Research networks and interest groups
- Corporate, commercial and tax law
- Criminal justice and criminology
- Health, family and communities
- IP, media and communications
- International law, human rights and environment
The Faculty has an expanding and vibrant research culture and four new research interest groups have been established by Faculty members interested in exploring ideas across law specialisms and engaging in interdisciplinary research. These groups meet informally and welcome Faculty members and research students.
Law and Culture [Co-ordinators Honni van Rijswijk and Katherine Biber]
Building upon an emerging research interest at UTS:Law, Law and Culture aims to bring together scholars working at the intersection of law and culture. We are interested in investigating the different ways law and cultural fields intersect, and in examining the potential for transforming legal research through cultural methodologies. We welcome scholars who are engaged in this interdisciplinary research, and also those who are curious about what such intersections might mean in their work.
Law and History [Co-ordinator Shaunnagh Dorsett]
The legal history reading group meets every two months and, under the guidance of one of its members, we discuss readings set in advance. The overall purpose is to enable us to think about ways of doing history - both conceptually and practically. The group is composed of staff and research students - those who write history and those who perhaps want to think about writing better backgrounds or short history components for articles and books. In this group colonial historians, theorists, cultural historians and historians of doctrine come together over wine and cheese to consider history from all angles. Topics 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.
Private Law Discussion Group [Co-ordinators Allison Silink and Paul Redmond]
The Private Law Discussion Group provides an opportunity for legal scholars across a range of legal fields to exchange research ideas and encourage collaboration. We meet regularly to discuss developments in the law of contract, tort, equity, real property, commercial and corporations law, and to support research in these areas being undertaken by the group’s members. Meetings generate lively discussion about topical issues in private law in Australia. Speakers are invited from time to time to meetings.
Regulation and Biotechnologies of the Body [Co-ordinators Isabel Karpin and Karen O'Connell]
The Regulation and Biotechnologies of the Body group explores the intersection between developing biotechnologies and the management and disciplining of bodies. Areas of focus include assisted reproductive technologies, neuroscience, body modification, genetic technologies, stem cell and embryo research and enhancement technologies. We are particularly interested in the challenges these biotechnologies pose to legal understandings of normality, disability, individuality, relatedness and family. Scholars in the group include senior academics, early career researchers and a post-doctoral research fellow.
Contributions to the law research program are also made by the:
- Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) (opens an external site),
- Communications Law Centre, and
- Anti-Slavery Australia (opens an external site).