Past Grants

Past Research Grants

Past projects undertaken by members of the ALC include

ALC Member(s)Year(s) Type of Grant TitleCollaborator(s)Amount
Sarah Biddulph2016International Research Visitors SchemeVisit by Professor Xie Chuanyu, Chinese People's Public Security University, People's Republic of ChinaXie Chuanyu (Chinese People's Public Security University, People's Republic of China) 
Stacey Steele2016MLS International Collaboration Fund'Comparative Insolvency Law in the Asia-Pacific'Jin Chun (Doshisha University, Japan)A$9,735
Stacey Steele 2015 International Research Visitors Scheme Visit by Professor Keiji Kawai, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan

Keiji Kawai
Hayden Opie

Stacey Steele 2015 The Japan Foundation, Sydney Mini Grant Program 'In Conversation: Tokyo High Court Judge Takashi Sonoo' Judge Takashi Sonoo A$1,290
Pip Nicholson2015University of Hong Kong General Research Fund'An Empirical and Comparative Study of Law Students' Perceptions of Their Values in Four Asian Civil Law Countries: China, Vietnam, Japan and South Korea'Richard Wu (Hong Kong University)
Adrian Evans (Monash University)
Ji Weidong (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
Nguyen Van Quang (Hanoi Law University)
Manako Kinoshita (Doshisha University)
Kim JaeWon (Sungkyunkwan University Law School)
Grace Lai-kuen Leung (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Kevin Kwok Yin Cheng (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Lin Yu-Hsin (City University of Hong Kong)
Stacey Steele 2014-2016 NUS Law - MLS Research Partnership 'Disciplining Insolvency Practitioners in Australia and Singapore: Legal and Policy Trends' Ian Ramsay A$10,000 (co-funded by $10,000 from NUS)
Stacey Steele 2014-2015 MLS-Asia Research Collaboration 'Sports Law and Integrity Workshop: The 2015 Asian Cup and the 2018 Winter Olympic Games' Hayden Opie A$9,080
Stacey Steele 2014-2015 Australia-Korea Foundation Grant 'Sports Law and Integrity Workshop: The 2015 Asian Cup and the 2018 Winter Olympic Games' Hayden Opie A$7,000

Farrah Ahmed
Pip Nicholson

2014 Teaching and Learning (Asia Capabilities Initiatives) Grant 'Implementation of Melbourne Law School Asia Strategy - Scoping Visit to India'          A$7,660
Andrew Godwin 2014 University of Hong Kong Teaching Development Grant 'Experiential Learning in HKU Law Faculty by Strengthening Clinical and Transactional Law Education through Adopting Effective Practices from Australian Law Schools' Richard Wu (Hong Kong University)
Julienne Jen (Hong Kong University)
Adrian Evans (Monash University)
Tim Lindsey 2014 Melbourne-Asian Century Visiting Fellowships Program Visit by Dr Todung Mulya Lubis Todung Mulya Lubis A$10,413.82
Tim Lindsey 2014 Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Program Visit and Public Lecture by Professor Jamhari Makruf Jamhari Makruf A$12,600
Pip Nicholson2014Collier Charitable Fund'Rule of Law Online' A$29,000
Pip Nicholson2014Folke Bernadotte Academy (Sweden) Research Grant Scheme'Post-conflict Rule of Law: The Local Experience in Timor Leste' A$40,936
Pip Nicholson 2014 MLS-Asia Research Collaboration 'Vietnamese Constitutional Activism: State Resistance to Legal Activism' Adrienne Stone
Bui Ngoc Son (HCMC Economics University, Faculty of Law)
Pip Nicholson
Tim Lindsey 
2014MLS-Asia Research Collaboration'Comparing Death Penalty Law and Practice: India'Professor Anup Surendranath (National Law University, Delhi)A$9,995
Pip Nicholson
Sarah Biddulph
2014 International Research and Research Training Fund (IRRTF) China Law Doctoral Workshop Michael Tilbury (Hong Kong University Law School) A$15,000
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Pip Nicholson 2014 Melbourne-Asian Century Visiting Fellowships Program Visit by Professor Jiunn-rong Yeh Cheryl Saunders A$10,475
Sarah Biddulph2013-2017ARC Future Fellowship'Administrative Justice in China: Harnessing the Rule of Law to Deal with Citizen Complaints against Official Misconduct' A$744,850
Farrah Ahmed 2013-2014 Allan Myers Conference Grant 'Contemporary Issues in Indian Public Law"  A$60,000
Farrah Ahmed 2013-2014 Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Melbourne Social Equity Institute 'Imagining Muslim Women: Examining the Effects of Images in Women's Human Rights Campaigns' Dianne Otto
Maree Pardy (Gender Studies, SSPS)
Juliet Rogers (SSPS)
Andrew Godwin 2013-2014 Centre for International Finance & Regulation (CIFR) Grant 'Financial System Regulation: Is Australia's "Twin Peaks" Approach a Model for China?' Ian Ramsay
Li Guo (Peking University Law School)
Farrah Ahmed 2013 Melbourne Law School Collaboration Grant 'The Quasi-Entrenchment of Constitutional Statutes'          Adam Perry A$8,000
Sarah Biddulph 2013 NUS-Law MLS Research Partnerships Grant 'Media Representations of Criminal Trials in Asian Countries' Michael Dowdle (National University of Singapore) A$20,000

