Research degree theses in progress

This page provides information on the theses currently undertaken by enrolled research students in the Faculty of Law. The topics of these theses are grouped by research areas.

Animal Law

Suffering property: The weak foundations of the current legal status of animals and alternative models for recognising animals within the legal framework Prof Paula Gerber and Dr Joanna Kyriakakis
Should  jumps racing be illegal? Prof Paula Gerber and Prof Christine Parker (external)

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Commercial and Contract Law

A comparative study of the doctrine of anticipatory non-performance, with specific focus on UAE Laws Dr Lisa Spagnolo and A/Prof Emmanuel Laryea
An analysis of the principles of liquidated damages and penalties at common law when compared with the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods 1980 (CISG) and the Principles of European Contract Law 1999 (PECL) and the UNIDROIT Principles of International Contracts 2004 Dr Normann Witzleb and Prof Mark Davison

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Constitutional Law

Balancing religious constitutionalism:  Islamic law and the constitutional rights in Indonesia Dr Nadir Hosen and A/Prof  Patrick Emerton
Interpretive provisions under Statutory Bills of Rights in Australia, the principle of legality and the presumption of consistency: Comparisons, contrasts and interrelationships A/Prof Julie Debeljak and Prof Jeff Goldsworthy

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Corporation Law, Taxation Law, Competition Law, Media Law

A holistic view of emission trading scheme (ETS) in China: Challenges and solutions Prof Stephen Barkoczy and A/Prof  Gerry Nagtzaam
A comparative study of the law concerning  the ratification of director breaches by shareholders  A/Prof Normann Witzleb and Dr Adefolake Adeyeye
Government venture capital incentives around the world:  A technical analysis of international venture Prof Stephen Barkoczy and Prof Bryan Horrigan
Shareholder litigation and the statutory derivative action A/Porf Normann Witzleb and Prof Justin Malbon
What role does the corporate governance principle of independence play on Directors' duties? Prof Justin Malbon and Dr Adefolake Adeyeye
The impact of Future of Financial Advice reforms on the quality of financial product advice in Australia: a case study of how financial planner have responded to the new requirement to 'know your product in section 961B(2)(e) of the Corporations Act Prof Justin Malbon and Dr Weiping He
Exploring avenues for an effective access to remedies for victims of business-related human rights abuses (BRHRA) in the Association of Southeast ASEAN Nations Prof Justin Malbon and A/Prof Emmanuel Laryea 

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Criminal Law, Sentencing

Criminal profiling before the courts Prof Jonathan Clough and Dr Stephen Gray
Jury Directions: a new focus for improving criminal laws and ensuring fair trials Prof Jonathan Clough and  Prof Bronwyn Naylor
Rights, autonomy and pregnancy Prof Bronwyn Naylor and A/Prof Janice Richardson
To have and have not: the forfeiture of property used in the commission of crimes Prof Arie Freiberg and Dr Susan Barkehall-Thomas
A critical comparative examination of youth justice conferencing programs in Victoria, NSW, SA & NT A/Prof Paula Gerber and Dr Stephen Gray
Fair trial principles in Victorian courts Prof Bronwyn Naylor and Prof Jonathan Clough
Responses to hate Dr Stephen Gray and Dr Azadeh Dastyari
Caught in the cross-fire in the war on drugs: foreign nationals, sentencing and human rights Prof Arie Freiberg and Prof Jonathan Clough
The importance of an Investigative Approach to Questioning Witnesses at Coercive Examinations Prof Jonathan Clough and A/Prof  Patrick Emerton

Sufficiently serious behaviour - when should cyberbullying by young people be criminal?

Prof Jonathan Clough and A/Prof  Normann Witzleb

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Dispute Resolution

(including Litigation, Adjudication, Arbitrations and International Arbitrations)

The design of mechanisms for resolving end of life disputes: Promoting access to justice

A/Prof Becky Batagol and Dr Ronli Sifris

The impacts of instituionalizaion of mediation: The changing faces of the Victorian  mediator

A/Prof Becky Batagol, Prof Jeff Giddings and Prof John Zeleznikow (external))

Confidentiality In International Arbitrations: Is it an inherent attribute of international arbitration and, if so, how far does it extend? Dr Lisa Spagnolo  and Dr Caroline Henckels

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Environmental Law and Natural Resources

A Global Imperative: The Need for New International Conventions and Institutions governing Oceanic Phytoplankton and Climate Change A/Prof Gerry Nagtzaam and Prof Douglas Guilfoyle
A holistic view of emission trading scheme (ETS) in China: Challenges and solutions

Prof Stephen Barkoczy and A/Prof  Gerry Nagtzaam

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Family Law

Who will care for the children? The Commonwealth v. The State  A/Prof Becky Batagol and Prof Nahum Mushin
Weeding and Tilling the Sissinghurst Gardens:  an evaluation of the distribution of property pursuant the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) A/Prof Adiva Sifris and Dr Renata Alexander

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Health Law

Medical treatment decision making for the seriously ill: Clinical realities, ethics and the law Dr Ronli Sifris and Prof Anne-Maree Farrell (external) 

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Human Rights

(including refugee law, forced migration, labour migration, human trafficking, indigenous birth registration)

