Dr Nicole Watson

LLB (UQ), LLM (QUT), DCA (UTS)
Associate Dean Indigenous
ARC Discovery Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Researcher
Senior Lecturer

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 8627 5091
Fax +61 2 9351 0200

Biographical details

Nicole Watson was appointed to the University of Sydney Law School in 2016. She has published a large body of work in relation to legal issues that affect Indigenous communities. Nicole is a former editor of the Indigenous Law Bulletin, and a former columnist with the National Indigenous Times. Nicole also has an interest in Indigenous literature and published her first novel in 2011.

Research interests

  • Indigenous People and the Law
  • Indigenous Literature

Teaching and supervision

  • Contracts
  • Torts

Associations

  • Director, First Nations of Australia Writers Network
  • Mentor, Indigenous Mentoring Program, New South Wales Writers Centre

Awards and honours

  • Winner, David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer, Queensland Premiers Literary Awards (2009)
  • Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize for Indigenous Writing (Short List) 2012
  • Black and Write: Indigenous Literary Fellowship, State Library of Queensland (Highly Commended) 2015

Selected grants

2018

  • BRINGING INDIGENOUS VOICES INTO JUDICIAL DECISION-MAKING; Watson N, Douglas H, Wood A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Indigenous (IN).

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Watson, N. (2015). From the Northern Territory Emergency Response to Stronger Futures: Where is the Evidence that Aboriginal Women are Leading Self-Determining Lives? In Rosie Scott, Anita Heiss (Eds.), The Intervention : An anthology, (pp. 88-102). Australia: Concerned Australians.
  • Watson, N. (2014). From the Northern Territory Emergency Response to Stronger Futures: Where is the Evidence that Australian Aboriginal Women are Leading Self-Determining Lives? In Suvendrini Perera, Sherene H. Razack (Eds.), At the Limits of Justice: Women of Colour on Terror, (pp. 335-355). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Watson, N. (2014). In the Matter of Djappari (Re Tuckiar): Judgement. In Heather Douglas, Francesca Bartlett, Trish Luker, Rosemary Hunter (Eds.), Australian Feminist Judgments: Righting and Rewriting Law, (pp. 442-451). Oxford: Hart Publishing.
  • Watson, N. (2014). What do we want? Not native title, that's for bloody sure. In Gary Foley, Andrew Schaap, Edwina Howell (Eds.), The Aboriginal Tent Embassy: Sovereignty, Black Power, Land Rights and the State, (pp. 284-298). Oxon: Routledge.
  • Sherwood, J., Watson, N., Lighton, S. (2013). Peer support: Mentoring responsive and trusting relationships. In Rhonda G. Craven, Janet Mooney (Eds.), Seeding Success in Indigenous Australian Higher Education (volume 14), (pp. 187-208). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. [More Information]
  • Watson, N. (2012). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identities. In A Cadzow & J Maynard (Eds.), Nelson Aboriginal Studies, (pp. 41). Melbourne, Australia: Cengage Learning Australia.
  • Watson, N. (2012). Aboriginal People and the Land since the 1960s. In A Cadzow & J Maynard (Eds.), Nelson Aboriginal Studies, (pp. 28). Melbourne, Australia: Cengage Learning Australia.
  • Watson, N. (2010). Death By Inertia - Native Title in the Twenty-First Century. In Andrew Gunstone (Eds.), Over a Decade of Despair - The Howard Government and Indigenous Affairs, (pp. 31). Australia: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Watson, N. (2010). National Reconciliation in Australia: An Empty Vessel. In John Nieuwenhuysen, David Dunstan (Eds.), Southern Worlds - South Africa and Australia Compared, (pp. 172). Australia: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Watson, N. (2009). The New Protection: Indigenous Women and the Contemporary Australian State. In T Dreher and C Ho (Eds.), Beyond the hijab debates: new conversations on gender, race and religion, (pp. 105-117). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Watson, N., Turner, P. (2007). The Trojan Horse. In Jon Altman and Melinda Hinkson (Eds.), Coercive reconciliation : stabilise, normalise, exit aboriginal Australia, (pp. 205). Melbourne, Australia: Arena Publications Association.

