Post-doctoral Position in Law

Brisbane, Australia
04 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
04 May 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


The Griffith University Law Futures Centre (LFC) seeks expressions of interest from suitably qualified, highly motivated post-doctoral candidates for up to two positions. Each position will be contracted for two years, with the possibility of renewal or converting to a continuing teaching and research position at the Griffith Law School (subject to funding).

Successful candidates must provide the details of a well thought out five to eight year research agenda that is directly tied to the applicant’s current plans to attract external funding through a nationally competitive grant program administered by the Australian Research Council (eg Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)) or another nationally or internationally competitive grant scheme listed in the Australian Competitive Grants Register (ACGR).

While expressions of interest are welcome from post-doctoral candidates specialising in any area of law, preference will be given to candidates who are researching in the following areas:

  • Challenges and Opportunities for 21st Century Professions -  We seek a researcher to join a dynamic team building on the themes explored in our recent Professional Futures Conference (see conference website) to seek long term funding. The researcher will engage in a mixture of own motion and joint research. The researcher should have a strong interest in at least one profession, preferably from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Regulating Data – we seek a researcher steeped in the host of issues raised by ever expanding sets of data across all forms of human activity – agriculture, finance, health, environmental, transport, social media, the internet of things and so on – and eager to engage in research at the intersections between commercial opportunities and regulatory gaps related to ownership, digital storage, privacy, human rights, equitable access and others.
  • Rights of Nature - we seek a researcher ready to lead a project exploring the ‘rights of nature’ concept to solve governance gaps in the world’s oceans that are in areas beyond national jurisdiction. The research will explore a variety of legal fields including international environmental law, human rights and law of the sea. The researcher can lead or coordinate an interdisciplinary team of researchers to deliver research outcomes and outputs on a range of research questions.

Candidates must also have excellent proficiency for teaching and presenting in English. Written applications including a cover letter and up to date curriculum vitae should be sent by email to the Professor Don Anton, Director of the Law Futures Centre by 5 May 2019 at: The cover letter should address the above-mentioned requirements. A more fulsome application will be provided to those expressions of interest likely to be supported by the University.