Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law

The Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law (CPICL) brings together a large group of faculty members and doctoral students who are actively engaged in research and teaching in the following areas:

  • Public International Law
  • Private International Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Competition Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Law of Institutions (including educational, religious & professional institutions)
  • Legal Philosophy
  • International Criminal and Humanitarian Law
  • The Law of International Organisations

Established in September 2003, the Centre of Public, International and Comparative Law is dedicated to advanced research and seeks collaborative links and scholarly exchanges with other disciplines within the University, and with like–minded research organisations around the world.

Support is provided by the Centre for doctoral research and currently 15 doctoral students work with the supervision of the Fellows of the Centre. Fellows and other Centre members also contribute to the graduate program of the School of Law by the conduct of courses in its research areas.

The Centre disseminates its research through public seminars, conferences and a publication program is being developed. From 2004-2020, the Centre published the LAWASIA Journal in partnership with LAWASIA, The Law Association for Asia and the Pacific and from 2017, the Australian Journal of International Law, edited by Centre Director, Professor Anthony Cassimatis. CPICL is building links with relevant government and public institutions and offers consultancy services in its areas of expertise.

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The Centre brings together the large number of academic staff and research higher degree students within the Law School who are researching in the areas of public law, international law and comparative law and to promote, support, coordinate and showcase their research efforts.

Research focuses on four broad areas:

Public Law: This includes constitutional law, administrative law, and domestic human rights law; and the law of institutions, including educational, religious and professional institutions.
International Law: This includes public international law, international human rights law, international criminal and humanitarian law, the law of international organisations, and private international law.
Comparative Law: This includes the study of the law of foreign countries, the comparison of foreign law with Australian law or the law of other foreign countries, and the analysis of legal difference.
Legal Theory: This includes philosophical, economic, social and historical perspectives on law.

    CPICL is currently running six research programs:

    Whether you're a potential student, a scholar from Australia or overseas, or someone who's active in public, international and comparative law, CPICL welcomes your enquiries about our research areas, seminars and organisation.

    Please contact our Centre Director:


    Professor Anthony Cassimatis
    Centre Director
    Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law
    Law School
    The University of Queensland
    Brisbane QLD 4072

    +61 7 3365 2446