The Centre for Media and Communications Law (CMCL) is a centre for the research, discussion and teaching of all aspects of media and communications law and policy.
In 2015 the CMCL formed a partnership with Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA).
We have a team of Directors from the Melbourne Law School.View
We work with a number of Associates from the Melbourne Law School as well as external research partners.View
- Advisory Board
We are assisted by an Advisory Board from the media and communications industries and legal practice.View
The CMCL runs a series of seminars, conferences, workshops and roundtables throughout the year. For an overview of our event history follow the link below.
Media & Arts Law Review
The Media & Arts Law Review is a quarterly, refereed journal examining all areas of media and arts law.
CMCL Annual Reports and IPRIA Annual Reports provide details about the many achievements, events and research activities undertaken at the Centre and Institute.
There are two main avenues for research visitors to the CMCL: through teaching in the specialist teaching program in the Melbourne Law Masters, or taking part in the Visiting Scholar Program. The CMCL welcomes proposals from academics and practitioners in all areas of media and communications law and policy, including interdisciplinary work drawing on a wide range of social and cultural research.
The CMCL Medal: New Voices in Media Law Competition is an initiative of the CMCL to seek succinct, innovative analyses of contemporary issues in media law. The competition is open to final year JD and LLB students in Australia and New Zealand, and those who graduated in the last five years and currently reside in Australia or New Zealand.
The CMCL strives to continuously engage in innovative and important research projects that relate to media and communications law both nationally and internationally.
- Oxford-MLS Research Partnership Grant
The Oxford-MLS Research Partnership Grant was established in 2009 through a kind gift by Allan Myers AO QC. Its purpose is: 'To stimulate new and exciting research relationships between Oxford and Melbourne Law Schools.'View
- Research Partners
CMCL and IPRIA has been generously supported by our Research Partners.View
- Research Projects
Staff associated with CMCL are involved in a number of major research projects.View
The CMCL is an active research centre that produces significant publications.View
CMCL and IPRIA staff, and faculty members associated with the centre and institute, teach in the degree programs of Melbourne Law School and supervise research students.
The Melbourne JD
Melbourne Law School is Australia's first law school and with experience gained over 150 years continues to be a leader and innovator in teaching the next generation of skilled legal professionals.
Taught at a graduate level, the Melbourne JD equips graduates with the analytical skills and intellectual maturity to take a leading role in contemporary legal practice, the business world, government or community organisations.
Graduating with a law degree from world-renowned Melbourne Law School means that wherever your career takes you, your degree will be recognised as exceptional - both nationally and internationally.
JD students will:
- Join other engaged and enthusiastic students in discussion-based classes and enrich each other's education.
- Build skills for employment in the 21st century by collaborating and interacting with other students in group work.
- Be a part of a tight-knit community of graduates and learn alongside your supportive classmates.
- Have the opportunity to join societies, edit journals, attend public lectures, and participate in cultural events, moots and art competitions.
- Build a network for life through connections to your student peers, Law School alumni, mentors and university staff.
The Melbourne JD is taught over six semesters under the standard three-year structure, with options for flexible study (subject to appovla by the Law School). The curriculum is designed specifically for graduate students, with opportunities to study new and emerging areas of law in a range of specialised topics available as an elective from the Melbourne Law School Masters program. The JD comprises 24 subjects, of which 17 are compulsory. You'll find here comprehensive information on all subjects, how to select subjects for the current year and re-enrol, plus current timetables.
Melbourne Law Masters
The Melbourne Law Masters is a postgraduate law program of the highest quality that is available for both law and selected non-law graduates.
A suite of general and specialist masters degrees and graduate diplomas offer the opportunity to study at one of the finest law schools in the world. Distinctive features of the Melbourne Law Masters include the expertise of the teaching staff, small class sizes, a diverse student body, a rich blend of national and international perspectives, support services tailored to the needs of graduate students, excellent facilities and an extraordinary range of subjects at the cutting edge of developments in law and legal thinking.
