Law School

From tradition to innovation, we are the leading Law School in Western Australia.

Our pathways, programs and teaching excellence ensure we continue to educate remarkable graduates and global citizens.

Our research contributes to a fair and just society.

We earn the trust of the communities we serve.

Discover the power of legal thinking. Discover the enduring value of diverse legal minds. Discover your place in law.

Our vision
To be a world-class law school that nurtures diverse legal minds and inspires just and innovative approaches to the global challenges of the 21st century.

Our mission
To provide a creative and supportive teaching, learning and research environment of legal excellence that fosters critical thought, ethical scholarship and practice, and connects with diverse communities.

 

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.

 



The UWA Law School is certified by the Australian Law School Standards. 

Welcome from the Dean

Discover your place in Law

Over 90 years of excellence in legal research, education and service.

Read about our history

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.

Our research areas

Our almost 60-strong faculty comprised of teaching and research staff bring with them a wealth of experience from a vast breadth of areas of expertise. Browse our research strengths below.

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Commercial and Corporations Law

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Law and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

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Law and Society

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Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law

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Public International and Human Rights Law

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Research entities

The UWA Law School supports the following research centres and networks.

Our remarkable students

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. 
 
2020 Law School Awards
Ace Alltree Prize in Intellectual Property
Adehlia Emily Ebert

Adjunct Professor, Dr Brett Davies Prize in Taxation
Nicholas Matthew Lowry

Allens Prize in Law
Adehlia Emily Ebert

Cecil Bedford Thompson Brown Memorial Prize for Foundations of Public Law
Samantha Elizabeth Gates

Clifford Chance Prize for Dispute Resolution
Pia Kristen Edmondson

David De Barran Cullen Prize
Warren Keith Hennessy

Grant Robertson Memorial Prize in International Commercial Arbitration
Gandhi

Grotius Prize in Public International Law
Fiona Hayley Waring

Harold H Glass Memorial Prize
Fiona Hayley Waring

Jackson McDonald Pro Bono Committee JD Prize
Natalie Skovsted Fretton

John Fiocco Prize in Law
Marissa Louise Forbes

John Norman Barker Prize in Law
Aleasha Brooke Sanchez-Lawson

K W Hatfield QC Prize in Law
Aleasha Brooke Sanchez-Lawson

Kate King Legal Prize
Conor William James Patton

King & Wood Mallesons Prize in Law
Henry Mitchell Cooney

Kott Gunning Prize in Land Law
Ji Hoo Lee

Lee Christensen Prize
Matthew Henry Ledger

Lidia Scafidi Memorial Prize in Evidence
Tae Hoon Kim

MinterEllison Prize in Contract F18/681
Thomas Daly Robins

Nicholson and Wheatley Memorial Prize in Property
Samantha Elizabeth Gates

Peter Birks Prize in Unjust Enrichment and Restitution
Harry Peter Sanderson

Peter Handford Prize in Law
Tristan Kubacz Taylor

Philip Lionel Sharp Memorial Prize in Law
Ashleigh Frediani

R.K. O'Connor QC Taxation Law Prize
Brianna Anne Steinochr

Richard McCormack Prize in Equity and Trusts
Bremer James Moore

STEP (WA) Prize in Taxation of Trusts
Christian John Foyle
2020 Law School Prizes

