Trade law researcher awarded prestigious Fulbright scholarship

Monday, 24 February 2020

Professor Lisa Toohey has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to further her research abroad. Professor Toohey’s research investigates the changing political dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region, and the impact they are having on the relations between Australia and the United States.

image of Professor Lisa Toohey
Professor Lisa Toohey

Recognised for academic merit and strong ambassadorial skills, Professor Toohey received the Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Australian-American Alliance Studies, hosted at the University of Texas.

A Professor of Law and Assistant Dean (Equity Diversity and Inclusion) at the University of Newcastle, Toohey has research and teaching expertise in international trade law and dispute resolution.

Professor Toohey said broadly speaking new trade restrictive measures were being introduced globally at a rate of between three and six times historic levels.

“The main goal of my research is to better understand what might be done to revitalise the global trade rules to make them once again the centrepiece of the international economic order,” Professor Toohey said.

Professor Toohey will also investigate how globalisation and China are perceived in the United States, how this differs from Australian perceptions of China, and how US views of globalisation impact Australia and US-Australia trade relations.

“I am honoured to have this research opportunity, which will help contribute to the long-term rebuilding of the global trade system and strengthening of the US-Australian relationship,” Professor Toohey said.

“The project will help enhance US-Australia relations by strengthening the mutual understanding of the political context in which trade currently operates for each country, and identifying ways forward for an international rule of law,” Professor Toohey said.

Now in its 70th year, the Fulbright Program aims to increase binational research and exchange of ideas. The University’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Global Engagement and Partnerships, Professor Kevin Hall, said the University’s Research Advantage program provides support aimed at giving researchers a competitive edge when applying for Fulbright scholarships.

“One of our priorities is to support our researchers to land these fantastic international opportunities so that their valuable work can be shared with global networks, leading to far-reaching impact,” Professor Hall said.

“We are extremely proud of Professor Toohey’s success, and the opportunity to further extend our international networks.”

Professor Toohey will be officially acknowledged at the Fulbright Gala presentation dinner on Thursday 27 February at Parliament House before commencing research at the University of Texas in October.

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