Andrew Godwin

2013 Melbourne School of Government Research Cluster Grant 'Financial Regulation in Asia: A New Model for Regional Cooperation' Andrew Mitchell
Andrew Walter (School of Social and Political Sciences)
Ian Ramsay
Jikon Lai
Kevin Davis
Douglas Arner
Datuk Seri Panglima
Andrew Sheng (Fung Global Institute)
Wataru Takahashi (Osaka University)
Ken Waller (Australian APEC Study Centre, RMIT)
Andrew Godwin 2013 Centre for International Finance & Regulation (CIFR) Grant 'Achieving Better Risk Disclosure for Complex Financial Products:The Strengths and Weaknesses of Short-form Product Disclosure Statements and the Case for Regional Harmonisation' Ian Ramsay A$37,630
Andrew Godwin 2012-2013 Centre for International Finance & Regulation (CIFR) Grant 'Financial Products and Short-form Disclosure Documents –Challenges and Trends' Ian Ramsay A$28,139
Tim Lindsey
Pip Nicholson
2010-2014 ARC Discovery Grant 'Drugs, Law and Criminal Procedure in Southeast Asia: A Comparative Analysis'  A$281,000
Sean Cooney 2010-2012 ARC Discovery Grant 'Legal Origins: The Impact of Different Legal Systems on the Regulation of the Business Enterprise in the Asia-Pacific Region' Richard Mitchell
Ian Ramsay
Peter Gahan
Amanda Whiting 2009-2012 ARC Disovery Grant 'Lawyers, Civil Society and the State in Post-colonial Malaysia'  A$280,000
Sarah Biddulph (Head of China Team)   SSHRC Grant 'Examining Coordinated Compliance with International Trade and Human Rights'   
Sarah Biddulph 2009-2010 ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship 'The Prospects for Justice in the Legal Reform of Police Administrative Detention Powers in China'   A$321,248
Pip Nicholson 2008-2012 ARC Discovery Grant 'Testing Court Reform Projects in Cambodia and Vietnam' Camille Cameron A$275,000

Tim Lindsey

2008 Collier Charitable Fund Grant 'Revealing Islam to a New Generation' Kelly McDermott
Kathryn Taylor
Sean Cooney
Sarah Biddulph
2007-2009 ARC Discovery Grant 'Enforcement of Chinese Employment Law: Regulatory Innovation and Wage Arrears' Ying Zhu (Department of Management) A$140,000
Tim Lindsey 2006-2013 ARC Federation Fellowship 'Islam and Modernity: Syari'ah, Terrorism and Governance in South-East Asia'  A$1,581,110
Tim Lindsey
Amanda Whiting
2006-2009 ARC  Discovery Grant 'The Media and ASEAN Transitions: Defamation Law, Journalism and Public Debate in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore' Andrew Kenyon
Tim Marjoribanks (Sociology Program)

Tim Lindsey

2005-2007 ARC Discovery Grant

'Islamic Law in Contemporary Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore: The Anglo-Malay Madhhab'


Pip Nicholson
Sarah Biddulph

2005-2006 Faculty of Law Small Grants Scheme

'Transplanting Paradigms: Comparative Legal Studies in Asia'


