ARC Future Fellowships

  • Elise Bant
    Professor Elise Bant
    Professor Elise Bant

    Project Title

    Unravelling Corporate Fraud: re-purposing ancient laws for modern times

    Grant Scheme

    ARC Future Fellowship

    Project Summary

    This project aims to reform the ancient laws of common law and equitable fraud that underpin commercial regulation in Australia. These laws are vital to supporting a fair and efficient economy but have failed to evolve to address the rise of corporate actors. Drawing upon a collaborative network of experts, the project intends to develop models of liability that address and overcome the existing ‘state of mind’ and ‘attribution’ hurdles to holding corporations liable for fraudulent conduct. The intended outcome is a road map for comprehensive judicial and legislative law reform, which should offer significant legal, economic and social benefits by supporting more just, effective and efficient regulation of corporate fraud.

    Commencement Year

    2020

  • Kirsty Gover
    Professor Kirsty Gover
    Professor Kirsty Gover

    Project Title

    Understanding and recognising Indigenous law and legal systems

    Grant Scheme

    ARC Future Fellowship

    Project Summary

    This project aims to analyse the written constitutions and laws of Indigenous nations in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The Project expects to generate the first comparative study of written Indigenous law. It will generate new knowledge of Indigenous legal concepts that will enable settler and Indigenous officials, scholars and members of the public to better understand and recognise Indigenous law. Expected outcomes of this project include new knowledge that will improve the effectiveness of settler law by ensuring it responds to Indigenous values and aspirations; facilitate the design of Indigenous representative institutions; and assist the negotiation of treaties and other agreements.

    Commencement Year

    2020

  • Tarun Khaitan
    Associate Professor Sarah Biddulph
    Associate Professor Tarun Khaitan

    Project Title

    Constitutional resilience in South Asian democracies

    Grant Scheme

    ARC Future Fellowship

    Project Summary

    As democratic constitutionalism comes under serious challenge not only in new, fragile, democracies but also in older, established, ones, this project seeks to find out whether constitutional design could and should be used to make constitutional democracies more resilient. In particular, it will consider the role that the constitutional accommodation of salient ethnocultural and ideological groups, the autonomy of non-partisan constitutional watchdog institutions and the adaptability of the constitution to changing circumstances could play in securing its resilience against serious threats. It will rely on conceptual and empirical methods, using case studies from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, to answer these questions.

    Commencement Year

    2017

  • Sarah Biddulph
    Associate Professor Sarah Biddulph
    Associate Professor Sarah Biddulph

    Project Title

    Administrative Justice in China: harnessing the rule of law to deal with citizen complaints against official misconduct

    Grant Scheme

    ARC Future Fellowship

    Project Summary

    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.

    Commencement Year

    2014

  • Andrew Mitchell
    Professor Andrew Mitchell
    Professor Andrew Mitchell

    Project Title

    International trade and investment law: Recognising complexity, developing coherence

    Grant Scheme

    ARC Future Fellowship

    Project Summary

    International trade and investment treaties contain overlapping provisions that have been subject to divergent interpretations by tribunals settling associated disputes. Proliferation of such treaties has created conflicting obligations, significant uncertainty for states and businesses, and an increasing potential for government liability. Through a comparative study of targeted countries, legal concepts and sectors, this project reconceptualises the fields of international trade and investment law in order to maximise their coherence. By providing a framework for reform of existing treaties and negotiation of future treaties, the project offers concrete benefits for government and industry through increased consistency and predictability.

    Commencement Year

    2014

  • Anne Orford
    Professor Anne Orford
    Professor Anne Orford

    Project Title

    From famine to food security: The role of international law

    Grant Scheme

    ARC Future Fellowship

    Project Summary

    This project addresses one of the most pressing questions currently facing the international community: how best to respond to the persistence of food insecurity in the context of a globalised economy. It will analyse the role that law can play in shaping the future regulation of food and agriculture, given the existing factual uncertainty and political controversy about the causes of food insecurity and the existence of fragmented legal regimes that shape the global food system. It will make a major contribution to debates about the role of international institutions in responding to the challenges posed to food security by climate change, population growth, rising energy prices, competition for land use and market volatility.

    Commencement Year

    2012