Research news

Making important contributions to both Australian and international legal research, the TC Beirne School of Law is ranked by ERA (2015) as above world standard. View our recent research news, or browse feature stories by category.

Recent news

  • UQ Law Professor Graeme Orr was the guest speaker this week at the 2017 University of Queensland Law Society MinterEllison Sir Harry Gibbs Lecture. Professor Orr presented his lecture titled: “Who Can Be an MP?  The Constitution, the High Court and the Disqualification Farce”.
  • How to decide when someone else can decide? Our PhD candidate Sam Boyle gave a TEDx talk about the law of capacity in cases of anorexia nervosa. 
  • Professor Jennifer Corrin from The University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law (AAL). 
  • Last week, the TC Beirne School of Law hosted the Organised Crime and Corruption Forum, with over 300 people registered. The Forum generated considerable outside media interest, online and on radio.
  • Myanmar's Rohingya crisis has hit the headlines in recent weeks due to an extraordinary number of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar into Bangladesh. It is estimated that in less than three weeks, up to 400,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar.
  • What do slush funds, smart home safety, smuggling and sport have in common? All will be put under the legal microscope and scrutinised at the Organised Crime and Corruption Forum (18-21 September) organised by The University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law and the Australian Institute for Business and Economics (AIBE).

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Publications

The School produces three well-respected publications – the UQ Law Journal, the LAWASIA Journal and the Australian and New Zealand Maritime Law Journal. Our academic publications include leading high quality journals and monographs placed with prestigious overseas university presses that contribute to important legal issues. 

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Australian law and policy

Our research investigates legal topics relevant to modern social issues including domestic violence, immigration, disability policy, the environment, crime and corruption, parliamentary elections and biotechnology.

  • UQ Law Professor Graeme Orr was the guest speaker this week at the 2017 University of Queensland Law Society MinterEllison Sir Harry Gibbs Lecture. Professor Orr presented his lecture titled: “Who Can Be an MP?  The Constitution, the High Court and the Disqualification Farce”.
  • What do slush funds, smart home safety, smuggling and sport have in common? All will be put under the legal microscope and scrutinised at the Organised Crime and Corruption Forum (18-21 September) organised by The University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law and the Australian Institute for Business and Economics (AIBE).
  • Asylum seekers and smuggled migrants are frequently demonised in today’s political and social climate – but according to The University of Queensland’s Professor of Criminal Law Andreas Schloenhardt, their negative portrayal is misleading.

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International collaboration

The School frequently collaborates with other academics and institutions from around the world, in areas including South Pacific law, migrant smuggling, human rights and federalism.

  • What do slush funds, smart home safety, smuggling and sport have in common? All will be put under the legal microscope and scrutinised at the Organised Crime and Corruption Forum (18-21 September) organised by The University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law and the Australian Institute for Business and Economics (AIBE).
  • Asylum seekers and smuggled migrants are frequently demonised in today’s political and social climate – but according to The University of Queensland’s Professor of Criminal Law Andreas Schloenhardt, their negative portrayal is misleading.
  • Match-fixing, doping, organised crime and player contracts are the kind of curve balls that will be pitched in a new course offered by The University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law.

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In the media

Our academics are often asked to make contributions to popular media platforms, especially in areas of constitutional law, domestic violence and disability assistance.

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HDR and student research

We encourage our undergraduates to pursue research early in their legal careers, and our PhD candidates to investigate socially-relevant, important topics.

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