ANU seals spot as top 20 law school globally in latest Times Higher Education rankings.
The Australian National University (ANU) College of Law has achieved outstanding results in the 2023 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject, ranking among the world’s top 20 law schools. The College climbed 10 places from 2022 to place 18th in the world and 2nd in Australia for Law.
The College was also assessed in legal research, ranking 2nd in Australia and 19th in the world.
"The latest THE World University Rankings by Subject confirm that our College is at the forefront of legal research and education, both nationally and internationally," said Professor Tony Connolly, Interim Dean of the ANU College of Law.
"We strive for excellence in everything we do. As the national law school, we’re deeply committed to our purpose of serving society through transformational research and education... I am particularly proud of our hardworking, talented researchers and teachers who have continued to deliver world-leading scholarship and education across diverse fields of law,” he added.
The rankings reflect the College's strong research track record. Some major highlights from the College's Research Overview 2021 include:
- 17 books, including three monographs published by major university presses;
- A landmark three Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) presented by the Australian Research Council (ARC) for interdisciplinary, socio-legal projects to Associate Professor Moeen Cheema, Dr Eve Lester and Associate Professor Rebecca Monson;
- A series of research papers exposing integrity problems with the Commonwealth’s Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) by Professor Andrew Macintosh;
- The achievements of researchers, including Associate Professor Emma Aisbett and Dr Wenting Cheng, in the ANU Grand Challenge project, ‘Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific’;
- ARC Discovery Projects awarded to Associate Professor Kate Ogg (‘The Role of Community Sponsorship for Refugee Resettlement in Australia’) and Associate Professor Imogen Saunders, Professor Jolyon Ford SFHEA and Professor Jeremy Farrall (‘Reconceiving Engagement with International Law in a Populist Era’); and
- Ground-breaking articles in field-leading global journals, including The Journal of International Dispute Settlement, The Journal of Comparative Law, The Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, The Modern Law Review, The Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities and The University of California Los Angeles Law Review.
The College’s Associate Dean (Research), Associate Professor Will Bateman, attributed the rankings success to a College-wide effort. It was particularly rewarding given the significant challenges presented since the onset of COVID-19, he added.
“The Times Higher Education Ranking weights research outcomes heavily, and so this movement up the ranks is a vindication of our research strategy and dedication,” he said.
“The past few years have involved large amounts of disruption, distress and change, but we have kept producing world-leading research that is challenging, intriguing and ambitious.”
This is the 20th edition of the annual THE rankings, which judge universities across citations, research, teaching, international outlook and industry. THE rankings look at 1,799 universities worldwide across teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.
Learn more about our research highlights here.