The specialisation in communications law was developed to provide students with an advanced understanding of the existing and developing law affecting the media and communication industries and its impact on the publication of information, ownership, services and technology. Attuned to the rapid and evolving development of communications technologies, the program provides a valuable insight into this vibrant area of law. Melbourne Law School has a high level of expertise in communications law, as well as a dedicated research centre, the Centre for Media and Communications Law, which is a useful resource for students.
Master of Intellectual Property Law
Melbourne Law School's specialisation in intellectual property (IP) is one of the largest and most respected specialist IP law programs in the world. Its extensive range of challenging, cutting-edge subjects covers the spectrum of IP protection regimes, and are both practically focused and theoretically rigorous. The majority of the specialisation's subjects are accredited by the Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys (PSB). This program is ideal for those seeking accreditation as a patent and/or trade marks attorney, as well as for those seeking to develop or expand their expertise in intellectual property law generally.
Melbourne Law Doctorates
The CMCL welcomes students interested in undertaking a research in a range of legal areas, including media, communications, intellectual property, journalism, contempt, privacy, art and law, and law and economics. The CMCL may be available to supervise sociological, doctrinal, law and economics, theoretical and empirical research papers.
If you are interested in undertaking a Research Higher Degree with the CMCL, please contact us to discuss your proposal.
CMCL and IPRIA teach in a number of breadth subjects;
Wednesday 1:00pm - 2:00pmA quantum theoretical view of IPSeminar/Forum
Monday 10:00am - 4:00pmCMCL & IPRIA ECR Workshop by ApplicationSeminar/Forum
Wednesday 6:15pm - 9:30pmCMCL Annual Update & Dinner | Defamation, Contempt & Open JusticeSeminar/Forum
Privacy, Politics and Law: in Conversation with Prof. Paul De HertThe CMCL, IPRIA and Melbourne Law School is excited to announce that Professor Paul De Hert (Vrije Universiteit Brussels) – a renowned privacy scholar and organizer of the largest privacy conference in the world Computers Privacy and Data Protection - will be conducting an interdisciplinary workshop aimed at PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers. We invite applications from interested PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers from any faculty to apply (early career researchers are those who have been awarded a PhD in the last 5 years).News
SYDNEY LAW REVIEW - VOLUME 39, NUMBER 1, MARCH 2017News
A new article by CMCL Co-Director Jason BoslandNews
International Workshop on Remedies for Breach of Privacy | Melbourne Law SchoolNews
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Monika Zalnieriute attends the World Conference of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) in Bangkok.News
Professor Andrew Kenyon visiting research professor at the Sorbonne Law School, University Paris 1 Pantheon-SorbonneNews
Dr Monika Zalnieriute @ ICANN 57News
Dr Monika Zalnieriute, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Melbourne Law School, has co-authored the new WHO report entitled: Tackling food marketing to children in a digital world: trans-disciplinary perspectives.News
Registration open for UK Media Law - Recent Developments w/ John Battle, Head of Compliance at ITN, LondonNews
‘Internet Infrastructure & Human Rights’ Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF)News
Comparative Defamation and Privacy Law
Defamation and Privacy: Recent Developments
Registration is now closed for the CMCL / IPRIA interactive workshop.News
ICANN 55 | Morocco
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Monika Zalnieriute attended the 55th meeting of the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Marrakech, Morocco, 5–10 March 2016*News
‘Internet Infrastructure & Human Rights’ at ‘Computers, Privacy and Data Protection’ Annual Conference in Brussels, 29 January, 2016News
Melbourne Law School Postdoctoral Fellow | Dr Monika Zalnieriute
Dr. Monika Zalnieriute begins new research at the Melbourne Law School, CMCLNews
A brief history of centre events.
Past Event Recordings
If you missed one of the thought-provoking speakers at Melbourne Law School, you may still catch their presentation online.
- Social Media
- Centre Administrator Hamish Carr
- +61 3 8344 8957
- +61 3 8344 9970
- +61 3 9348 2353
- Postal Address CMCL
Centre for Media and Communications Law
Melbourne Law School
The University of Melbourne
- Postal Address IPRIA
Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia
Melbourne Law School
The University of Melbourne
- Street Address
Melbourne Law School
The University of Melbourne
185 Pelham Street