HDR student profiles

Nicolas Augoustinos Nicolas Augoustinos
Project Title: Principles of cultural heritage law and the international guardianship of the Greek Orthodox heritage of Cyprus, Turkey and Albania
Supervisors: Professor Craig Forrest

Nicholas is a Senior Lecturer with The University of Notre Dame Australia School of Law, Sydney.

Nicholas’s doctoral research aims to contribute to our understanding of the nature of cultural heritage law by examining:

  • the impact of that law in the context of the protection of the movable and immovable heritage of the Greek Orthodox Church situated in (or sourced from) the abovementioned areas; and
  • the ability of the Greek Orthodox Church to engage in the international legal regimes which have been established for the protection of cultural heritage.
  • Nicholas Augustinos, ‘The Protection of Cultural Heritage in the Event of Armed Conflict: the Cyprus Experience’ in N. Palmer (Ed) The Recovery of Stolen Art (Kluwer Law International, London, 1998).
Interests: In addition to cultural heritage law, Nicholas’s research interests include taxation law. He has published articles in various peer-reviewed, ERA-listed journals including the Australian Tax Review, the Australian Tax Forum, the Revenue Law Journal, the Journal of Australian Taxation and the Journal of the Australasian Tax Teachers’ Association.


Victoria Baumfield  Victoria Baumfield
Project Title:  Restoring a public focus to government business enterprises (GBEs): Proposals to make GBEs more responsive to public concerns
Supervisors: Prof Ross Grantham
Professor Graeme Orr

Tory Baumfield is an Assistant Professor at Bond University and a member of the New York Bar.

Tory received her B.A., cum laude, in International Relations and French from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was Head Notes Editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, in 1997.  Tory then worked as a commercial litigator at a large Wall Street law firm for 9 years before moving to Australia.  She represented corporate clients on topics including French banking law during the Nazi occupation, the alleged expropriation of foreign infrastructure assets in China, and reinsurance rescission actions.

Tory currently teaches Corporations Law and an elective on American law.  Tory's research focuses on the corporate governance of government businesses. She has published and presented at conferences in this area, and is currently pursuing her PhD on this topic at the University of Queensland.
  • Victoria Schnure Baumfield, “The Allconnex Water Debacle: Lessons in Devising Better Governance Mechanisms for Government Business Entities” (2013) 24(2) Bond Law Review 1-63.
  • Victoria Schnure Baumfield, “Corporate Class Actions – A Primer”, Corporate Governance eJournal, published: September 19, 2009.  ISSN:  1836-1110.
  • Victoria Schnure Baumfield, “The Pleadings and Other Documents Used in Federal Court Litigation:  How a Federal Case Gets to Trial”, The National Legal Eagle (Spring 2010).


Sam Boyle
Scholarship: University of Queensland Research Scholarship (UQRS)
Project Title:  Capacity and Treatment Refusal: How law does and should deal with the case of Anorexia Nervosa
Supervisor: Associate Professor Tamara Walsh

Sam is a researcher in the field of capacity and mental health law. He is considering the question of capacity in the case of anorexia nervosa, and the wider implications for the law of capacity.

Sam has lectured at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom in property law and public law, and is lecturing and tutoring in various subjects, including property law, at the University of Queensland.

Sam has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Queensland, a Bachelor of Laws from Queensland University of Technology and an LLM from the University of Kent. Sam has published research in the areas of ecology, environmental law and property law.

Sam is also an admitted lawyer and has worked as a lawyer and paralegal with Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House, a community legal centre based in Brisbane.

  • Boyle, Sam (2016) ‘Medical Evidence of Capacity in a Legal Setting: How Reliant Are Courts on Doctors’ Views?’ (Forthcoming)
  • Boyle, Sam (2015) ‘Fraud against the registrar: Why the ‘De Jager line’ of authority is incorrect, and how unfairness in the Torrens system caused it to arise’ 24(2) Australian Property Law Journal 305.
  • Boyle, Sam (2014) ‘The Case for Regulation of Agricultural Water Pollution’ 16(1) Environmental Law Review 4.
  • Boyle, Sam (2012) ‘The Water Framework Directive: why is ‘good status’ proving such an elusive goal?’ 22(1) Water Law 19.
  • McNamara, S, Erskine PD, Lamb DL, Latsamay C and Boyle, S (2012) ‘The Resilience of Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests in Lao PDR to Varying Levels of Disturbance’ 281 Forest Ecology and Management 93.


Mirza Satria Buana Mirza Satria Buana
Scholarship: Australia Leadership Award (ALA)
Project Title:  Emergence of tribal courts in Kalimantan (a comparative and socio-legal study)
Supervisor: Professor Jennifer Corrin
Associate Professor Ann Black

Mirza Satria Buana has been working as lecturer and researcher at Faculty of Law, Lambung Mangkurat University since 2006. Started his Bachelor of Law in 2001-2005 than pursued his Master of Law at Islamic University of Indonesia, Yogyakarta in 2008 and finished in early 2010. Prof. Mahfud MD (The Chairman of Indonesia Constitutional Court) was his former thesis’s supervisor.  Prof. Mahfud MD is the one who always inspires him to dedicate his knowledge and achievement for his country’s sake.

He has followed many academic and advocacy activities that related to law, human rights and access of justice issues. He has a network with Centre for Human Rights Studies, Mahidol University and Chulalangkorn University that created his academic link with activists and researchers in Southeast Asian. Thus, in order to deeper his experiences on advocacy, he followed internship programs at NGOs that based in Chiang Mai, Thailand and at Centre of Constitutional Law Studies, Islamic University of Indonesia.

In Socio-Legal Studies, he followed courses that organized by Leiden University, Groningen University and University of Indonesia in 2010-2011. He also went to Ateneo de Manila University to attend Diplomatic Training Program on Human Rights, Advocacy and Indigenous Peoples that organized by The University of New South Wales (UNSW). In addition, he is also a member of Southeast Asian Human Rights Networking (SEAHRN) and Indonesia Human Rights Educator Council/Serikat Pengajar HAM Indonesia (SEPAHAM). Currently, he is working at Centre for Law, Society and Development, Centre of Research, Lambung Mangkurat University.
  • Customary (Living) Law
  • Legal Pluralism
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Constitutional Law
  • Indonesian Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Legal and Judicial System


Victoria Colvin Victoria Colvin
Scholarship: Australia Postgraduate Award
Project Title:  The Charging Decision: Accountability, Transparency, and Control of the Decision to Prosecute
Project Overview:  This project examines the decision whether or not to prosecute for criminal offences, and the
mechanisms of accountability which may apply to that decision. It adopts a comparative approach and examines the law and criminal justice systems of Australia, Canada, and England.
Supervisors: Professor Heather Douglas
Philip Stenning (Griffith University)

Prior to commencing my Phd I was prosecutor with the Ministry of the Attorney General, Criminal Justice Branch, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  From 2010 to 2012 I was a Senior Teaching Fellow at Bond University, specializing in teaching Canadian Administrative Law.  My research interests are in the areas of criminal law and criminal procedure, evidence, and administrative law.  I am a member of the International Association of Prosecutors and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology.

  • I Colvin, 'Plea Bargaining and Miscarriage of Justice: a Case Study of the Prosecution of Gabe Watson, the So-called 'Honeymoon Killer'' (2015) 34 (1) University of Queensland Law Journal 71-99


Lorraine Finlay Lorraine Finlay
Project Title:  The Universal Franchise: The Protection of Voting Rights under the Australian Constitution
Supervisors: Professor James Allan
Professor Nicholas Aroney

Lorraine has been a law lecturer at Murdoch University since 2010.  She currently lectures in Constitutional Law and International Human Rights Law, and is also the Director of the Moot Program.

Before joining Murdoch University Lorraine worked as a State Prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (WA) and at the High Court of Australia as the Legal Research Officer and then as an Associate to The Hon. Justice J D Heydon.  In 2009 she was selected as a Singapura Scholar with the NYU@NUS program and was awarded a dual LL.M from New York University and the National University of Singapore.

Lorraine’s PhD examines voting rights under the Australian Constitution and the extent to which the universal franchise is constitutionally protected.  In addition to constitutional law, Lorraine’s research interests include criminal law, international criminal law and public international law.

Recent publications include:

  • Lorraine Finlay & Tyrone Kirchengast, Criminal Law in Australia (LexisNexis, 2014).
  • Augusto Zimmermann & Lorraine Finlay, ‘Suri Ratnapala’s Contribution to the Understanding of the Rule of Law’ (2014) 33(2) University of Queensland Law Journal367.
  • Augusto Zimmermann & Lorraine Finlay, ‘A Forgotten Freedom: Protecting Freedom of Speech in an Age of Political Correctness’ (2014) 14 Macquarie Law Journal 185.
  • Lorraine Finlay, ‘The Power of the Purse: An Examination of Fiscal Federalism in Australia’ (2012) 24 Journal of Constitutional History 81.
  • Lorraine Finlay, ‘Indigenous Recognition: Some Issues’ in The Samuel Griffith Society, Upholding the Australian Constitution (Proceedings from the 24th Conference) (2012).


