Research projects and centres
Our research discipline strengths
Our research scope is wide, covering:
- anti-discrimination law
- comparative law
- constitutional law
- corporate governance
- data and the law
- energy and natural resource law
- health law
- intellectual property
- international law
- legal history sentencing and criminal justice
- transnational commercial law.
Deakin Law School hosts regular seminars throughout the year, partnering with high-profile speakers who cover a range of unique topics. These seminars are open to students and staff alike.
Previous seminar topics have included:
- the domestic and international framework regarding climate change law
- current impediments associated with the criminal justice system in Victoria
- limiting global warming to two degrees – what Australia needs to do to deeply decarbonise our economy
- whether asylum seeker policy reflects real Australian values
- energy networks in a new energy era.
ARC Discovery Project
Through this project, our researchers explore the discussions across UNESCO, WIPO and other international organisations about:
- intangible cultural heritage
- the different interpretations of related 'rights'
- cross-border conflicts about heritage.
The project analyses the legal, political and cultural reasons for such conflicts and develops practical proposals for promoting international reconciliation and improved international cooperation in heritage protection.
Centre for Comparative Corporate Governance (CCC-G)
The CCC-G undertakes research into comparative corporate governance in order to identify contemporary corporate governance trends and best practices. This ensures responsible, sustainable and long-term prosperity and growth for corporations, taking into consideration the interests of all stakeholders, as well as society interests.
Centre for Energy and Natural Resource Law
Energy and Natural Resource Law and policy is crucially important for global development. The Centre for Energy and Natural Resource Law (CENRL) will place Deakin Law School at the forefront of contemporary debates on energy and natural resources law.
Centre on the Legal Profession
The Centre on the Legal Profession will conduct research on the changing market for legal services – enabled by technology and globalisation – and the optimal forms of regulation to respond to these changes while delivering access to justice and protecting the rule of law.
Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (D2D CRC)
Deakin Law School and UNSW Law collaborate in the Law and Policy Program of the national Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (D2D CRC).
It combines researchers and industry, as well as additional contributions, to provide Big Data capability resulting in a safer and more secure nation and a sustainable Big Data workforce for Australia.
The Legal and Ethical Dimensions of the Web of Data. Regulatory Tools, Rights and the Rule of Law.
Professor Pompeu Casanovas (DLS professorial fellow) and Professor Antoni Roig Batalla of the Institute of Law and Technology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (IDT-UAB). Grant amount: $80,000 AUD (55,000 €) as well as a funded PhD from the Spanish government.
Project description: This project is a further result of the collaborative agreement between IDT-UAB and the DLS. The grant will enable a large working group-based project, including one group on security, ethics, governance, comprising Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo (Oxford), Professor Louis de Koker (DLS), Professor Danuta Mendelson (DLS), Professor Pompeu Casanovas (IDT-UAB/DLS) and Associate Professor Yaiza Cabedo Figueredo (IDT-UAB).
Food Security and the Governance of Local Knowledge in India and Indonesia
Christoph Antons (with Professor Michael Blakeney, Professor Kadambot Siddique, Professor Dr Philippe Cullet, Professor Dr Yunita Triwardani Winarto, Dr Gregory Acciaioli and Dr Jagjit Plahe). Grant amount: $257,000 from the Australian Research Council.
Project description: This project aims to discover how local farming communities’ practical knowledge can improve food security. 795 million undernourished people rely on small farmers for food. To protect these farmers from multinational agribusiness and climate change, this project will examine how small farmers turn useful plant material into cultivated crops through plant selection and breeding under conditions of climate change; identify how regulatory structures in India and Indonesia help or hinder this process; and identify opportunities to apply local knowledge and its regulatory framework in Australia. Better understanding local conditions should benefit regulators, NGOs, businesses and aid agencies. The anticipated project completion date is 2019.
Gabrielle Wolf, Bridget Bainbridge. Grant amount: $200,000, from Data to Decision CRC.
Project description: Legal implications of new techniques of identity proofing (Professor Louis de Koker (project lead), in collaboration with the Office of the Victorian Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection).
Guiding Principles in the Design, Regulation, Implementation, Governance and Oversight of Data-Based Decision-support Technologies for Law Enforcement and National Security
Louis de Koker, Danuta Mendelson, Pompeu Casanovas. Grant amount: $57,000, from Data to Decision CRC.
Project description: Identifying principles to inform the design, regulation, implementation, governance and oversight of data-based decision-support technologies for law enforcement and national security (Associate Professor Lyria Bennett Moses (UNSW) (project lead) and with Professor Janet Chan (UNSW), Dr Alana Maurushat (UNSW) and Mr David Vaile (UNSW).
Mobile Financial Services: Regulatory responses in Australia, Kenya and South Africa
Mobile Financial Services: Regulatory responses in Australia, Kenya and South Africa
Louis De Koker (supervisor); Edwin Tongoi (PhD student). Grant amount: $45,000, from Data to Decision CRC.
Project description: This doctoral project investigates regulatory frameworks for mobile financial services in Australia, Kenya and South Africa.
Qualitative – End User Evaluation
Qualitative – End User Evaluation
Louis De Koker (with Rens Scheepers et al). Grant amount: $80,000, from Data to Decision CRC.
Project description: The project focuses on user analysts’ perceptions of the efficiency and utility of current and planned information systems used by State and Federal police and associated government agencies (joining Professor Ingrid Nielsen and Dr Chad Whelan with Professor Rens Scheepers as project lead).
Building an Intellectual Property System: The Indonesian Experience
Christoph Antons. Grant amount: $144,178, from ARC - Discovery Projects.
Project description: Economic theory suggests pathways to innovation and ‘tipping points’ in intellectual property (IP) development based on the experiences of a few technology trailblazing economies. This project will show the introduction and operation of IP in Indonesia over the last thirty years as a typical example for middle income developing countries and newcomers to the IP system. It will analyse court decisions, implementing laws and the institutions supporting IP. It will show the bargaining processes about the future of the system between the government and foreign investors as well as citizens and between different institutions, thereby providing valuable information to businesses and government agencies. The project aims at providing lessons for innovation theory and for other developing countries and sound knowledge for aid agencies, government sponsored training programs and other forms of institutional support. It will also help clarifying Australia’s position during regional and bilateral Free Trade Agreement negotiations.
Indo-Australian Cooperation in Enhancing Judicial practices and the Legal Profession
Sandeep Gopalan (with Dakshina Chandra). Grant amount: $40,300, from Australia-India Council Research Grant.
Project description: The project will enable knowledge-sharing between the Indian legal profession, judiciary, and officials and their Australian counterparts to: 1. showcase innovations by Australian courts, and help India to design solutions based on Australian models; 2. liberalize the legal profession.