Journals

  • Watson, N. (2014). Justice in whose eyes? Why lawyers should read black Australian literature. Griffith Law Review, 23(1), 44-60. [More Information]
  • Watson, N. (2011). The Northern Territory Emergency Response - Has it Really Improved the Lives of Aboriginal Women and Children? Australian Feminist Law Journal, 35(1), 147-163. [More Information]
  • Watson, N. (2011). The Northern Territory Emergency Response: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same. Alberta Law Review, 48(4), 905-918.
  • Watson, N. (2009). Of course it wouldn't be done in Dickson! Why Howard's Battlers Disengaged from the Northern Territory Emergency Response. Borderlands e-Journal, 8(1). [More Information]
  • Watson, N. (2009). Regulating Alcohol: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? Indigenous Law Bulletin, 7(11), 27-30.
  • Behrendt, L., Watson, N. (2008). A Response to Louis Nowra. Alternative Law Journal, 33(1), 45-47.
  • Watson, N. (2008). Raiders of the Lost Capital. Ngiya: Talk the Law, 2, 49-61. [More Information]
  • Watson, N. (2008). The Abuse of Indigenous Land Tenure as a Tool of Social Regulation. Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, 1(1-2), 163-170. [More Information]
  • Watson, N. (2008). The Family Responsibilities Commission Act 2008 (Qld): Cause for Concern. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 7(8), 18-20.
  • Watson, N. (2007). Implications of land rights reform for Indigenous health. Medical Journal of Australia, 186(10), 534-536.
  • Davis, M., Watson, N. (2006). "It's the Same Old Song": Draconian Counter-Terrorism Laws and the Deja Vu of Indigenous Australians. Borderlands e-Journal, 5(1). [More Information]
  • Watson, N. (2006). The Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Bill 2005 (Cth): Coming soon to a Community Organisation near You. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 6(19), 13-16.
  • Watson, N. (2005). Howard's End: The Real Agenda behind the Proposed Review of Indigenous Land Titles. Australian Indigenous Law Review, 9(4), 1-12.
  • Watson, N. (2005). Indigenous People in Legal Education: Staring into a Mirror without Reflection. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 6(8), 4-7.
  • Watson, N. (2003). The Repatriation of Indigenous Remains in the United States of America and Australia: A Comparative Analysis. Australian Indigenous Law Review, 8(1), 33-43.
  • Watson, N. (2001). A Denial of Religious Freedoms: Section 190(3) of the Native Title Act. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 5(7), 5-7.
  • Watson, N., Black, R. (2001). New Cultural Heritage Legislation: One small step for Murris, one giant leap forward for the Queensland Government. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 5(13), 8-11.
  • Watson, N. (2001). Where to from Here?: Future legal challenges for Indigenous people - A perspective from a young Indigenous talent. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 5(11), 5.

