Law and Business


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Welcome to the Faculty of Law and Business community of scholars!

Research within the Faculty focuses on themes closely aligned with the mission of Australian Catholic University (ACU). Through our ongoing endeavours, a substantial new body of knowledge emerges, which emphasises the importance of and explores scholarly themes through the lens of cultural, social and ethical enquiry.

In both of our disciplinary areas, our commitment to human dignity and respect, social justice, ethical practice and public service is reflected in our scholarly contributions. Targeting some of the world’s leading outlets, our academicians are ground-breaking scholars whose work inform and shape our innovative teaching programmes at all levels.

Consistent with the strategic priorities of ACU, research excellence in support of an exceptional student experience is a core element of our mission. We subscribe to the central Humboldtian principle of the 'union of teaching and research'. The function is to advance knowledge by original and critical investigation, not just to transmit the legacy of the past or merely to teach skills. The engagement of our staff in research underpins the quality and relevance of our curriculum, and is vital to knowledge transfer with business and communities across the world.

Research in the Peter Faber Business School shifts the attention from the technical/financial to the social/interpersonal context. We provide powerful arguments towards a paradigm shift in how we think about the purpose of business and management - not only in financial terms but also in psychological and social terms. With a particularly strong scholarly profile in the Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour arena, our publications feature in such world-class outlets as Human Resource Management Review, Human Resource Management (US), Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, British Journal of Management, and Journal of Vocational Behavior.

In the Thomas More Law School scholarly activities range from mediation and alternative dispute resolution, intellectual property and commercial law to human rights law, international economic law and social justice endeavours. Academy members of staff consult nationally and internationally and publish their works in leading international book and journal outlets. Examples include articles in the Melbourne Journal of International Law, European Intellectual Property Review, and European Journal of International Law alongside edited volumes and monographs, such as Rethinking International Law and Justice (Ashgate), United Nations Reform: Heading North or South? (Routledge), Mediation: Skills and Techniques (LexisNexis Butterworths) and The Law of Globalization: An Introduction (Kluwer).

I encourage you to visit our scholars’ online profiles, explore our landmark publications and become regular visitors to our research news announcements.

Professor Thomas Lange, Ph.D. FRSA CAHRI
Associate Dean Research