Francina Cantatore

Associate Prof, Associate Professor

  • Bond University, Faculty of Law

    4229 Gold Coast


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Research interests

I am admitted to legal practice on the Rolls of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. Prior to joining the Bond Faculty of Law, I was the in-house legal adviser for an Australian finance company and held the position of Director in the firm. I have previously practised as a barrister and continue to practice as a consultant solicitor, currently holding the position of Special Counsel with Cronin Litigation Lawyers. 

In 2013, I established and continue to manage the Bond Law Clinic Program as Director of clinics. The Program is a Faculty run clinical pro bono program which consists of six pro bono law clinics (Commercial Law, Community Law, Criminal Law, Immigration Law, Start-up Law and Human Rights Clinic). The Commercial and Immigration Law Clinics, held at the Law Faculty premises, provide free legal advice to small businesses and non-profit organisations, as well as disadvantaged and vulnerable immigrants and visa holders, respectively.

I am currently researching in the following areas: 

  • Intellectual Property (IP) management in the third sector (Collaborating with Dr Elizabeth Crawford-Spencer, JCU)
  • How small businesses manage IP on the internet
  • The role of law clinics in creating experiential learning opportunities for students and preparing them for legal practice
  • The benefits of pro bono law clinics in providing access to justice for the community
  • Graduate employability and law clinics
  • Copyright and publishing in the digital sphere
  • Consumer law and consumer credit law

I was awarded the 2016 Faculty of Law Emerging Research Excellence Award, and am currently engaged in IP reseach, collaborative national and international clinical education research, and copyright research, as well as consumer law research. I am also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of Clinical Education, and serve on the executive committee of the Centre for Professional Legal Education.

Statement for HDR students

I am interested in supervising HDR students in the following areas:

  • Legal Education
  • Copyright, Intellectual Property Rights
  • Media Law
  • Property Law
  • Consumer Law and Consumer Credit Law
  • Clinical education and pro bono clinics

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD

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Research Output 2012 2018

Open Access
school law
Intellectual property
Social enterprise

Lawyers as heroes: Fostering holistic wellbeing by developing heroic virtues in law students

Cantatore, F. & James, N. Feb 2018 Heroism and Wellbeing in the 21st Century: Applied and Emerging Perspectives: Applied and Emerging Perspectives. Efthimiou, O., Allison, S. T. & Franco, Z. E. (eds.). New York: Taylor and Francis Ltd., p. 120-132 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

school law

Submission to Department of Communication and the Arts: Copyright Modernisation Consultation Paper

Cantatore, F. 12 Jun 2018 Department of Communication and the Arts, Australian Federal Government

Research output: Other contributionSubmission to government

Open Access
Open Access
Clinical Experience
Work Place


Negotiating a changing landscape: Authors, copyright and the digital evolution

Author: Cantatore, F., 6 Oct 2012

Supervisor: Johnston, J. (Supervisor) & Van Caenegem, W. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The Doctrinal Coherence of the Torrens System of Land Registration in Australia: Evolution or Revolution?

Author: Griggs, L., 10 Jun 2017

Supervisor: Weir, M. (Supervisor) & Cantatore, F. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis