Law research at UQ involves a wide range of stakeholders including local communities, practitioners in diverse industries, government and the international academic community. The research undertaken has a significant impact on the development, practice and administration of the law, and aims to provide a better understanding of the law and its relationship with other fields.

We engage regularly with both industry organisations and businesses on a range of our research related activities including workshops and training, research collaborations, consultancy and government submissions.

We also assist businesses and community groups in their pro bono work through the UQ Pro Bono Centre.  


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Our expert academics and talented students are able to work with you on research projects that are of interest to your organisation, the researchers and benefit the general public or greater good.

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UQ Law has a large network of global and local partners, including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (UNCITRAL RCAP); internationally regarded universities such as the Universities of Oxford and Harvard; national organisations including The Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Australian Federal Police; and local organisations such as Caxton Legal Service and the Credit Ombudsman Service Ltd.

Through a variety of schemes that support research with partners, including the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects Scheme we can undertake collaborative research and development projects with partner organisations which generate new knowledge and involve risk or innovation. 

To discuss potential research projects contact Carmen Buttery, Research Development Manager

UQ Law academics research consultancy to industry, governments and not-for-profit organisations and have undertaken a number of consultancies including:

  • Consultation in relation to the legislative framework under which The Ombudsman Commission of Papua New Guinea operates
  • Understanding the Legal Issues Surrounding Sea Walls
  • Legal Risk associated with Climate
  • Ascertaining the law of Timor-Leste which applies to a Mineral Valuation and Price Benchmarking
  • Future policy decisions that Australia may have to make in relation to international maritime law conventions

There are a variety of schemes, including the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects Scheme, that support research with partners to undertake projects which generate new knowledge and involve risk or innovation. 

To discuss research consultancy contact Carmen Buttery, Research Development Manager.

UQ is contributing to law reform at an international and national level through its input to legal processes, such as preparing submissions and representations to law reform bodies: examples include the Australian Law Reform Commission, the Attorney-General’s Department, Federal Parliamentary Standing Committees on Science and Innovation, Treaties, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Legal and Constitutional Affairs, sentencing advisory councils; State Government enquiries and committees, and government advisory groups.


View some of our research and submissions on espace

We develop a range of workshops for legal professionals that are led by the latest research.

Upcoming workshops include:

Defining Disability Workshop - more information to come. 

Recent training and workshops include:

Community Legal Centres Research Roundtable 

Criminal Justice Partnerships: Setting the Agenda for Research and Reform Workshop

Public Protest and Continuity of Essential Energy Supply - Prevention, Proportionality, Policing and Prosecution

Workshop for Solomon Islands Law Reform Commission 

MASLU workshop on maritime transboundary pollution

To discuss potential research workshops contact Carmen Buttery, Research Development Manager