La Trobe Law School rated as “above world standard’ for research and impact


The Law School received excellent results in the Excellence in Research for Australia 2018 evaluation, published this month. This evaluation framework identifies excellence in research across Australia’s higher education institutions. For the first time La Trobe Law, received a ‘4’ rating which means it is rated as ‘above world standard’ and ranked equal second in Victoria. The result places us within the top ten law schools nationally.

A further reflection of the Law School’s strong performance was that it received an ‘above world standard’ both its law and legal studies field of research the above world standard. This reflects the School’s long-established commitment to socio-legal approaches to law undertaken in partnership with humanities scholars.

The Law School also received excellent results in Australia’s first Engagement and Impact (EI) exercise.  The EI exercise examines how universities are translating their research into economic, environmental, social, cultural and other benefits. The Law School received the top rating of ‘high’ for its impact and engagement.

The Law School’s submission was anchored by a case study from Associate Professor Jill Murray. Working with Professor Deidre McCann (Durham University, UK), Professor Murray helped shape the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Convention on Domestic Work (Article 10), and the Recommendation on Domestic Work (Article 9.13) adopted in 2011. The project provided a conceptual framework with key imperatives for policy actors, a proposed set of principles to underpin reforms and a `model law’ that pioneered a `framed flexibility’ framework based on the needs and vulnerabilities of domestic workers, and the demand for their labour. The model McCann and Murray developed has changed the way countries regulate the work of domestic workers.

Further information on our achievements can be found at:

ERA evaluation of Australian Law Schools

Research Impact and Engagement Evaluation of Australian Law Schools

Our exceptional performance is a testament to the excellence of the research of our staff and the leadership of the school by Professor Patrick Keyzer over the past six years. Special thanks are due to Professor Fiona Kelly who, as Director of Research led the compilation of the ERA submission, assisted by Ms Deirdre Pakendorf.

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