HDR Christmas drinks
Our HDR students at 2018 Christmas lunch

In 2019, we are supervising 40 PhD students and 3 MPhil students - 

  • 7 international and 35 domestic (including 8 remote)
  • 23 full-time and 19 part-time.


Current students, their projects and advisors


Name Project Supervisor
Sarah Asokendaran Commonwealth harmonisation of coal seam gas regulatory frameworks in Australia their want of states will Professor Jonathan Fulcher
Professor Jonathan Crowe
Nicolas Augoustinos Principles of cultural heritage law and the international guardianship of the Greek Orthodox heritage

Professor Craig Forrest
Dr Lucas Lixinski

Victoria Baumfield Restoring a public focus to government business enterprises (GBEs): Proposals to make GBEs more responsive to public concerns Professor Ross Grantham
Professor Graeme Orr
Ana Borges Migration and domestic violence: Women's experiences of proving domestic violence as a requirement for permanent residency

Professor Heather Douglas
Associate Professor Elizabeth Mackinlay
Dr Jason Chin

Jocelyn Bosse The Role of the Law in the Circulation of the Kakadu Plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana) Professor Brad Sherman
Dr Allison Fish
Dr Susannah Chapman
Yvonne Breitwieser-Faria The responsibility of states to prevent atrocity crimes Professor Anthony Cassimatis
Professor Alexander Bellamy
Tad Brown Intellectual property and Peanuts Professor Brad Sherman
Dr Andrew Ventimiglia
Adam Chernok Big Brother's New Toys: Regulation of contemporary covert and coercive policing methods in Australia Professor Simon Bronitt
Andrew Curtin Understanding Law as a Maclntyrean 'Practice' Professor Nick Aroney
Dr Rob Mullins
Mark Deng

Constitutional Transformations: Failure and Opportunity in Post-Independence South Sudan. 

Ms Caitlin Goss
Professor Graeme Orr
Amy Dunphy Legal Responses to the data driven challenges and opportunities presented by fully automoated and connected vehicles (CAVs) Dr Mark Burdon
Professor Fiona Helen Rohde
Andrew Fell Developing a Descriptive Approach to Legal Taxonomy Professor Christopher Barker
Professor Ross Grantham
Rosemary Gibson

Express termination for breach clauses in commercial contracts: the legal nature and operational mechanics of such clauses under Australian law

Professor Rick Bigwood
Professor Nick Gaskell
Dr Ryan Catterwell

Henry Holderness Towards an efficient, equitable and sustainable insurance model for major natural disasters in New Zealand: a critical assessment of the application of the Earthquake Commission Act 1993 and the insurance scheme created by it ("the EQC scheme") following the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes Dr Justine Bell-James
Elizabeth Jameson The unitary implementation of corporate governance in Australia an dits continuing relevance and fitness for purpose Professor David Morrison
Dr Vicki Comino
William Isdale Compensation for native title - similitude or sui generis? Adjunct Professor Jonathan Fulcher
Adjunct Professor The Honourable Justice Andrew Greenwood
Katrina Kluss

Towards the Ideal in a Non-Ideal World: the case for assigning juridical personhood to nonhuman animals in Australia

Dr Justine Bell-James
Professor Jonathan Crowe
Mr Steve White

Lorraine Finlay The universal franchise: the protection of voting rights under the Australian Constitution Professor James Allan
Professor Nicholas Aroney
Mark Fowler Church and state relations and the tax exemption and charitable endorsement of religious institutions in Australia Professor Nicholas Aroney
Professor Gino Evan dal Pont 
David Galbraith An Historico-Legal Study of the Defamation Act, 1958 (NSW) Professor Nicholas Aroney
Professor Warren Swain 
Helen Gregorczuk Towards a new framework for the fair collection of personal information by the private sector in the age of big data and the internet of things Dr Alan Davidson
Ms Rebecca Ananian-Welsh
David Jefferson Experimenting with the Governance of Plants as Intellectual Property: Limitations of Lawmaking and the Ecuadorian Experience Professor Brad Sherman
Dr Susannah Chapman
Craig Jensen International obligations and human rights in Australian Extradition Professor Anthony Cassimatis
Professor Ned Aughterson 
Jennifer Jude Registration, recording and noting of native title in Australia Associate Professor Margaret Stephenson
Dr Sean Sexton
Scott Kiel-Chisholm Civil Liability Challenges for the Law and Neural Interface Devices: Reconceptualising the Law Dr Alan Davidson
Professor John Devereux
Constance Lee Calvinist natural law and constitutionalism Professor Nicholas Aroney
Professor Jonathan Crowe
Joanne Lee A Critical Examination and Evaluation of Natural Law Theories in Formulating and Shaping Usury Jurisprudence.

