Ben Battcock

Lecturer
MA (Cantab) Barrister (England and Wales)
+61 2 6125 1648
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Research interests

Biography

I was a barrister in London for 13 years specialising in product liability, professional negligence and employment law. I moved to Australia in 2001 and began working at the ANU School of Legal Practice (formerly ANU Legal Workshop) in 2003, teaching advocacy, civil, criminal and commercial practice. I am currently the National Convenor for the Becoming a Practitioner Course and also the Criminal Practice Intensive. I am also the Convenor for the Masters Advocacy Course and I teach in the Military Legal Practice course.

My research interests cover the practice and teaching of court advocacy in different jurisdictions around the world, and the development in the 21st century legal profession, especially the bar.

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Appointments

National Convener for Off Campus Courses ANU School of Legal Practice

Recent news

11
Nov
2019
Ben Battcock, David Catanziriti
ANU School of Legal Practice scholars Ben Battcock (left) and David Catanziriti presented three background working papers at the Harvard Law School workshop.

Past events

04
Nov
2019
Marines fire an M777 howitzer at Mount Bundey Training Area, Australia, Aug. 27, 2019, during Koolendong, an exercise focused on interoperability between U.S. and Australian troops
10.00AM to 4.00PM Workshop

On November 4, 2019, the Harvard Law School Program on International Law (HLS PILAC) and the Centre for Military and Security Law at the Australian National University College of Law (ANU CMSL) will jointly convene a workshop at Harvard Law School.

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Research biography

My research interests cover the practice and teaching of court advocacy, and development in the 21st century legal profession especially the bar.

Research projects & collaborations

I am collaborating in a research group at the ANU School of Legal Practice studying the 'Emerging Legal Identity of young practitioners'.

Conference papers & presentations

  • APLEC Conference -Melbourne November 2017 - paper presented 'Emerging Legal Identity -the path to your best'
  • APLEC Conference - Perth - November 2015 - paper presented - 'Emerging Legal Identity - Understanding the educational experiences and legal aspirations of students attending the ANU Becoming a Practitioner Course'
  • ALT Conference - Oxford - April 2012 - paper presented
  • APLEC Conference - Sydney - November 2011

Research interests

PhD supervision

Legal Profession; Clinical Legal Education; Advocacy.

I am willing to supervise in the above areas

SJD supervision

Legal Profession; Clinical Legal Education; Advocacy.

I am willing to supervise in the above areas

MPhil supervision

Legal Profession; Clinical Legal Education; Advocacy.

I am willing to supervise in the above areas

LLM Masters thesis supervision

Legal Profession; Clinical Legal Education; Advocacy.

I am willing to supervise in the above areas

Honours thesis supervision

Legal Profession; Clinical Legal Education; Advocacy.

I am willing to supervise in the above areas

Internship supervision

Legal Profession; Clinical Legal Education; Advocacy.

I am willing to supervise in the above areas

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2020 LEGW8141
Class #1436
Becoming a Practitioner
2020 LEGW8141
Class #1437
Becoming a Practitioner
2020 LEGW8141
Class #6471
Becoming a Practitioner
2020 LEGW8141
Class #6473
Becoming a Practitioner
2020 LEGW8106
Class #5408
Criminal Practice
2020 LEGW8106
Class #6726
Criminal Practice
2020 LEGM8327
Class #6638
Advocacy
2020 LEGW8106
Class #1701
Criminal Practice
2020 LEGW8106
Class #6480
Criminal Practice

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2017 LAWS8327
Class #6871
Advocacy
2019 LAWS8327
Class #6668
Advocacy
2018 LEGW8141
Class #6364
Becoming a Practitioner (BAP)
2018 LEGW8141
Class #6507
Becoming a Practitioner (BAP)
2018 LEGW8141
Class #5749
Becoming a Practitioner (BAP)
2018 LEGW8141
Class #5461
Becoming a Practitioner (BAP)
2019 LEGW8106
Class #8553
Criminal Practice
2018 LEGW8106
Class #9708
Criminal Practice
2019 LEGM8327
Class #6638
Advocacy
2018 LEGW8106
Class #6484
Criminal Practice
2018 LAWS8327
Class #6831
Advocacy
2018 LEGW8141
Class #6847
Becoming a Practitioner (BAP)
2018 LEGW8141
Class #9349
Becoming a Practitioner (BAP)
2018 LEGW8141
Class #5750
Becoming a Practitioner (BAP)
2018 LEGW8106
Class #9709
Criminal Practice
2018 LEGW8106
Class #1680
Criminal Practice
2018 LEGW8141
Class #9450
Becoming a Practitioner (BAP)
2018 LEGW8106
Class #9486
Criminal Practice
2019 LEGW8106
Class #6664
Criminal Practice
2018 LEGW8141
Class #1381
Becoming a Practitioner (BAP)

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Philosophy & approach

My philosophy and approach to teaching is to simplify and engage. This approach is perhaps most relevant to advocacy instruction, but it applies to all areas of law. Advocacy is perceived by students to be challenging and complicated. In fact, of course, it is simple and logical. If one can assist the students to recognise the patterns and structures within different aspects of advocacy, then I think that they begin to see the overall logic and consequently grow in confidence and ability.

Past courses

  • Civil Practice -Instructor 2003-2004; Convener 2004-2007.
  • Criminal Practice National Convener 2015 -2018
  • Advocacy MLP - Convener 2014-2018
  • Military Legal Practice 2014-2018
  • Becoming a Practitioner National Convener 2006-2018
  • Commercial Practice Subject Mentor 2012-2016
  • Professional Practice Core Course -Practice Mentor 2011-2013

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