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University of Queensland

Located in Queensland, Australia, The University of Queensland Law School (UQ Law School) is the state’s oldest law school and one of the most prestigious and respected in the country.

The UQ Law School is nationally and internationally recognised for the quality and impact of its research. With more than 50 academic staff from diverse backgrounds and cultures, the expertise found within the School spans a wide range of legal areas, including criminal justice, national security and defence, intellectual property, corporate governance, private law, marine environment, and shipping.

The School is home to seven research groups (Law and the Future of War; Indigenous People and the Law; Intellectual Property and Food Security; Law and Religion in the Asia-Pacific; Law, Science and Technology; Marine and Shipping Law Unit; and UQ Solomon Islands Partnership) and two research centres (the Australian Centre for Private Law and the Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law).

The School’s researchers are committed to addressing complex legal, social, economic and environmental challenges. They have a strong track record of providing legal solutions to local issues and global problems, such as food scarcity and the effects of climate change on natural coastal ecosystems.

UQ Law School researchers partner with businesses, not-for-profit organisations and government agencies in Australia and overseas to engage critically with developments in the law and make informed contributions to policy and law reform.

Researchers with strong connections to international institutions include:

·      Professor Rain Liivoja, who is a Senior Fellow with the Lieber Institute for Law and Land Warfare at the United States Military Academy at West Point

·      Associate Professor Paul Harpur, who is an International Distinguished Fellow with Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University in the United States

·      Professor Andreas Schloenhardt, who serves as a consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Bangkok, Islamabad, and Vienna and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Professor Schloenhardt is also a visiting professor at the University of Zurich, the University of St Gallen, and a Professor h.c. for Foreign and International Criminal Law in the Faculty of Law, Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Vienna, Austria.

.     The School is frequently awarded research funding from a range of prestigious Australian and international bodies, including the Australian Research Council, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the United States Department of State, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich and Social Science Research Council, Canada. With law programs ranked #6 in Australia and #55 globally in the 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject, the UQ Law School offers its 1700 undergraduate and postgraduate students a premier legal education. The School’s programs include the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) — an internationally respected four-year honours qualification that equips students with advanced legal knowledge and transferable skills. Students can also double their skills and opportunities by studying the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) as part of a dual degree program.

In addition, the School offers three master’s programs:

·      Master of Laws;

·      Master of International Law (also available as a dual program with the Master of International Relations); and

·      Master of International Commercial Law.

Students enrolled in the School’s programs learn from dedicated and highly regarded academics in small-group settings and seminar-style learning spaces. Visiting academics, legal professionals, and adjunct professors provide additional teaching and research expertise. In recent years, 90 international researchers from 22 countries have visited the School.

To complement their studies, UQ law students can develop their practical legal skills and professional networks through the School’s comprehensive co-curricular program and suite of events. The School’s law life and wellbeing program gives students the opportunity to get to know their peers, access additional study support, and safeguard their mental health and wellbeing. The School maintains strong links with the local profession and judiciary through the UQ Law Alumni Association.

Students are also encouraged to volunteer with the School’s award-winning UQ Pro Bono Centre, which connects law students with legal organisations to support society’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. The School’s mooting teams have won the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition — the world’s largest international mooting competition — three times.

The UQ Law School attracts the best and brightest students from Australia and abroad through our its competitive entry requirements. The School participates in joint international teaching programs, such as the Transnational Organised Crime course, offered annually in conjunction with the University of Vienna, the University of Zurich, the University of Cologne, and the University of Ferrara.

A dual focus on academic excellence and co-curricular activities cultivates exceptional legal thinkers and leaders who use their discipline, ingenuity and initiative to change and enrich the world. Notable alumni include Australia’s first female Governor-General, The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, and Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, The Honourable Susan Kiefel AC.

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