Helen Gregorczuk   
Project Title:  Toward a new framework for fair collection of personal information by retailers in the age of big data and analytics?
Supervisor: Dr Mark Burdon

Helen Gregorczuk has worked across Queensland and UK government as a policy advisor in access to information law, transport and disability services. She has also been a tutor in constitutional and administrative law at Griffith University law school, a parliamentary researcher, a privacy and information law specialist and compliance manager. She has also worked as a privacy consultant and occupied a variety of roles at the Queensland Information Commissioner and UK Information Commissioner’s Office. She has a specialism in information law, administrative law and environmental law and currently works in the governance branch of the Logan City Council. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws degrees from QUT and spent a year as an undergraduate at University of Toronto.

Helen’s research is looking at the technologies being employed by bricks and mortar retailers to gather and analyse vast quantities of customer data in the context of the Privacy Act and questions whether a new framework for ‘fair collection’ of personal information is required given that many people are unaware that their data is being collected and even where they are aware, they often do not know for what purpose.


David James Jefferson David James Jefferson
Project Title: Buen Vivir: Agriculture, Food Sovereignty, and the Re-imagination of Intellectual Property in Ecuador
Supervisors: Professor Brad Sherman

David is a PhD candidate at the TC Beirne School of Law. David’s PhD project examines the theory, motivations, objectives, and expected impact of the new draft Ecuadorian intellectual property (IP) law, which is entitled the “Organic Code for the Social Knowledge and Innovation Economy of Ecuador” (the “Código Ingenios”). David’s research focuses especially on components of the Código Ingenios that are relevant to Andean agricultural practices, food sovereignty, and traditional knowledge. However, the project also broadly investigates how the Código could represent a redefinition – or reconceptualisation – of legal frameworks granting intellectual property rights, both within Ecuador, regionally, and internationally.

David holds a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from the University of California and a Masters of Arts in Community Psychology from Suffolk University. David has conducted work in the area of intellectual property law for several years, including under the auspices of a United States Fulbright Scholar grant, and as a Law & Policy Analyst with the Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture (PIPRA), based at the University of California, Davis. David has lived in worked in multiple countries, but has a particular interest in Latin America.

  • *Jefferson, D. J. (2016, forthcoming). Ingenuity and the Re-Imagining of Intellectual Property: An Introduction to the Código Ingenios of Ecuador. European Intellectual Property Review.
  • *Jefferson, D. J. (28 de junio de 2016). Código Ingenios: La reconceptualización de la propiedad intellectual en la mitad del mundo. El Telégrafo. http://www.eltelegrafo.com.ec/noticias/sociedad/4/codigo-ingenios-la-reconceptualizacion-de-la-propiedad-intelectual-en-la-mitad-del-mundo.
  • Alandete-Saez, M., *Jefferson, D. J., & Bennett, A. B. (2016). Intellectual Property in Agricultural Biotechnology: From Patent Thickets to Generics. In Intellectual Property Issues in Biotechnology (Singh, H.B., Jha, A., & Keswani, C., eds.). CABI, UK.
  • *Jefferson, D. J., & Padmanabhan, M. S. (2016). Recent Evolutions in Intellectual Property Frameworks for Agricultural Biotechnology: A Worldwide Survey. Asian Biotechnology and Development Review, 18(1), 17-37.
  • *Jefferson, D. J. (2015). Biosociality, Reimagined: A Global Distributive Justice Framework for Ownership of Human Genetic Material. Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property 14(2), 357-378.
  • *Jefferson, D. J., Graff, G. D., Chi-Ham, C. L., & Bennett, A. B. (2015). The Emergence of Agbiogenerics. Nature Biotechnology, 33(8), 819-823.
  • *Jefferson, D. J., Camacho, A. B., & Chi-Ham, C. L. (2014). Towards a Balanced Regime of Intellectual Property Rights for Agricultural Innovations. Journal of Intellectual Property Rights, 19(6), 395-403.
  • Jefferson, D. J. (2014). Development, Farmers’ Rights, and the Ley Monsanto: The Struggle Over the Ratification of UPOV 91 in Chile. IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review, 55(1), 31-78.
  • *Jefferson, D. J. & Harkins, D. A. (2011). “Hey, I’ve got a voice too!” Narratives of adversity, growth and empowerment. Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 3(2), 104-128.
Interests: David is an avid and active rock climber and mountaineer. He is also an RYT-certified anusara yoga instructor. Additional interests include Spanish and Portuguese language and cultural studies, music, and vintage motorcycles.


