Recent funded projects

Project titleInternational Law and the Challenge of Populism
ResearchersDr Richard Joyce (Monash Law CLARS Member), Professor Sundhya Pahuja (Melbourne Law School), Professor Andrew Benjamin (Monash Philosophy), Professor James Martel (Political Science, San Francisco State University), Dr Kojo Koram (Birkbeck School of Law, University of London).
FundingAustralian Research Council Discovery Project Award: $204,500
Project summary

International Law and the Challenge of Populism explores the way we think about the relationship between international law and contemporary forms of populism. This project is particularly interested in examining how contemporary rise of populism may be understood as an effect of international law, and of the practices of institutionalized global ordering over at least the last 70 years.

For more details, see: International Law and the Challenge of Populism (

Project titleDistribution Agreements
ResearchersDr Mel Marquis (assisted in Thailand by Dr Peerapat Chokesuwattanaskul)
FundingCommonwealth funded project ($41,562.00)
Project summaryThe research will focus on the application of competition law to distribution agreements in Thailand, taking account of Thai law and Thai business practices, but will also consider how competition law should be applied to distribution agreements across the ASEAN region. The work will also consider how ASEAN Member States might advance their official objective of moving toward greater harmonisation of competition laws in the context of the ASEAN Economic Community.
Project titleDistribution Agreements
ResearchersDr Mel Marquis (assisted in Thailand by Dr Peerapat Chokesuwattanaskul)
FundingCommonwealth funded project ($41,562.00)
Project summaryThe research will focus on the application of competition law to distribution agreements in Thailand, taking account of Thai law and Thai business practices, but will also consider how competition law should be applied to distribution agreements across the ASEAN region. The work will also consider how ASEAN Member States might advance their official objective of moving toward greater harmonisation of competition laws in the context of the ASEAN Economic Community.
Project titleMaritime Cooperation for a Sustainable Future in the Indo-Pacific Region
ResearchersProfessor Andrew Mitchell, Assoc Prof Gerry Nagtzaam, Professor Douglas Guilfoyle (University of Canberra), D. Dhanuraj, Vijay Sakhuja, Purvaja Modak and Manoj Mathew (Indian Centre for Public Policy Research)
FundingAustralia-India Indo-pacific Oceans Initiative Grant ($116,502.00)
Project summaryMonash University and CPPR will work on a year long project exploring maritime cooperation in the Indo Pacific region: a) Trade Connectivity and Maritime Transport: Smart Ports and Digital Supply Chains b) Marine Ecology Strategies (with a particular emphasis on Marine Plastic Litter and Debris regulatory waste minimisation models and strategies in the Bay of Bengal) c) Convergences between the Vision-Outlook-Initiative of the Indo-Pacific co untries/groupings i.e. ASEAN, Australia and India.
Project titlePlastics and Human Health
ResearchersAssoc Prof Gerry Nagtzaam and Dr Steve Kourabas
FundingThe Minderoo Foundation ($119,839.00)
Project summaryIncorporating mechanisms to protect human health into plastics treaty, e.g. requirement to identify, identify, capture, dilute and detoxify substances of concern in recycled feedstock; definition of substances of concern.
Project titleClimate Mobility in the Pacific
ResearcherDaniel Fitzpatrick
FundingPacific Islands Forum Secretariat ($12,916)
Project summaryThe TWG-HM seeks to work with Professor Daniel Fitzpatrick to develop targeted research briefs on ‘Land Tenure and Human Mobility’ and activities related to climate related human mobility in the Pacific region. The research briefs will be accessible on the Pacific Resilience Partnership website and disseminated to all TWG-HM members, as well as other relevant stakeholders.
Project titleNew Technologies, the Future of Work, Skills and Industrial Relations
Chief InvestigatorsProf Fang Le Cook, Greg Bamber, Dr Marjorie Jerrard, A/Prof Tui McKeown (Centre for Global Business, and Management), Prof Marilyn Pittard (Faculty of Law, Monash); and Dr Tanja Tyvimaa and Prof Robin Drogemuller (both from QUT)
Funding$630,000 in cash and more than another $1million in kind from the Building 4.0 Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and partners: Lendlease Digital, A.G. Coombs, Holmesglen Institute, and the Master Builders Association
