PhD (Law)

Deakin Law School is calling for expressions of interest from candidates who are passionate about real-world problems and who are ready to imagine and research innovative solutions to these problems. Expressions of interest on any topic are encouraged, and we particularly welcome proposals which relate to the following areas:

  • International law, counter-terrorism, peace and security
  • Migration, refugees, and borders
  • Constitutional law and statutory interpretation
  • Health law, including
    • End of life decision making and emerging reproductive technologies
    • The regulation of organ donation
    • Regulation of health practitioners
    • Public heath law
  • AI, new technologies, and cyber law
  • Consumer protection and competition law
  • Corporate governance and insolvency
  • Religious freedom and discrimination under Australian law
  • Criminal law, sentencing and the justice system
  • Legal history
  • Climate change, energy law, and natural resources.

Experienced PhD supervision is available across the Law School’s range of disciplines:

In addition to traditional doctrinal legal research, the Law School can supervise PhDs that incorporate comparative analysis, interdisciplinary approaches across science, social science and the humanities, as well as a variety of empirical methodologies, including qualitative and quantitative methods.

We are seeking applicants who hold a prior research degree with an 80% average, and who want to be part of a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment supported by world class legal experts and advanced campus facilities.

Program outline

Deakin Law School admits a small number of students into a fully-funded PhD program each year, allowing us to offer a very high standard of individual attention.

Our Doctoral program is designed to prepare PhD students for successful careers in academia, industry, or government. Students complete two coursework units in their first year of study:

At the end of their first year of study, students will defend their thesis proposal in their confirmation of candidature. Confirmed students then spend the remainder of their candidature completing their doctoral research.


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