1997 …2023

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Research Biography

Hossein Esmaeili’s research targets both specific CALD communities and explores the wider international sphere. His research is interdisciplinary and possesses social impact in areas of international law and comparative law (particularly Islamic and Middle Eastern law). A third dimension of his research is property law.

The global impact of his scholarly work can be seen in its use by international and Australian institutions including universities, Australian Courts and Tribunals, United Nations agencies and the United States Congress, as well as national and international media. The recognition of his academic standing as a leading authority in these areas is demonstrated by his involvement with international organisations and institutions (such as the International Law Association), invitations to various editorial positions in Australia, Asia and Europe, invitations to review books and journal articles and deliver keynotes, supervision of PhD students and by his significant (and collaborative) publications in his areas of expertise and involvement in research projects relating to CALD communities and Australia's relationship with MENA countries. Dr Esmaeili's research aims to promote interdisciplinary collaboration, social impact, and social justice, particularly within migrant communities in Australia.

Hossein is the author and co-author of three scholarly books and co-editor of two other books. He has published articles in leading national and international law journals in Australia, Europe, and the United States. He has led two interdisciplinary research, externally funded projects focusing on both local and international community engagement. Currently, he is involved with two other research projects which are built on the successful of previous grants.

Research Interests

  • International law and Comparative law
  • Law of the sea and offshore energy
  • Middle Eastern law and trade and commerce with Australia
  • Law and CALD communities in Australia
  • Property law

Supervised Students Successes

  • Sep 2017 Taufan Muhammad - PhD: Regulating Oil and Gas Operation in Indonesian Waters: International and Domestic Legal Perspective on Offshore Installations and Tankers’
  • March 2023 Patricia Rushton- PhD: 


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Research Areas

  • Law

Supervisory Interests

  • Immigration and refugee law
  • International law
  • Comparative law
  • International energy and resources law
  • Islamic and Middle Eastern law
  • Trusts and property law (comparative)
  • Law of the Sea
  • Family violence


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