Henry Kha Henry Kha
Project Title: Divorce Law in Victorian England
Supervisors: Professor Warren Swain
Dr Karen Fairweather

Henry Kha graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Juris Doctor, and was awarded the Dean’s List for Excellence in Academic Performance. He has also graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) (Honours). Henry was a Legal Associate to Justice Rees and Justice Le Poer Trench in the Family Court of Australia, and has practiced as a solicitor in a Sydney law firm after being admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. The PhD thesis examines the development of English divorce law before and after the enactment of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1857. Henry’s research interests are in the field of private law and legal history, particularly family law, contracts and equity.

  • Henry Kha and Warren Swain, “The Enactment of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1857: The Campbell Commission and the Parliamentary Debates” (2016) 37(3) Journal of Legal History 303.
  • Henry Kha, “Evaluating Collaborative Law in the Australian Context” (2015) 26 Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal 178.
  • Henry Kha, “Faith in the Courts: The Aggrieved Faithful Seeking Standing in Australia” (2014) 26(1) Bond Law Review 148.


Scott Kiel-Chisholm Scott Kiel-Chisholm
Project Title: Civil Liability Challenges for the Law and Neural Interface Devices: Reconceptualising the Law
Supervisors: Dr Alan Davidson
Professor John Devereux
Qualifications: BBus (Hons) (QAC) LLB (Hons) BCom (Griffith) LLM (Qld)

Scott is a Lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology Law School and teaches in Civil Procedure and Torts. Scott was awarded a Master of Laws specialising in intellectual property law from The University of Queensland in 2007 and is a member of the Queensland Committee of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand. After practising law in litigation at Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst), McInnes Wilson and Home Wilkinson Lowry (now HWL Ebsworth) he became the Project Manager of the OAK (Open Access to Knowledge) Law Project and the Legal Framework for e-Research Project, both lead by Professor Brian Fitzgerald at QUT and funded by the Australian Commonwealth Government. Scott believes that the rapid advancement of technological development in neural interface devices is exciting and provides ample opportunity to examine and investigate traditional and emerging legal issues. This provides the framework for his research.


Kiel-Chisholm, Scott & Devereux, John (2015) The ghost in the machine: Legal challenges of neural interface devices. The Tort Law Review, 23(1), pp.32-44.


Constance Lee Constance Lee
Scholarship: Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
Project Title: Constitutionalism and Conceptions of Human Depravity: A Return to Reformed Natural Law Foundations
Supervisors: Professor Nicholas Aroney
Professor Jonathan Crowe

Constance has completed her Masters of Laws and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Queensland. She was also admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2012 and continues to work as a licensed practitioner in the areas of criminal law, civil and commercial litigation.

As an academic, Constance has been a research associate and sessional tutor at the University of Queensland, teaching and researching mainly on the topics of Jurisprudence and Constitutional Law.

Constance’s PhD will examine natural law theory from a Reformed perspective with a view to identifying the moral foundations for constitutional law thought. It will begin by highlighting constitutionalism’s need for normative foundations. A detailed review of the new natural law approach to ethics will be undertaken with a view to examining the role it assigns to humans in moral and legal decision-making. This review will reveal that human rationality is allocated a significant role in the determination of moral validity. The reliance on human rationality fails to acknowledge the fallibility of humans. Subsequent chapters will explore the differing conceptions of human fallibility postulated by Thomist and Reformed approaches to natural law. The thesis will then go on to explore and apply the conception of human depravity, particularly as expounded by Augustine, to see what normative foundations it provides for the constitutional ideal of limiting government powers.

  • Constance Youngwon Lee, ‘Constitutional Silences and the Doctrine of Institutional Integrity’ in Rebecca Ananian-Welsh and Jonathan Crowe (eds) Judicial Independence in Australia (Federation Press, 2016) 124
  • Constance Youngwon Lee and Jonathan Crowe, ‘The Deafening Silence of the ‘Comfort Women’: A Response Based on Lyotard and Irigaray’ (2015) 2(2) Asian Journal of Law and Society 339
  • Jonathan Crowe and Constance Youngwon Lee, ‘Law as Memory’ (2015) 28(3) Law and Critique 251
  • Constance Youngwon Lee ‘Calvinist Natural Law and Constitutionalism’ (2014) 39 Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 1
  • Constance Youngwon Lee, ‘Calvinist Natural Law and the Ultimate Good’ (2014) 5 The Western Australian Jurist 153
  • Constance Youngwon Lee and Jonathan Crowe, Review of Wen-Chen Chang, Li-ann Thio, Kevin YL Tan and Juiunn-rong Yeh, Constitutionalism in Asia: Cases and Materials [2014] LAWASIA Journal 125
  • Jonathan Crowe and Constance Youngwon Lee, Constitutionalism, power and equality in contemporary Korea [2013] LAWASIA Journal 113


