Our research

Our research

Macquarie Law School's research is of an international calibre. Our legal research is rated above world standard (4 out of 5) in the Australian government's 2012 Excellence in Research (ERA) evaluation.

We 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, in fields including international law, constitutionalism, health law and ethics, special position of developing countries, international trade, and environmental law and policy.

Our researchers are also recipients of highly competitive research grants and collaborate with, and consult for, a range of government, community and industry bodies such as AusAid, the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee, and the United Nations Development Programme, as well as several highly regarded international universities.

Research Strengths

Human rights and social justice

It encompasses philosophical and theoretical approaches to human rights and ethical challenges, as well as the mechanisms for enhancing access to justice and equality.

Research leaders:

Environmental law

This research are focuses both on international and domestic application, our strengths include sustainable development and trade, climate change, heritage law and Indigenous rights, and environmental planning law.

Research leaders:

International law

We are recognised for our strengths in international economic and trade law, international human rights law, international dispute settlement, international law protections of refugees, and law of the sea. Competitive external funding has been secured in a number of these areas

Research leaders:

Legal governance, regulation and public policy

Our specific focus is on issues of legal governance and regulatory frameworks in a globalised context. It encompasses constitutional law and theory and administrative law, with a particular interest in issues of migration law. This research strength also extends to industry and regulatory governance, with a number of researchers actively engaged in the areas of corporate governance, health regulation, and media and technology regulation.

Research leaders:

Private law

This area focuses on the law of obligations governing the interactions of individuals and entities in a range of social and economic contexts. It includes both the contextual and theoretical application of areas of law such as contract, torts, trusts, equity, property, corporations, and remedies. These obligations underpin the vast majority ofall individual interactions and commercial transactions.

Research leaders:

Research Centres

Centre for Environmental Law

The Centre for Environmental Law (CEL) builds on the research strengths and expertise of our academic staff in specific areas including international and comparative law, marine environmental law, water law and governance, sustainable corporate governance and financing, pollution and environmental regulation, climate change, planning and local government law, natural and cultural heritage. All CEL members also teach in the Macquarie Law School strengthening the research-teaching connection.

Centre for Environmental Law

Staff Research Interests

The research interests of Macquarie Law School staff reflect the commitment to viewing the operation of the law and legal system in its total social, economic and political context. All staff have published widely and in a broad range of subject areas.


Professor Shawkat Alam

LLB (Hons) (Raj), LLM (Dhaka), PhD (Macq)
International environmental law, public international law, international trade law, WTO and sustainable development, globalisation and sustainable development, developing countries in global environmental politics, trade - poverty and environment nexus, international human rights law, law of international institutions, regional trading blocks and the environment, intellectual property rights and legal education.

Emeritus Professor Tony Blackshield

LLM (Syd) Constitutional Law, Tort Law

Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher

(currently on leave as President to the Australian Law Reform Commission)
BA (Hons) LLB (Sydney), PhD (UNSW), AMusA (AMEB), FRSA, FACLM (Hon)
Wills, trusts, equity, legal history, property, management of the use of corpses.

Professor M. Rafiqul Islam

BA (Hons) LLB, MA (Rajsh), LLM, PhD (Monash)
Public international law; International trade and WTO law; Foreign direct investment law; International human rights law; Law of international organisations; and International security law.

Emeritus Professor Bruce Kercher

BA LLB (Syd), LLM (UNSW), PhD (Macq)
Legal history, especially Australian colonial and nineteenth-century British legal empire.

Emeritus Professor Zada Lipman

BA (Hons) (Wits); LLB (SA); LLM (Qld)
Environmental Law, especially pollution law, planning law, climate change law, biodiversity and environmental impact assessment.

Professor Denise Meyerson

BA (Wits) LLB (Cape Town) (magna cum laude) B Phil (Oxon) D Phil (Oxon)
Human rights; constitutional law and comparative constitutionalism; jurisprudence; theoretical foundations of public law.

Professor Vijaya Nagarajan

BEc LLB (Macq) LLM (Monash) Grad Dip in Higher Education (UTS)
Regulation; Competition law; Commercial law; Legal education.

