Construction Law

Construction projects are complex, risky and impact upon the lives of every member of our community. Industry professionals and their lawyers need to have a detailed, integrated understanding of the legal landscape in which construction projects are executed. Melbourne Law School’s construction law program has been designed from the ground up to provide and enhance your understanding of these issues, no matter what level of experience you bring to our classrooms. Our lecturers are renowned expert navigators of the landscape, and our breadth and depth of subject choices is unrivalled anywhere in the world.

The construction law program has been tailored to give construction lawyers and professionals in building, construction, engineering and associated industries the legal knowledge to take the next step in their careers. Working with lecturers who are leaders in their fields, and fellow students from Australia and around the world, students have a unique opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of this specialised area of law and its interaction with the commerce and practice of the industry.

Melbourne Law Masters student Rami Marginean
I would say that that the construction law academics I have had the opportunity to study and work with are the most inspirational  - Professor John Sharkey, Mr Matthew Bell and Mr Wayne Jocic. Rami Marginean, Master of Construction Law

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Construction Law study options


  • The Hon Mr David Byrne QC, Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria

Advisory Board

  • Mr David Bennett QC, Melbourne Law School (Chair)
  • Mr John Baartz, Queensland Bar
  • Professor Ian Bailey SC, New South Wales Bar
  • Professor Alan Bradley, Engineers Australia
  • Dr Collette Burke, Exner Group and Chief Engineer of Victoria
  • Mr Peter Crone, Peter Crone Architects
  • The Hon Justice John Digby, Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Professor Colin Duffield, Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne
  • Mr James Forrest, King & Wood Mallesons
  • Mr Tony Holland, PwC
  • Professor Doug Jones AO RFD, Professorial Fellow
  • Mr Matthew Kandelaars, Property Council of Australia
  • Mr David Robinson
  • Professor John Sharkey AM, Sharkey Consulting
  • Mr Peter Southwell, PS Projects
  • Professor Paolo Tombesi, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne
  • Mr David Ulbrick, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers
  • Associate Professor Peter Williams AM, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne
  • Professor David Young, Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne

Student published articles

Based on research undertaken by construction law students at Melbourne Law School

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Construction Law Research Resources

Our students have access to a wealth of construction law texts, journals and other materials.

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MLM students

2019-20 construction procurement survey

Have your say on construction procurement and the use of standard forms of contract in the Australian construction industry.

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Standard forms research report

Read our report into the use of standard forms of contract in the Australian construction industry.

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