Law and legal studies

In ERA 2015, research in law and legal studies received a rating of 4 out of 5 – ‘performance above world standard’ – as did the sub-discipline research area of law.

Research in law and legal studies at Macquarie involves multi-contextual, cross-disciplinary, trans-jurisdictional and collaborative research approaches to law and its commercial, environmental and social dimensions in Australia and internationally. These approaches are focused on the theoretical and practical foundations of legal and governance structures, including human rights regimes and other mechanisms of global regulation. This research also seeks to inform and critique legal and public policy debates, with particular emphasis on disadvantage and historical injustice.

Major contributions

Macquarie University has a strong history of involvement in environmental law. The Centre for Environmental Law builds on the research strengths and expertise of its academic staff with affiliations and cooperative research arrangements with several overseas universities. These collaborations include the National University of Singapore and University of Arizona.

Macquarie researchers have made major contributions to prestigious international handbooks of criminal law, environmental law, international law, international trade law, law and religion, and public law. In the field of international criminal justice these include significant commentaries on war crimes, torture and other breaches of human rights.


The high quality of research in law and legal studies at Macquarie is indicated by a number of accolades, including four fellows of the Australian Academy of Law – the pre-eminent body for leaders in the legal community, including academia, the practising profession and the judiciary:

  • Professor Denise Meyerson
  • Professor Natalie Klein
  • Professor Peter Radan
  • Emeritus Professor Bruce Kercher.

Additional honours include:

  • Professor Rosalind Croucher (a former Commissioner and President of the Australian Law Reform Commission and Member of the Order of Australia)
  • Professor Shawkat Alam (invited expert on the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation’s Quality Support program in Bangladesh)
  • Dr Alexander Zahar (invited expert to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol).
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