PhDs and research degrees

Scholarships and funding

We offer a range of scholarships for research students in law and justice. Whatever your academic history and background, check and see if there are scholarships you can apply for.

Research degrees

Found the course you're looking for? Find out how to apply for a PhD or masters degree at QUT.

What can I research?

Our academics have extensive experience supervising across a range of topics and fields of study. See if our research areas and available topics match up with your research interest.

Commercial and property law

Market regulation and reform

  • Conduct that restricts competition
  • Conduct that harms consumers acquiring goods and services in trade or commerce
  • Consumers seeking credit
  • Investors acquiring financial products or financial services

Property law reforms

  • Regulating land ownership and dealings
  • Management of land and natural resources
  • Commodification of carbon

Insolvency and restructuring

  • Australian insolvency and procedural laws
  • Dealing with international insolvencies

Crime and justice

  • Critical criminology
  • Criminal justice ethics
  • Death investigation
  • Domestic and sexual violence
  • Feminist criminology
  • Green criminology
  • Harm reduction
  • Homicide
  • Human trafficking
  • Online fraud
  • Organised crime
  • Popular culture
  • Crime and justice
  • Queer criminology
  • Restorative justice
  • Rural crime
  • Sex work
  • Southern criminology
  • Suicide
  • Youth justice

Health law

End of life

  • Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment
  • Provision of futile treatment at the end of live
  • Advance care planning
  • Palliative care
  • Euthanasia
  • Coronial systems and regulation

Children's health and the beginning of life

  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Conception, pregnancy and birth
  • Assisted reproductive technology and embryo selection technologies
  • Ethics and reculation of embryonic stem cell research
  • End of life issues for infants and children
  • Consent to treatment
  • Surrogacy
  • Abortion
  • Disability discrimination against children in education
  • Tissue transplantation and organ donation
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Cultural violence against children, especially female genital cutting, and other sexual violence.

Governance and regulation of health care

  • Legal issues in global health
  • Public health law
  • Global health governance agreements and institutions
  • Regulation of new technologies in health care
  • Negligence and patient safety
  • Health governance and organisational ethics
  • Adult guardianship and capacity
  • Regulation of consent to medical treatment
  • Tobacco control
  • E-health and privacy
  • Mental health and disability law issues
  • Work health and safety regulation
  • Health implications of food, air and water, and climate change

Intellectual property and innovation

  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership: intellectual property and trade
  • Intellectual property, 3D printing and the internet of things
  • Plain packaging of tobacco products: intellectual property and public health
  • Copyright law and creative communities
  • Trademark law, consumer rights and competition policy
  • Patent law, scientific progress and innovation policy
  • Internet access as a right
  • Intermediary liability
  • Free speech, privacy and media law
  • Knowledge and cultural commons: how groups create and share free and open information resources
  • Democratising energy: intellectual property, clean technologies and climate change
  • Regulating the life sciences
  • Robotics and the law

International law and global governance

International climate change and sustainability

  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) regulatory issues, including:
    • normative/ethical frameworks (for example, common but differentiated responsibilities, human rights, Indigenous rights, equity and justice issues)
    • monitoring, reporting, verification and compliance
    • procedural rights
    • the role of non-state actors
    • mechanisms like REDD+
    • emissions trading
    • technology transfer and related intellectual property issues
  • Interactions between the UNFCCC and other international institutions
  • Agriculture and land-use exchange
  • The global south and global north dimensions of international environmental law

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