Centres | Law


UNSW Law incorporates a range of legal research, advocacy and education Centres. These Centres are integral to the Faculty's research output. They also play an essential role in the education of UNSW Law students through the provision of internships and clinical legal education.

Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

The Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law was established in 2013 through the generosity of Andrew Kaldor AM and Renata Kaldor AO.

Through high-quality research feeding into public policy debates and legislative reform, the Centre brings a principled, human rights-based approach to the issue of refugee law and policy in Australia. It maintains core research programs in various aspects of refugee law, including international refugee law and comparative practices; human rights-based forms of protection (complementary protection); Australian administrative and constitutional law; statelessness; border security; regional protection; and displacement linked to climate change and disasters.

Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)

AustLII is a joint facility of UNSW and UTS Faculties of Law formed in 1995. We provide free access to over 675 databases of Australian and New Zealand legal information. These include legislation, case law, journals, law reform reports and treaties. AustLII also operates a number of multi-country free-access law portals in cooperation with other legal information institutes: AsianLII, CommonLII and WorldLII. In combination, these portals provide free access to over 1,700 legal databases from 123 jurisdictions.

Australian Human Rights Institute

In three priority areas – business and human rights, health and human rights and gender justice – the Australian Human Rights Institute produces research and policy outcomes for people in Australia and the Asia Pacific who are most in need of innovative responses.

The Institute builds on the outstanding legacy of the Australian Human Rights Centre, which since its establishment in 1986, has increased public awareness and academic scholarship on human rights through research, public lectures and events, and publications.

Australian Pro Bono Centre

The Australian Pro Bono Centre (formerly the National Pro Bono Resource Centre) is an independent centre of expertise that aims to grow the capacity of the Australian legal profession to provide pro bono legal services that are focused on increasing access to justice for socially disadvantaged and/or marginalised persons, and furthering the public interest. The Centre promotes and supports legal pro bono through its independent role as advocate, broker, coordinator, researcher and resource provider.

Centre for Crime, Law & Justice

The UNSW Centre for Crime, Law & Justice supports staff and HDR students in the production of multi-disciplinary scholarship on criminal law, criminal justice, criminology and crime prevention, with a focus on effective knowledge transfer and advocacy for policy and law reform outcomes that enhance social justice.

Centre for Crime, Law and Justice

Building on the strong tradition of criminal justice research and scholarship at UNSW, the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice was established in 2018. The Centre's primary goal is to support staff and higher degree researchers in the production of multi-disciplinary scholarship on important topics in criminal law, criminal justice, criminology and crime prevention that are of pressing local, national and international significance.

Centre for Law, Markets & Regulation

The Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation aims to become the premier national centre for the study of the dynamics of market regulation.

China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL)

UNSW Law’s CIBEL (China International Business and Economic Law) Initiative is a university funded long term and strategic initiative to create research strength in the areas of international business and economic law of relevance to China in the twenty-first century. This builds on pre-existing strengths in this area within the law school. As an initial matter, the CIBEL Initiative has recruited five top Chinese IEL academics to join UNSW Law to research and teach in the CIBEL area.

Cyberspace Law & Policy Community

The Centre's work covers emerging challenges in areas such as regulation of malware and cybercrime, online content, hacktivism, cloud computing, legal jurisdiction in virtual worlds, intellectual property in digital artefacts, privacy and personal information security, online financial transactions and investment services, e-commerce, e-government, authentication and encryption, Internet governance, and legal issues arising from threats to networked security.

Diplomacy Training Program

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) is an independent NGO which seeks to advance human rights and empower civil society in the Asia Pacific region through quality education and training, and the building of skills and capacity in non-governmental organisations and for individual human rights defenders and community advocates.

Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law

The Centre, established in 2001, plays a prominent, independent role in public debate on issues vital to Australia’s future including rights protection, federal reform, reconciliation and native title, constitutional change, refugees and migration law and the challenges of responding to terrorism.

Indigenous Law Centre

The Centre focuses on research concerning Indigenous peoples and the law and produces the Indigenous Law Bulletin and the Australian Indigenous Law Review.

Kingsford Legal Centre

Kingsford Legal Centre is a community legal centre providing free legal advice and assistance to people who live, work or study in the Randwick and Botany local government areas in New South Wales.

Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS)

RACS is a not-for-profit refugee legal service, which provides expert advice and casework assistance to financially disadvantaged individuals seeking asylum both in the community and in immigration detention. 

Social Justice Project

The Social Justice Project undertakes research, writing and advocacy on a range of issues affecting social justice in Australia and overseas, including: social welfare and social development; economic development and taxation; and governance and civil society. The Project also develops and coordinates joint activities on social justice issues with other centres, staff and students at the University and contributes to teaching in the Law School and elsewhere on subjects relating to social justice.

The Allens Hub for Technology, Law & Innovation

Technological innovation has become a challenge for our times. Along with many advantages, innovation is bringing an unprecedented pace of change, adaption and disruption across most areas of life. The response of the law and lawyers to innovation will play a huge role in defining the benefits Australian businesses derive from new technologies and ways of working.

These challenges cannot be addressed on a piecemeal basis, but require broad consideration of the historical, legal and policy context, and true multi- jurisdictional and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Youth Law Australia

Youth Law Australia (formerly the National Children's and Youth Law Centre) is a Community Legal Centre dedicated to addressing human rights issues for children and young people in Australia through legal change - the only community legal centre of its kind in Australia.