The TC Beirne School of Law offers undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in the UQ Summer & Winter Research Scholarship Programs over the summer and winter vacation periods. 

This experience provides students with the opportunity to work with a researcher in a formal research environment so that they may experience the research process and discover what research is being undertaken in their field of interest at the School.

The UQ Winter Research Scholarship Program offers scholarships to students who are engaged in research projects over the summer vacation period. Summer Research scholars will receive funding of $1500 for the duration of their research (between 6-10 weeks). Allocation of the scholarships is decided by the faculty, school, research centre or institute where the research is undertaken.

Applications for the 2018 Winter Research Program will open on 5 March and close at 11:59pm on 3 April 2018. No late applications will be accepted.

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Comparative Federalism - India, Pakistan and Bangladesh; Malaysia and Singapore

Comparative analysis of the federal, quasi-federal and post-federal constitutions of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh; Malaysia and Singapore.

Supervisor: Professor Nicholas Aroney

Hazing - Limits and Liabilities

At the beginning of each academic year, media stories start to circulate about hazing in university colleges and clubs. Public attention has become much more acute since the Broderick Report (for the Australian Human Rights Commission) exposed the scale and failures to address sexual harassment and abuse on university campus. But how does this relate to ‘hazing’– not all hazing involves sexual abuse (though some looks much like torture or inhuman and degrading treatment). On the one hand, the risk of physical harm associated with ‘larrikin’ horseplay could fall (arguably) within the scope of a valid consent in the law of assault. While a person cannot consent to bodily harm or injury unless it is in the public interest, there appears to be a longstanding exception relating to ‘rough horseplay’ or dangerous past-times. As well as reviewing the law relating to consent and assault/harassment, the internship project will explore the broader socio-cultural and historical context of ‘hazing’ - a practice and culture of induction into many elite institutions and organisations, including our own.

 Article in Canberra Times about Broderick Report, December 2017.

Supervisor: Professor Simon Bronitt

LGBTI, Disability and Diversity in the Legal Profession

The American Bar Association has commissioned the Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University, New York (BBI) to launch a nationwide study in the United States to expand opportunities for lawyers with disabilities and those who identify as LGBTI.  As at January 2018 the ABA/BBI study has about 900 respondents. 

Dr Paul Harpur is an international distinguished fellow with the BBI and has been approached to modify the ABA survey and run it in Australia.  BBI are supporting in managing the data gathering and analysis, and Dr Harpur is assisting in acting as a gatekeeper and providing local knowledge.

The ABA survey has been modified to be relevant for Australia and a modification to the ethics approval is being obtained.
Several bar and law societies in Australia have expressed interest in participating in the survey. 

The survey aims to identify the biases encountered by LGBT+ and/or disabled lawyers in the legal profession and to help develop and implement strategies to ameliorate such biases.  The winter scholar would be involved in gathering academic and grey data on LGBTI and disability diversity issues in, primarily, the Australian context, but also briefly considering the position in the United Kingdom where this study may be expanded too.  This data will include anti-discrimination cases on law student experiences in universities, people gaining admission to the profession and experiences while in the profession.  There have been several high profile cases in the US against the American Bar Association, as well as some cases in Queensland around capacity to practice.

Supervisor: Dr Paul Harpur




Please check back in July 2018 for more information.