Welcome to the ANU College of Law webpages! Here you will find a wealth of information about this law school’s remarkable array of activities in teaching, research and community engagement.
The ANU College of Law is the national law school. We are proudly part of one of Australia’s top-ranked universities, located in the heart of Canberra, the national capital. This provides us with unique opportunities to connect with the work of the Parliament of Australia, the High Court of Australia, the departments and agencies of the Federal Government, as well as the local ACT law-making institutions – the Legislative Assembly and the ACT courts.
Our teaching and research endeavours span the local, national and – of ever-growing importance – international contexts. We have particular strengths in the fields of international law, public law and environmental law, but our work also covers other areas that are critical to understanding the role of law, and the rule of law, in the modern global environment.
Underlying our teaching and research is a belief that the discipline of law offers a unique perspective on a wide range of social, political and economic issues, as well as insights into fundamental and abiding questions about justice, fairness and the exercise of power in an increasingly globalised society.
At the ANU College of Law we encourage our students to look beyond ‘the law in the books’ and to consider the impact – both good and bad – of the law in practice. We believe that the purpose of studying, researching and practicing law is not simply to know what the law is, but to understand why it operates as it does, and how it can be improved. Accordingly, as you will see, we place a particular emphasis on the themes of law reform and social justice as core components of any understanding of the law.
Whether you are thinking about studying law at ANU as an undergraduate or postgraduate student, or joining our community of scholars as a visitor or as a member of staff, or you wish to maintain your connection with our community as one of our alumni, I invite you to explore our website. Please contact or visit us should you wish to learn more about the exciting opportunities offered by the ANU College of Law.
Professor Stephen Bottomley
Dean, ANU College of Law