MLS Graduate Researchers Association (GRA)

The GRA provides support and representation for all graduate researchers at MLS, fostering a social, intellectual and professional community. It is run by graduate researchers for graduate researchers, and made possible through funding provided by Melbourne Law School.

The GRA aims to:

  • Facilitate and encourage social interaction between graduate researchers at Melbourne Law School.
  • Provide academic support and foster communication of research ideas and collaboration.
  • Strengthen links between staff and graduate researcher.
  • Represent and advocate on behalf of graduate researchers to the law faculty, the university and the wider community.

The GRA organises a range of different activities each year, such as:

  • Social events, including lunches and morning/afternoon teas, a drinks event with graduate researchers from other law schools in Melbourne, and a social dinner each semester;
  • Workshops on research and writing;
  • Social events for international graduate researchers; and
  • Reading and discussion groups on areas of shared interest, such as legal theory, international law and qualitative methods.

The GRA also co-sponsors The Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory with the Institute for International Law and the Humanities. This annual forum is typically held each December. It brings together doctoral and early career researchers from the university, interstate and overseas, who in different research projects and disciplines engage with law and its theoretical and methodological questions.

The GRA Committee is responsible for organising events for graduate researchers and engaging in advocacy on behalf of all graduate researchers. Committee members are elected in March each year and membership is open to any GRD student at MLS. Nominations can be sent to

Please email to receive email updates on GRA events or for further information.