The CMCL has a team of Directors from the Melbourne Law School, as well as Associates, primarily drawn from the wider University of Melbourne, and Research Staff. It is assisted by an Advisory Board from the media and communications industries and legal practice, and receives support from the Melbourne Law School as well as external research partners.

The IPRIA was established in March 2002 as an initiative of IP Australia. The Institute is a collaborative research centre located at the University of Melbourne with significant funding from IP Australia. The core faculties are the Melbourne Law School and the Melbourne Business School.