Researcher biography

Dr Maria Itati Dolhare joined the TC Beirne School of Law in 2013 and teaches property law to both undergraduate and postgraduate law and business students.

Her research involves the study of how different legal systems deal with land conflicts, for example, land disputes engaging indigenous and non-indigenous stakeholders and their different worldviews. Her current research applies critical theories and decolonial comparative law to this study in an international context. In 2020, Dr Dolhare was invited to present a paper on her work at a decolonial comparative law workshop organised by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law and the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law.

Within Australia, Dr Dolhare is examining legal principles applicable to the solution of land disputes involving the determination of ownership of personal property.

In 2019, Dr Dolhare was selected as one of the 2020 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellows in the Laureate Program in Comparative Constitutional Law at Melbourne University.

Dr Dolhare holds a Bachelor of Law (civil law), a Juris Doctor and a PhD from The University of Queensland. Her expertise is further informed from practising law in the areas of property, commercial and corporate law for five years prior to joining the School.