Adulting: Law for Everyday Lives
Lachlan Kyle Russell

Advanced Australian Corporate Taxation
Nicholas Matthew Lowry

Australian Oil and Gas Law
Henry Mitchell Cooney

Base Erosion, Profit Shifting and Transfer Pricing
Umashanker Radhakrishnan

Birth, Life, Death and the Law
Lachlan Kyle Russell

Business Law in Practice
Celeste Kate Travaglini

Commercial Law
Alice Rachael Archer

Company Law
Matthew Dylan Poli

Comparative Law
Isobel Beatrix Cole

Construction Law
Cassandra Simpson

Corporate Governance for Resources Companies
Stephanie Kate Bruce

Corporations Law
Bremer James Moore

Creative Expression and the Law
Tiffany Ann Chisholm Gardner

Crime and Society
Matthew John Cowan

Criminal Justice Systems
Stacie Cayla Blott

Criminal Law
Samantha Elizabeth Gates

Environmental Law
Helena Van Nguyen

Environmental Protection Law
Catherine Ann Callow

Evolution of Human Rights
Stacie Cayla Blott

Federal Jurisdiction
Samuel Michael Landro

Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions
Ella Catherine Regan

Gender and the Law
Tiffany Ann Chisholm Gardner

International Commercial Law
Georgios John Palassis

International Criminal Law
Zubayr Adnaan Abrahams

International Humanitarian Law
Paris Mandela Buti

International Investment Law
Benjamin Shong Hao Tan

International Legal Institutions
Jason Christopher Williams

International Sales Law
Ruvimbo Monica Ndoro

Introduction to Law
Benjamin Jae-Min Roshkov

Law in Action
Stacie Cayla Blott

Law of the Sea
William John Stokeley

Law, Advocacy, Activism and Change
Tiffany Ann Chisholm Gardner

Law, Conflict and Change
Matthew John Cowan

Legal APPtitude
Hannah Megan Cowie

Legal Framework of Business
Matthew Dylan Poli

Legislation in Practice
Harry Peter Sanderson

Media Law
Kristin Paul Bowtell

Mergers and Acquisitions
Reuben Elliott Edlin

Mining and Energy Law
Calvin Parker Best

Mining Law
Fiona Elizabeth Johnson

Oil and Gas Agreements
Josias Eduard Ferreira

Procedure
Amy Rose Thomasson

Professional Practice
Warren Keith Hennessy

Regulation: Theories and Practices
Ella Catherine Regan

Resource Taxation
Nicole Kathleen Moller

Social Media and the Law
Hannah Rose Begley

Space Law, Satellites and Drones
Megan Veronica Cramp

Special Unit: Technology Law and Governance
Olivia Carey De Koning

Succession Law
Olivia Carey De Koning

Taxation Law
Emily Victoria Hoare

Theory, Method and Contemporary Issues of International Law
Zubayr Adnaan Abrahams

2019 and 2020 Law School Awards and Scholarships
View the full list of UWA Law School 2019 prize winners and 2020 scholarship recipients and a selection of video messages. 

Courses

UWA Law School fosters excellence, integrity and inclusivity in student learning through a diverse and inspiring range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, teaching methods and learning environments. We are leaders in the scholarship of teaching and learning in law, and provide a world-class legal education experiences across all our programs.


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. 

Global study opportunities

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

Our alumni

Over the past 90 years we have gone from strength to strength, and have a long and proud history of excellence in legal education, research and community service. 

Read about our history and alumni

 

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Executive education and CPD

Catering for busy professionals, our executive education courses give you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills through intensives taught by experts in a variety of fields. 
UWA Law School Online CPD Series

The UWA Law School Online CPD Series allows practitioners to earn CPD points by attending live webinars delivered by UWA Law School academics with deep expertise in their respective fields. 

The webinars will be held on Wednesdays from 1–2pm (AWST) and all pricing is inclusive of GST.

Pricing 

  • Individual practitioner: $50
  • Organisation rate (unlimited attendees employed by the
    organisation): $500
  • Community legal centre practitioners: $25
  • Community legal centre rate (unlimited attendees employed by
    the CLC): $200

Schedule

Wednesday 6 October 2021

Emeritus Professor Peter Handford
Limitation of actions and sexual abuse: the new law
1 CPD point in Competency Area 4: Substantive Law
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Wednesday 27 October 2021

The Honourable Antony Siopis
An outline of the ethical and statutory duties of an advocate
1 CPD point in Competency Area 3: Ethics and Professional Responsibility
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Wednesday 9 February 2022

Professor Elise Bant
‘Systems Intentionality’: revolution and evolution in corporate regulation
1 CPD point in Competency Area 4: Substantive Law
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Wednesday 16 February 2022

Senior Lecturer Jacinta Dharmananda
The meaning of meanings: use of defined terms in statutory interpretation
0.5 CPD points in Competency Area 2: Professional Skills and 0.5 CPD points Competency Area 4: Substantive Law
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Wednesday 2 March 2022

Dr Felicity Maher
Unjust enrichment: a primer
1 CPD point in Competency Area 4: Substantive Law
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Wednesday 30 March 2022

Professor Natalie Skead and Dr Marco Rizzi
Algorithmic contracts and the equitable doctrine of undue influence: adapting old rules to a new legal landscape
Competency Area 4: Substantive Law
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Law, Policy and Government

Innovations in Legal Practice Management

This Unit assists you in becoming ‘work-ready’ and providing you with a sound understanding of the professional, ethical and business framework within which law firms and lawyers operate.

The Unit addresses three key themes: First, it explores an understanding of the business of law, including the economics of running a legal practice and the development of ethical business processes and strategies.

Second, it considers the role of people and practice management in the delivery of legal services. This includes consideration of how to recruit, engage, upskill and lead staff in an ethical, client-focused and changing legal environment.

