The law of politics, in particular electoral law, is Professor Graeme Orr's primary research expertise. He has authored The Law of Politics (2010) and Ritual and Rhythm in Electoral Systems (2015), co-authored The Law of Deliberative Democracy (2016), co-edited Realising Democracy (2003) and Electoral Democracy: Australian Prospects (2011), and edited 3 symposia on the law of politics (in the Griffith Law Review (1998), the Federal Law Review (2004) and the Election Law Journal (2013)). His doctoral thesis explored the nature and regulation of electoral bribery. In the field of the law of politics, he does consultancy and pro bono work, and regular media commentary. Professor Orr's regular opinion pieces have featured in print outlets such as the Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning-Herald, Age, Courier-Mail, Canberra Times and in major online outlets.
Professor Orr's current projects include ARC funded work with Ron Levy on deliberative approaches to the law of democracy. He is also beginning a new project on 'horizontal censorship' - the ability of employers, social media and others to restrain 'free speech' by using their contractual and property law power, to defend their own 'brand' or right to dissociate themselves from a speaker.
Professor Orr has also published extensively in labour law, the law of negligence and on issues of language and law.
An Associate to two judges in the Federal Court of Australia and solicitor of the Queensland Supreme Court, prior to joining UQ, Professor Orr was also an Associate Professor at Griffith University, where he taught for 13 years. In recent times Professor Orr has been international editor of the Election Law Journal and board member of the Australian Journal of Labour Law. He was also formerly managing editor of the Griffith Law Review, columnist with the Alternative Law Journal on sport's links to law, and employment law columnist with the Australian Journal of Administrative Law. He currently authors the entry on Australia for The Annual Register, a 257 year old almanac of world affairs. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.