UQ Law School Research Showcase

In light of the developing COVID19 QLD Government restrictions, UQ Law is taking important steps to ensure the health & wellbeing of our community. Regretfully, this event will be postponed until further notice.

You can read more on our research at https://law.uq.edu.au/research

The University of Queensland's TC Beirne School of Law engages in research that aims to benefit the legal profession, policy-makers and the wider community across many different areas of law.

Our researchers are always looking for an opportunity to engage in knowledge transfer with legal practitioners by sharing their research insights, and by hearing from you about issues and challenges that presently confront the legal system.

Please join us for a snapshot of the research activities at UQ Law, with short presentations from Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh, Dr Ryan Catterwell, Dr Thea Voogt and Associate Professor Francesca Bartlett, together with an opportunity to further engage with us informally over refreshments.

For enquiries, please contact research@law.uq.edu.au.

About our researchers

Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh

Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh

Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh is a constitutional law scholar and Senior Lecturer at UQ Law with combined expertise in courts, national security and press freedom. She has published widely in these fields, including two edited collections as well as articles in Australia's leading journals. In 2019, Rebecca was awarded the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia's Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research and a UQ BEL Faculty award, in recognition of her research in national security, press freedom and fair trial rights. Her book 'The Tim Carmody Affair: Australia's Greatest Judicial Crisis' (co-authored with Gabrielle Appleby and Andrew Lynch), was shortlisted for a 2017 Queensland Literary Award and her Sydney Law Review article 'The Inherent Jurisdiction of Courts and the Fair Trial' has been shortlisted for a 2020 Australian Legal Research Award.

Rebecca's current research combines legal and empirical approaches to examine the impact of national security law on press freedom and edits the Press Freedom Policy Papers.


Dr Ryan Catterwell

Dr Ryan Catterwell

Dr Ryan Catterwell is a Lecturer at the TC Beirne School of Law teaching Contract Law and author of the book “A Unified Approach to Contract Interpretation”, published by Hart Publishing. He holds a PhD in contract interpretation from the University of Sydney. He is published on contract law in leading Australian and English journals.

Dr Catterwell’s research interests include private law, commercial law, contract theory, legal interpretation, logic and law, and law and technology. In broad terms, his research seeks to explain the law by employing a blend of theoretical and empirical methods. Ryan also applies his doctrinal research in exploring the extent to which legal reasoning can be automated.


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Dr Thea Voogt

Dr Thea Voogt is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law. She specialises in corporate governance and corporations law, business structure innovation, and income tax law.

Her research focuses on four areas: small firm and family firm business structures, duties, roles, responsibilities and skills of non-executive directors (NEDs), the impact of income tax law on small business structures, and the mutual ownership of infrastructure.


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Associate Professor Francesca Bartlett

Associate Professor Francesca Bartlett lectures in Ethics and the Legal Profession and Contract Law. She is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the School of Law. She is a Fellow of the Centre for Public, Comparative and International Law and researches in the area of lawyers' ethics and practice, access to justice and women and the law. She was a CI on the Australian Feminist Judgments Project funded by the Australian Research Council under a Discovery Project Grant.

Francesca is undertaking a number of projects relating to lawyers working across Australia including around family violence, and how technology impacts access to justice and ethics in the legal profession. She has recently led a project concerning technology and access to justice in the legal assistance sector, and is a CI on a project funded by the Queensland Law Society concerning disruption to and innovation by small law firms across Queensland.