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Expression of Interest - PhD on the National Interest Test in regulating foreign investment

Faculty of Law
Position type:
PhD Program
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About the position

The Faculty of Law is calling for expressions of interest from law graduates wishing to complete a PhD in the area of the National Interest Test in regulating foreign investment.

The successful applicant’s doctoral thesis will be supervised by Dr Umair Ghori, Assistant Professor (Faculty of Law, Bond University) and will seek to answer one or more of the following preliminary research questions:

  1. What operative factors are considered in determining national interest in regulation of foreign investment?
  2. How does the interaction of the foreign investor differ when dealing with various regulators such as APRA, ACCC, ATO and FIRB?
  3. Does FIRB advertise the operative factors in their interaction with large overseas investors?
  4. What is the impact of political expediencies and geo-political constraints on the national interest test?
  5. Is there a need for reform? How and why?

In addition to high quality, personalised supervision and access to the full range of facilities available to Bond University students, the successful applicant will be entitled to the following benefits:

  • Tuition fee waiver: The Australian Government’s Research Training Program (RTP) scheme provides tuition fee waivers for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents enrolled in higher degree programs such as a PhD. The tuition waiver lasts the duration of the program.
  • Option to apply for a scholarship: The successful applicant will be encouraged to apply for the Living Stipend Scholarship at Bond University. The RTP also provides a limited number of scholarships for PhD students by way of a living stipend. Application is made through a competitive round held twice a year (closing 31 March and 30 September).
  • Employment opportunities: The successful applicant may also be provided with employment opportunities such as tutoring or research assistant work within the Faculty of Law, dependent upon prior experience. Employment will be subject to the conditions of the PhD program and the terms of any scholarship awarded.

The successful applicant will need to meet all Bond University requirements for entry into the PhD program and achieve the milestones required by the University throughout their doctoral program. It is also a requirement that the successful applicant be based full-time at the Gold Coast campus.

Why study at Bond?

The Bond Faculty of Law has a reputation for providing the best professional legal education in the country, and we leverage that reputation to attract exceptional law students and establish useful professional and institutional partnerships. We offer a suite of academically rigorous and professionally focussed law programs, delivered in an engaging and innovative manner by exceptional law teachers. We demonstrate an outstanding student service ethic, offer an engaging and satisfying student experience, and prioritise student wellbeing. We engage in high quality, impactful research in niche areas of research excellence.

Our research groups include:

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work alongside highly respected senior academics conducting leading-edge research.

About the person:

Selection Criteria


  • A Master of Laws, Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws with Honours
  • Excellent legal analysis and legal writing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work in teams
  • Evidence of project management and organisational skills, including the ability to achieve goals and deliver outcomes within a specified time period


  • Experience undertaking a substantial research project (e.g. Masters thesis or Honours thesis)
  • Publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Experience with tutoring law students

Capacity to seek external funding with support from supervisors

Application and submission details:

Please submit your expression of interest via email to the Faculty at [email protected].

Your EOI must include:

  • The number and title of the position you are applying for
  • A written statement (maximum of 2 pages) describing your interest in the research project and your capacity to answer the research questions
  • A written statement (maximum of 2 pages) addressing the selection criteria set out above
  • A current curriculum vitae including the names of two academic referees
  • Your academic transcripts
  • An example of your written academic work (e.g. Honours thesis, peer-reviewed journal article, law essay or assignment)

For all enquiries related to this position, please contact the Faculty on [email protected].

Don't miss out

Applications close at 5:00pm, Sunday, 31 May 2020.

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