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

TopicsSupervisors
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

TopicsSupervisors
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 2004Dr Normann Witzleb and Dr Rebecca Giblin

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Constitutional Law

TopicsSupervisors
A Critical evaluation of reforms to National Security Laws & significance to constitutionalismProf H.P. Lee and Dr Stephen Gray
Interpretive provisions under Statutory Bills of Rights in Australia, the principle of legality and the presumption of consistency: Comparisons, contrasts and interrelationshipsProf Jeff Goldsworthy and  A/Prof Julie Debeljak

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Corporation Law, Taxation Law, Competition Law, Media Law

TopicsSupervisors
A holistic view of emission trading scheme (ETS) in China: Challenges and solutionsProf Stephen Barkoczy and Dr Gerry Nagtzaam
A comparative study of the law concerning  the ratification of director breaches by shareholders  Dr Normann Witzleb and Prof Bryan Horrigan
Shareholder litigation and the statutory derivative actionDr Normann Witzleb and Mr Bruce Dyer
What role does the corporate governance principle of independence play on Directors' duties?A/Prof John Duns and Prof Justin Malbon
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 ActProf 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 NationsProf Justin Malbon and A/Prof Emmanuel Laryea 

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Criminal Law, Sentencing

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

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

Prof Jonathan Clough and Dr Normann Witzleb

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Dispute Resolution

(including mediation)

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

Dr Becky Batagol and Dr Genevieve Grant

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

Dr Becky Batagol, Dr Genevieve Grant and Prof John Zeleznikow (external))

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Environmental Law and Natural Resources

TopicsSupervisors
A holistic view of emission trading scheme (ETS) in China: Challenges and solutions

Prof Stephen Barkoczy and Dr Gerry Nagtzaam

A Global Imperative: The Need for New International Conventions and Institutions governing Oceanic Phytoplankton and Climate ChangeDr Gerry Nagtzaam and Prof Douglas Guilfoyle

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Family Law

TopicsSupervisors
Who will care for the children? The Commonwealth v. The State  Dr 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) Dr Adiva Sifris and Dr Renata Alexander

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Health Law

TopicsSupervisors
Medical treatment decision making for the seriously ill: Clinical realities, ethics and the lawDr Genevieve Grant and Prof Anne-Maree Farrell (external) 

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Human Rights

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

TopicsSupervisors
An analysis of the application of women's rights within Persian courtship ritualsProf Paula Gerber and Prof Jacqueline True
Questions of fact and degree: a study of slavery and people trafficking prosecutions in AustraliaDr Stephen Gray and Dr Azadeh Dastyari
The Koori Court of Victoria: An answer to cultural and language disadvange for indigenous offenders in the criminal justice system?Ms Melissa Castan and Prof Kathryn Burridge
A rule of law model for protection status determination by the Refugee Review TribunalProf 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 PakistanProf Sarah Joseph and Dr Nadir Hosen
The balance between counter-terrorism and human rights in Ethiopia: a comparative study with AustraliaProf 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 BordersDr Azadeh Dastyari and Dr Maria O'Sullivan

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Intellectual Property Law

TopicsSupervisors
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
Principles of Public Sector Information SharingProf Moira Paterson and A/Prof David Lindsay

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International Law

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

TopicsSupervisors
The contribution of non-governmental organisations to the creation of international treaty lawDr Joanna Kyriakakis and A/Prof Julie Debeljak
Ambiguities regarding the prerequisites for the exercise of self-defenceProf Douglas Guilfoyle and Dr Richard Joyce
Silent political intrusions to the Rome Statute of ICC: Major threat that may impede Indonesia?Prof Douglas Guilfoyle and Dr Joanna Kyriakakis
Between Myopia and Utopia: the applicability of transitional justice to Israel/PalestineProf 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 recyclingProf Douglas Guilfoyle and Prof Jean Allain

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Investment Law

TopicsSupervisors
Scope of MFN clause particularly in extending jurisdiction of Investment Treaty TribunalsDr Emmanuel Laryea and  Dr Lisa Spagnolo
Legal and institutional aspects of large scale agricultural land investments in Ethiopia Dr Emmanuel Laryea and Prof Justin Malbon

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TopicsSupervisors
ADR in clinical legal education settingDr Kate Seear and Mr Ross Hyams
Clinic effects in theory and practiceDr Kate Seear and Mr Ross Hyams
Clinical legal education in Vietnam: Current situation and future perspectiveMr Ross Hyams and Prof Adrian Evans

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TopicsSupervisors
Contributions of Irish lawyers to the law and its practice in nineteenth century AustraliaProf Jeff Goldsworthy and A/Prof Seamus O'Hanlon 
Theorising collective resistanceA/Prof  Patrick Emerton and Dr Toby Handfield
The western legal response to sorcery in colonial Papua New GuineaMs 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

TopicsSupervisors
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

TopicsSupervisors
Food fraud and the tools for combatA/Prof Karinne Ludlow and Prof Christine Parker (external)
The regulation of concussion and head injuries in Australian professional footballProf Arie Freiberg and Prof Christine Parker (external)
Safe for whom? Consumers, citizens and safety in raw milk regulationDr Kate Seear and Prof Christine Parker (external)
The influence of statutory planning as a regulatory tool on water sensitive urban design Prof Graeme Hodge and Dr Colin Campbell
Regulatory responses to address climate change risks: an assessmentProf 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 UAEProf Graeme Hodge and  A/Prof Paula Gerber
Regulatory Models for Frontier Securities Markets: Role of the Stock ExchangeProf Graeme Hodge and A/Prof Emmanuel Laryea
Administrative Law and Public-Private Partnerships: A Comparative Analysis of India and the UKProf Graeme Hodge and Dr Colin Campbell
Taking racial vilification seriously: a proposed new regulatory frameworkDr Colin Campbell and A/Prof Patrick Emerton
Public Private Partnerships: Policies, Politics and PracticesProf Graeme Hodge and  Dr Paul Adrian Strangio
Legal Services Use in Road Traffic Injury Compensation ClaimsDr Genevieve Grant, 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 securitiesA/Prof David Lindsay and Prof Mark Davison

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