immigration matters within Australia's maritime zones, combined operations with other military forces, UN Peace Operations, drafting Rules of Engagement, implementation of international treaties including the International Criminal Court Convention as well as numerous weapons reviews. In the early 2000's Professor Stephens was part of the Australian delegation to UNESCO negotiating the Underwater Cultural Heritage Convention. In the mid 2000's he taught at the U.S. Naval War College located in Newport, Rhode Island as a faculty member of the International Law Department. In 2010 was seconded to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as a senior advisor on Afghanistan. In more recent years he has taught National Security Law as well as a number of military law subjects at the ANU College of Law. He is currently Head of the combined SA/NT Navy Legal Reserve Panel. He is Director of the Adelaide Military Law Program and a member of the Ploughshares/McGill University/George Washington Univesity Strategic Space Index Consortium. He was awarded his Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 2014.
Professor Melissa de Zwart
Professor Melissa de Zwart has a keen interest in the intersection between law and technology. Prior to joining academia, she was the Manager, Corporate Legal Services, CSIRO, where she advised on protection and commercialisation of cutting edge technology. Her areas of research focus primarily on innovative technologies and the digital domain. She has published widely on internet content regulation, copyright, social media, virtual worlds, surveillance and outer space. Melissa is frequently asked to advise on social media and technology issues to judges, the media, schools and government. In 2015 she was the Team Leader of the AdelaideX Cyberwar, Surveillance and Security MOOC which has attracted over 32,000 students globally. From 2017, she will be Dean, Adelaide Law School.
Management Board Members
Dr Colette Langos is a lecturer at the University of Adelaide Law School. She holds a double degree in Law and Arts from the University of Adelaide, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Law Society of South Australia), a Masters of Commercial Law from Deakin University and a PhD in Law from the University of South Australia. She specialises in teaching Commercial Law to business students at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Colette’s academic research interests include technology law and operational commercial law in a military context. Colette is an active member of multiple professional associations and is a member of the Commercial Law Division of the University of Adelaide Research Unit on Military Law & Ethics (RUMLAE).
Associate Professor Matthew Stubbs
Dr Matthew Stubbs is an Associate Professor in the Law School at the University of Adelaide. His research and teaching is focussed in the areas of human rights, constitutional law and international law. Associate Professor Stubbs has received prizes for his outstanding teaching, and for his extensive work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students, at Faculty (2008, 2012, 2014), University (2008, 2012, 2013) and National level (2009, 2013). Associate Professor Stubbs is involved with professional bodies in the law and academia, and is the Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of South Australia and a member of the Law Council of Australia's National Human Rights Committee.
Ms Kellie Toole joined the permanent staff of the Adelaide Law School as a full-time academic in 2012 after having practiced as a criminal defence lawyer. She teaches in Evidence Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Military Disciplinary Law. Her interest in both legal practice, teaching and research is at the intersection of criminal law and human rights law, and she is undertaking a PhD on how prosecutors decide whether to prosecute particular cases.