Study level

  • Vacation research experience scheme


Faculty of Business and Law

School of Law

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Professor Afshin Akhtar-Khavari
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Business & Law


Certain chemicals like atrazine are well known to be very harmful to frogs, and a wide range of other wildlife and invertebrate species. Many countries around the world, except Australia, have banned the use of atrazine because of its harmful effects on important ecosystem markers like frogs.

In this project we will first seek to identify chemicals that have been banned by most developed countries but not Australia. We will then identify and assess the regulatory and governance arrangements around atrazine for instance and ask why we will still allow its production and use despite bans on its use in other countries. We will compare Australia's approach to another developed country and inquire as to why these differences exist between regulatory and governance approaches.

Lastly, the project will assess the role that international law plays in relation to banning the use of destructive chemicals like atrazine and assess its effectiveness in relation to legal arrangements in Australia.

Research activities

Research activities during this project may include:

  • a literature review
  • case study
  • quantitative research
  • qualitative research
  • participating in writing a scholarly paper.

This project is expected to run for 20 hours a week, for 6 weeks. The principal supervisor is not available during January.


The aim of this project is to collect information and data, as well as potentially help write a paper on the regulation of really harmful chemicals in Australia and ask why we allow their use when other countries have banned them. This project may involve a collaboration with an ecologist/scientist at the University of Melbourne.


For more information on how to apply, visit our Vacation Research Experience Scheme guide.