School research

An international centre for law research, Newcastle Law School delivers innovative research that builds upon the clinical work undertaken by our University Legal Centre.

We also undertake collaborative research partnerships with business, industry and government in our region, across the nation and internationally.

Our researchers

Our researchers engage in academic, as well as applied and evidence-based research that focuses on promoting local, national and international access to justice.

They publish consistently in top national and international journals, contribute to policy reform by providing submissions and expert evidence to government inquiries, and have been the recipients of prestigious grants and funding.

Associate Professor Amy Maguire


Associate Professor Amy Maguire's research spans several contemporary human rights issues and she is a public commentator in international law.

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Professor Tania Sourdin

Dean and Head of School

Professor Sourdin has published and presented widely on a range of topics including justice issues, mediation, conflict resolution, collaborative law, artificial intelligence, technology and organisational change.

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Professor Lisa Toohey


Professor Lisa Toohey researches and teaches in the fields of international trade law and dispute resolution and is an member of the University's Academic Senate for the 2018-2019 term.

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Dr Kcasey McLoughlin


Kcasey McLoughlin is an early career researcher and social commentator who probes the notion of gendered difference in Australian law.

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Dr Elena Aydos

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Aydos is a Brazilian trained lawyer, early career researcher and passionate teacher. Given her work in the area of Climate Change Law, in 2014 Elena was selected to participate in the Climate Reality Leadership Training with Al Gore.

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