Higher degree research
Health, Biotechnology and reproduction
Expert supervisors in the Faculty work in areas such as reproductive technology regulation, health law, medical negligence, disability, professional ethics, and non-traditional family forms. Our researchers work beyond traditional legal categories utilising cross-doctrinal and interdisciplinary approaches, involving elements of bio-ethics, philosophy, feminist theory and health policy.
In the area of biotechnology and reproduction, our highly specialised expertise covers assisted reproductive technologies, neuroscience, body modification, genetic technologies, stem cell and embryo research and enhancement technologies, and the challenges these biotechnologies pose to legal understandings of normality, disability, individuality, relatedness and family.
Legal History and Law and Culture
The legal history cluster within the faculty considers ways of doing history - both conceptually and practically - for colonial historians, theorists, cultural historians and historians of doctrine. Topics we have addressed include writing different kinds of history and using primary sources, the nature of the archive, thinking about fields of history, and what the courts do with history.
The law and culture research strength investigates the different ways law and cultural fields intersect, such as law and literature, and law and film, and examines the potential for transforming legal research through cultural methodologies.
Media and intellectual property
The media and intellectual property strength addresses the information age in which a knowledge economy is taking over from traditional industrial and resources markets. Current research in intellectual property includes copyright, patents, plant variety rights, trade marks, traditional knowledge, intellectual property enforcement and commercialisation, international trade and competition. In communications and media law, our researchers are addressing policy principles and regulatory responses, telecommunications regulation and communications law reform.