UNSW Law is among the most successful law schools in attracting Australian Research Council (ARC) funding. Past major grants include:

Australian Laureate Fellowship

'Anti-terror laws and the democratic challenge'

Lead Investigator: Professor George Williams

$2,983,000 (2009-2014) obtained

‘The Financial Data Revolution: Seizing the Benefits, Controlling the Risks.’

Scientia Professor Ross Buckley

$2,634,900 (2020-2025) OBTAINED

ARC Future Fellowships

‘Moving with dignity: a human rights approach to slow-onset climate change-related displacement and relocation in the Pacific’

Lead Investigator: Professor Jane McAdam

$874,700 (2012–16) obtained

‘Between social enterprise and social movement: responses to environmental change at the intersection of rights and regulation’

Lead Investigator Professor Bronwen Morgan

$877,763(2012–17) obtained

‘Suspect sciences: Enhancing emerging identification technologies and forensic expertise’

Lead Investigator: Professor Gary Edmond

$815,014 (2020) obtained

‘Informal Lawmaking in Maritime Security: New Directions in Ocean Governance' (FT190100339)

Lead Investigator: Professor Natalie Klein

$1,018,446 (2020) obtained

‘Diplomatic knowledge, disasters and the future of international legal order’

Lead Investigator: Professor Fleur Johns

$951,471 (2021–2025) OBTAINED

ARC Grants 2019-2021

All Ongoing Discovery Program grants commenced from 2019 which are administered by UNSW and led by members of the Faculty include:

Discovery Projects

Violence, Risk and Safety: The Changing Face of Australian Criminal Law (DP210101072)

  • Prof Luke McNamara (Lead Investigator) 
  • A/Prof Julia Quilter (CI) 
  • Prof Arlie Loughnan (CI, University of Wollongong) 
  • Adj/Prof Russell Hogg (CI, Queensland University of Technology)
  • Em/Prof David Brown (CI, University of Sydney) 
  • Prof Lindsay Farmer (PI, University of Glasgow, UK)

Funding Commencement Year: 2021

$327,330 announced funding

Discovery Project Reimagining Judging in International Criminal Courts: A Gendered Approach. (DP210103628)

Funding Commencement Year: 2021

$346,555 announced funding

‘Producing, managing and owning knowledge in the 21st century university’ (DP200101578) 

  • Prof Kathryn Bowrey (Lead Investigator) 
  • Prof Kimberlee Weatherall (CI) 
  • Dr Kylie Pappalardo (CI) 
  • Prof Irene Watson (CI) 
  • Prof Jill McKeough (CI) 
  • Em/Prof Thomas Cochrane (CI) 

Funding Commencement Year: 2020 

$361,000 announced funding

‘Improving International Law Regulation of Maritime Autonomous Vessels’ (DP200102091) 

  • Prof Natalie Klein (Lead Investigator) 
  • A/Prof Douglas Guilfoyle (CI) 
  • A/Prof Md Saiful Karim (CI) 
  • Prof Robert McLaughlin (CI) 

Funding Commencement Year: 2020 

$158,630 announced funding

‘Intoxication Evidence in Rape Trials: A Double-Edged Sword?’ (DP200100101) 

  • Lead Investigator: Prof Julia Quilter (University of Wollongong) 
  • Prof Luke McNamara (The University of New South Wales) 

Funding Commencement Year: 2020 

$239,322 announced funding

‘Non-urban water governance: rethinking compliance and enforcement’ (DP190101584) 

  • Professor Cameron Holley (Lead Investigator) 
  • A/Professor Darren Sinclair (University of Canberra) 
  • Dr Jean-Daniel Rinaudo (BRGM The French Geological Survey) 
  • A/Prof Rhett Larson (Arizona State University) 

Funding Commencement Year: 2019 

$338,000  announced funding

‘Juries, justice and citizenship: historicising women’s inequality’ (DP190100940) 

  • Professor Jill Hunter (Lead Investigator) 
  • Professor Penelope Russell (University of Sydney) 
  • Professor Diane Kirby (UTS) 
  • Dr Alecia Simmonds (UTS) 

Funding Commencement Year: 2019 

$322,000 announced funding

‘Contemporary populism and constitutional democracy’ (DP190102961) 

  • Professor Martin Krygier (Lead Investigator) 
  • A/Professor Adam Czarnota  
  • Professor Wojcieh Sadurski (University of Sydney) 

Funding Commencement Year: 2019 

$331,000 announced funding

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award 

Public law accountability of outsourced government services (DE210101055)

Funding Commencement Year: 2021

$334,775 Announced funding

Artificial Intelligence Decision-Making, Privacy and Discrimination Laws (DE210101183) 

Funding Commencement Year: 2021

$426,530 Announced funding

‘Mining the deep oceans: ensuring compliance with international obligations’(DE190101081)

Dr Aline Jaeckel(Lead Investigator)

$364,990 Announced funding

‘Protected entry for asylum seekers in history and international refugee law.’(DE200101236)

Dr Claire Higgins (Lead Investigator)

$389,201Announced funding

Discovery Indigenous 

‘Recognition after Uluru: what next for First Nations?’ (IN190100075) 

Professor Megan Davis (Lead Investigator) 

Professor George Williams 

$399,600 Announced funding

Grants from other bodies

UNSW Law academics have also been successful in obtaining grants from a range of prestigious external funding bodies including:  

  • Asian Studies Association of Australia
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Australia-ASEAN Council
  • Australian Academy for the Humanities
  • CPA Australia
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Linkage partner)
  • Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) (Linkage Partner)
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Australia
  • Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)
  • Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
  • UN Capital Development Fund
  • USA Networks of Excellence Mobility and Bridging Grants
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC, Canada) Partnership Development Shared Grant
  • Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)