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Faculty of Law research profile

Bond Law has a well-established reputation for engaging in and delivering innovative and impactful research into diverse aspects of law, legal doctrine, law reform, law in context and related disciplines.

Particular strengths include traditional legal areas such as commercial law, comparative law and international law, as well as cutting edge topics in dispute resolution, legal education, and law and technology.

These themes are supported by a university research centre and several faculty research clusters, as well as industry partnerships and academic collaborations. 

Our researchers make prominent contributions to law reform and scholarly debates, publish in top ranked journals, and feature regularly in the media. We manage and deliver grant projects for government and industry, and take the lead in collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects, both within Australia and internationally.

Our research strengths include:

  • Business and commercial law¬†¬†¬†
  • Law and technology¬†¬†
  • International and comparative law
  • Legal education
  • Dispute resolution
  • Cybersecurity and space law
  • Environmental and resources law

A message from the Executive Dean

  • ‚ÄúAs Australia‚Äôs pre-eminent school of Law, our goal is to lead the way in fostering research that contributes to our collective understanding of the law, enhances the coherence of law and drives positive legal change in our community.‚ÄĚ

    Professor Nick James - Executive Dean, Faculty of Law
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University Research Centre

Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLE)

A community of legal educators, researchers, practitioners and administrators who collaborate in defining, understanding and promoting best practice in the teaching of law.

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Facilities

The research community at Bond's Faculty of Law is well supported by:

  • High quality library services
  • Up to date computing and technology¬†
  • Generous research funding for staff and HDR candidates
  • Supportive, research-oriented peer groups
  • Regular seminars and conferences involving national and international specialists
  • ¬†Professional and well-resourced administrative and support staff
  • National and international research networks

The Faculty also has deep connections with the Queensland legal community, including locally based judges and legal practitioners.
 

Research journals

The Faculty of Law manages the publication of several journals‚ÄĮwithin a diverse range of research disciplines. The journals have an international scope and are circulated to law libraries and legal and accounting practitioners throughout the world. All journals are double-blind peer reviewed by experts in the field. Bond Law staff also sit on the Editorial Boards of several other law journals in a variety of jurisdictions.¬†

LAW JOURNALS

Higher degree research (HDR) programs

The Faculty of Law has a rich and diverse HDR student community including both full time and part time candidates conducting research on a wide range of subject areas. Our HDR community includes candidates from around the world, including China, Iran, Spain, Canada, Kenya and Nigeria. We welcome enquiries from prospective students in all areas of legal research, particularly those aligning with the Faculty’s research strengths.  

  • CRICOS Code: 063150J

    Doctor of Philosophy - BU-70003

    • 4 years (12 semesters)
    • Postgraduate research
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  • CRICOS Code: 093848D

    Doctor of Legal Science (Research) - LA-43040

    • Law
    • 4 years (12 semesters)
    • Postgraduate research
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  • CRICOS Code: 063455C

    Master of Laws (by Research) - LA-43037

    • Law
    • 2 years (6 semesters)
    • Postgraduate research
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Research groups

  • The Centre for Commercial Law was established in 1989 as the Taxation and Corporate Research Centre. Its key objectives are to:

    • Serve as a Centre of excellence for research, teaching, seminars, conferences, colloquia and publications in the area of commercial law
    • Encourage and organise interaction with Australian and overseas scholars, legal and business practitioners, and related professional groups
    • Initiate and develop transnational and global links for the various programs of the Centre
    • Be at the forefront of electronic publishing and blended educational presentation techniques
    • Actively participate in work towards appropriate law reform in the area of commercial law
  • The TJRT considers issues that arise at the intersection between law and emerging technologies. It offers particular expertise in jurisdictional issues arising in the technology context, both from a theoretical and practical perspective.

    TJRT researchers also bring a wealth of both practical and theoretical experience in a range of related fields, including private and public international law. Specifically, members conduct research and have been published widely in the fields of internet law, cybercrime, cybersecurity, data privacy, international humanitarian law, defence law, the use of force, space law and legal theory.

    The TJRT hosts workshops and conferences, including most recently, a successful colloquium at Bond University on the topic ‚ÄėTechnology and Jurisdiction in Outer Space and Cyberspace'.¬†

  • In line with the Faculty‚Äôs unique offering of a Canadian law program for Canadian students, Bond Law is home to a specialized concentration of researchers in the field of Canadian and comparative law.

    The Canadian Law, Policy and Practice Research Team aims to develop, enhance and promote the Faculty’s research strengths in Canadian law by facilitating scholarly collaboration, research presentations and publication outcomes among researchers in this area.

The Centre for Commercial Law was established in 1989 as the Taxation and Corporate Research Centre. Its key objectives are to:

  • Serve as a Centre of excellence for research, teaching, seminars, conferences, colloquia and publications in the area of commercial law
  • Encourage and organise interaction with Australian and overseas scholars, legal and business practitioners, and related professional groups
  • Initiate and develop transnational and global links for the various programs of the Centre
  • Be at the forefront of electronic publishing and blended educational presentation techniques
  • Actively participate in work towards appropriate law reform in the area of commercial law

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