Dr Marie Hadley

Dr Marie Hadley


Newcastle Law School

Career Summary


Marie joined the Newcastle Law School in January, 2020. She is an interdisciplinary legal scholar whose research explores the creation, consumption, and regulation of culture and the politics of making rights claims. Her primary expertise relates to copyright law, cultural appropriation, and social norms. Marie particularly enjoys using a cultural, subcultural, or pop culture lens to investigate arts and entertainment law disputes, and the engagement between informal systems of legality and the positive law. 

Marie has published her research in both Australia and overseas. She is the author of publications on copyright, the cultural appropriation of Indigenous cultural imagery and arts styles, sports law, and inquest law. Her PhD thesis, 'The Politics of Cultural Appropriation Claims and Law Reform', was awarded a PhD Excellence Award. It is also currently shortlisted for an Australian Legal Research Award (PhD category). The thesis explores in depth the argument for law reform to prevent the cultural appropriation of Māori and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, with a particular focus on the protection of cultural imagery and arts styles. 

Marie is currently undertaking postdoctoral work on the ARC Discovery Project, 'Producing, Managing and Owning Knowledge in the 21st Century University) (DP200110578).

Marie welcomes applications from prospective research students interested in matters that sit at the nexus of law and  society, particularly in the fields of intellectual property, cultural rights, entertainment law, and legal history.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Social Science, Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Macquarie University


  • Copyright
  • Cultural appropriation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Legal consciousness
  • Legal history
  • Regulation of creative communities
  • Tattoo law
  • appropriation art
  • entertainment law
  • law and aesthetics
  • law and culture
  • rights claims


  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
190104 Visual Cultures 10
180119 Law and Society 40
180115 Intellectual Property Law 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Law School



Year Award
2020 Faculty of Business and Law Teaching Commendation
Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle


Year Award
2020 Australian Legal Research Award (shortlisted in the PhD Award category)
Council of Australian Law Deans


Year Award
2020 PhD Excellence Award
The University of New South Wales


Year Award
2019 Kercher Scholarship
Australian and New Zealand Law and History Association
2010 Australian Postgraduate Award
Australian Government
2010 UNSW Faculty of Law Scholarship
The University of New South Wales
2004 Innovation Scholarship
Macquarie university


Code Course Role Duration
LAWS5039/6087 Internet Law
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator and Teacher 24/2/2020 - 30/6/2020
LAWS3040/6140 Contracts I
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Teacher 24/2/2020 - 30/6/2020
LAWS3041/6141 Contracts II
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Teacher 1/7/2020 - 31/12/2020


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Dillon H, Hadley M, The Australasian Coroner's Manual, 219 (2015)

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Hadley M, 'Mike Tyson Tattoo', A History of Intellectual Property in 50 objects, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 400-407 (2019)
DOI 10.1017/9781108325806.050

Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Hadley M, 'Historical contingency of cultural appropriation: Government Order no. 7 (1831) and the trade in tattooed heads', law&history, (2021)
2020 Hadley M, 'Whitmill v Warner Bros and the Visibility of Cultural Appropriation Claims in Copyright Law', European Intellectual Property Review, 42 223-229 (2020) [C1]
2020 HADLEY MARIE, 'Jackson, Lauren Michele. White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation. Boston: Beacon Press, 2019, 184 pp., $25.95 cloth.', The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 78 370-373 (2020)
DOI 10.1111/jaac.12753
2020 Hadley M, McNamara DM, 'Genetic Testing in Sport: Considerations for Young Athletes', Alternative Law Journal, (2020)
DOI 10.1177/1037969X20956260
Co-authors Donna Mcnamara10
2010 Hadley M, 'The Double Movements That Define Copyright Law and Indigenous Art in Australia', Indigenous Law Journal, 9 47-75 (2010)
2009 Hadley M, 'Lack of Political Will or Academic Inertia?', Alternative Law Journal, 34 152-156 (2009)
DOI 10.1177/1037969x0903400302
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Conference (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Hadley M, Hook S, 'Implications of Vandalising a Public Art Statue: Copyright, Moral Rights, and Graffiti', University of Melbourne (2020)
2019 Hadley M, 'New South Wales Government Order No 7 (1831): Cultural Appropriation and the Production and Consumption of Culture in Settler States', ., Melbourne (2019)
2019 Hadley M, 'Tattoo art, community norms, and the regulatory power of copyright', Tattoo art, community norms, and the regulatory power of copyright, Sydney (2019)
2019 Hadley M, 'How do we regulate cultural harm? Why empirical work on the intersection of law and culture matters', Hobart (2019)
2018 Hadley M, 'Cultural appropriation, Pasifika tattoo subculture, and the lived experience of law', Wollongong (2018)
2018 Hadley M, 'Beyond legal exclusion: understanding the performativity of cultural appropriation claims', Wollongong (2018)
2016 Hadley M, 'Restoring culture to cultural appropriation disputes: what Captain Cook can teach us about Mike Tyson s moko ', Fremantle (2016)
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Other (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Hadley M, 'Interview on Tattoo Copyright - ABC Radio (Sydney)', (2020) [O1]
2020 Hadley M, 'Interview on Tattoo Copyright - ABC NewsRadio (Darwin)', (2020) [O1]
2020 Hadley M, 'Explainer: who owns the copyright to your tattoo?', : The Conversation (2020)
2020 Hadley M, 'Interview on Tattoo Copyright - ABC Radio (Brisbane)', (2020) [O1]
2020 Hadley M, 'Interview on Tattoo Copyright - ABC Radio (Newcastle)', (2020) [O1]
2020 Hadley M, 'Who owns a tattoo? (Japanese trans.)', ( pp.55-55). Tokyo: Newsweek Japan (2020)
2020 Hadley M, Epstein B, 'When a Holiday Goes Wrong! Contract Damages for Distress and Disappointment', (2020) [O1]
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Thesis / Dissertation (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Hadley M, The Politics of Cultural Appropriation Claims and Law Reform, UNSW (2019)
2009 Hadley M, Undermining the Colonial Hegemony: Indigenous Art, Copyright and Aboriginalism, Macquarie University (2009)

Grants and Funding


Number of grants 1
Total funding $70,000

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.

20201 grants / $70,000

IP Research Grant$70,000

Research Associate on the ARC Discovery Project 2001101578 'Producing, managing and owning knowledge in the 21st century university' 

Funding body: The University of New South Wales

Funding body The University of New South Wales
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2021
Type Of Funding C1200 - Aust Competitive - ARC
Category 1200

Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2019 PhD NSW JPs in the 21st Century: The Voice of NSW Justices of the Peace, Reflections on the Experience and Perceptions on that Role PhD (Law), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Dr Marie Hadley


Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law

Contact Details

Email marie.hadley@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 0240553343
Links Google+


Room Level 5 - 409 Hunter Street Newcastle NSW 2300
Building NewSpace
Location Law School