Researcher biography

Professor Ann Black researches in the field of comparative law, law & religion, and legal pluralism, with particular interest in Islamic law and the law and legal cultures of Asia, especially Brunei Darussalam. She teaches two comparative law courses in the undergraduate program - Asian Legal Systems and Introduction to Islamic law in addition to Fundamentals of the Common Law and Comparative Criminal Law in the School's Master's program. Professor Black received the UQ Teaching Excellence Award in 2022, and in 2023 she received the prestigious Award for Teaching Excellence at the Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Professor Black is a co-author with Gary Bell, of Law and Legal Institutions of Asia: Traditions, adaptations and innovations (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Modern Perspectives on Islamic Law, with Hossein Esmaeili and Nadirsyah Hosen, (Edward Elgar, 2013), and Religious Freedom in a Secular Society, with Jahid Hussein in Brill's Studies in Religion, Secular Beliefs and Human Rights (2022) and Religious Freedom and Accommodating Religious Diversity: Challenges and Responses (2023). Another book co-edited with Jahid Bhuiyan, Freedom of Religion and Religious Diversity: State Accommodation of Religious Minorities (Routledge) will be available October 2024.

Professor Black is the Executive Director, Comparative Law, in the Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law and is the Program manager for the Centre's Indonesian Law Program, the Legal Pluralism Program, and the Korean Law Program and is a member of the Law and Religion in the Asia-Pacific and the Federalism and Multilevel Governance Program.