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.

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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.

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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.

  • 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.
  • UQ Law academic Dr Kamalesh Adhikari is participating in the Reimagining the Governance of Genetic Resources and Intellectual Property for Agriculture and Food Security in Asia workshop in Nepal.
  • UQ PHD student Ana Borges attended a two-day workshop from 19-21 July to discuss family and migration in the South Pacific region, and present her research paper titled 'Immigration and Domestic Violence: The impact of law on women’s wellbeing in Australia'.

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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.

  • Earlier this month, the High Court disqualified Family First Senator Bod Day from holding office, on grounds that his election was invalid due to a perceived conflict of interest. ABC Radio's Law Report interviewed Professor Graeme Orr on the implications of this case.
  • Professor Heather Douglas, ARC Future Fellow at the TC Beirne School of Law, today had an article published in the Courier-Mail. Titled Drag Queensland's abortion laws out of the 19th century, argues that abortion must be made legal in Queensland so that women can undergo the procedure safely in major hospitals.
  • Last night, our resident disability assistance expert Dr Paul Harpur was featured on Channel 10’s The Project.

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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.

  • TC Beirne School of Law PhD candidate Joseph Lelliott was the People’s Choice winner for his thesis presentation Unaccompanied Minors: Developing Law and Policy to Protect the Most Vulnerable Migrants.
  • 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.
  • UQ PHD student Ana Borges attended a two-day workshop from 19-21 July to discuss family and migration in the South Pacific region, and present her research paper titled 'Immigration and Domestic Violence: The impact of law on women’s wellbeing in Australia'.

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