Over 90 years of excellence
Ranked in top 100 law schools in the world (QS and Times Higher Education 2020)
Research rated above world standard (ERA 2018)
UWA Law School is committed to upholding the rule of law, and the promotion of the highest standards of ethical conduct, professional responsibility, and community service.
In response to the outcome of the High Court of Australia’s investigation into the sexual harassment of six Judges’ Associates by former High Court judge, Dyson Heydon, the UWA Law School issued this statement on sexual harassment in law.
The UWA Law School condemns past and ongoing discrimination in the Australian legal system that continues to create profound injustice in the lives of First Nations peoples. We are committed to continuing to work in partnership with Indigenous peoples to create culturally safe teaching and research spaces and produce culturally competent graduates.
Highly acclaimed teachers and researchers
UWA Law School comprises more than 50 scholars. Our staff are continually evolving to meet current and future predicted challenges, and we celebrate their international expertise and multidisciplinary areas of study. Our world-class researchers inspire just and innovative approaches to global challenges of the 21st century.
Professor Michael Blakeney
Michael Blakeney is a UWA Law School Winthrop Professor and an international authority on intellectual property and agriculture.Read more about Professor Michael Blakeney
Professor Rick Krever
Professor Rick Krever is a researcher in taxation law and policy, working with international aid agencies and international organisations to help build revenue capacity in developing nations.Read more about Professor Rick Krever
Dr Jade Lindley
Dr Jade Lindley is a criminologist and senior lecturer at the UWA Law School whose research focus lies on transnational crimes and their intersection with international law.Read more about Dr Jade Lindley
Winthrop Professor Nolan Sharkey
Winthrop Professor Nolan Sharkey is an international legal and social research expert tax adviser and academic at the UWA Law School.Read more about Winthrop Professor Nolan Sharkey
Professor Sarah Murray
Sarah Murray’s legal and professional career is underpinned by her interest and expertise in community justice and using the law to create a positive impact on society. Practising first as a commercial and community lawyer, Sarah Murray is a Professor at UWARead more about Professor Sarah Murray
Michael Douglas is a legal academic and a litigation lawyer at the UWA Law School with expertise in conflict of laws and media law.Read more about Michael Douglas
Dr Renae Barker
Dr Renae Barker is a legal academic and senior lecturer at the UWA Law School. Her speciality is the interaction between law and religion.Read more about Dr Renae Barker
Professor Natalie Skead
Professor Natalie Skead is UWA’s Dean of Law. She is a national award-winning teacher and prolific researcher in aspects of private law, proceeds of crime and legal education.Read more about Professor Natalie Skead
Associate Professor Jani McCutcheon
Associate Professor Jani McCutcheon is a law lecturer specialising in intellectual property law. She focuses on copyright and moral rights, and intersections between literature and law and art and law.Read more about Associate Professor Jani McCutcheon
Associate Professor Hilde Tubex
Associate Professor Hilde Tubex is a researcher of criminology and holds a research-intensive position at the UWA Law School.Read more about Associate Professor Hilde Tubex
Dr Penny Carruthers
Dr Penny Carruthers is a Senior Lecturer at UWA Law School, with a specialisation in property law. She aims to make law education engaging and inspiring for students.Read more about Dr Penny Carruthers
Professor Erika Techera
Professor Erika Techera is an international and comparative law academic at the UWA Law School who is focused on improving legal frameworks across the Indian Ocean to enhance marine environmental governance.Read more about Professor Erika Techera
Kate Offer is a Senior Lecturer within UWA’s Law School in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education.Read more about Kate Offer
Professor Elise Bant
Professor Elise Bant is a teacher and researcher of private law and commercial regulation at the UWA Law School.Read more about Professor Elise Bant
Dr Joe Clare
Dr Joe Clare is a criminologist researching emergency first responders and prevention-focused policies at UWA’s Law School.Read more about Dr Joe Clare
Dr Marco Rizzi
Dr Marco Rizzi is an academic lawyer and senior lecturer with the Law School in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education.Read more about Dr Marco Rizzi
Dr Marilyn Bromberg
Hoping to make the world a better place, Dr Bromberg has practised law for more than a decade and typically researches and writes about issues that can make a difference, such as body image law.Read more about Dr Marilyn Bromberg
Professor Robyn Carroll
Professor Robyn Carroll is a UWA Law School professor who explores the way the law impacts on people’s emotional wellbeing.Read more about Professor Robyn Carroll
Dr Dominic Dagbanja
Dr Dominic Dagbanja is a law lecturer and researcher, specialising in international law. He focuses on the consequences of investment and trade treaties for public interest regulation.Read more about Dr Dominic Dagbanja
Dr Sagi Peari
Dr Sagi Peari is a teacher and researcher in UWA’s Law School in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education.Read more about Dr Sagi Peari
Associate Professor Ian Murray
Associate Professor Ian Murray, from the UWA Law School, researches in the areas of resources taxation, not-for-profit tax law and corporate governance.Read more about Associate Professor Ian Murray
Congratulations to our student award winners
We recognise the hard work and dedication you give to your studies and wish to celebrate your achievement with you. We also thank our generous donors for their continued support.
View the full list of UWA Law School 2019 prize winners and 2020 scholarship recipients and a selection of video messages.
