Professor Ann BlackAnn Black

Professor Ann Black, was one of the founding members of CPICL. She is currently CPICL’s Executive Director for Comparative Law and is the Program Manager for the Centre's Indonesian Law Program, the Legal Pluralism Program, and the Korean Law Program and is a member of the Law and Religion in the Asia-Pacific and the Federalism and Multilevel Governance Program.

Professor Black is recognised as a pioneering law lecturer who empowers her students to learn about different legal systems across cultures. In February 2024, Ann’s outstanding contribution was recognised nationally when she received the prestigious Award for Teaching Excellence at the annual Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Her innovative teaching and assessment methods equip her students to be informed global citizens who can evaluate different approaches to law and make sense of law in the world.

Professor Black researches in the field of comparative law, law & religion, and legal pluralism, with particular interest in Islamic law and the law and legal cultures of Asia, especially Brunei Darussalam. She is a co-author, with Gary Bell, of Law and Legal Institutions of Asia: Traditions, adaptations and innovations (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Modern Perspectives on Islamic Law, with Hossein Esmaeili and Nadirsyah Hosen, (Edward Elgar, 2013), and Religious Freedom in a Secular Society, with Jahid Hussein in Brill’s Studies in Religion, Secular Beliefs and Human Rights (2022). Another book co-edited with Jahid Hussein, Religious Freedom and Accommodating Religious Diversity: Challenges and Responses will be published this year.

For a full list of Professor Black's publications see her Law School profile page.


Dr Mark Deng in the UQ law libraryRebecca Barber

Rebecca Barber is a PhD candidate with the School of Law and a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, University of Queensland. Her PhD thesis (currently under examination) focused on the legal powers of the UN General Assembly to prevent and respond to atrocity crimes. In 2021 she authored a guidance document for States on that topic. She is currently working on the development of a framework for the implementation of the Responsibility to Protect.

Rebecca’s research encompasses UN Charter law, international peace and security law, international organisations, state responsibility, international human rights and humanitarian law, and the responsibility to protect. Her research has been published in leading international law journals including the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, the International Review of the Red Cross, the Journal of International Peacekeeping, the Journal of Conflict and Security Law and the Journal on the Use of Force in International Law, among others. She also writes frequently for online international law forums including Just Security and EJIL:Talk!. Her blogs for EJIL:Talk! have for the last two years been listed as among the blog’s most widely read. 

Rebecca has received several national and international awards for her research including the International and Comparative Law Quarterly early career prize (2021), an Australian Legal Research Award (2022) and awards for HDR research excellence from the University of Queensland’s Law School (2021) and Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (2022).

Rebecca previously had a career in international humanitarian assistance and advocacy, with assignments in Africa, South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

For Rebecca’s publications see her UQ POLSIS page here.


Dr Mark Deng in Law library Dr Mark Deng 

CPICL Fellow, Dr Mark Deng, is a researcher in South Sudanese public law. He was awarded a UNSW Comparative Constitutional Law Bursary to advance work on his monograph on constitutional transformations and institutional development in South Sudan. 

Read more about Mark's journey in Contact Magazine's From tree leaves to UQ Law. 


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