Joseph Lelliott Jospeh Lelliot
Scholarship: Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
Project Title:  Smuggling of Unaccompanied Minors: Typology, International Law, and Domestic Practice
Supervisor: Professor Andreas Schloenhardt
Associate Professor Peter Billings

Joseph holds an LLB(Hons)/BA from the University of Queensland, with majors in International Relations and English Literature. He has worked as a research assistant to Professor Andreas Schloenhardt and Dr Paul Harpur, as a law clerk, and as a researcher on the UNODC report Migrant Smuggling in Asia: Current Trends and Related Challenges (2015). He has conducted research at the University of Vienna with the support of a Graduate School International Travel Award Scholarship, and is a member and researcher within the UQ Migrant Smuggling Working Group. He is also a member of the Emerging Scholars Network at the Kaldor Centre, UNSW. Joseph tutors criminal law.

Joseph’s PhD concerns the smuggling of unaccompanied minors. His PhD examines the levels, characteristics, and causes of the phenomenon, together with relevant international and domestic legal frameworks relating to such smuggling. Joseph is interested in all aspects of migrant smuggling, human trafficking, and forced migration - including intersections with refugee law and international human rights law (in particular the rights of the child).

  • Andreas Schloenhardt and Joseph Lelliott, 'Migrant Children and the United Nations Protocols against Smuggling of Migrants and Trafficking in Persons' in Lenni Benson and Mary Crock (eds), Protecting the Migrant Child: Central Issues in the Search for Best Practice (Edward Elgar, 2017) Forthcoming
  • Andreas Schloenhardt, Freya Douglas, and Joseph Lelliott 'Stop the Planes!? Document Fraud and Migrant Smuggling by Air in Australia' (Research Paper, University of Queensland Migrant Smuggling Working Group, 2012)


Paul Malai Mae Paul Malai Mae
Scholarship: Australian Leadership Awards (ALA)
Project Title:  Solomon Islands Constitutional Dilemma: Local Participation, Customary Law and Traditional Institutions of Governance
Supervisor: Professor Jennifer Corrin
Professor Nick Aroney
Biosketch: Paul Mae graduated from the University of the South Pacific (USP) in 2003 with a Bachelor of Laws Degree. In 2004 he was the recipient of the University of the South Pacific (USP) Research Assistant Scholarship. He was awarded a Masters in Law (LLB) degree in early 2005. He completed his Professional Diploma in Legal Practice (PDLP) in late 2005 and was immediately recruited by the University as a Law Lecturer. In 2009 Paul completed his Masters in Arts Degree, with a thesis focusing on the participation of Solomon Islanders in the process of constitution-making. Paul’s current research is on the Constitutions of Solomon Islands, where he is looking at the Independence Constitution and the Draft Federal Constitution. Paul’s research seek to look at ways in which issues such as citizen participation in decision making, and the role of customary law and traditional institutions can be recognised or acknowledge with the Constitutional regimes. Paul’s interests lie in Constitutional and Administrative laws, customary law, comparative law and good governance.


Hue Mai Hue Mai
Scholarship: Australian Development Scholarship (ADS)
Project Title:  Securing Freedom of Information in Vietnamese Government and Law
Supervisors: Professor Graeme Orr
Associate Professor Peter Billings

Hue has acquired extensive working experience in public laws that work for public interest. She earned her Master Degree in laws from one of Japan's most prestigious i.e. Schools of Law in Nagoya University. Ever since, she has spent tremendous efforts and time striving for improvements to the system of laws and regulations in her country to promote the rule of law, transparency and openness.

Hue demonstrates her zealous interest and enthusiasm in guaranteeing fundamental rights. The rule of law, transparency and openness can be acquired when laws and regulations work for recognition and effective practice of fundamental rights. In the context of her research, the right to information is the primary one that enables practice of the others. Securing the right to information is her long seeking passion and is also the title of her research. The research is expected to bring about profound impacts not only on public areas but also in many sectors of private and commercial areas alike.


Thi Mai Huong, Nong
Scholarship: UQ Research Training Program (MPhil)
Project Title:  Sustainable protection of fish biodiversity in the Mekong River: the role of international environmental law, and lessons from Australia
Supervisors: Dr. Justine Bell-James
Associate Professor Peter Billings

Prior to commencing her MPhil at UQ, Thi worked as a legal practitioner at The World Bank Vietnam Country Office and Baker & McKenzie Vietnam Ltd. She was the Associate Counsel of the legal team who won ‘The World Bank Group - East Asia and the Pacific Regional Award for Team Achievements’ twice (2014 and 2015). Thi holds a LLM degree by coursework from the University of Sydney (AusAid scholarship), and a LLB degree from the Vietnam National University (VNU merit scholarship). She has a particular interest in studies on the relationship between law and sustainable development.


