In Summary

  • Swinburne Law School secures six prestigious research fellowships over a two year period
  • Fellowships are aligned with the school’s goal to transform the legal industry and shape lives 

Swinburne Law School staff have received six prestigious research fellowships over a two year period, outperforming other Australian law schools. 

Six prominent Swinburne law academics are commencing or have commenced fellowships covering a range of research topics in Australia and internationally. 

“This is one of the most impressive research achievements of any law school in Australia,” says Foundation Dean of Swinburne Law School, Professor Dan Hunter

“This recognition is aligned with Swinburne Law School’s goal to transform the legal industry and shape lives and communities through research based on innovation, invention and creativity.” 

Recipients and their research 

The following academics within Swinburne Law School have been recognised for their research achievements over the past 24 months: 

Dr Ezieddin Elmahjub

Dr Elmahjub is currently the Joint Visiting Research Fellow at the Asian Law Institute and the Centre for Asian Legal Studies at the National University of Singapore. He is completing a paper reconciling Western legal theories with Islamic Legal Philosophy, aimed at encouraging the long term flourishing of pluralist societies within Asia. 

Dr Jake Goldenfein

From September 2018, Dr Goldenfein will be a research fellow/postdoctoral associate at the Digital Life Initiative at Cornell University. The Digital Life Initiative is housed in the information science faculty located at the Cornell Tech campus in New York City, and includes researchers from law, media studies and computer science. 

Dr Amanda Scardamaglia

Dr Scardamaglia was awarded a State Library Victoria Fellowship for 2015-2016. During this time, she worked on a project documenting the history of print advertising in Australia, focusing on the Charles Troedel print archive.

Dr Jeremy Kingsley

Dr Kingsley was awarded a Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship in 2017 by the US Social Science Research Council, to study inter-Asian legal connections. 

Dr Jessica Lake

Dr Lake was awarded the Karl Loewenstein Fellowship in Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College (USA) for 2016-2017. During her fellowship, she furthered her research on the legal, political and gendered implications of new communication technologies and inventions. 

Dr Jonathan Liljeblad

Dr Liljeblad has been awarded an Endeavour Research Fellowship, beginning in June 2017. The fellowship is a nationwide, cross-sector competitive merit-based program of the Australian government directed at supporting study, research, and professional development overseas that builds the expertise of recipients and increases excellence in Australian higher education and research. 

Swinburne law looks to the future 

“Swinburne Law School has implemented a systematic and dedicated program of attracting internationally renowned academic staff, while at the same time developing sustainable growth in research excellence by encouraging high levels of scholarship,” says Director of Research at Swinburne Law School, Professor Mirko Bagaric

“These fellowships relate to the key areas of research undertaken at the Law School including innovation, technology, intellectual property, Asian law, and transnational lawyering, and places Swinburne Law School as a clear leader in legal research in Australia and the region.”