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. 

  • The measures that can be taken to prevent terrorism and other crimes remains a perennially relevant topic. While the subject first received substantial attention in the aftermath of September 11, the last few months have seen dramatically stronger surveillance laws in the UK, and a continuing debate around immigration policy.
  • A same-sex marriage plebiscite could undermine representative democracy and the central role it gives to Parliament to create laws, according to an article published in the latest edition of the University of Queensland Law Journal.
  • Zoe Brereton, an undergraduate at UQ Law and New Colombo Plan Fellow, was recently published in the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, ‘Perpetuating myths of women as false complainants in rape cases in India: culture versus the law’.

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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.

  • 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'.
  • Leading researchers and scholars from around the world will gather at The University of Queensland next week to discuss the growing crisis in human protection.

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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.

  • 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'.
  • Mark Deng has joined the UQ School of Law as a PhD student on an Australian Postgraduate Award. After spending four years in a Kenyan refugee camp, Mark arrived in Australia as a teenage refugee from South Sudan.
  • Zoe Brereton, an undergraduate at UQ Law and New Colombo Plan Fellow, was recently published in the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, ‘Perpetuating myths of women as false complainants in rape cases in India: culture versus the law’.

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