Our Research Associates include a large panel of academic researchers with expertise in diverse areas of public policy, drawn from across several universities in Queensland and beyond. Many researchers also have significant experience inside the public service. 

These experts can offer an additional source of policy advice for those developing or commenting on public policy in Queensland. All members, their research fields, and their contact details, are listed below. 

NameProfessor Graeme Orr BLaws MLaws PhD
PositionUniversity of Queensland
Specialisations / Bio


  • Law of Politics (especially elections and parties)
  • Non-instrumental approaches to Law and Politics (ritual, symbols, language)
  • Labour and Employment Law

Professor Graeme Orr's primary research expertise is the law of politics, in particular electoral law. He has authored ‘The Law of Politics’ (2010), co-edited ‘Realising Democracy’(2003) and ‘Electoral Democracy: Australian Prospects’ (2011), edited three symposia on the law of politics, and written a doctoral thesis on electoral bribery.  In this field, he does consultancy/pro bono work, and regular media commentary, with opinion pieces in outlets such as the Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning-Herald, Age, Courier-Mail, Canberra Times and major online outlets.

Professor Orr’s current projects include ARC funded work with Ron Levy on deliberative approaches to the law of democracy, including a book for Routledge. He is also working on a book on ritual and rhythms in electoral process. Graeme has published extensively in labour law, the law of negligence and on issues of language and law.

He is an Associate in the Federal Court of Australia and solicitor of the Queensland Supreme Court. Before joining The University of Queensland he was an Associate Professor at Griffith University, where he taught for 13 years.

Graeme Orr is International Editor of the Election Law Journal and board member of the Australian Journal of Labour Law. Graeme was formerly managing editor of the Griffith Law Review, columnist with the Alternative Law Journal on sport’s links to law, and employment law columnist with the Australian Journal of Administrative Law. He currently writes the entry on Australia for the Annual Register, a 255 year old almanac of world affairs.

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