An analysis of the application of women's rights within Persian courtship rituals Prof Paula Gerber and Prof Jacqueline True
A holistic care migration framework for Australia's aging population A/Prof Heli Askola and A/Prof Carolyn Sutherland
Questions of fact and degree: a study of slavery and people trafficking prosecutions in Australia Dr Stephen Gray,  Prof Jean Allain, and Dr Azadeh Dastyari
The Koori Court of Victoria: An answer to cultural and language disadvange for indigenous offenders in the criminal justice system? A/Prof Melissa Castan and Prof Kathryn Burridge
A rule of law model for protection status determination by the Refugee Review Tribunal Prof Susan Kneebone and Dr Maria O'Sullivan
From secular democracy to Islamic despotism: A critical evaluation of the legislative, sociological and political aspects of the freedom of religion in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Prof Sarah Joseph and Dr Nadir Hosen
The balance between counter-terrorism and human rights in Ethiopia: a comparative study with Australia Prof Sarah Joseph and Dr Joanna Kyriakakis
The Right To Seek Asylum In An Age Of Extra-Territorialisation: The Legality of Australia's Deterrence and Disruption Activities Beyong Its Borders Dr Azadeh Dastyari and Dr Maria O'Sullivan
Taking racial vilification seriously: a proposed new regulatory framework Dr Colin Campbell and A/Prof  Patrick Emerton
Enforcing Indigenous Rights: international law mechanisms and the right to life with dignity Dr Richard JoyceA/Prof Melissa Castan and Dr Katie O'Bryan

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Intellectual Property Law

An access regime for the compulsory licensing of patents: Resolving the conflicts between Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) and technological standardisation  Prof Mark Davison and Prof Ann Monotti
Open Source Software in Collaborative Projects  Prof Ann Monotti and Prof Mark Davison
Big Data: Opportunities, Risks and Regulation Prof Moira Paterson and Prof Casanovas Pompeu (external)

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International Law

(including international criminal law and justice, international humanitarian law, international trade law, conflict of laws/private international law)

The contribution of non-governmental organisations to the creation of international treaty law Dr Joanna Kyriakakis and A/Prof Julie Debeljak
Between Myopia and Utopia: the applicability of transitional justice to Israel/Palestine Prof Sarah Joseph and Dr Joanna Kyriakakis
The liability of ship owners under the current international regulatory regime for harm caused by exposure to asbestos during ship recycling Prof Douglas Guilfoyle and Prof Jean Allain
Faustian Bargain Hunting: How Legitimising Nation-States through Othering Stateless Persons Denies the Universality of Human Rights Prof Douglas Guilfoyle and Dr Richard Joyce
Enforcing Indigenous Rights: international law mechanisms and the right to life with dignity Dr Richard JoyceA/Prof Melissa Castan and Dr Katie O'Bryan
Undue delay in international criminal proceedings Prof Douglas Guilfoyle and Dr Richard Joyce

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Investment Law

Scope of MFN clause particularly in extending jurisdiction of Investment Treaty Tribunals Dr Emmanuel Laryea and  Dr Lisa Spagnolo
Land Grabbing, Sustainable Development and Foreign Investment: Nigeria as a Case Study Dr Emmanuel Laryea and Dr Gerry Nagtzaam
Legal and institutional aspects of large scale agricultural land investments in Ethiopia  Dr Emmanuel Laryea and Prof Justin Malbon

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ADR in clinical legal education setting A/Prof Kate Seear and A/Prof Ross Hyams
Clear legal writing education.
An examination of how well Australian tertiary legal writing education develops law students’ ability to write clearly
A/Prof  Becky Batagol and Prof Jeff Giddings
Clinic effects in theory and practice A/Prof Kate Seear, Prof Jeff Giddings and A/Prof Ross Hyams
Clinical legal education in Vietnam: Current situation and future perspective A/Prof Ross Hyams and Prof Adrian Evans

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Contributions of Irish lawyers to the law and its practice in nineteenth century Australia Prof Jeff Goldsworthy and A/Prof Seamus O'Hanlon 
Theorising collective resistance A/Prof  Patrick Emerton and Dr Toby Handfield
The western legal response to sorcery in colonial Papua New Guinea A/Prof Melissa Castan and Dr Stephen Gray
Can constitutional texts be considered utterances and as such properly incorporated into analysis of pragmatics? A/Prof Patrick Emerton and Prof Jeff Goldsworthy 

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Private Law, Equity, Civil Procedures

The role and importance of Parens Patriae principles in the superior Civil Courts of Australia  Dr Susan Barkehall-Thomas  and A/Prof Patrick Emerton

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Regulatory Studies

Food fraud and the tools for combat A/Prof Karinne Ludlow and Prof Christine Parker (external)
The regulation of concussion and head injuries in Australian professional football Prof Arie Freiberg and Prof Christine Parker (external)
Safe for whom? Consumers, citizens and safety in raw milk regulation A/Prof Kate Seear and Prof Christine Parker (external)
Regulatory responses to address climate change risks: an assessment Prof Graeme Hodge and Prof Arie Freiberg
Public policymaking in the Gulf Cooperation Council: Policy learning and transfer of public-private partnerships in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE Prof Graeme Hodge and  Prof Paula Gerber
Regulatory Models for Frontier Securities Markets: Role of the Stock Exchange Prof Graeme Hodge and A/Prof Emmanuel Laryea
Administrative Law and Public-Private Partnerships: A Comparative Analysis of India and the UK Prof Graeme Hodge and Dr Colin Campbell
Taking racial vilification seriously: a proposed new regulatory framework Dr Colin Campbell and A/Prof Patrick Emerton
Public Private Partnerships: Policies, Politics and Practices Prof Graeme Hodge and  Dr Paul Adrian Strangio
Legal Services Use in Road Traffic Injury Compensation Claims A/Prof  Becky Batagol, Dr Janneke Berecki-Gisolf  and Prof Luke Connelly (external)
Regulation of equity crowdfunding in Australia: Lessons to be learned from bookbuilding and secondary markets for traditional securities Prof Ann Monotti and Prof Mark Davison
The interface between infrastructure  regulation, funding and procurement: What can public utility regulation and long term infrastructure contracts learn from each other? Prof Graeme Hodge and Dr Eric Windholz

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