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About us

Our Vision

Our research is aimed at fostering research at the intersection of society, ethics and the law. We are multi-disciplinary about the nexus between ethics and the law and seek to encourage collaboration and the sharing of ideas.

Our Values

Open participation

We encourage participation from all disciplines  to foster greater understanding of the relationship between society, law and ethics.


We embody and advocate the virtues of tolerance, openness and respect in working with people from different academic disciplines.


Our research informs a better understanding of the relationship between society, law and ethics and we actively encourage postgraduate research in this area.

Practical Outcomes

We encourage open engagement within the University of Adelaide, Australian governments, society and community organizations to stimulate discussion of practical solutions to contemporary social and legal problems. We plan to host seminars, debates and public forums. We also supervise a number of HDR students and invite expressions of interests from other students.


We will engage with experts from all academic disciplines and faith groups in order to ensure the integrity and accuracy of our work.

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Research Unit for the Study
of Society, Ethics & the Law

Adelaide Law School
Ligertwood Building
The University of Adelaide SA 5005
North Tce Campus Map


Associate Professor Bernadette Richards
T: +61 8 8313 6302
F: +61 8 8313 4344

Adelaide Law School