Irna Nurhayati Irna Nurhayati
Project Title:  The Implementation of the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures in Selected Southeast Asian Developing Countries: A Comparative Analysis and Evaluation
Supervisors: Dr Alan Davidson
Dr Barbora Jedlickova
Biosketch: Irna is an academic staff in the Business Law Department of the Faculty of Law the Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Indonesia. She received both the Bachelor of Laws (S.H.) and Master of Humanity (M.Hum.) from the Faculty of Law UGM. Irna completed her Master of laws (LL.M.) at the University of Melbourne Australia in 2006. Her major was in Commercial Law. Irna’s research interests include international trade law, consumer protection law, ADR, competition law, IPR, and insurance law. She is also a researcher of the Centre for World Trade Studies (CWTS) of the UGM, and secretary of the Centre for Intellectual Property Competition and Dispute Settlement Mechanism Studies (CICODS) of the Faculty of Law UGM. Irna has been undertaking her PhD since September 2011 focusing on the implementation of the WTO SPS Agreement in selected Southeast Asian developing countries.
Scholarship: UQ International Scholarship (UQI)


Jessica Ritchie
Scholarship: Australian Postgraduate Award
Project Title:  The use of DNA evidence in cross-border investigations: From crisis to confidence
Supervisor: Professor Simon Bronitt
Dr Mark Burdon 

Jessica’s research interests are in the areas of international law, criminal law, and evidence law with a focus on expert and forensic science evidence. Her current research draws on all these areas and examines the exchange of DNA evidence across domestic borders in Australia and overseas. Her honours thesis was entitled ‘DNA Evidence: The Layperson’s Interpretation.’

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice with Honours (Class I) from Griffith University, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Queensland University of Technology. In 2013 Jessica was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland. Jessica is a sessional staff member with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University. Prior to commencing her PhD candidature, Jessica was a Research Fellow with the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Griffith University.

  • Jessica Ritchie, ‘Probabilistic DNA Evidence: The Layperson’s Interpretation’ (2015) 47(4) Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences 440 <DOI: 10.1080/00450618.2014.992472>.
  • Rick Draper and Jessica Ritchie, ‘Chapter 6: Principles of Security Management: Applying the Lessons from Crime Prevention Science’ in Timothy Prenzler (ed), Professional Practice in Crime Prevention and Security Management (Australian Academic Press, 2014) 91.
  • Rick Draper and Jessica Ritchie, ‘Chapter 7: Best Practice in Physical Security’ in Timothy Prenzler (ed), Professional Practice in Crime Prevention and Security Management (Australian Academic Press, 2014) 107.
  • Jessica Ritchie and Rick Draper, ‘Chapter 8: People Management in Security’ in Timothy Prenzler (ed), Professional Practice in Crime Prevention and Security Management (Australian Academic Press, 2014) 117.
  • Roderick A. Draper, Jessica Ritchie and Timothy Prenzler, ‘Chapter 11: Making the Most of Security Technology: Considerations for Alarms, Access Control and CCTV’ in Timothy Prenzler (ed) Policing and Security in Practice: Challenges and Achievements (Palgrave Macmillian, 2012) 186.


Kellie Robson Kellie Robson
Project Title:  Rights and Risk: A risk theory assessment of judicial review of indefinite immigration detention
Supervisors: Professor Simon Bronitt
Qualifications: BBus (QUT), JD (UQ), LLM (MU)
Biosketch: I have worked with Australia Associated Press, and the Queensland Department of Housing. While studying law, I volunteered with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Legal Team, the Romero Centre, and the Australian League of Immigration Volunteers. My PhD examines ways for Australia to protect refugees from arbitrary detention in a world risk society context, where intelligence organisations are responsible for providing the relevant agencies with information to manage threats to national security.
  • K Robson, 'The State of Personal Liberty In Australia After M47: A Risk Theory Analysis of Security Rights' (2014) 39 (2) Monash University Law Review 506-538


Benjamin Saunders Benjamin Saunders
Project Title:  A Government for a Sovereign People: The Expectations and Intentions of the Framers of the Australian Constitution regarding Responsible Government
Supervisors: Professor Nicholas Aroney
Professor Graeme Orr
Biosketch: Ben has been a Research Fellow at Melbourne Law School since September 2010. Prior to that he was an Associate at Macpherson + Kelley Lawyers, practising mainly in corporate, financial services and water law. At M+K Ben was involved in establishing Australia's first Shariah compliant mortgage fund. He has worked as research assistant to Professor Ian Ramsay, director of the Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation at Melbourne Law School and has published numerous articles on corporate and financial services law. In 2009 he was joint winner of the Banking and Financial Services Law Association's Research Prize.


