Research Hub

The Research Hub holds regular training seminars and works withe ANU academics to produce focused law reform submissions to parliamentary and other inquiries. If you want to get involved in researching and writing law reform submission on topical social justice issues, you’re in the right place!

Students involved in the writing of submissions for public inquiries have had a real policy impact on some of the most urgent issues facing our society today, with many submissions being cited by reports and some students being invited to give evidence at inquiries. 

How it works

Research Hub students identify current inquiries which the team will work on over a semester. This might be to a state, federal or territory parliamentary inquiry, a law reform commission, a Royal Commission, or even for an international organisation. 

We will be deciding which Inquiries to work on in 2022 – there are plenty to choose from! See below some useful links:

Getting Involved

This LRSJ project involves researching and drafting submissions for topical legal issues under the supervision of ANU Law academics. Contact for join the group.

Law students at a virtual session conducted by Associate Professor Matthew Zagor on Research Submission Writing

Research Hub Updates

In 2021, Research Hub successfully wrote and uploaded submissions to several inquiries:

  • Inquiry into the 2020 ACT election and the Electoral Act
  • Inquiry into the operation of the Australian Crime Commission Amendment (Special Operations and Special Investigations) Act 2019
  • Inquiry into the destruction of the 46,000 year old caves at the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara region of Western Australia
  • Adequacy and efficacy of Australia’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AML/CTF) regime
  • Inquiry into Australia’s skilled migration program

More detailed summaries of Research Hub’s past submissions are available here. 

Useful Links