Conferences

  • Watson, N. (2014). Indigenous Storytelling and the Law. Annual National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) Symposium 2014: Indigenous Research Leadership, Capacity Building and Innovation, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2014). Place in Indigenous Crime Fiction. National Symposium 2014 - Courting Blakness : Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University - The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Qld: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2013). Belonging to Country: Aboriginal Dispossession. Public Lecture: Melbourne Law School 2013, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Sherwood, J., Lighton, S., Watson, N. (2013). Engaging Indigenous Pedagogy to grow Culturally Safe Classrooms. Indigenous Research Conference, Hamilton, Aotearoa.
  • Watson, N. (2012). Remembering Koowarta v Bjelke-Petersen. Turning Points Symposium 2012: Melbourne Law School, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2011). Indigenous Identity and the Law: An Historical Perspective. Sixth Annual National Indigenous Legal Conference (NILC) 2011 - The Pursuit of Equality: From international instruments to individual advancement, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2011). Temperatures Rising!. Australian Civil Society and Palestinian Freedom: University of Technology, Sydney 2011, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2011). The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in South East Queensland. Amnesty International Human Rights Conference 2011: Change the World, Brisbane, Qld: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2011). What do we want? Not Native Title that's for bloody sure. Aboriginal Embassy Symposium 2011, Canberra, ACT: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2009). Challenging Land Loss. Indigenous Legal and Political Responses to Land-Grabbing: La Trobe University 2009, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2008). Individual versus Communal Property Rights: Future Challenges for Indigenous Communities. 63rd Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference ALTA 2008, Cairns: Australasian Law Teachers Association.
  • Watson, N. (2008). National Reconciliation in Australia: An Empty Vessel. Southern Worlds: South Africa and Australia Compared 2008 - Monash South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2008). Northern Territory Intervention. 2nd Bi-annual National Conference of Australian Women Lawyers (AWL) 2008: Creating Justice, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2007). Raiders of the Lost Capital. 4th Annual Conference of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) 2007: Ideas Changing History, New York, NY, USA: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2007). The Relationship between Health and Indigenous Women's Self-Determination. New South Wales Women's Health Summit 2007, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2006). Can the Smart State also be a Just State? Public Lecture: James Cook University 2006, Cairns, Qld: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2006). Government policy & legislation, the independence of Indigenous organisations and its impact on Australia's Democracy. Opening Closed Doors: CLCs Advancing Community Justice - National Community Legal Centres Conference 2006, Wollongong, NSW: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2006). Land Rights Reform and the Implications for Indigenous Health. 16th National Conference of the Australian Health Promotion Association 2006, Alice Springs, NT: Presentation.

Textual Creative Works

  • Watson, N. (2011). The Boundary, (pp. 1 - 271). Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland Press.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Watson, N. (2006). Privatisation Versus Communal Lands: Warren Mundine's proposals for the privatisation of Indigenous land are an attack on self-determination. Arena Magazine, 80. [More Information]

Report

  • Burn, J., Simmons, F., Hollands, J., Power, K., Stewart, P., Watson, N. (2012). Hidden Exploitation: Women in forced labour, marriage and migration. [More Information]
  • Nicholson, A., Watson, N., Vivian, A., Longman, C., Priest, T., De Santolo, J., Gibson, P., Behrendt, L., Cox, E. (2012). Listening but not Hearing: A response to the NTER Stronger Futures Consultations June to August 2011. [More Information]
  • Nicholson, A., Behrendt, L., Vivian, A., Watson, N., Harris, M. (2009). Will They be Heard?: A Response to the NTER Consultations June to August 2009. [More Information]

Other

  • Watson, N., Aoun, F., Porter, A. (2017), Racist stereotypes, resistance and reclaiming dignity - Sydney Law School public lecture at Redfern Legal Centre to commemorate NAIDOC week 2017.

2017

  • Watson, N., Aoun, F., Porter, A. (2017), Racist stereotypes, resistance and reclaiming dignity - Sydney Law School public lecture at Redfern Legal Centre to commemorate NAIDOC week 2017.

2015

  • Watson, N. (2015). From the Northern Territory Emergency Response to Stronger Futures: Where is the Evidence that Aboriginal Women are Leading Self-Determining Lives? In Rosie Scott, Anita Heiss (Eds.), The Intervention : An anthology, (pp. 88-102). Australia: Concerned Australians.

2014

  • Watson, N. (2014). From the Northern Territory Emergency Response to Stronger Futures: Where is the Evidence that Australian Aboriginal Women are Leading Self-Determining Lives? In Suvendrini Perera, Sherene H. Razack (Eds.), At the Limits of Justice: Women of Colour on Terror, (pp. 335-355). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Watson, N. (2014). In the Matter of Djappari (Re Tuckiar): Judgement. In Heather Douglas, Francesca Bartlett, Trish Luker, Rosemary Hunter (Eds.), Australian Feminist Judgments: Righting and Rewriting Law, (pp. 442-451). Oxford: Hart Publishing.
  • Watson, N. (2014). Indigenous Storytelling and the Law. Annual National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) Symposium 2014: Indigenous Research Leadership, Capacity Building and Innovation, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2014). Justice in whose eyes? Why lawyers should read black Australian literature. Griffith Law Review, 23(1), 44-60. [More Information]
  • Watson, N. (2014). Place in Indigenous Crime Fiction. National Symposium 2014 - Courting Blakness : Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University - The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Qld: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2014). What do we want? Not native title, that's for bloody sure. In Gary Foley, Andrew Schaap, Edwina Howell (Eds.), The Aboriginal Tent Embassy: Sovereignty, Black Power, Land Rights and the State, (pp. 284-298). Oxon: Routledge.