Stacey Steele

2005-2006 Faculty of Law Small Grants Scheme

'Corporate Reorganisation Law in Japan'


Amanda Whiting

2005 Faculty of Law Small Grants Scheme

'The Role of the National Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) in the Promotion and the Protection of Human Rights in Malaysia'


Sarah Biddulph

2003-2007 Large Collaborative Grant from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada

'Cross Cultural Dispute Resolution'

University of British Columbia, Canada
Other Partner Institutions

Tim Lindsey

2002-2004 ARC Discovery Grant

'Islamic Law in Contemporary Indonesia'

M.B. Hooker (Australian National University) A$139,270

Sean Cooney

2001-2003 ARC Large Grant

'Rethinking International Labour Standards: Prospects for Australia and the Asia-Pacific'

Richard Mitchell  

Tim Lindsey

1999-2001 ARC Large Grant

'Asian Laws in Transition, 1945-1995'

M.B. Hooker (Australian National University)
Veronica Taylor
Min Aun Wu

Tim Lindsey

1997 Special Initiative Grant (SPIG)

'Bibliographic Catalogue of World English-language holdings on Asian Laws'


Administrative Justice in China: Harnessing the Rule of Law to Deal with Citizen Complaints against Official Misconduct

ARC Future Fellowship, 2013-2017

Sarah Biddulph

Ongoing conflicts between citizens and government officials in China pose a serious threat to the country's social stability. Dealing fairly and efficiently with citizens' complaints of administrative misconduct is a core component of China's commitment to good governance and the rule of law. This legal project undertakes the first systematic examination of the three mechanisms underpinning administrative justice in China and their interaction: administrative litigation, administrative review, and letters and visits. It will assess China's capacity to use law to address chronic abuse of power. It will provide a practical understanding of the changing nature of China's commitment to the rule of law and the implications for Australia.

Imagining Muslim Women: Examining the Effects of Images in Women's Human Rights Campaigns

Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, 2013-2014

Farrah Ahmed

This project will examine the content and effects of images used in contemporary human rights campaigns of Muslim and 'other' women. It will provide new insights into two major fields: human rights – how and why such images drive global human rights campaigns; and citizenship – how these images enable and constrain the participation of Muslim and immigrant women in public life in Australia.

Financial System Regulation - Is Australia's "Twin Peaks" Approach a Model for China?

Centre for International Finance & Regulation (CIFR) Grant, 2013-2014

Andrew Godwin, Ian Ramsay (MLS), Li Guo (Peking University Law School)

The Global Financial Crisis and its fallout have tested the integrity and resilience of regulatory frameworks in respect of financial services and have led to significant reforms to those frameworks around the world. As financial institutions and the financial markets in China become more integrated and sophisticated, it is likely that China will need to re-consider its approach to financial regulation and review developments in other markets. Inevitably, its attention will turn to the models and reforms introduced in markets such as the United Kingdom and the United States. In this research project, we propose to consider the extent to which Australia's "twin peaks" approach to financial services regulation provides a model for reform in China. Although the focus is on China, it is expected that the findings will also be relevant to other emerging markets in Asia.

The Quasi-Entrenchment of Constitutional Statutes

Melbourne Law School Collaboration Grant, 2013

Farrah Ahmed, Adam Perry

The British constitution is famously unentrenched: a law is not more difficult to alter or override simply because it is a law of the constitution. That may be about to change. In the largely overlooked 2012 case of H v Lord Advocate, theSupreme Court repeatedly said that the Scotland Act 1998 cannot be impliedly repealed due to its 'fundamental constitutional' status. These remarks were obiter dicta, but they reflect the considered view of the Supreme Court, and as such strongly suggest the path the law will take. Courts in the future are likely to treat constitutional statutes, like the Scotland Act, as susceptible to express repeal, but exempt from implied repeal. That would make constitutional statutes'quasi-entrenched'. In this article we argue that, as a judicial innovation, the quasi-entrenchment of constitutional statuteslacks a sound legal basis. Parliament can make its intention to repeal a constitutional statute clear without making it express, and judges cannot, on their own initiative, ignore Parliament's clear decision to repeal even a constitutional statute. We conclude by identifying three types of situations in which constitutional statutes should be recognised as having been impliedly repealed.