Professor Peter Radan

BA LLB PhD (Syd) DipEd (SCAE
Contracts, Equity & Trusts, Real Property, Self-determination/Secession.

Professor Malcolm Voyce 

LLB (Auck), MA, PhD (Lond), PhD (Macq)
Property law and Succession concerning the privatisation of public property, geographical indications, intellectual property rights, social welfare, family farm inheritance; Law and religion.

Associate Professors

Associate Professor Carlos Bernal-Pulido

LLB (Hons) (University Externado of Colombia), MA (Philosophy) (Florida), SJD (Salamanca), PhD (Philosophy) (University of Florida)
Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, Torts, Comparative Law, Social Ontology, Philosophy of Action.

Associate Professor Therese MacDermott

BA (UQ); LLB (1st Class Hons. UQ) BCL (Oxon)
Labour law, labour mobility, anti-discrimination law, dispute resolution, gender equality and human rights.

Associate Professor Archana Parashar

BSc LLM (Delhi) PhD (ANU)
Feminist legal theory; Discrimination law; Family law.

Associate Professor Niloufer Selvadurai

BA LLB (Hons) (Syd), Grad Dip Leg Prac (UTS), PhD (Macq)
Telecommunications law; Technology law; Intellectual property law.

Associate Professor Iain Stewart 

LLB (Hons) (Exeter), PhD (London)
Comparative law; constitutional law; theory of law.

Senior Lecturers

Carolyn Adams

BA(Asian Studies)/LLB (ANU)
Public international law; international human rights law; constitutional law; administrative law; transparency and accountability in government including government compliance with international obligations; regulation of government-held information under privacy, freedom of information, archives and secrecy laws; government decision-making processes; and government law reform processes.

Lise Barry

BA (Soc Sc) LLB (Hons I) (Macq)
Legal Ethics, Capacity, Substitute Decision Making, Elder Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Juvenile Justice, Restorative Justice, Human Rights

Dr Daniel Ghezelbash

BA (Hons) (Sydney), LLB (Hons) (Sydney); Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (ANU), PhD (Sydney) (expecting completion in 2014)
Domestic, International, Regional and Comparative Refugee Law, Domestic and Comparative Immigration Law, Administrative Law, Comparative Law, Legal Transfers/Transplants, Human Rights, Global Governance

Dr Kate Gleeson

Sex, gender, sexuality and reproduction in law. Law and Politics. Law and public policy.

Dr Joel Harrison

BA/LLB (Hons) (University of Auckland); MSt, DPhil (Oxon)
Law and religion, human rights, comparative human rights, constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, post-secular theory.

George Tomossy

ARCT (Toronto), BSc (Toronto), LLB (McGill)
Health law and bioethics, research ethics and regulation, law and mental health, elder law, children and the law.


Dr Roy Baker

LLB (Hons) (Brunel), LLM (British Columbia), LLM (UNSW), PhD (UNSW)
Defamation, media law, journalism and the law, censorship, free speech, European law, international law.

Dr Francesca Dominello

Indigenous legal issues, family law, constitutional law, remedies, law and cultural studies.

Ilija Vickovich

BA (Hons) LLB (Syd) LLM (Macq)
Evidence, Civil and Criminal Procedure, Contract Law and Theory, Law of Work, Labour Law, Commercial Law, Consumer Law, Competition Law, Corporations Law, Equity and Trusts, Dispute Resolution, Legal History, Law of Church and State, Law and Society, Legal Education, Legal Publishing

Associate Lecturers

Debra Ronan

BEd (Syd), DipTeach (STC), DipLaw (SAB), LLM (Syd)

Research Grants/Consultancies

Professor Shawkat Alam

  • Successful application under the Australia Awards Fellowships scheme for Round 14 funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the project: "Building capacity for effective negotiation and participation in international treaties for Bangladesh" in collaboration with Access Macquarie.  We have been awarded funding in the amount of AUD334,038 (plus GST) to deliver a three-week research and training program in June 2014 for twenty-five senior government officials, primarily from the Economic Relations Division of the Ministry of Finance, Government of Bangladesh.  This represents our second successful grant (category B)  through the Centre for Environmental Law

