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Research

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 October 2020

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

The Research Project

Today's biomedical research and clinical environments are fast-paced and ever-evolving. New technologies are transforming the way we perceive personalised health care. For instance, genome editing technology permits accurate modification of DNA, that may in some cases be entirely personalised. Regulatory responses to these new technologies are often slow and ad hoc. Regulating for safety, efficacy, utility, affordability and access in the face of rapid technological change presents great challenges. The presence of intellectual property rights over relevant products and processes complicates matters further. This PhD scholarship presents an opportunity to examine these issues.

The successful applicant will undertake research focusing on the regulatory environment in respect of genome editing. There are a number of lenses through which PhD study can be undertaken, including regulatory theory, legal doctrine, socio-legal analysis, bioethics, patent landscaping and legal policy. Although it is not necessary to have studied biomedicine, individuals with a scientific background are particularly encouraged to apply.

Eligibility

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Bachelor of Laws or equivalent

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

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, Dianne Nicol for further information.

Closing Date

31st October 2020

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

The Research Project

In June 2020 it was reported in the media that an inquiry by the High Court of Australia had found that former High Court Justice Dyson Heydon had sexually harassed six female associates. The news was met with surprise and disbelief by some but for others, it was long overdue public acknowledgment of high levels of sexual harassment, assault and exploitation within the legal profession. In the wake of the report a group of 500 women working in various areas of the law signed letters to the Commonwealth Attorney-General, Christian Porter, and the Chief Justice of the High Court, Justice Susan Kiefel urging the establishment of an independent complaints body and the introduction of a transparent appointments process for the judiciary.  The immediate concern of this group of legal women was reforms to ensure judicial accountability. But the report raised serious questions about institutionalised sexism more broadly within the legal profession.

This research will examine this question by means of empirical research into experiences of sexism within the legal profession. It will consider questions such as the adequacy of existing legal avenues for redress, including those provided by anti-discrimination law and employment law, barriers to reporting and proposals for reform.

Eligibility

See the following web page for entry requirements: www.utas.edu.au/research/degrees/what-is-a-research-degree

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, Dr Helen Cockburn for further information.

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