Project summaryWe consider how digitisation and other new technologies are impacting on the building industry’s industrial relations (IR), management, jobs, skills, education, training and workforce composition. We chronicle the industry’s stakeholders’ perspectives on such matters, and on cooperation, disruption, productivity, the future of work, as well as ‘pain points’ that employers and unions envisage as digitisation and other new technologies are introduced. We appraise how the key players can innovate in terms of more cooperative forms of IR with mutual gains and more voice and goal alignment. We evaluate how the parties can best work with and try to improve the IR, management, education and training systems
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Project titleThe culture of implementing Freedom of Information in Australia
Researcher(s)Associate Professor Johan Lidberg (Monash Arts); Professor Moira Paterson
FundingARC Linkage Grant ($349,906)
Project summaryIn partnership with three Australian Information Commissioners/Ombudsmen this ARC Linkage project aims to map the culture of administering Freedom of Information (FOI) laws across a number of Australian jurisdictions and to capture and analyse the attitudes among FOI practitioners, government agency managements and political leaders toward information access implementation. The project aims to provide the partner organisations with an increased understanding of the culture of administering FOI to inform training/awareness programs and campaigns and to increase the functionality of FOI. Well-functioning access to information systems is crucial both for good governance and Australia's participation in the digital economy.
Project titleEnhancing Corporate Accountability
Researcher(s)Liz Campbell, Jonathan Clough, Jennifer Hill, Michelle Welsh (a collaborative project with the University of Manchester and National University of Singapore)
FundingMonash University Networks of Excellence (NoE) Grant (($175,552)
Project summaryThe goal of this project is to examine accountability for corporate wrongdoing in the light of a number of recommendations made by the 2019 Banking Royal Commission. The project will, for example, consider the extent to which the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has altered its enforcement approach since the Banking Royal Commission, and particularly the extent to which it has now adopted a “Why Not Litigate?” enforcement style, as recommended by Commissioner Hayne in the Royal Commission. The project will also include a comparative law element. This involves a comparison of various regulatory tools to address corporate misconduct available in Australia and parts of Asia, providing case studies examining how those regulatory tools were used in a number of corporate scandals.
Project titleA security-aware and contractually supported framework for data management in Building Information Modelling (BIM) enabled infrastructure projects’
Researcher(s)Dr Yihai Fang
Dr Xingliang Yuan
Professor Paula Gerber
Assoc Prof Normann Witzleb
2018 Monash Infrastructure Interdisciplinary Research Seed Funding Scheme
Project summaryBuilding Information Modelling (BIM) is an innovative, collaborative approach to project design and delivery that is being used on large scale construction and infrastructure projects. It requires that all teams involved in the design and construction share their data and models across a single platform. Although BIM promises increased efficiencies, it also raises many new and complex legal and contractual issues as well as challenges relating to data management and data security. This interdisciplinary research team will investigate and address how the adoption of appropriate cybersecurity protocols and contractual risk allocations can minimise the risks associated with the use of BIM. This project is intended to be the first step in attracting competitive external funding for a large and sustained research program in this developing field.
Project titleLegal and ethical issues in the inheritable genetic modification of humans
Duration2017 - 2019
Researcher(s)Mills, Catherine (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
Ludlow, Karinne (Chief Investigator (CI))
Sparrow, Robert (Chief Investigator (CI))
Warren, Narelle (Chief Investigator (CI))

Australian Research Council
Monash University

Project summary

The aim of this interdisciplinary project is to investigate the legal and ethical implications of technologies that allow inheritable modifications of the human genome. The use of these technologies in human embryos is fast becoming an international reality, and this project aims to be the first to rigorously examine the implications of this in the Australian context. The intended outcomes of the Project are to clarify the current legal status of inheritable genetic modification technologies in Australia, provide a comprehensive analysis of the ethics of these new technologies, and, building on this, propose a set of recommendations for regulatory reform to guide Australia's response to international scientific and legal developments.

