Law and legal studies

Law and legal studies

LawWe are pioneers of interdisciplinary law study in Australia, and our law researchers are leaders in their fields, actively engaged in publishing their research in books with international publishing houses and leading international journals.

They engage in collaborative work that spans the globe, bringing together researchers from other leading academic institutions as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations. Collaborations have focused on a range of cutting-edge legal issues, including international law, constitutionalism, terrorism and counter-terrorism, the special position of developing countries, trade, and the environment.

In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation, our legal research received a rating of ‘performance above world standard’.

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Our research strengths

Our research strengths are concentrated in the areas of:

  • access to justice
  • commercial law
  • constitutional law
  • environmental law and climate change
  • intellectual property law
  • international law
  • international trade and economic law
  • law and religion
  • law of the sea
  • legal regulation of international migration
  • legal theory and jurisprudence
  • medico-legal challenges of human health
  • regulatory problems facing governments, businesses and communities, and
  • technology and new media

Our research hubs

Macquarie’s law and legal studies activities support two research hubs:

  • the Centre for Environmental Law, which brings together legal experts, environmental experts, historians, medical researchers, philosophers and political scientists to research contemporary issues, and
  • the Centre for Legal Governance, which brings together staff and students with specific interests in governance to work together on a range of publishing and other research projects
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