Law research; combining excellence with impact

International calibre research with global collaborations across academia, industry and government.

Macquarie Law School's collaborative work spans the globe, bringing together researchers from other leading academic institutions as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations. Our collaborations have focused on a range of cutting-edge legal issues, in fields such as 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

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:

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:

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:

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:

Research centre

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.

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.
  • Funding body and scheme: ARC Discovery Project
    Title: A Relational Theory of Procedural Justice
    CIs: Denise Meyerson, Therese MacDermott, Catriona Mackenzie
    Amount $207,000
    Years 2017-2019
  • Funding body and scheme: ARC Linkage Project
    Title: On the cutting edge: promoting best practice in surgical innovation
    CIs: Rogers, Johnson, Ballantyne, Lotz, Meyerson, Eyers, Maddern,Thomson
    Amount: $255,000
    Years: 2011-2014

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

  • Funding body: Qatar National Research Foundation Grant
    Title:Introducing a Unified Regulatory Framework for Telecommunication Interception and Access in the Gulf Region
    CIs: Niloufer Selvadurai, Nazzal Kisswani, Niloufer Selvadurai and Yaser Khalaileh
    Amount: $361,251
    Years: 2015-2018

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].
  • 2017: DFAT, Australian Awards Fellowships, Round 16 - "Building Capacity for Sustainable Forest Governance in Indonesia" [Alam S, Tomossy G].

Carlos Bernal

  • Constitutional Precedents (Consultancy with the Mexican Supreme Court, via Macquarie Access), about 8,000 AUD.
  • Constitutional Amendment and Replacement in Latin America (with Juliano Zaiden (University of Brasilia), and Richard Albert (Boston College). FAP/DF (Fundação de Apoio a Pesquisa do Distrito Federal) (Research Foundation the Brazilian Federal District), about AUD 40.916. CNPq (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico) The Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development), AUD 11,777.

Sonya Willis

  • "2019-2020 Macquarie University New Staff Grant: Creating a litigant vulnerability assessment tool: Harnessing judicial expertise in developing technology to reduce or accommodate challenges facing civil litigants".

Carolyn Adams

  • 2015 - 2016: Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse consultancy resulting in A Study into the Legislative - and Related Key Policy and Operational - Frameworks for Sharing Information Relating to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Contexts ($52 000).

Current HDR Students

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Last updated: 17 Dec 2019