Dr Francina Cantatore

Dr Francina Cantatore

  • Assistant Professor
    Faculty of Law
Level 4, 4. Faculty of Law, Bond University

Professional biography

Franci is admitted to practice on the Rolls of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. Prior to practising as special counsel with a local law firm and joining the Bond Faculty of Law, she was the in-house legal adviser for an Australian finance company. She previously practised as a solicitor and barrister in South Africa.

Franci's specialty areas of practice, teaching and research are commercial and consumer law, media and communications law, property and finance law, as well as intellectual property law. She holds a PhD from Bond University in the area of copyright law. Franci teaches in the areas of Property Law, Personal Property Transactions and Media and Communications Law. She has published a book on copyright and publishing in the digital sphere, as well as a significant number of articles related to her research areas in refereed academic journals.

She established and is currently the Director of the Bond Law Clinic, a Faculty run law clinic program which consists of four Pro Bono clinics (Commercial Law, Community Law, Criminal Law and Human Rights Clinic). The Commercial Law Clinic, held at the Law Faculty premises, provides free legal advice to small businesses and non-profit organisations.

Franci is the recipient of a number of teaching awards, including an Australian National Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

Statement of research interests

I am currently researching in the following areas:
" Intellectual Property (IP) management in the third sector
" Collaborating with Dr Elizabeth Crawford-Spencer, ACU
" How small businesses manage IP on the internet
" The role of law clinics in creating experiential learning opportunities for students
" Copyright in the digital sphere
" Consumer law and consumer credit law

I have recently been awarded the 2016 Faculty of Law Emerging Research Excellence Award.

Statement for HDR students

I am interested in supervising HDR students in the following areas:
" Copyright, Intellectual Property Rights
" Media Law¢
" Property Law
" Consumer Law and Consumer Credit Law
" Practice-based teaching in law

Higher degree research student projects

  • 'NeuroDiversion': Incorporating Frontal Lobe Rehabilitation Treatment for Impulse-Control Management in the Rehabilitation of Criminal Offenders in Australia
  • Enhancing Legal Education through Access to Justice Centres - A Comparative Study between Australia and the United States
  • The Doctrinal Coherence of the Torrens System of Land Registration in Australia: Evolution or Revolution?
  • consumeR-IOT: where every thing collides;;Promoting consumer internet of things protection in Australia

Areas of research expertise

  • Law