Financial Regulation in Asia: A New Model for Regional Cooperation

Melbourne School of Government Research Cluster Grant, 2013

Andrew Godwin, Andrew Mitchell (MLS), Andrew Walter (School of Social and Political Sciences), Ian Ramsay (MLS), Jikon Lai (School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne), Kevin Davis (Finance), Douglas Arner (University of Hong Kong), Datuk Seri Panglima Andrew Sheng (Fung Global Institute), Wataru Takahashi (Osaka University) and Ken Waller (Australian APEC Study Centre, RMIT)

The increasing sophistication of Asian financial markets has the potential to create many of the problems experienced in the West in Asia. Further, recent years have seen rapid and sweeping reforms to financial regulation in Europe and the United States. These developments mean there is now an opportunity to pro-actively identify lessons learned from the West's development and regulatory integration experience, as well as the unique circumstances and risks present in the Asian context, to evaluate the suitability of global regulatory frameworks in Asia and the value that regional cooperation could play in the development of Asian financial regulations. In particular, this research project explores whether greater regional cooperation in financial regulation and integration is needed in Asia, in light of the US/EU-centric development of international regulatory standards and rules, and the appropriateness of possible forms of regional architectures to achieve greater regional cooperation. The project is novel due to its inter-disciplinary approach and its examination of the relevant issues from a variety of perspectives such as finance, law, politics and international relations.

Drugs, Law and Criminal Procedure in Southeast Asia: A Comparative Analysis

ARC Discovery Grant, 2010-2013

Tim Lindsey, Pip Nicholson

Australians accused of major drugs offences in Southeast Asia face very serious penalties, including death or life imprisonment. There is, however, a lack of accurate information in Australia regarding how drugs trials are conducted in the region, let alone detailed knowledge of applicable laws and procedure. There is now an acute need for detailed comparative material on criminal laws and judicial processes in Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore, so better support can be provided both for Australians facing drug-related charges and for Australian governments in developing policies and strategies in response to the issues these trials create.

Legal Origins: The Impact of Different Legal Systems on the Regulation of the Business Enterprise in the Asia-Pacific Region

ARC Discovery Grant, 2010-2012

Sean Cooney, Richard Mitchell, Ian Ramsay and Peter Gahan

This project locates Australia and several major countries in our region (including China, India and Indonesia) within a highly influential international scholarly debate about appropriate forms of business regulation. The project is using careful qualitative and quantitative research methods to develop a robust historical account of legal evolution in the areas of corporations and labour law. It is enabling Australian policy makers to participate in international policy reform debates facilitated through international institutions such as the World Bank and the International Labour Organization.

Lawyers, Civil Society and the State in Post-colonial Malaysia

ARC Discovery Grant, 2009-2012

Amanda Whiting

This study investigates how Malaysian lawyers have mobilized to defend core legal values in response to key political events in Malaysian history. It will contribute to Australian understanding of civil society and the rule of law in our regional neighbour and build bridges between Malaysian and Australian lawyers and scholars. The development of deeper respect for the rule of law in this region plays an important role in increasing regional stability and creating a safe and more predictable environment. Understanding the role that lawyers play in this process is a vital component of regional security.

Testing Court Reform Projects in Cambodia and Vietnam

ARC Discovery Grant, 2008-2012

Pip Nicholson, Camille Cameron

Financial assistance for court reform projects in ASEAN countries is among Australia's foreign aid priorities, consuming highly sought-after aid
dollars. This research will make recommendations aimed at increasing the efficacy of aid-assisted court reform projects. By paying particular attention to indigenous perspectives of successes and failures of such projects, the research will contribute to Australia's understanding of the legal and judicial contexts in two of its Southeast Asian neighbours. The research will inform Australia's aid investments in Cambodia and Vietnam, the region and internationally. It will enhance Australia's ability to achieve more effective design, implementation and evaluation of court-related aid interventions.

Revealing Islam to a New Generation

Collier Charitable Fund Grant, 2008

Tim Lindsey (with Kelly McDermott and Kathryn Taylor)

The aim of this project is to produce Islamic school resources that will enable teachers with no prior knowledge of Islam to transmit knowledge of Islam to Australian students in Years 7 and 8. This resource will be distributed to schools on CD and will also be made available online via an interactive website. The resources will provide students with a solid understanding of the nature of Islam in an Australian context, with a particular emphasis on Australia's close association with Southeast Asia.