Emily Steel MSc (cum laude), BOccThy Peta Stephenson
Scholarship: Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
Project Title:  Is the construction of assistive technology and choice in Australian policy compliant with contemporary disability rights?
Supervisors: Dr Paul Harpur
Dr Francesca Bartlett
Dr Lisa Stafford (UQ School of Social Science)

Emily is an occupational therapist with 15 years of clinical, management and research experience in Australia and Europe. Her thesis is exploring the conceptualisation of assistive technology and choice in the contemporary disability rights paradigm espoused by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and applications in Australian policy. Voluntary roles include Director of Rights & Inclusion Australia, delegate representing Standards Australia on the ISO Technical Committee 173 Working Group 10, member representing Occupational Therapy Australia on Standards Australia Committee ME-067, and Honorary Advisor to the Association of Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology in China.

  • Steel, E., Janeslätt, G. (2016) Drafting Standards on Cognitive Accessibility- a global collaboration. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
  • Steel, E., Layton, N. (2016) Assistive Technology in Australia: integrating theory and evidence into action. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. Online early
  • Steel, E. J., Layton, N. A., Foster, M. M., & Bennett, S. (2016). Challenges of user-centred assistive technology provision in Australia: shopping without a prescription. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 11(3), 235-240
  • Crawford, E., Turpin, M., Nayar, S., Steel, E., & Durand, J.-L. (2016). The structural-personal interaction: Occupational deprivation and asylum seekers in Australia. Journal of Occupational Science, 1-18
  • Layton, N., Steel, E. (2015) ’An environment built to include rather than exclude me’: creating inclusive environments for human well-being. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(9):11146-11162
  • Campbell, E., Steel, E. (2015) Mental distress and human rights of asylum seekers. Journal of Public Mental Health, 14(2): 43-55
  • Steel, E., Gelderblom, G.J., de Witte, L.P. (2012) The Role of the ICF and Quality Criteria for Improving Assistive Technology Service Delivery in Europe. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 91(13): S55-S61.
  • Steel, E., de Witte, L.P. (2011) Advances in European Assistive Technology service delivery and recommendations for further improvement. Technology and Disability 23(3):131-138
  • Steel, E., Gelderblom, G.J., de Witte, L.P. (2011) ATES: Development of an AT selection tool using the ICF model. Technology and Disability, 23(1):1-6
  • Steel, E., Foster, M., Bennett, S. (2015) Understanding choice in assistive technology service provision: considerations for research methodology. New Frontiers in Assistive Technology: RESNA
  • De Jonge, D., Layton, N., Vicary, F., Steel, E. (2015) Motivations and Incentives: Exploring assistive technology service delivery from the perspectives of multiple stakeholders. New Frontiers in Assistive Technology: RESNA
  • Turpin, M., Lynch, D., Spermon, D., Steel, E. (2015) Preparing students for health and social care practice through inter-professional learning. Learning for life and work in a complex world: HERDSA Conference 2015
  • Layton, N., Steel, E., & de Jonge, D. (2013). Choice and Control: assistive technology within Australia’s new National Disability Insurance Scheme. In: Encarnação, P. et al. (Eds.) Assistive Technology: From Research to Practice, vol. 33, pp. 266-272. IOS Press, Vilamoura
  • Steel, E. (2011). The role of choice in Assistive Technology provision in Europe. In: Gelderblom, G.J. et al. (Eds.) Everyday Technology for Independence and Care, vol. 29, pp.1225-1231. IOS Press, Maastricht
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Abstracts of each publication can be viewed online at UQ eSpace.


Peta Stephenson (email) Peta Stephenson
Scholarship: University of Queensland Research Scholarship (UQRS)
Project Title:  Measuring the Metes and Bounds of Commonwealth Executive Power: Nationhood and Section 61 of the Constitution
Supervisors: Professor Nicholas Aroney
Professor Jonathan Crowe

Peta holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts with an extended major in Political Science from the University of Queensland. Prior to commencing her PhD candidature, Peta practised in the area of commercial litigation at HopgoodGanim and is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. She has also worked as a policy officer with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra.

Peta is a Research Scholar with the Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law and she also tutors constitutional law, jurisprudence and civil procedure at the University of Queensland.

