Francina Cantatore

Associate Prof, Associate Professor

  • Bond University, Faculty of Law

    4229 Gold Coast

    Australia

Accepting PhD Students

20122024

Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research interests

Dr Cantatore has published extensively in the areas of law and technology, intellectual property (IP) law, clinical legal education, consumer law, media and communications law and property law.  Through her pro bono and social justice involvement in law clinics for more than ten years, and her ongoing research in these areas, she is committed to exploring practice-based solutions to promote employability skills and experiential learning for law students, as well as investigating the positive benefits of incorporating pro bono service and access to justice initiatives in higher education. Professionally, she is admitted to legal practice on the Rolls of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia as well as South Africa. Having been a legal practitioner for more than 25 years, both as a barrister and solicitor in South Africa and Australia, she currently holds the position of Special Counsel with Cronin Miller Litigation. 

In 2013, she established and continues to manage the Bond Law Clinic Program as Director of Clinics. The Program is a Faculty run clinical pro bono program consisting of eight pro bono law clinics, which adopt various models of legal service within the community, including an on-campus advice clinic, placements and project-based technology clinics. The on-campus Bond Law Clinic, a flagship initiative of the Faculty of Law, provides free legal advice to the community, including small businesses and non-profit organisations.

Dr Cantatore was Chief Investigator in a project funded by the Queensland Law Society, dealing with "The job readiness of law graduates and entry level solicitors", which investigated the views of legal practitioners on legal education, practical legal training and continuing professional development on the job readiness of newly admitted lawyers. She is currently involved in comparative research with Australian and UK universities on clinical legal education, and is also Co-Chief Investigator in a project funded by the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) on "Enhancing the efficacy of internet connectivity legal frameworks in the Asia-Pacific region".

She is currently researching in the following areas: 

  • Law and technology
  • Work integrated learning and graduate employability
  • Integrated skills development in legal education
  • The intersection of pro bono law clinics and access to justice with job readiness in law students
  • AI creativity and IP law
  • Blockchain and property law
  • IP and defamation law on the internet
  • Copyright and publishing in the digital sphere
  • Internet law and online communications 

She was awarded the Faculty of Law Research Excellence Award in 2022. In addition to her legal education research, she maintains a strong interest in IP related issues in AI research. She is also the co-founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary Australian Journal of Clinical Education, and serves on the executive boards of the Australasian Law Academics Association, Bond University Limited, the Centre for Professional Legal Education and the Bond University Human Research Ethics Committee.

Statement for HDR students

Dr Cantatore is interested in supervising HDR students in the following areas:

  • Law and Technology
  • Legal Education and Clinical Legal Education;
  • Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights; 
  • Media Law;
  • Internet Law;
  • Property Law; and
  • Consumer Law. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD

Award Date: 6 Oct 2012

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