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.

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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

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

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. 


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.

Hear about our new courses

Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice 

Find out what it's like to study Criminology and Criminal Justice at UWA. Hear about our industry connections, experienced staff, work integrated learning and what you can expect to prepare you for a career in a range of areas.


Hear about our new courses

Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice 

Find out what it's like to study Criminology and Criminal Justice at UWA. Hear about our industry connections, experienced staff, work integrated learning and what you can expect to prepare you for a career in a range of areas.


Hear about our new courses

Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice 

Find out what it's like to study Criminology and Criminal Justice at UWA. Hear about our industry connections, experienced staff, work integrated learning and what you can expect to prepare you for a career in a range of areas.


Hear about our new courses

Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice 

Find out what it's like to study Criminology and Criminal Justice at UWA. Hear about our industry connections, experienced staff, work integrated learning and what you can expect to prepare you for a career in a range of areas.


Hear about our new courses

Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice 

Find out what it's like to study Criminology and Criminal Justice at UWA. Hear about our industry connections, experienced staff, work integrated learning and what you can expect to prepare you for a career in a range of areas.


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

Frank Beasley Medal


Dean's Circle

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. 
Goods and Service Taxation

This unit provides an intensive study of Australia's GST law including its current scope and application to domestic supplies, exports and imports of goods and services. The course will be led by Professor Rick Krever. Rick is a leading taxation law and policy expert. He has been closely involved in modern Australian tax reform initiatives for many years, including in his roles as a member of the Commonwealth Government's Taxation Law Improvement Project Consultative Committee and the Review of Business Taxation (Ralph Review). Professor Krever has been a professor-in-residence at both the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Treasury, and has twice been seconded to the International Monetary Fund.

  • Date: 7 – 10 June 2022
  • Price: $3,300 incl. tax and booking fee
  • CPD: For attendance at this short course, practitioners are entitled to 6 CPD points in competency area 4: Substantive Law. The practitioners must attend the entire workshop to claim the points.

Further information and registration here

International Human Rights Law

These workshops discuss foundational materials and principles in international human rights law. Workshops are supplemented with online materials and pre-readings. Institutional frameworks and procedures for development, interpretation and enforcement are examined. Selected substantive issues of human rights are included as a means of engaging with specific treaties and cases and also in exploring the role of State and non-State actors. Methods of implementation and enforcement of human rights in the international sphere, through both global and regional instruments and institutions are presented and critiqued.

  • Date: 20 and 24 June 2022
  • Price: $1,583.59 incl. tax and booking fee
  • CPD: For attending the entire workshop in person, practitioners can claim 6 CPD points in competency area 4 Substantive Law.

Further information and registration

Energy Regulation Sustainable Oil and Gas and Alternative Energy

This workshop has been postponed and the new dates will be advised once available. 

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.

  • Date: 18 – 21 July 2022
  • Price: $3,300 incl. tax and booking fee
  • CPD: 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.

Further information and registration

Environmental Protection Law

This short course is suitable for legal practitioners and other professionals interested in the environmental protection regulatory framework in Western Australia, in its national and international contexts. In 2022, the course will be conducted with a combination of online pre-recorded lectures and readings available in August, and interactive face-2-face sessions in the period 6-8 September, featuring presentations by guest experts. In 2022, we will give special attention to the implementation of the reforms made by the Environmental Protection Amendment Act 2020 (WA) and to some significant case law developments on the environmental impact assessment of greenhouse gas emissions. Alex Gardner, Professor of Law is the lead presenter and short course coordinator. 

  • Date: 6 - 8 September 2022
  • Price: $1,900.09 incl. tax and booking fee
  • CPD: Full attendance entitles a legal practitioner to claim six CPD points, selected from Competency Area 2 (Professional Skills), Competency Area 3 (Ethics and Professional Responsibility) and Competency Area 4 (Substantive Law) depending on the sessions they attend.

Further information and registration here 


Causation Conference

Causation is one of the basic pillars of the law. Yet its nature, operation and relationship to other foundational concepts remains uncertain and contested, across virtually every field of civil and criminal law. This conference brings together a remarkable group of expert contributors to UWA Law Reviews’ 2022 special issue on causation, to debate, elucidate and resolve some of the law’s most pressing, and persistent, causal challenges. Speakers will bring their authoritative insights to bear upon the spectrum of private, commercial and criminal law doctrines in which causation plays a leading role, arising at common law, in equity and under statute.

Date: Friday 9 September 2022
Cost: $150.00 (in-person); $50.00 (remote); Free for AAL Members (remote attendance only). 
CPD: Full day in-person or remote attendance will attract 6 CPD points (Category 4 substantive law) (WA practitioners only). Points can also be claimed for individual sessions.
Registration: Please register here to secure your attendance
Download Conference program

Mining Law

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. This course will be led by Professor Richard Bartlett.

  • Date: 26 - 28 October 2022
  • Price: $2,650 incl. tax and booking fee
  • CPD: For attendance at this short course, practitioners are entitled to up to 6 CPD points to be selected from the competency areas Professional Skills (4), Ethics (1) Substantive Law (13) depending on the sessions they attend.