Peta's PhD examines the scope of executive power, with a particular focus on the 'nationhood' power. In addition to constitutional law, Peta is interested in the areas of electoral law, public law, comparative law and jurisprudence.
  • Peta Stephenson, ‘Justice Mason in the Australian Assistance Plan Case (1975): Nationhood, Federalism and Commonwealth Executive Power’ in Andrew Lynch (ed) Great Australian Dissents (Cambridge University Press, 2016) 169-188
  • Peta Stephenson, ‘Review of Rosalind Dixon and George Williams (eds) The High Court, the Constitution and Australian Politics’ (2015) 33 Australian Yearbook of International Law 167-173
  • Peta Stephenson, ‘Fertile Ground for Federalism: Internal Security, the States and Section 119 of the Constitution’ (2015) 43(2) Federal Law Review 289-312
  • Jonathan Crowe and Peta Stephenson, ‘An Express Constitutional Right to Vote? The Case for Reviving Section 41’ (2014) 36(2) Sydney Law Review 205-230
  • Jonathan Crowe and Peta Stephenson, ‘Reimagining Fiscal Federalism: Section 96 as a Transitional Provision’ (2014) 33(1) University of Queensland Law Journal 221-231


Brooke Thompson Brooke Thompson
Project Title:  The feasability of legal pluralism in Australia's secular legal framework: Would Sharia inheritance laws be a viable exception?
Supervisors: Associate Professor Ann Black
Associate Professor David Morrison

Many of Australia's growing number of Muslims feel strongly that Australia's secular laws do not adequately serve their religious interests.  In March 2013 the Inquiry into Migration and Multiculturalism in Australia was tabled.  In response to over one hundred submissions received by the Joint Standing Committee on Migration, an entire chapter of the Inquiry is dedicated to discussion of the compatibility of Australia's legal system with Sharia law.  The Committee was urged to consider three core areas: family law, succession and Halal certification.  This thesis focuses on researching the feasibility of legal pluralism in Australia's secular framework, and the possible introduction of Sharia inheritance law.  The project will evaluate the current make up of the Australian Muslim community, previous and past government's response to calls for legal pluralism, and the problems Muslims face regarding inheritance law in Australia.  A comparative study will be undertaken on three countries (India, Canada and the United Kingdom) with similar legal frameworks to that of Australia, in order to elucidate a possible working model for Queensland.  Finally, an analysis of both the theoretical and practical consequences of any system in Australia will be undertaken.

Brooke Thompson is currently working as a law graduate in the Major Projects & Infrastructure group at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.  Having previously completed her LLB at The University of Queensland, Brooke is undertaking research in the areas of Sharia law and legal pluralism at the Centre for Public, International, and Comparative law.  Brooke also has interests in Islamic banking and finance.


Garth Wooler Garth Wooler
Project Title: Unconscionable Conduct and The Autonomy Principle: A Determination of Conditions Under Which Unconscionable Conduct Abrogates Independence in Documentary Credit Transactions
Supervisor: Dr Alan Davidson
Professor John Devereux

Garth was awarded a Bachelor degree in Business Communication from QUT in 1989 and returned to higher education in 2000. He has since acquired a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Queensland; a Masters degree with Distinction in Business Administration, a Masters degree in Technology Management, and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, all from Griffith University. Garth was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from QUT in late 2009 and is currently completing a PhD in commercial law at UQ.

In addition, Garth has lectured and tutored at every major Queensland university and a number of other higher education institutes in Business Law; Corporations Law; Business Strategy; Economics; Computerised Accounting; Information Systems Management; and Business Management. He has also had a variety of other teaching roles including several with non-English speaking students in Japan and Australia.

Garth has a keen interest in the interplay of economics, history, politics, business and the law. He worked in Japan as a teacher, logistics manager and as Project Manager for a transnational information system implementation. He also acted as a Project Consultant to multi-national resources companies and transportation organisations in Australia and is an Associate of the Queensland Law Society. Eschewing specialisation for diversity, he brings a wide range of experience and knowledge from a plethora of academic and practical disciplines to his research.


Yan Xuan Yan Xuan
Project Title:  China’s Maritime Arbitration System’s “Selective Adaptation” to International Legal Norms and Practice
Supervisor: Professor Sarah Derrington
Associate Professor Qiao Liu

Yan graduated from Henan University of Economics and Law in June 2013, with a Bachelor of Laws. After that, Yan completed his LL.M. at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in July 2014. His major was International Economic Law. Yan commenced his PhD at TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland since April 2015.

Yan chose his current topic because of his interests in the areas of maritime law, arbitration law and comparative law. Through his research, he is trying to find a way to improve China’s own maritime arbitration system through the analysis and study of the existing systems all over the world.