Dr Kate Gleeson

  • 2013-2014: Asian Development Bank consultancy  Promoting Evidence Based Policy Making for Gender Equity in the Pacific ($17700)
  • 2009-2013: Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship DP0986934 The Parliamentary Politics of Abortion Law Reform -  The Diverse Experience of Nine Jurisdictions (1965-2010) ($304.000)
  • 2011: Research Infrastructure Block Grant, Macquarie University, Media Archives Project ($78.037) with Prof Bridget Griffen-Foley, Associate Professor Michelle Arrow and Prof Murray Goot
  • 2006-2009: Macquarie University Research Fellowship: Towards New Cross-disciplinary Understandings of Abortion Policy and Healthcare Practice

Professor Denise Meyerson

  • "On the cutting edge: promoting best practice in surgical innovation", ARC Linkage Grant (current) (CIs: W Rogers, A Johnson, A Ballantyne, M Lotz, D Meyerson, A Eyers, G Maddern, C Thomson) Innovative surgery refers to the evolution of existing surgical procedures and the development of new ones. The practice is vital to healthcare, yet it raises a number of ethical, legal and regulatory concerns since it falls into a 'grey area' between research and ordinary practice. The aim of this project is to use theoretical and empirical investigation to develop a framework for evaluating innovative surgery. The associated tools and resources that will be developed will improve informed consent processes, training for surgeons undertaking new procedures, and the hospital regulation of innovative surgery. The outcomes of this research will deliver benefits to patients, practitioners, healthcare managers and regulators.

Associate Professor Vijaya Nagarajan

  • Project Title: 'Economic Empowerment of Women in the Pacific' within the Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative
    Awarding Body: Asian Development Bank
    Role in the Grant/Research contract: C1
    Amount: $300,000
    Year: August 2013 - July 2014
  • Project Title: 'Gender Assessment of the constraints in engaging in the private sector in Solomon Islands' within the Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative
    Awarding Body: Asian Development Bank
    Role in the Grant/Research contract: C1
    Amount: $26,500
    Year: May 2013 - June 2013
  • Project Title: 'Gender Assessment in five Pacific Countries' within the Gender and Investment Climate Reform Project
    Awarding Body: Australian Aid
    Role in the Grant/Research contract: C1
    Amount: $116,000
    Year: 2009 - 2011

Associate Professor Niloufer Selvadurai

  • Niloufer Selvadurai is the successful recipient of the following grant: Khalaileh, Y, Kisswani, and N Selvadurai, N, "Introducing a Unified Regulatory Framework for Telecommunication Interception and Access in the Gulf Region," Qatar National Research Foundation Grant, $361,251

Mr George Tomossy

  • 2014: AusAID (DFAT), Australian Leadership Awards, Round 14 - "Building Capacity for Effective Negotiation and Participation in International Treaties for Bangladesh" [Alam S, Tomossy G]
  • 2013: AusAID (DFAT), Australian Leadership Awards, Round 12 - "Capacity Building for Trade, Environment and Development in Bangladesh" [Alam S, Tomossy G]
  • 2011-2013: Australian Research Council, "On the Cutting Edge: Promoting Best Practice in Surgical Innovation" (LP11020217) [Rogers W, Johnson J, Townley C, Sheridan S, Ballantyne A, Lotz M, Meyerson D, Tomossy GF, Eyers T, Maddern G, Thomson C]

HDR Research Projects

Current HDR Students

Carolyn ADAMS
Saif-Uddin AHAMMAD
Badiul ALAM
Jobair ALAM
Imranul ALAM
Mudhafar AL-JBORI
Abdullah Al ARIF
Najnin BEGUM
Frances COLE
Kirsten DAVIES
Alessandra GUIDA
Towhidul KARIM
Lam-Uyen LU
Caitriona McCABE
Sheikh Noor MOHAMMAD
Danielle MOON
Humaira PARVIN
Mahaarum Kusuma PERTIWI
Christina SIMMIG

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