Enforcement of Chinese Employment Law: Regulatory Innovation and Wage Arrears

ARC Discovery Grant, 2007-2009

Sean Cooney, Sarah Biddulph, Ying Zhu 

Australia's security and economic well-being is closely bound up with China. It is in Australia's interests that China develops a sound legal system as the foundation of a prosperous, humane and stable society. The pervasive failure to pay Chinese workers their correct wages tests the capacity and credibility of Chinese law. An assessment of the legal system's response to the wage problem will provide specific insights on securing compliance with the employment law in China, benefiting Australian foreign policy makers, traders, investors and overseas development organisations. It will facilitate collaborative work between China and Australia on strengthening the regulatory capacity of Chinese institutions.

Islam and Modernity: Syari'ah, Terrorism and Governance in South-East Asia

ARC Federation Fellowship, 2006-2013

Tim Lindsey

The Australian Research Council's (ARC) Federation Fellowships are innovative and highly prestigious awards designed to develop and retain Australian skills.

The Fellowship aims to achieve a better understanding of Islam and terrorism in Southeast Asia and to strengthen Australian capacity to navigate our regional relationships by (i) supporting themed research and community engagement programs; (ii) building the capacity of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam; and (iii) mentoring young scholars in the field of Islam in Indonesia. The project addresses an area of critical national significance at a time when Islam in our region is of immediate strategic importance.

The main themes to be researched under the Fellowship include:

  • Islam and the Challenge of Modernity in Southeast Asia
  • Mapping New Approaches to 'Islamic' Governance in Southeast Asia
  • Militancy and Syari'ah in Southeast Asia

The Media and ASEAN Transitions: Defamation Law, Journalism and Public Debate in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore

ARC Discovery Grant, 2006-2009

Tim Lindsey, Amanda Whiting, Andrew Kenyon, Tim Marjoribanks

This project will examine defamation law, journalism and public debate in three core members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations: Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. It will focus on a legal issue, defamation, which is central to the Australian and regional media's potential for improving public and private sector governance, and promoting domestic and regional understanding, at a time when independent media speech has great value in relation to trade, security and development. When risks of transnational defamation liability are increasing, it will assist the Australian media's coverage of three pivotal countries in the region and substantially develop the academic understanding of defamation law's effects on media content.

Islamic Law in Contemporary Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei: The Anglo-Malay Madhhab

ARC Discovery Grant, 2005-2007

Tim Lindsey

Islam is a fundamentally legalistic religion: law and religion are largely inseparable. In the last decade radical Islamic interpretations of sharĂ®'ah (Islamic law) in SE Asia have led to increasingly militant responses to modernity and the secular state, that have come to threaten Australians. Through a detailed examination of legal theory, current intellectual debates, legal institutions and substantive law in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, the project offers a more complete understanding of Islam and law in the archipelago to Australia's North. It will update current knowledge but will also build bridges with Muslim scholars and lawyers in the region.

Cross Cultural Dispute Resolution

Large Collaborative Grant from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada, 2003-2007

Sarah Biddulph, University of British Columbia, Canada and other partner institutions

The Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution Project is based in the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The Project involves a network of colleagues from UBC and from partner institutions in North America and Asia. This Project supports research, analysis and policy proposals on cross-cultural dispute resolution in the areas of trade and human rights, with particular attention to Canada, China and Japan. The human rights team, headed by Dr Sarah Biddulph, has a particular focus on health, housing and labour.

Islamic Law in Contemporary Indonesia

ARC Discovery Grant, 2002-2004

Tim Lindsey, M.B. Hooker

Law is at the heart of Islam and the absence of a distinction between religion and law creates inherent tension between Islamic law (syariah) and the modern nation state. As the Indonesian state struggles to redefine itself post-Soeharto, syariah's role has again become contested. Modern scholarship has, however, ignored contemporary Indonesian Islamic law. Working with leading Indonesian Muslim scholars this project will investigate Islamic legal institutions, substantive law and jurisdiction, surveying lawyers, judges and litigants. It will build bridges between Western, Indonesian and Middle-Eastern Islamic jurisprudence to expand Australian understandings of Indonesian Islam at a critical moment in bilateral relations.