Success in Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects for 2010

27 October 2009

Sydney Law School would like to congratulate its relevant staff members in acquiring six ARC Discovery Projects to commence in 2010:

Professor Patricia Apps; Professor Alison Booth (ANU); Associate Professor Robert Breunig (ANU); Professor Ray Rees (University of Munich) & Professor Arthur van Soest (Tilburg University).

Taxation, family policy and pension reform in an uncertain economy

The aim of this proposal is to contribute to the debate on policies toward taxation, family benefits and pension reform by providing quantified assessments of the effects of alternative combinations of policies on household incomes and wellbeing. These policies are central in determining the well being of millions of Australians in both current and future generations. It is important that they be debated and formulated on the basis of the best possible conceptual framework and with the most reliable possible quantitative assessments of their effects. It is also important that the policies concerned be considered jointly rather than in isolation from each other. The work will therefore directly assist policy makers in this area. Since it will be at the leading edge of current research, it will also benefit Australia's standing in the international research community.


Ms Celeste Black; Professor Lee Burns& Professor Janet Milne (Vermont Law School).

The design and application of taxation laws to domestic and cross-border transactions triggered by carbon emissions trading schemes

The introduction of a national emissions trading scheme is the cornerstone of the Australian Government's response to climate change, the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. The goal of this and other similar emissions trading schemes is the reduction of carbon emissions in the most cost effective manner. By promoting the harmonisation of the taxation treatment of permits on an international level, this project will promote the establishment of a uniform price for carbon and thereby support global initiatives to reduce emissions. Only a coordinated international response has the potential to reduce global emissions and therefore mitigate the impact of climate change on Australians and the Australian economy.


Professor Helen Irving

A comparative constitutional history of citizenship Law and gender

Australia has been a historical leader both in progressive citizenship laws for women, and in democratic constitution-making. This history is relatively well-known, but little attention has been paid to the constitutional dimension of citizenship law, and even less with respect to its impact on gender equality. As constitution-making and modernisation increase around the world, along with growing strains on domestic regulation of citizenship in all modern countries, the place of gender equality in these processes is a central issue. This project will engage Australian scholarship in, and enhance Australia's contribution to, an important and growing field, from a comparative and trans-national perspective.


Professor David Kinley

Financing Human Rights: Global Problems and Possibilities

In global terms, Australia is a rich country with a large aid budget and a strong record of supporting the international advancement of human rights standards, especially in the Asia-Pacific. Australia's private sector also invests heavily in many of our neighbouring states, thereby helping to advance human rights through economic development. But human rights problems persist in many countries in our region. This project seeks to optimise the impact of the financing of human rights protection in developing countries, and thereby add significantly to the maintenance and promotion of the security, prosperity and welfare of all peoples in our region.


Associate Professor Rosemary Lyster; Dr Timothy Stephens; Professor Elisabeth Peden& Dr Simon Butt

Developing a legal framework for Indonesia's participation in an internationally sanctioned scheme for reducing emissions from deforestation (and degradation)

Global climate change is projected to have serious consequences for Australia. Innovative research to provide a legal framework for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (RED(D)) schemes in developing countries, including Indonesia, is needed. As Australia is likely to be the first country in the world to recognise 'offset credits' from RED(D), under its proposed emissions trading scheme commencing in 2010-2011, the project will benefit Australia. The project will also support the Australian government's Global Initiative on Forests, including the Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership with Indonesia. It will place Australian and Indonesian legal academics at the forefront of this innovative area of legal research.


Professor Patrick O'Malley

Risk, Urban Fire Protection and Security Networks

Urban fire prevention is a critical field for public security and economic development. As such, it has always been shaped by factors beyond those of simple technological growth. These include major unanticipated events and the responses to them by many state and non-state agencies with divergent interests and knowledge bases. By analysing the resulting 'technological politics', the project will examine the ways in which this strategic field has taken on a risk-based preventative orientation. This will contribute new perspectives and considerations for the assessment and development of fire prevention and urban security in the 21st century.


Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

Email: 7141325567293d5508213b12025c3c120f1f4e00163f0b377f542c