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Research in Law

The Adelaide Law School has been recognised as ‘Above World Standard for Research Excellence’ (ERA 2015).

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Prepare for a new age of Law.

Research themes

Across the faculty, we conduct world-class research that is consistently ranked in the top 1% of Universities internationally. Our research activities cover 6 key areas, as described below.

Our research groups are working on a range of projects

  • Current projects

    Environment and Natural Resources Research Group

    • Strengthening environmental laws and participating in international climate negotiations through the UNFCCC.
    • Investigating the regulation of decommissioning of offshore energy installations in Australia
    • Assessing law and policy for environmental protection from mining
    • Investigating the regulation of offshore wind energy
    • Participation in the Global Assessment of the Intergovernmental SciencePolicy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES),
    • Examining the role of law in enabling new global understandings of the relationships between biodiversity and human wellbeing, Legal pluralism to enable First Law and the Rights of Nature.Research Unit for the Study of Society, Ethics and the Law

     

    Research Unit for the Study of Society, Ethics and the Law

    • Church, State and the Boundaries of Religious Freedom
    • Supporting vulnerable populations with advance care planning,
    • Shaping the future: Regulation and the autonomous robot
  • Current projects

    South Australian Law Reform Institute 

    • Provocation, family violence and sentencing 
    • Common law forfeiture rule in homicide cases
    • Police computer powers of search and seizure
    • Surrogacy
    • Access to Justice for Vulnerable Parties in Criminal Justice System (with Litigation Law Unit)
    • Advance Care Directives and Powers of Attorney (forthcoming project)

     

    Litigation Law Unit

    • Access to Justice for Vulnerable Parties in Criminal Justice System (with SALRI)
    • Technology as evidence collection mechanisms for private citizens
    • Judicial management of complex commercial litigation – empirical review
    • Vulnerable witness communication partner scheme – empirical review (with SALRI)
    • Interdisciplinary proof as a functionary of justice
    • Law and policy review of civil search orders in common law and civil law jurisdictions
    • Current projects

      Public Law and Policy Research Unit 

      • Citizenship and the construction of membership in Australia
      • Finding regulatory solutions to labour supply challenges in the horticulture industry
      • Constitutional change in relation to Australia becoming a Republic and Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution;
      • Section 44 of the Constitution
      • Public Participation in International Law and Institutions.

       

      • Maximizing outcomes and minimising risk in workintegrated learning
      • Indigenising the law curriculum
      • Facilitating graduates demonstrate their legal skills to future employers
      • Excellence in clinical legal education
      • Wellbeing in law
    • Current projects

      Work and Employment Regulation Group

      • Investigating the regulation of unpaid work;
      • Examining how the outcomes of workplace learning can be maximised
      • Finding regulatory solutions to labour supply challenges in the horticulture industry

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