2013

  • Watson, N. (2013). Belonging to Country: Aboriginal Dispossession. Public Lecture: Melbourne Law School 2013, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Sherwood, J., Lighton, S., Watson, N. (2013). Engaging Indigenous Pedagogy to grow Culturally Safe Classrooms. Indigenous Research Conference, Hamilton, Aotearoa.
  • Sherwood, J., Watson, N., Lighton, S. (2013). Peer support: Mentoring responsive and trusting relationships. In Rhonda G. Craven, Janet Mooney (Eds.), Seeding Success in Indigenous Australian Higher Education (volume 14), (pp. 187-208). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. [More Information]

2012

  • Watson, N. (2012). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identities. In A Cadzow & J Maynard (Eds.), Nelson Aboriginal Studies, (pp. 41). Melbourne, Australia: Cengage Learning Australia.
  • Watson, N. (2012). Aboriginal People and the Land since the 1960s. In A Cadzow & J Maynard (Eds.), Nelson Aboriginal Studies, (pp. 28). Melbourne, Australia: Cengage Learning Australia.
  • Burn, J., Simmons, F., Hollands, J., Power, K., Stewart, P., Watson, N. (2012). Hidden Exploitation: Women in forced labour, marriage and migration. [More Information]
  • Nicholson, A., Watson, N., Vivian, A., Longman, C., Priest, T., De Santolo, J., Gibson, P., Behrendt, L., Cox, E. (2012). Listening but not Hearing: A response to the NTER Stronger Futures Consultations June to August 2011. [More Information]
  • Watson, N. (2012). Remembering Koowarta v Bjelke-Petersen. Turning Points Symposium 2012: Melbourne Law School, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.

2011

  • Watson, N. (2011). The Boundary, (pp. 1 - 271). Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland Press.
  • Watson, N. (2011). Indigenous Identity and the Law: An Historical Perspective. Sixth Annual National Indigenous Legal Conference (NILC) 2011 - The Pursuit of Equality: From international instruments to individual advancement, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2011). Temperatures Rising!. Australian Civil Society and Palestinian Freedom: University of Technology, Sydney 2011, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2011). The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in South East Queensland. Amnesty International Human Rights Conference 2011: Change the World, Brisbane, Qld: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2011). The Northern Territory Emergency Response - Has it Really Improved the Lives of Aboriginal Women and Children? Australian Feminist Law Journal, 35(1), 147-163. [More Information]
  • Watson, N. (2011). The Northern Territory Emergency Response: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same. Alberta Law Review, 48(4), 905-918.
  • Watson, N. (2011). What do we want? Not Native Title that's for bloody sure. Aboriginal Embassy Symposium 2011, Canberra, ACT: Presentation.

2010

  • Watson, N. (2010). Death By Inertia - Native Title in the Twenty-First Century. In Andrew Gunstone (Eds.), Over a Decade of Despair - The Howard Government and Indigenous Affairs, (pp. 31). Australia: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Watson, N. (2010). National Reconciliation in Australia: An Empty Vessel. In John Nieuwenhuysen, David Dunstan (Eds.), Southern Worlds - South Africa and Australia Compared, (pp. 172). Australia: Australian Scholarly Publishing.

