Strengths and Expertise

Newcastle Law School scholars have expertise in a range of law and justice areas, including comparative law, business law, criminal law, environmental law, equity, intellectual property, law and religion, judicial biography, and family law. Our researchers’ profiles can be viewed here.

This expertise is underpinned by a focus on clinical legal education and evidence-based law informed by legal theoretical underpinnings.

Research strengths within Newcastle Law School are primarily clustered around four themes:

A large proportion of Newcastle Law School scholars have an international reputation in the field of international law, with their work redefining approaches and advancing knowledge in:

  • Colonialism and self-determination
  • State secession
  • International intellectual property law
  • International Trade law
  • The impact of globalisation on workers and value chains
  • International approaches to judicial innovation
  • International dispute resolution
  • Human rights across a range of areas, including environmental law, refugee law, and the preservation of rights in criminal law.

The profile of Newcastle Law School scholars is evident in their international engagement with invited contributions to the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, to the European Academics’ Opinion Against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, and subcommittees of the International Law Association and UNESCO panels. Newcastle Law School researchers also hold memberships at the Chinese International Economic Law Initiative (University of New South Wales) and the Asian WTO Research Network.

The world-class standard of their work is evident in publication sources that include:

  • Griffith Law Review
  • Brooklyn Journal of International Law
  • Vanderbilt Journal of International Law
  • International Journal of Evidence and Proof
  • Criminal Law Journal
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Routledge
  • Springer.


Newcastle Law School scholars are recognised nationally and international for their contributions to comparative legal scholarship and socio-legal research in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands.

Staff members hold affiliate appointments at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition; Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (University of Melbourne); Centre for Development Research (University of Bonn, Germany); associate memberships at the International Academy of Comparative Law; the Sydney South-East Asian Centre (University of Sydney) and the Chinese International Economic Law Initiative (University of New South Wales); and possess membership at the Asian WTO Research Network.

The standard of their work is evident in national and international publication sources, including:

  • Sydney University Law Review</