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Law and legal studies

Research in Law and legal studies at Macquarie University received a rating of 4 out of 5 - 'performance above world standard' - in ERA 2012.

4-rated disciplineLaw and legal studies
4-rated sub-discipline
  • law

Research in law and legal studies at Macquarie involves multicontextual, cross-disciplinary, trans-jurisdictional and collaborative research approaches to law and its commercial, environmental and social dimensions in Australia and internationally.

These approaches are found in five primary areas of research concentration: commercial law, international and environmental law, legal governance, legal history and legal theory.

Two of Macquarie's research centres – the Centre for International and Environmental Law and the Centre for Legal Governance – contribute to these research strengths.

International affiliations

The Centre for International and Environmental Law has affiliations and cooperative research arrangements with several overseas universities.

It is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the premier non-governmental organisation addressing environmental matters. Macquarie researchers are members of different IUCN specialist groups and have undertaken important consultancy work under its auspices.

The Centre for Legal Governance

The Centre draws together historians (legal history), political scientists (secession and international law), philosophers and medical researchers (bioethics, health governance, legal theory and social ontology), and with environmental studies experts(environmental law and climate change).

Providing a platform for research into legal governance and regulatory problems facing governments, businesses and communities and contributes to the development of ethically informed legal and social policy, its strengths include international and comparative law, environmental law, human rights law, health law and information and privacy law.

World-leading researchers

Macquarie's high-profile researchers include:

  • Professor Brian Opeskin is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and a former Commissioner and Deputy President of the Australian Law Reform Commission.
  • Emeritus Professor Bruce Kercher is President of the NSW Bar Association's Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History.
  • Dr Alexander Zahar has served on the United Nations at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and is an expert reviewer of greenhouse gas inventories submitted by states pursuant to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.
Research - Law and legal studies

Macquarie University research centres

Centre for International and Environmental Law
Dr Shawkat Alam

Centre for Legal Governance
Professor Brian Opeskin