Indigenisation of the Juris Doctor
Through the Indigenisation of the Juris Doctor project, the UWA Law School is incorporating Indigenous cultures, knowledges and perspectives throughout Juris Doctor (JD) degree. The project is a joint initiative of the Law School and the School of Indigenous Studies, and is overseen by a Reference Group of legal and cultural experts.
Student health and well-being
The UWA Law School is committed to the health, well-being and safety of all of our students. We strive to support our students to stay well and thrive throughout their studies.
The UWA Law School is a community full of dedicated and passionate people who foster an environment of encouragement and acceptance. Studying Law at UWA has opened up countless opportunities for both my individual development and to make an impact in the community.Joshua Sanchez-Lawson
Blackstone Society President 2018
Law School alumni
Master of International Law and Master of International Relations
‘My favourite aspect of the law degree was the calibre and competency of the lecturers and personnel that are involved with this program.
‘I had never encountered in my life persons with such talent, passion and knowledge in International Law; lecturers instilled in me so much enthusiasm in international law and advancing its various disciplines that motivated me to pursue an academic career.
‘I was so captivated by their persona that I have decided to follow their footsteps and I am now in the process of writing a PhD in international humanitarian law.
‘I value passion above all in life, and my experience during the Mater degree of International Law gave me just that.
‘Finally, and also very importantly, all personnel with whom I have had the pleasure of interacting showed me great humanity and understanding. In 2018, I was passing through a tough period of my life, but the support that I have received from UWA and, in particular, the members of the law faculty, gave me the strength to complete my degree with distinction. Choose law for the people.’
Master of Taxation Law
‘The Taxation Law course at UWA was practical, comprehensive and taught by subject matter experts. It was designed for those who had some experience in commerce and law and wanted to become specialists in taxation. The units were conducted efficiently and in a manner that allowed full-time professionals to come to classes and complete the assessments without jeopardising their work-life balance.
‘My completion of the course coincided with my move to a private law firm. Ultimately, I believe the course allowed me to flourish in that environment as an adept tax professional.
‘The Master’s is very well regarded in the industry and has led to work engagements, invitations to present at business events and even the opportunity to lecture in taxation.
‘Before I started my post-graduate studies, I had a professional tax background. However, the coursework has contributed to me becoming a well-rounded commercial and tax lawyer.’
Master of Legal Practice
‘I have found the majority of the staff to be incredibly supportive and approachable. In a relative short time, over the past 1.5 years, I have built genuine relationships with lecturers and tutors in and beyond class. As a Master of Legal Practice student, I have found most of the faculty to be interested in my past practice and keen to offer suggestions and guidance concerning career prospects.
‘I believe UWA’s reputation for academic excellence and rigour has opened career opportunities that I may not otherwise have been afforded at another university. Following the clerkship process last year, I was fortunate to receive my top choices for clerkships and to receive multiple graduate position offers.
‘I recently accepted my first choice at a top-tier firm in Perth a couple of weeks ago. Whilst my prior experience was no doubt a factor, I also feel being a UWA student was an equally critical factor in this ideal outcome.’
‘When I started university I would never have thought I would end up as a lawyer. I thought there was a special breed of super-smart people who became lawyers. The early days of my arts degree had more than a few set-backs while I tried different subjects in the hope of finding something that engaged me. It was during my international relations studies that I got a taste of how law can shape society, which set me on the pathway to a career in law.
‘Studying at UWA gave me the opportunity to gain experience, expand my networks and discover my passions through overseas study, internships and volunteering.
‘During both my arts and law degrees I was fortunate enough to study overseas. I completed a communications unit at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and then an international law unit at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I also had the opportunity to undertake a number of internships for course credit as part of my degree, including an internship with the United States Congress in Washington DC.
‘My time at UWA helped me to develop an intellectual curiosity and growth mindset that follows me through all aspects of life.’
Landy Ramahavory Ep Ranaivoson
Landy Ramahavory Ep Ranaivoson
Master of Mining and Energy Law
‘It is well known that studying law requires great effort and strong analytical skills. But with learning materials provided to students and the guidance of competent lecturers who are very supportive, I gained more confidence in conducting my research and doing my assignments.
‘The course has shaped my career by preparing me on the resolution of key legal issues in extractive industry. The course also provided a clear and detailed understanding on how governments ensure the regulatory control of the sector while maintaining attractiveness to investors.
‘I recommend this course for lawyers and professionals who desire to develop their expertise in resource law and get an outstanding teaching that gives a real opportunity to make a difference not only for a personal ambition but also for the entire professional career.’
Roney Jose da Silva
Roney Jose da Silva
Master of Laws
‘The course is well structured, and there is a significant research component in each unit, which I consider a great advantage. A Master of Laws at UWA will certainly help anyone to improve both their research and analytical skills as well as their critical thinking, which is essential for those working in the legal field.
‘The ongoing support provided by UWA during my studies was my favourite aspect of the course.’
Executive education and CPD
Crown, Collingwood and the corporate conscience
The different failures at Crown and Collingwood shows that the law needs to go beyond individuals when holding corporations to account.Read more
UWA law student wins 2020 John Koowarta Scholarship
Law student Sophie Coffin from The University of Western Australia has been awarded the 2020 John Koowarta Scholarship.Read more
Can governments mandate a COVID vaccination?
Dr Fiona McGaughey at UWA's Law School discusses if a COVID-19 vaccine will become mandatory.Read more