|Total Grant||Title||Source||Staff Member|
|EUR 250,000||Internationalisation of corporate governance model||German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation||Jean du Plessis|
|$300,000||Intangible cultural heritage across borders: laws, structures and strategies in China and its Association of Southeast Asian Nations neighbours||ARC Discovery||Christoph Antons|
|$178,000||Centre for Rural and Regional Law and Justice to fund part-time Learning and Development Coordinator||Legal Services Board||Richard Coverdale|
|$150,000||IP in Asia – project is part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation||ARC Discovery||Christoph Antons|
|$47,721||Addressing the structural and ethical challenge of conflict of interest in rural and regional legal practice||Vic Law Foundation Grant||Richard Coverdale|
|$8,712||Review of Barriers to Open Data and Related Re−Use of Information in Five Exemplar Data Sets (2014)||Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre||Louis de Koker|
|$217,500||Comparative International Perspectives on Strategy, Policy and Law (Australia) (2014–2016)||Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre||Louis de Koker; Danuta Mendelson|
|$8,299||Research Support: National organised crime response plan (2009)||AUSTRAC||Louis de Koker|
|$44,083||Integrity in mobile phone financial services (2010–2011)||World Bank||Louis de Koker|
|$18,199||Money laundering and terrorist financing risk and vulnerability methodology (2010–2011)||World Bank||Louis de Koker|
|$36,106||Family Violence and the Regional Magistrates' Court||Alfred Felton Trust||Dr Lucinda Jordan|
|$22,727||Improving access to justice for women and children survivors of family violence in the Geelong region||Geelong Community Foundation||Dr Lucinda Jordan|
|$4,545||Bringing justice to isolated suburbs – finding a solution!||Wyndham Legal Service||James Farrell|
|$4,000||Scoping access to justice issues in the Magistrate's Court in rural and regional Australia||Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA)||Dr Lucinda Jordan|
|$3,000||Rethinking Law Curriculum||Australian Learning and Teaching Council||Richard Coverdale|
|$58,201||Scoping a Victorian Centre for Rural and Regional law and justice – seeding grant||Vic Law Foundation Grant||Richard Coverdale|
|$46,143||Provision of legal services to small business in rural and regional Victoria||LSB-Grants Program||Prof Anne Rees, Prof Jean Du Plessis, Dr Lucinda Jordan and Richard Coverdale|
|$13,726||Over-compliance: Towards an Understanding of Compliance Responses of Financial Institutions in South Africa||Cenfri Grant - Research - The Centre for Financial Regulation & Inclusion||Louis De Koker|
|$220,000||Building Distributed Leadership in Designing and Implementing a Quality Management Framework for Online Learning Environments||ALTC Grant - Research - Australian Learning and Teaching Council||Dale Holt|
|$86,805||Doping and Australian Professional Cycling; Attitudes Issues and a Pathway to a New Approach||DHA Grant - Anti-doping Research Program - Department of Health and Ageing||Martin Hardie|
|$36,470||Postcode Justice - Rural Disadvantage and the Law||VIC Law Foundation Grant - Research||Richard Coverdale|
|$1,593||Sacred Rules Secular Revelations: the Conceptions of Rights in pre-Modern Europe||ARC - Discovery Projects||Jason Taliadoros|
|$9,749||Humanising Animals - Civilising People||Voiceless||Mirko Bagaric|
|$10,000||FATF 2012: Impact of Revised Standards on Corporate Compliance Practices in Nigeria and Ghana||Downton Hill||Louis De Koker|
|$206,000||Realising the Potential: Assessing Professional Learning through the Integration of ePortfolios in Australian Business Education||OLT Seed Projects - Office for Learning and Teaching||Dale Holt|