2009

  • Watson, N. (2009). Challenging Land Loss. Indigenous Legal and Political Responses to Land-Grabbing: La Trobe University 2009, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2009). Of course it wouldn't be done in Dickson! Why Howard's Battlers Disengaged from the Northern Territory Emergency Response. Borderlands e-Journal, 8(1). [More Information]
  • Watson, N. (2009). Regulating Alcohol: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? Indigenous Law Bulletin, 7(11), 27-30.
  • Watson, N. (2009). The New Protection: Indigenous Women and the Contemporary Australian State. In T Dreher and C Ho (Eds.), Beyond the hijab debates: new conversations on gender, race and religion, (pp. 105-117). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Nicholson, A., Behrendt, L., Vivian, A., Watson, N., Harris, M. (2009). Will They be Heard?: A Response to the NTER Consultations June to August 2009. [More Information]

2008

  • Behrendt, L., Watson, N. (2008). A Response to Louis Nowra. Alternative Law Journal, 33(1), 45-47.
  • Watson, N. (2008). Individual versus Communal Property Rights: Future Challenges for Indigenous Communities. 63rd Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference ALTA 2008, Cairns: Australasian Law Teachers Association.
  • Watson, N. (2008). National Reconciliation in Australia: An Empty Vessel. Southern Worlds: South Africa and Australia Compared 2008 - Monash South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2008). Northern Territory Intervention. 2nd Bi-annual National Conference of Australian Women Lawyers (AWL) 2008: Creating Justice, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2008). Raiders of the Lost Capital. Ngiya: Talk the Law, 2, 49-61. [More Information]
  • Watson, N. (2008). The Abuse of Indigenous Land Tenure as a Tool of Social Regulation. Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, 1(1-2), 163-170. [More Information]
  • Watson, N. (2008). The Family Responsibilities Commission Act 2008 (Qld): Cause for Concern. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 7(8), 18-20.

2007

  • Watson, N. (2007). Implications of land rights reform for Indigenous health. Medical Journal of Australia, 186(10), 534-536.
  • Watson, N. (2007). Raiders of the Lost Capital. 4th Annual Conference of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) 2007: Ideas Changing History, New York, NY, USA: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2007). The Relationship between Health and Indigenous Women's Self-Determination. New South Wales Women's Health Summit 2007, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Watson, N., Turner, P. (2007). The Trojan Horse. In Jon Altman and Melinda Hinkson (Eds.), Coercive reconciliation : stabilise, normalise, exit aboriginal Australia, (pp. 205). Melbourne, Australia: Arena Publications Association.

2006

  • Davis, M., Watson, N. (2006). "It's the Same Old Song": Draconian Counter-Terrorism Laws and the Deja Vu of Indigenous Australians. Borderlands e-Journal, 5(1). [More Information]
  • Watson, N. (2006). Can the Smart State also be a Just State? Public Lecture: James Cook University 2006, Cairns, Qld: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2006). Government policy & legislation, the independence of Indigenous organisations and its impact on Australia's Democracy. Opening Closed Doors: CLCs Advancing Community Justice - National Community Legal Centres Conference 2006, Wollongong, NSW: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2006). Land Rights Reform and the Implications for Indigenous Health. 16th National Conference of the Australian Health Promotion Association 2006, Alice Springs, NT: Presentation.
  • Watson, N. (2006). Privatisation Versus Communal Lands: Warren Mundine's proposals for the privatisation of Indigenous land are an attack on self-determination. Arena Magazine, 80. [More Information]
  • Watson, N. (2006). The Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Bill 2005 (Cth): Coming soon to a Community Organisation near You. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 6(19), 13-16.

2005

  • Watson, N. (2005). Howard's End: The Real Agenda behind the Proposed Review of Indigenous Land Titles. Australian Indigenous Law Review, 9(4), 1-12.
  • Watson, N. (2005). Indigenous People in Legal Education: Staring into a Mirror without Reflection. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 6(8), 4-7.

2003

  • Watson, N. (2003). The Repatriation of Indigenous Remains in the United States of America and Australia: A Comparative Analysis. Australian Indigenous Law Review, 8(1), 33-43.

2001

  • Watson, N. (2001). A Denial of Religious Freedoms: Section 190(3) of the Native Title Act. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 5(7), 5-7.
  • Watson, N., Black, R. (2001). New Cultural Heritage Legislation: One small step for Murris, one giant leap forward for the Queensland Government. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 5(13), 8-11.
  • Watson, N. (2001). Where to from Here?: Future legal challenges for Indigenous people - A perspective from a young Indigenous talent. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 5(11), 5.

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