Research culture & philosophy
UNSW Law is one of Australia’s leading law faculties, with some 65 professors and lecturers, many of whom are pre-eminent in their field of law. Also associated with the Faculty is a range of specialist research centres (see UNSW Law Centres) and members of the Faculty regularly win major research grants which enables them to concentrate their research on areas of law with ground breaking results.
The Faculty has a strong commitment to research and, in addition to the work of its Faculty members, has a strong cohort of Research Students of the highest quality enrolled in the following Research Programs:
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
- Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)
- Masters of Law by Research (LLM by Research)
The Faculty's research is disseminated not only through the conventional academic publication of books and articles including Faculty Journals and Publications, but also through contributions to policy formulation via law reform commissions, government departments, and other agencies. In a number of fields, books by UNSW academics are recognised as both groundbreaking and definitive.
Areas of specialisation
UNSW Law has particular research strengths in: business and commercial law, constitutional and public law, criminal law, criminal justice and criminology, evidence and civil procedure, human rights and social justice, Indigenous peoples and the law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, law reform, legal institutions and governance, legal theory, national security and terrorism and private law.
To ascertain if the Faculty has a potential supervisor available for your proposed area of research please visit the Research Interest section of our website which provides information on the research interests of the Faculty staff.
Interdisciplinary collaboration is also a significant feature of the Faculty’s work: with several current research projects involving colleagues from other faculties within the University and collaborative work with academics at other universities around Australia and overseas. As well, the Faculty includes staff with doctorates in psychology, sociology, anthropology, history and philosophy, as well as in law.
Despite the areas of specialisation that exist in the Faculty, it is also of particular relevance that its special research focus is inspired by its broader commitments. One foundation stone of the Faculty’s work, for example, is its commitment to social justice – specifically the examination of the limits and possibilities of the law in attempts to achieve social justice. This commitment leads inevitably to a second commitment: law is not to be studied by artificial abstraction, but rather in its social, economic, and political contexts as a distinctive and flexible source of discipline, regulation and facilitation.