Professor Nicholas Aroney
Dr Robert Mullins

Hamish Macdonald Inventing DNA: Exploring the patent system's conceptualisation of novel genetic products Professor Brad Sherman
Professor Simon Bronitt
Rachel McDonald (nee Phelan) A critical review and analysis of the human right and legal entitlement of Australian women to breastfeed on their return to work. A comparative legal study of Australia, United States and Ireland Dr Francesca Bartlett
Dr Paul Harpur 
Ashwin Nair Maritime Liens in 21st century Australia: transferability and conflict Professor Craig Forrest
Professor Nicholas Gaskell 
Thi Nong Sustainable protection of fish biodiversity in the Mekong River: the role of international environmental law, and lessons from Australia Dr. Justine Bell-James
Associate Professor Peter Billings
Emirenciana (Tyas) Nyantyasningsih

Rethinking Public Entities & Revenue Generation:  A New Interdisciplinary Regulatory Model

Professor Simon Bronitt
Dr Thea Voogt
Manuel Oysen Evaluating Directors' Duties Towards Shareholders and Stakeholders: No balancing Act in Corporate Governance Professor Ross Grantham
Dr Thea Louisa Voogt
Kencho Peldon Patent Protection in Bhutan and its impact on plant genetic resources

Prof Bradley Sherman
Dr Susannah Chapman

Anne Pickering A framework for property law reform and development within legal pluralism: Adopting an innovative approach Professor Jennifer Corrin
Professor Richard Bigwood
Professor Daniel Joseph Fitzpatrick
Helen Punter Therapeutic policing: police as therapeutic agents Professor Simon Bronitt
Associate Professor Tamara Walsh
Jessica Ritchie The use of DNA evidence in cross-border investigations: From crisis to confidence Professor Simon Bronitt
Dr Mark Burdon 
Brooke Thompson The feasibility of legal pluralism in Australia's secular framework- would the introduction of Sharia Inheritance laws be a viable exception? Associate Professor Ann Black
Associate Professor David Morrison
Karma Tshering Self-Represented Defendants in Criminal Trials: A Comparative Study between Australia and Bhutan Professor Heather Douglas
Associate Professor Francesca Bartlett
Brydon Wang Sensorised Buildings, The Smart City and Surveillance Dr Mark Burdon
Professor Simon Bronitt
Yan Xuan China's maritime arbitration system's 'Selective Adaption' to international legal norms and practice Professor Sarah Derrington
Professor Nicholas Gaskell
Associate Professor Qiao Liu
Yu (Molly) Yao Comparative analysis on legal conflicts from allocation of risks in the emission reduction purchase agreement (ERPA) reforming mechanism conductive to coexistence of interests in the conflict of laws Associate Professor Qiao Liu
Professor Rick Bigwood 
Behnaz Zarrabi

The Law of Exorcism: A Comparative Study of Religiously Motivated Homicide

Professor Simon Bronitt
Dr Saskia Hufnagel 

Recently graduated HDR student projects


Project Title

Md Jahid Hossain Bhuiyan

Promoting and Protecting the Right to Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in Bangladesh

Samuel Boyle Capacity and Treatment Refusal: How law does and should deal with the case of Anorexia Nervosa?

Mirza Buana

State Courts, Traditional Dispute Resolution and Indigenous Peoples in South Kalimantan: A  Socio-Legal Study

Imogen Colvin

The Charging Decision: Accountability, Transparency, and Control of the Decision to Prosecute

Sonia Patricia Esteves Pais da Fonseca

Challenging the Efficacy of No-Drop Prosecution Policies in Domestic Violence Cases: A Comparative Legal Analysis

Ryan Haddrick

The Queen's Ministers of State for the Commonwealth: The Relationship between the Prerogatives of the Crown and the Executive Power of the Commonwealth

Henry Kha

The Reform of English Divorce Law: 1857-1937

Joseph Lelliott Smuggling of unaccompanied minors

Paul Mae

Solomon Islands' Constitutional Dilemma: Local Participation, Customary Law and Traditional Institutions of Governance

Thi Kim Hue Mai

Securing Freedom of Information in Vietnamese Government and Law

Eve Massingham

The obligation to respect and to ensure respect in all circumstances pursuant to Common Article 1 of the Four Geneva Conventions of August 1949 and Additional Protocols I and III: an Australian weapons law perspective

Irna Nurhayati

The Implementation of the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures in Selected Southeast Asian Developing Countries: A Comparative Analysis and Evaluation

Benjamin Saunders

A Government for a Sovereign People: The Expectations and Intentions of the Framers of the Australian Constitution regarding Responsible Government

Emily Steel

The right choice? An interpretive policy analysis of assistive technology in Australian disability services

Peta Stephenson

Measuring the Metes and Bounds of Commonwealth Executive Power: Nationhood and Section 61 of the Constitution

Ruth Walker

Child Death, Neglect & Criminal Responsibility: The (In)adequacy of the Law of Homicide in Australia in Cases of Child Fatality Resulting from Parental Neglect

Pan Mohamad Faiz Kusuma Wijaya

The Role of the Constitutional Court in Securing Constitutional Government in Indonesia

Garth Wooler

Lifting the Veil of Autonomy: Unconscionable Conduct as Grounds for Injunctive Relief in Australia and Singapore - A Study in the Context of Independent Trade Finance Instruments

Hui Zhong

Return of Chinese Cultural Relics taken from the First Opium War to the end of the Japanese Occupation (1840-1945)