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

  • 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.
  • While the Australian Government has argued for corporate tax cuts, collaborative research by the UQ law and business schools suggests that the largely unincorporated small business sector needs more assistance than simple tax relief.
  • Last night, our resident disability assistance expert Dr Paul Harpur was featured on Channel 10’s The Project.
  • 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’.
  • Women migrants are particularly vulnerable to domestic violence. Due to their restricted visa status, some become trapped in abusive relationships with no access to finances or other support.
  • The atrocities of the 20th Century, particularly the Holocaust, led to the creation of international criminal law. Starting with the Nuremberg Tribunal and culminating in the International Criminal Court, justice has allowed survivors and their families to receive compensation, create memorials and move towards reconciliation.



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 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.
  • A national, publicly-available resource for judicial officers dealing with cases involving domestic and family violence, developed by University of Queensland’s Professor Heather Douglas, was launched today.
  • A recent publication by Professor Andreas Schloenhardt & Rebekkah Markey-Towler from the UQ Human Trafficking Working Group, examines the principle of non-criminalisation which serves to protect victims from prosecution for offences, which they may have committed during the course of their trafficking experience. Entitled ‘Non-criminalisation of victims of trafficking in persons: principles, promises, and perspectives’, the article has just been published in the Groningen Journal of International Law p10-38.


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.

  • A national, publicly-available resource for judicial officers dealing with cases involving domestic and family violence, developed by University of Queensland’s Professor Heather Douglas, was launched today.
  • UQ Law Professor Heather Douglas has given evidence at the parliamentary inquiry into proposed laws to decriminalise abortion in Queensland, Amendment Bill 2016 and Inquiry into laws governing termination of pregnancy in Queensland, on 13 July 2016. Professor Douglas told the public hearing that there was often a link between domestic violence and abortion.
  • Professor Nicholas Aroney spoke recently on the failure of the Australian federal government’s Reform of the Federation White Paper.


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.


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.