Study level

  • Vacation research experience scheme


Faculty of Business and Law

School of Law

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Professor Matthew Rimmer
Professor, Intellectual Property and Innovation
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Business & Law


Professor Matthew Rimmer has been working on tobacco control and policy. His research was influential in developing the pioneering plain packaging of tobacco products in Australia. Professor Rimmer is part of a NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence for Achieving the Tobacco Endgame. He is focusing on the legal dimensions of the tobacco endgame.

There are 7 dimensions to the tobacco endgame project:

  • human rights, sustainable development, and international law
  • economic and non-economic strategies to reduce tobacco production and consumption
  • intellectual property, investment law, and international trade
  • commercial law, including looking at age limitations on smoking and spatial limitations on tobacco retail
  • comparative law, such as New Zealand’s smoke free proposals
  • tobacco litigation
  • tobacco interference and tobacco divestment.

Professor Rimmer is looking for VRES students to assist in the development of these fields of research. For further information, see the press release of the project.

This project is supported by the Australian Centre for Health Law Research.

Research activities

Research activities during this project may include:

  • a literature review
  • a 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.


Contact the Graduate Research Centre at for more information on the Vacation Research Experience Scheme.