Linking law and society in a changing world
UniSA’s Law School is emerging as a leader in legal and policy research in Australia, combining broad disciplinary expertise with a focus on applied and often multi-disciplinary work that addresses key societal issues and influences decision-making and policy development.
Within a decade of being established, it has achieved an ERA 4 (above world class) rating from Excellence in Research Australia (2015) and its research is regularly cited in professional journals, legal inquiries, superior courts in Australia and overseas, and policy documents.
The School has particular strengths in corporate and commercial law – including competition and consumer law, corporate social responsibility, regulation of the legal profession and the changing nature of legal services – and in public law and human rights, which includes interdisciplinary research on ageing and intergenerational and indigenous rights.
Researchers are also particularly active in areas such as criminal law and sentencing, environmental law and the depiction of law and lawyers in art and literature.
All research / teaching staff are given one term each year to focus purely on research, a strong HDR program is developing, and there is also a commitment to nurturing legal scholars at undergraduate and Honours level, often through innovative means.
The prevalence of elder abuse in South Australia
Professor Wendy Lacey leads a research project which looks at the prevalence of elder abuse in South Australia. The project involves researchers from the disciplines of law, social work, and linguistics.
Laws can make companies accountable but not necessarily responsible. Dr Mia Rahim is investigating whether an alternative approach would encourage and support the development of a socially responsible corporate culture for the simple reason that it makes good business sense.
Investment in Australian companies by Chinese state-owned enterprises is growing rapidly, bringing both opportunities and challenges. Dr Ping Xiong and Professor Roman Tomasic are examining developments in China and Australia from a legal perspective, to see what this might mean for the way investments are regulated in the future.
Dr Mia Rahim
Dr Ping Xiong and Professor Roman Tomasic
The internet has become central to the way we live. But while it offers limitless convenience and accessibility, it also presents great opportunities for those who wish to engage in criminal behaviour. Is your business at risk?
The Emily Perry story and the 'right to know' in the context of a fair re-trial.
Extreme identity theft, where a person builds an entire life using another person’s digital identity, is the latest evolution of identity crime, and it’s becoming an international challenge.
As the population ages, so too do cases of elder abuse. When basic human rights are at risk, can we find ways to better protect our elders?