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Whether you're interested in corporate governance, crime, constitutional law, international law or any of the major fields in law, you'll find scholars committed to working in the discipline. Work with us to get the skills you need to complete a rigorous and exciting PhD.

Choose Deakin for law research

Deakin Law School offers a stimulating environment in which to undertake research in a range of legal fields. Our research informs law reform, public debate and is published in Australia and internationally. It also informs our teaching, course design and content. Our research complies with relevant guidelines governing privacy and ethical conduct.

Research strengths

Our research scope is wide, covering:
  • anti-discrimination law
  • administrative law
  • corporate governance
  • crime and criminal justice
  • cyber security
  • data and the law
  • energy and natural resource law
  • health law
  • intellectual property
  • international law
  • transnational commercial law.

Research centres and units

Our research centres take the strengths of Deakin Law School and invest them in projects designed to make a difference.

Law, Health and Society

Led by Associate Professors Neera Bhatia and Tania Penovic, the Law, Health and Society research unit critically examines health law, policy, regulation and ethics to drive change and improve health and wellbeing outcomes across society.

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Top 3 law school in Victoria*

As a Deakin Law School research degree student, you’ll get a world-class education and the chance to collaborate, learn and share ideas through regular research seminars, conferences and workshops.

Studying at Deakin Law School helped me develop a strong interest in empirical legal research – particularly in the areas relating to corporate law and governance in India, and more broadly in the Asian region. Deakin provided me with a well-rounded professional experience which has enabled my academic career to grow.

Akanksha Jumde

PhD Law

PhD program

We have postgraduate research supervisors available in:

  • corporate governance
  • crime and criminal justice
  • data and the law
  • energy and natural resource
  • intellectual property
  • international law
  • public law
  • torts and health law
  • transnational law.

Take the next step towards a research career with a PhD at Deakin Law School. Contribute to our research, gain important skills and open a new world of job opportunities.

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Meet our HDR students

Name PhD topic Principal supervisor Associate supervisor
Isa Alade FinTech and Data Protection: Imperatives for Bespoke Regulatory Standard Dr Zehra Gulay Kavame ErogluProfessor Jean Du Plessis
Jack Aquilina Research and Development Tax Incentive in the New Knowledge Economy Associate Professor Mark Bowler-SmithAssociate Professor Edward Podolski (external supervisor)
Henry Thomas Austin-StoneNon-physical family violence: the challenges in prosecuting perpetrators in TasmaniaProfessor Marilyn McMahonAssociate Professor Ben Saunders
Matthew Crocker Do our models of sovereign debt sustainability need updating? Professor Patrick Emerton

Dr Peter Ferguson

Associate Professor Steven Hail (external supervisor)

Holly CullenIntegrating Feminist and Queer Perspectives into International Litigation StrategiesDr Tamsin PaigeAssociate Professor Ben Saunders
Kelly Green Toward a Cohesive Theory of Search Engine Liability in Defamation

Alfred Deakin Professor Matthew Groves

Associate Professor Jason Taliadoros
Madeleine Hale Protection of free speech rights against infringement by private entities Associate Professor Colin Campbell
Professor Patrick Emerton 
Serena Hildenbrand Victorian government transport data-sharing framework, encompassing privacy and human rights Professor Shiri Krebs

Alfred Deakin Professor Matthew Groves

Dr Bruce Chen

Manasi Kumar The Indian Group of Companies Doctrine and its implications for Indian contract law Dr Firew Tiba

Dr Shu Zhang,

Dr Saloni Khanderia (external supervisor)

Morgan Stonebridge The Application of Empathy to the Question of Animal Rights Dr Jane KotzmannProfessor Patrick Emerton
Naimeh Masumy Integration of Sustainable Development in Damage Compensation of Investor-State Dispute Settlement: The Delicate Balance of Reaching a Just and Equitable Remedy Dr Tamsin PaigeDr Shu Zhang
Kate Miller Is administrative law fit for high volume, high velocity decision making? A case study Alfred Deakin Professor Matthew GrovesAssociate Professor Maria O'Sullivan
Patricia Nonis First Principles Theory of Animal Constitutional Rights Dr Jane Kotzmann

Dr David Tan

Professor Patrick Emerton

Ninia Reza A critical analysis of the domestic and transnational laws applicable to multinational corporations in selected jurisdictions with supply chains in the Bangladeshi garment industry Professor Jean Du Plessis

Associate Professor Jason Taliadoros

Dr Shu Zhang

Lisa Rogers The safeguarding and protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage in international law and policy. Associate Professor Jason Taliadoros

Associate Professor Ben Saunders

Professor Christoph Antons (external supervisor)

Shiran Shahaf Advancing International Norms of Cyber Warfare Professor Shiri Krebs

Dr John Morss

Associate Professor Danielle Chubb

Joanne Stagg Queer, Here, Curia: A queer Australian alternative judgement project

Dr Tamsin Paige

Dr David Tan

Maragrita Vladamirova Legal Regulation of Facial Recognition Software and Its Application Professor Patrick Emerton

Associate Professor Colin Campbell

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