Third, it considers the role of technology in the transformation of how lawyers and law firms perform legal work and deliver legal services.

The Unit will be taught intensively using a combination of interactive workshops and seminars. It will be taught by Lauren Ziegelaar (Gilbert + Tobin) and Aaron McDonald (Pragma Lawyers) together with guest presenters.  Students will be assessed by an assignment, a group presentation and their participation in class discussions.

CPD pointsFull attendance at this short course entitles a legal practitioner to claim:

  • three CPD points in Competency Area 1 (Practice Management), 
  • two CPD points in Competency Area 2 (Professional Skills) and 
  • one CPD point in Competency Area 3 (Ethics/Professional Responsibility).

Dates: 16-17 and 23-24 January 2021, 9am to 4pm each day. Please note shared registration is not available for this workshop.
Cost: $2,530.00 + online booking fee. 
Register here.

Mining, Energy & Natural Resources
Unit name: Mining Law
Unit date: 27 – 29 October 2021
Details: 
This workshop will provide an intensive course of study on Mining Law in Western Australia. It is designed to be a comprehensive review for lawyers, for professionals and business people, non-government organisations and government administrators working in or with Mining Law. The three day workshop will comprise of five sessions, each morning and afternoon, comprising a lecture followed by a tutorial discussion of a problem raising the issues of law presented in the lecture. There will also be two interactive seminars on the second morning.
Price: $2,530
CPD:  Full attendance entitles a legal practitioner to claim six CPD points in Competency Area 4 (Substantive Law).
Further information and registration

 

Unit name: Water Resources Law
Unit date: 28 – 30 September 2021
Details:
This short course introduces the main legal principles of water resources management and discusses key regulatory issues being faced in Western Australia. Applicable for both lawyers and non-lawyers, participants will become familiar with the principal legal and policy materials applied in the management of water resources in Western Australia.
Price: $2,530
CPD: For attendance at this short course, practitioners are entitled up to 6 CPD points to be selected from the competency areas Professional Skills (0.5 point available), Ethics/Professional Responsibility (1 point available) and Substantive Law (8.5 points available) depending on the sessions they attend.
Further information and registration 

Unit name: Oil and Gas Agreements
Unit date: 24 – 26 November 2021
Details: 
This three-day workshop provides a clear understanding of legal agreements which underpin the operation of the oil and gas industry. Lawyers, government officials and oil and gas company personnel who require an appreciation of the legal context of oil and gas agreements will benefit from the expertise gained in this course.
Price: $2,530
CPD:  Full attendance at this short course entitles a practitioner to six Legal CPD points. Points can be selected from Competency Area 2 (3 points available) and Competency Area 4 (14.5 available).
Further information and registration 

Taxation

Unit name: Not-for-profit Law
Unit date: 7-10 September
Details: 
This four-day executive education short course examines the nature, function, governance and regulation of not-for-profit (NFP) entities in Australia, with a focus on charities. The unit approaches these issues on a life-cycle basis, examining aspects of formation, governance, tax and fundraising concessions, regulatory requirements and dissolution restrictions applicable to NFP entities under statute and the common law. The course engages with research, comparative perspectives and recent developments in the law to critique the extent to which the current framework for NFP entities encourages innovative, independent and efficient processes and activities for the public benefit, whilst also ensuring the accountability and integrity of the NFP sector. In doing so, we will examine boundary issues such as the provision of private benefits, the commerce/NFP boundary and the government/NFP boundary. Lawyers, accountants, government officials, board members and NFP managers will benefit from this course.
Price: $3,300.00 x 4 days course or $900.00 x 1 day. Discounted rates for NFPs available.
CPD: Full attendance entitles a legal practitioner to claim six CPD points, selected from Competency Areas 3: Ethics and Professional Responsibility (0.5 points available) and Competency Area 4: Substantive Law (17.5 points available) depending on the sessions they attend.
Register here

Unit name: Taxation of Trusts
Unit date:  5–8 October 2021
More details to follow

 
 
Select Topics in Insurance Law
This unit will commence with a short introduction to insurance law, examining key concepts associated with general insurance as a risk transfer loss spreading arrangement. It includes analysis of the common law and relevant equitable principles and close examination of the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cwlth), covering topics such as the duty of utmost good faith, causation, subrogation and double insurance and contribution. This will be followed by advanced teaching of insurance law topics selected for their interest, complexity, controversy or topicality.

For attendance at this short course, practitioners are entitled to up to 6 CPD points to be selected from the competency areas Ethics and Professional Responsibility (1 point available) and Substantive Law (14 points available) depending on the sessions they attend.