|$29,253||Delivering Law to Regional Victoria - E Learning Solutions||Telematics Course Development Fund Trust Grant - Research||Dale Holt, Richard Coverdale|
|$17,000||Court Network Self-represented Litigants||Court Network Inc||Ian Parsons|
|$46,428||Building Advocacy Justice Alliances for offenders with mental impairment in Victoria s Barwon South West Region||Helen Macpherson Smith Trust Grant - Research||Ian Parsons, Richard Coverdale|
|$6,690||Performance Audit Planning VAGO||Victorian Auditor General's Office||Louis De Koker|
|$12,272||Draft Audit Performance Report Unconventional Gas||Victorian Auditor General's Office||Victorian Auditor General's Office|
|$65,000||Social Cohesion, Marginalisation and Violent Extremism in Regional and Rural Victoria: A dual Case Study||Department of Premier and Cabinet - Social Cohesion Research Grants Program||Mirko Bagaric, Ian Parsons, Richard Coverdale|
2017 Research reports
Past research reports
2016 Research Report December 9 (PDF, 121KB)
2016 Research Report November 25 (PDF, 127KB)
2016 Research Report November 11 (PDF, 131KB)
2016 Research Report October 28 (PDF, 133KB)
2016 Research Report October 14 (PDF, 135KB)
2016 Research Report September 29 (PDF, 431KB)
2016 Research Report September 16 (PDF, 313KB)
2016 Research Report September 2 (PDF, 282KB)
2016 Research Report August 5 (PDF, 335KB)
2016 Research Report July 22 (PDF, 307KB)
2016 Research Report July 8 (PDF, 328KB)
2016 Research Report June 24 (PDF, 149KB)
2016 Research Report June 10 (PDF, 128KB)
2016 Research Report May 27 (PDF, 282KB)
2016 Research Report May 13 (PDF, 133KB)
2015 Research Report No 12 (DOC, 52KB)
2015 Research Report No 11(DOC, 50KB)
2015 Research Report No 10 (DOC, 52KB)
2015 Research Report No 8 (DOC, 52KB)
2015 Research Report No 7 (DOC, 51KB)
2015 Research Report No 6 (DOC, 53KB)
2015 Research Report No 5 (DOC, 47KB)
2015 Research Report No 4 (DOC, 74KB)
2015 Research Report No 3 (DOC, 46KB)
2015 Research Report No 2 (DOC, 50KB)
2014 No. 12 October 2014 (PDF, 238KB)
2014 No. 11 September 2014 (PDF, 271KB)
2014 No. 10 August 2014 (PDF, 277.8KB)
2014 No. 9 July 2014 (DOCX, 163.7KB)
2014 No. 7 May 2014 (DOCX, 80.8KB)
2014 No. 6 March 2014 (DOCX, 129KB)
2014 No. 5 March 2014 (DOCX, 91.1KB)
2014 No. 4 February 2014 (DOCX, 85.2KB)
2014 No. 2 January 2014 (DOCX, 70.8KB)
2014 No. 1 January 2014 (DOCX, 68.2KB)
2013 Research Report No 24 (DOCX, 96.1KB)
2013 Research Report No 23 (DOCX, 154KB)
2013 Research Report No 22 (DOCX, 73.2KB)
2013 Research Report No 21 (DOCX, 77.8KB)
2013 Research Report No 20 (DOCX, 78.8KB)
2013 Research Report No 19 (DOCX, 73.7KB)
2013 Research Report No 17 (DOCX, 69.5KB)
2013 Research Report No 16 (DOCX, 72.4KB)
2013 Research Report No 15 (DOCX, 153.2KB)
2013 Research Report No 14 (DOCX, 26.5KB)
2013 Research Report No 13 (DOCX, 39.5KB)
2013 Research Report No 12 (DOCX, 39.5KB)
2013 Research Report No 11 (DOCX, 124.4KB)
2013 Research Report No 10 (DOCX, 55.3KB)
2013 Research Report No 9 (DOCX, 37KB)
2013 Research Report No 8 (DOCX, 26.7KB)
2013 Research Report No 7 (DOCX, 27.8KB)
2013 Research Report No 6 (DOCX, 25.3KB)
2013 Research Report No 5 (DOCX, 21.1KB)
2013 Research Report No 4 (DOCX, 28.1KB)
2013 Research Report No 3 (DOCX, 32.4KB)
2013 Research Report No 2 (DOCX, 38.5KB)
2013 Research Report No 1 (DOCX, 28.9KB)
2012 Research Report No 16 (DOCX, 30.0KB)
2012 Research Report No 15 (DOCX, 27.6KB)
2012 Research Report No 14 (DOCX, 28.6KB)
2012 Research Report No 13 (DOCX, 30KB)
2012 Research Report No 12 (DOCX, 30.5KB)
2012 Research Report No 10 (DOCX, 22.9KB)
2012 Research Report No 9 (DOCX, 29KB)
2012 Research Report No 8 (DOCX, 26.7KB)
2012 Research Report No 7 (DOCX, 24KB)
2012 Research Report No 6 (DOC, 51KB)
2012 Research Report No 5 (DOC, 123KB)
2012 Research Report No 4 (DOC, 47KB)
2012 Research Report No 3 (DOC, 55KB)
2012 Research Report No 2 (DOC, 80KB)
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