Project titleResilience and Vulnerability in Property Systems: Rising Sea Levels and Local Relocations in the Solomon Islands
Researcher(s)Prof Daniel Fitzpatrick (Chief Investigator)
FundingAustralia Research Council Discovery Project, A$250,000
Project summary

The project collects data on local relocations caused by rising sea levels in Solomon Islands. It tests a conceptual framework for analysing resilience and vulnerability in property systems, including the capacity to provide land for sustainable and inclusive resettlement. While there is emerging international law work on climate change refugees, there is relatively little scholarship on sustainable local relocation for displaced peoples. The project is timely given Solomon Islands government plans for new laws and guidelines on resettlement of communities affected by climate change. The project outcomes will contribute to the literature on law and collective action in response to climate change.

Project titleLegal and social dynamics of eBook lending in Australia’s public libraries
Researcher(s)Dr Rebecca Giblin (Monash University), A/Prof Kimberlee Weatherall (The University of Sydney), Prof Julian Thomas (Swinburne University of Technology) and Prof Geoffrey Webb (Monash University)

Australian Research Council - Linkage

Project summary

EBooks have tremendous beneficial potential, particularly for Australians in remote areas and those with impaired mobility or vision. Compared to physical books however, the rights of libraries to acquire and lend them are severely restricted. This project brings together 8 library partners with legal, social and data science researchers to investigate eBook lending practices and understand their social impacts. Building upon that evidence base, the project will identify ways of reforming policy, law, and practice to help libraries fulfil their public interest missions.
This project seeks to cast new light on libraries’ social and cultural roles in the digital age, and enable them to extract more value from existing public investments.

Project titleA3.2: Better Regulatory Frameworks for Water Sensitive Cities

Faculty of Law – Professor Graeme Hodge, Dr Colin Campbell, Ms Tara McCallum, Ms Emille Boulot, Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg, Adjunct Professor Pamela O'Connor. Other team researchers – Dr Ruth Lane, Faculty of Arts, Professor Alex Gardner, UWA, Ms Dariel De Souza, Maddocks Lawyers, Professor

Project summary

The Monash Law Faculty has been awarded a major research project on Better Regulatory Frameworks for Water Sensitive Cities. It is part of Monash's Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) which is aiming to revolutionise water management in Australia and overseas. The CRCWSC is a huge undertaking, collaborating with over 80 research, industry and government partners, and with a research budget of over AUD $100 million. With strong industry engagement, it has a vision of making towns and cities more water sensitive, and it oversees some 31 such international research projects.

The project aims to assess current legislative and regulatory frameworks in order to investigate what helps and what hinders the adoption of more water sensitive systems and practices. The research is seeking to identify gaps, barriers and overlaps in our regulatory arrangements for alternative water sources and water sensitive urban design projects and is pursuing more integrated and supportive regimes. The project will also classify and evaluate mechanisms for assessing, allocating, sharing and distributing risks associated with alternative water sources and water sensitive technologies and will develop a new model for risk assessment and risk diversification. It will also provide principles and tools for aligning our legislative, administrative and institutional arrangements with the goal of water sensitive cities.

So far, the Better Regulatory Frameworks for Water Sensitive Cities project has published six reports on Australia's urban water sector. The latest of these reports is a comparative review of urban water regulation across the cities of Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

Alongside the faculty's research on better regulatory arrangements, Professor Hodge is also overseeing another of the CRC's projects examining Statutory Planning for Water Sensitive Urban Design. This project is being led by Mr Barnaby McIlwraith (Maddocks), with research being undertaken by Ms Linda Choi and Don Williams.

Project titleB5.1 Statutory Planning for Water Sensitive Urban Design
Researcher(s)Prof Graeme Hodge
Project summary

The project will assess the role of statutory planning legislation, regulation and processes in facilitating or constraining the adoption of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) and identify best practice planning policies and planning legislation to facilitate water resilience in cities

Past funded project

For a listing of vis the past funded project page.

For details of other projects, please see individual member profiles.