World-class legal research at Griffith

We are a vibrant community of interdisciplinary researchers. We have internationally published scholars in over 30 different areas of law. We do innovative, high quality research that is consistent with our commitment to social justice and progressive legal reform.

Research Impact


Award winning child rights lawyer working towards eradicating orphanage trafficking

Kate's PhD research started with a shocking discovery. Children in orphanages sponsored by her charity had been recruited and posed as orphans for funding. After winding up the orphanages and reuniting children with their families, she discovered how commonplace these schemes were. Parents were being promised an education for their children, often for a fee, but in reality these children were being sold into orphanages to meet the demand of volunteer tourists and their donations.

Kate's research has been instrumental in the Australian government's world-first recognition of orphanage trafficking as a form of modern slavery through the Modern Slavery Act 2018. Internationally she has worked with the United States Department of State on the Trafficking in Persons Report to recognise the links between orphanages and trafficking, and the Dutch and United Kingdom governments on the same issues.

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Our PhD and research degree candidates are making substantial contributions to our legal systems


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Law supervisors

Access to Justice

Animal Law

Applied Ethics

Commercial and Consumer Law

Comparative Law

Copyright Law

Corporate Law

Criminal Law

Domestic and Family Violence in Indigenous Communities

Environmental Law


  • Prof Ross Martin QC

Feminist Legal Theory

Finance and banking Law

Globalisation of Law

Health Law

Indigenous Criminal Justice

Indigenous Social Justice Issues

Ideology and Standpoint Theory

International Criminal Law

International Dispute Resolution

International Human Rights

Intellectual Property Law

International Trade Law

Jurisprudence and Legal Theory

Law and Geography

Law and Humanities

Law and Technology

Legal Education

Legal Profession and the Judiciary

Migration Law and Practice

  • Ms Emma Robinson

Research Engagement