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



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. 


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.


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.


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.

  • 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.
  • Dr Mark Burdon co-wrote an article published in The Conversation on Friday, Who's listening? The ethical and legal issues of developing a health app​. The article discusses how health monitoring apps, such as those used to monitor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, can also be used to record private conversations of the users, in breach of both law and ethical standards.  


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.