The Sydney Law School’s research performance received the highest possible rating of 5 which is ‘well above world standard’ in the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) outcomes report released by the Australian Research Council in December 2012.

ERA assesses research quality within Australia's higher education institutions using a combination of indicators and expert review by committees comprising experienced, internationally-recognised experts. It identifies the research strengths of individual universities and of the sector as a whole.

Sydney Law School is noted for the volume, depth and diversity of its legal scholarship and publications. A member of the Group of Eight research universities, Sydney has by far the largest cohort of doctoral and other higher degree research students in the country. It hosts a variety of specialist research centres and faculty members regularly win major research grants to further their areas of research interest and specialty, covering both doctrinal, theoretical and inter-disciplinary fields of scholarship.

In recognition of the breadth, relevance and international standing of this work, the Law School is represented in many of the University's research strengths, in addition to the groupings of staff which comprise the areas of special faculty research strength.


The research undertaken by faculty (and higher degree research students) is published in a wide variety of outlets, including high impact refereed scholarly publications, professional journals, community and public interest outlets, and in consultancy and law reform settings. The full diversity of research activity can be gleaned from individual staff profiles.

Sydney Law School Research Paper Series

The Sydney Law School Research Paper Series is an eJournal published by Sydney Law School on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). The Paper Series contains select abstracts of papers that have been written in the past year and submitted to SSRN by Sydney Law School researchers.

Social Science Research Network (SSRN)

The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialised research networks in each of the social sciences. SSRN encourages the early distribution of research results by reviewing and distributing submitted abstracts and full text scholarly papers and provides a forum for researchers to make current research easily accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

Sydney Law School is the highest ranked Australian Law School featured on SSRN and is currently ranked fourth in the Top 500 International Law Schools behind Tilburg Law School, the University of Oxford, and the University of Toronto.