Creating global change through world-class research

The Law Futures Centre was established in 2015 to produce outstanding scholarship—often interdisciplinary—that anticipates, innovates and meets pressing emerging challenges for law and legal institutions in Australia and internationally.

We bring together researchers from law, environmental sciences, international relations, business, health, criminology and humanities, to harness law as a key melioristic tool for shaping a better, more just future.

Our members are committed to outstanding collaborative research that is responsible for global change. We compete successfully for significant external research grants and have received significant funding for cutting-edge research, including from the Australian Research Council, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Open Society. Our members include Australian Research Council Future Fellows, Fulbright Scholars and Australian Development Research Award holders.

OUR RESEARCH

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  • Law, Governance and Global Change
  • Law and Nature
  • Law, Risk and Innovation
  • Lawyering, Legal Education and Law's Future.

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CENTRE DIRECTOR

PROFESSOR MARY KEYES

Professor Mary Keyes was appointed Director of the Law Futures Centre in January 2020. Prior to her appointment as Director, she was Deputy Director of the Centre. Her main area of research and teaching is private international law, and she has particular interests in jurisdiction and the use of agreements.

Professor Keyes is Review Articles Editor of the Journal of Private International Law and a member of two Experts’ Groups at the Hague Conference on Private International Law, on their projects on Jurisdiction and Family Agreements Involving Children. She will give a special course at the Hague Academy of International Law in August 2021, entitled ‘The Intentions of the Parties in Private International Law’.

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Professor Mary Keyes

Professor Mary Keyes was appointed Director of the Law Futures Centre in January 2020. Prior to her appointment as Director, she was Deputy Director of the Centre. Her main area of research and teaching is private international law, and she has particular interests in jurisdiction and the use of agreements.

Professor Keyes is Review Articles Editor of the Journal of Private International Law and a member of two Experts’ Groups at the Hague Conference on Private International Law, on their projects on Jurisdiction and Family Agreements Involving Children. She will give a special course at the Hague Academy of International Law in August 2021, entitled ‘The Intentions of the Parties in Private International Law’.

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Advisory board

Our Advisory Board is comprised of leaders from the judiciary, the legal profession, academia and the media.

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ADJUNCTS AND RESEARCH CANDIDATES

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Our board is comprised of senior researchers from renowned research institutes and esteemed professionals within the legal profession, offering enhanced research collaboration opportunities.

  • Mr Greg Vickery AO (Chair) - Norton Rose Fulbright; former Chair of the Standing Commission of Red Cross and Red Crescent
  • Justice Patrick Keane AC - High Court of Australia
  • Justice Berna Collier - Federal Court of Australia
  • Mr John Briton - former Queensland Legal Services Commissioner
  • Professor Mark Finnane - Griffith University
  • Mr Chris Flynn - Gilbert + Tobin
  • Ms Amy Stockwell - SBS
  • Professor Adrienne Stone - University of Melbourne, ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Fellow, Director, Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies