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Dr Francina Cantatore

Associate Professor

Level 4, Building 4, Faculty of Law, Bond University

Professional biography

Dr Francina Cantatore is an Associate Professor in the Bond University Faculty of Law. She 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 and previously practised as a solicitor and barrister in South Africa. Her specialty areas of research are legal education, clinical legal education (CLE), intellectual property (IP) law, commercial and consumer law, media and communications law, internet law, property law and finance law.

She holds a PhD from Bond University in copyright law and teaches in the areas of Property Law, CLE, IP Law and Media and Communications Law. She has published three books and numerous book chapters and refereed academic articles related to her research areas. She is also the founding Co-Editor of the Australian Journal of Clinical Legal Education and the recipient of external grant funding in partnered projects relating to legal education and internet law research.

Dr Cantatore established and is currently the Director of the Bond Law Clinic Program, a law clinic program which consists of eight Pro Bono clinics with a focus on public interest matters and access to justice. Francina is the recipient of a number of teaching and research awards, including an Australian National Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

She is an Executive Member of the Australasian Law Academics Association Committee and the Centre for Professional Legal Education Committee. She is also an Executive Board Member of Bond Limited, and a member of the Bond University Human Research Ethics Committee.

Francina is interested in supervising PhD and Masters students researching in areas related to her teaching and research.

Teaching expertise

Property Law, Personal Property Transactions, Copyright Law, Media and Communications Law, Property Law A, and Competition and Consumer Law.

Teaching awards

  • 2022 Faculty of Law Teaching Excellence Award (Engagement)
  • 2019 Law Students Association Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2015 Australian National Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2014 LexisNexis – Australasian Law Teachers Association Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Law: Early Career Law Teacher Award
  • 2014 Faculty of Law Teaching Award
  • 2014 Vice Chancellor's Quality Award for Teaching

Professional admissions

  • Legal Practitioner, Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Legal Practitioner, High Court of Australia
  • Queensland Law Society
  • Australasian Law Academics Association
  • Copyright Society of Australia


  • Doctor of Philosophy Bond University
  • Master of Arts Griffith University
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice [with Merit] Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Laws [Honours] University of Pretoria
  • Bachelor of Arts University of Pretoria