Further information and registration

Sustainability Law and Policy in Resource Development

Sustainability is now a critical factor in the development of Australia’s mineral and energy resources as companies and regulators seek to balance the competing requirements of the environment, society and the economy. Industry participants and their lawyers need to have a clear understanding of the applicable rules in order to develop appropriate responses for investors, regulators and the public and to balance competing objectives for the present and the future. This workshop will give a clear understanding of those rules, including in mining, petroleum, climate change and environmental legislation and ASX reporting requirements. The workshop will provide practical examples enabling participants to apply the rules. The workshop is designed for lawyers and non-lawyers.

  • Date: Tuesday 22 – 24 November 2022
  • Price: $2,650 incl. tax and booking fee
  • CPD: Full attendance at this short course entitles a practitioner to six Legal CPD points. Points can be selected from Competency Area 2 (1 point available) and Competency Area 4 (19 points available) depending on the sessions they attend.

Further information and registration

UWA Law School Online CPD Series

UWA Law School CPD events for 2022 - 2023 will be listed in the coming weeks. 

Obiter Dicta - our news

Read the last issues of Obiter Dicta, our newsletter for alumni, staff and community:

Alumni who would like to receive copies of the newsletter should update their details.

To read previous editions of Obiter Dicta, visit our archive

UWA Law Review

Upcoming events and engagement

The Law School hosts a range of public events, short courses, seminars and conferences.
Private and Commercial Law Conference, December 2022

The Private and Commercial Law Research Cluster of UWA Law School will again host the annual private law conference previously hosted by the Obligations Group at Melbourne Law School. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Civil Remedies’. The conference will be held on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 December 2022 using a ‘blended’ format, allowing in-person and remote presentations and attendance. For more information and to register 

Conference Program

Book Launch - The Culpable Corporate Mind, 7 December 2022
Join us for the book launch of The Culpable Corporate Mind (Hart Publishing), edited by Professor Elise Bant of UWA Law School, on Wednesday 7 December. The book will be launched by the Hon. Justice Gordon of the High Court of Australia, followed by a panel discussion. For more information and to register, visit online registration, in-person registration
Public Seminar - Lobbying Regulation in Australia: Where We Are Now and Options For Reform – Wednesday 14 December 2022
The Electoral Regulation Research Network, UWA Public Policy Institute and UWA Law School are delighted to co-host a public seminar by Fulbright Scholar and Monash University Associate Professor Yee-Fui Ng on Wednesday 14 December 2022 at 5pm at UWA. Associate Professor Ng will present on ‘Lobbying Regulation in Australia: Where We Are Now and Options For Reform’. This free seminar explores the history and evolution of lobbying regulation in Australian federal and state jurisdictions. It also considers the effectiveness of lobbying regulation and makes recommendations for reform towards achieving transparency, political equality and fairness. This seminar is offered in person or online. For more information and to register
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 2022 Judge in Residence is The Honourable David Newnes. 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:

  • Has regular interaction with members of the Law School.
  • Provides informal mentoring of academic staff and students.
  • Maintains a regular presence at the Law School (at least once a week) throughout their residency. 
  • Has opportunities to contribute to teaching. 


How to apply

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

Tel: +61 8 6488 3955

The Dean’s Foundation
In 2022, UWA Law School launched a corporate donor program, the Dean’s Foundation. The Dean’s Foundation is a corporate donor program that creates long-term partnerships between your organisation and UWA Law School to ensure our continued success in producing remarkable graduates. Your organisation can become a member of the Foundation by making a financial contribution, and the Law School will work with you to determine how your contribution will be used. For more information, go to the Dean’s Foundation website.
Law School Advisory Board
The role of the Law School Advisory Board is to provide advice and an external perspective on the Law School’s strategic direction. This includes, for example, the direction and scope of the School’s teaching programs and research activities, its external engagement, and fundraising. We are fortunate to have a Board that consists of members of the legal profession from a diverse range of roles, experience and levels of seniority. For current members of our Advisory Board, please see here.
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.

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.’ 

For more details about the Hon. John Toohey AC QC and details of past Oration speakers, visit the John Toohey Oration Lecture Series

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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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. If your organisation is interested in offering an internship to a law student, to find out more please refer to our ‘Internship Expressions of Interest’ webpage.

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.

Past events

Address by Justice James Edelman, High Court of Australia
On Wednesday 26 October, UWA Law School hosted an address by the Honourable Justice James Edelman, Justice of the High Court of Australia. Justice Edelman spoke on the topic ‘Aliens, Citizens, and Indigenous Australians’. The speech addressed 51(xix) of the Constitution and the view that people of the Commonwealth are either citizens or aliens. 

French Dialogues: The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Humans: Should we unplug the machines? October 2022

UWA Law School and the Minderoo Tech & Policy Lab in the Law School held the inaugural French Dialogues on Thursday 6 October 2022 at 5.30pm. The French Dialogues is a panel of experts from various disciplines who discuss a contemporary and pressing issue.

The 2022 Dialogues addressed 'The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Humans: Should we unplug the machines?'. The panel consisted of experts from law, computer science, business and the humanities. The French Dialogues honours the Hon. Robert French AC, a UWA Law School alumnus (LLB ’71), former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia and current Chancellor of UWA.

Address by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Singapore, Sundaresh Menon, July 2022

UWA Law School and the Supreme Court of Western Australia hosted an address by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Singapore on Wednesday 27 July 2022 in the Supreme Court of WA, Stirling Gardens.

The topic of the Chief Justice’s address was 'The Law of Commerce in the 21st Century: Transnational Commercial Justice Amidst the Wax and Wane of Globalisation.'

A copy of the Chief Justice's paper is available here.


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