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. 

  • Professor Graeme Orr recently published a book chapter 'Putting the Cartel Before the House? Public Funding of Parties in Queensland' in Professor Marian Sawer and Dr Anika Gauja (ed), Party Rules? Dilemmas of Political Party Regulation in Australia (ANU Press, Australia 2016) 123-145.
  • Final year UQ TC Beirne School of Law student Matthew Tsai was recently highly commended in an international competition that has been dubbed ‘the junior Nobel Prize’, the Undergraduate Awards.
  • The TC Beirne School of Law celebrated the School’s outstanding research outputs and acknowledged excellence in research on Thursday 18th September during UQ Research Week.

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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.

  • Professor Graeme Orr recently published a book chapter 'Putting the Cartel Before the House? Public Funding of Parties in Queensland' in Professor Marian Sawer and Dr Anika Gauja (ed), Party Rules? Dilemmas of Political Party Regulation in Australia (ANU Press, Australia 2016) 123-145.
  • Professor Graeme Orr has published an article in The Conversation explaining both why Australians should say "Yes" in the upcoming same-sex marriage plebiscite, and why this is an issue that should be decidided by a direct vote of the electorate.
  • The TC Beirne School of Law is enjoying a research renaissance, charting a 68 percent increase in research income according to deputy head Professor Simon Bronitt.

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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.

  • TC Beirne School of Law academics Professors Heather Douglas, Simon Bronitt, Dr Melanie O'Brien and PhD scholar Victoria Colvin presented at the The Evolving Role of the Prosecutor, Domestically and Internationally workshop held at the Onati Institute in Spain on the 28th to 29th July 2016. The Onati Institute hosts a small number of workshops each year that </strong>contribute to socio-legal studies or sociology of law. Professors Heather Douglas (TC Beirne School of Law and Philip Stenning (School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University) co-ordinated the 2 day workshop.
  • The third Pasifika Law and Culture Conference: After Paris, After Winston – the PACIFIC was held at Victoria University of Welling from the 4th to the 6th of July.
  • Professor Jennifer Corrin facilitated a Panel on Pacific Legal Systems, Past, Present and Future at The Australian Association of Pacific Studies’ Tides of Transformation conference.

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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.

  • The TC Beirne School of Law will be holding a Three Minute Thesis (3MT) school heat ahead of the BEL Faculty and UQ finals.
  • UQ Law PhD student, Garth Wooler has had an article published in the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies. The Singapore Journal of Legal Studies is the flagship law journal of the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore and one of the oldest law journals in the Commonwealth.

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