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The broad research objectives of the Law Faculty are:

  • To foster and maintain a research culture informed by national and international standards, and
  • To provide high quality research training programs that suitably prepare candidates for careers as researchers.

The Law Faculty has a very active research program, and is one of the highest ranked faculties in the country in terms of research publications per staff. Research performance measured in high output is central to the achievement of the Law Faculty's mission. This is reflected in the number of scholarly books and refereed journal articles produced by Law Faculty staff.

Research Degrees

The Faculty of Law is offering one or more scholarships for outstanding students to undertake a:

For general inquiries, please contact our Graduate Research Coordinator, Dr Olivia Rundle.

Available Research Degree Projects

A research degree candidate may develop their own research project in collaboration with their supervisor or apply for one of our currently available projects below:

Applicants who are interested a specific project should first contact the supervisor listed and then find out more about our Entry Requirements, Scholarships if relevant, and then Apply Now.

Closing Date

30th November 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

A significant issue that looks set to dominate modern online technologies, is the intersection between trade secrecy and data protection. Data related to online technologies and their users are routinely collected, and may be biometric, geographic and social. This data is often protected through trade secrecy law, which provides a limited form of protection to those who hold information that satisfies the relevant legal tests for protection. Against this legal regime, the data collected in online environments raises significant privacy concerns. The law of privacy differs between jurisdictions, and most recently the GDPR has put privacy concerns directly in the spotlight. Rights to access personal data enshrined in modern privacy laws are directly at odds with the law of trade secrecy. There is thus, a real conflict between these legal regimes, and uncertainty as to how this conflict might be managed.


Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Law

See the following web page for entry requirements:

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Jane Nielsen for further information.