Date: 6-9 September 2021
Price: $3,300
Registration here

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Engagement and opportunities

The Law School hosts a range of short courses and a diverse seminar and conference program.
John Toohey Oration

The John Toohey Oration is a biannual Oration organised by the UWA Law School. The Oration, which commenced in 1998, honours the career and contribution to public life of a distinguished graduate of The University of Western Australia, the Hon. John Leslie Toohey. After graduating in Arts and Law, the Honourable John Leslie Toohey AC QC went on to become an outstanding legal practitioner and, as a Justice of the High Court of Australia, one of the country's most eminent jurists. Mr Toohey was a Justice of the High Court from 1987 to 1998.

The Oration is given by distinguished speakers on a variety of topics. The most recent Toohey Oration was on Thursday 19 August 2021 at the Supreme Court of Western Australia. The Hon. Robert French AC delivered the Oration which was titled ‘A true Australian Republic: True to our history, fit for our future.’  A copy of Mr French’s paper is available on the UWA Research Repository.

Tutoring in the Law School
The Law School often needs sessional teachers (tutors) for law subjects in the Juris Doctor (JD) and in undergraduate units. If you are interested in tutoring, as a first step, please contact the unit coordinator of the unit you are interested in working in to see if they have availability.
Judge in Residence Scheme

The Judge in Residence program encourages and fosters engagement between the judiciary and Law School staff and students. It supports sitting and retired judges to engage in academic activities, including writing and developing research topics and projects.

The 2020/2021 Judge in Residence is The Honourable Justice Antony Siopis. Tony is interested in the extent to which the common law provides remedies for infringements of human dignity and he will be undertaking research into that topic. Open to sitting judges during a sabbatical (WA, Australia, overseas) or retired state, federal and High Court judges (including overseas judges) who wish to be part of the Law School community, the Judge in Residence program offers:

  • The opportunity to be involved in the life of the UWA Law School.
  • An office in the UWA Law School.
  • Access to UWA Library facilities and service during your time in residence.
  • Access to student researchers (with payment arrangements subject to negotiation).
  • The opportunity to guest lecture and make other presentations to students and staff.
  • Audit of postgraduate units taught by the UWA Law School.

In return, the Judge in Residence would:

  • Have regular interaction with members of the Law School.
  • Provide informal mentoring of academic staff and students.
  • Maintain a regular presence at the Law School (at least once a week) throughout their residency. 

 

How to apply

Contact Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head (Community and Engagement) Jacinta Dharmananda:

Tel: +61 8 6488 3955
Email: jacinta.dharmananda@uwa.edu.au

UWA Mediation Clinic

The UWA Mediation Clinic offers a tailored mediation service to help people to resolve University, workplace, family and community conflict.

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Legal APPtitude
The Law School is the leading law and technology law school in Western Australia. In collaboration with Corrs Chambers Westgarth, the UWA Law School delivers Legal APPtitude. In the unit students team up with lawyers from Corrs to develop artificial intelligence solutions to some of the not-for-profit sector’s most pressing problems.
Visiting scholars

The UWA Law School’s Visiting Scholars Program hosts academics from around Australia and overseas to undertake research and to participate in the communal life of the Law School. Approved visiting scholars are provided with a workspace, IT access and a computer (where possible) and library access. They are encouraged to participate in the academic life of the Law School and University, including seminars and public lectures.

Application process

Prospective visitors should email the following to the visiting scholars coordinator at least three months prior to their intended visit:

  • a brief curriculum vitae that includes details of academic employment, qualifications and publications
  • a one- to two-page proposal outlining the research project, planned collaboration with UWA Law staff and any other activities intended during the visit
  • a copy of a letter from your home university confirming that you are an academic (not a student) and will be taking sabbatical leave for the duration of your visiting academic appointment, and confirming that you will be returning to full-time employment when the visiting appointment ceases
  • copy of biodata page (photograph page) of passport (if available). An appropriate visa must have been obtained to allow commencement of this appointment

Applications are considered in advance of the proposed visit and all applicants will be notified as soon as possible after a decision is reached. Any further information that is required to implement the decision will be sought at this point. The Visiting Scholars Program receives many applications from prospective visitors and unfortunately not all can be supported.

Legal internship and Clinical Legal Education

The Law School provides a Clinical Legal Education program through which our students can participate in local, national and international legal internships with law firms, courts, government agencies, non-governmental organisations and the UWA Mediation Clinic. The focus is upon social justice and commercial placements.

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