Francina Cantatore

Associate Prof, Associate Professor

  • Bond University, Faculty of Law

    4229 Gold Coast


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Research interests

I have published extensively in the areas of intellectual property (IP) law, clinical legal education, consumer law, media and communications law and property law.  Through my pro bono and social justice involvement in law clinics for more than ten years, and my ongoing research in these areas, I am 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, I am admitted to legal practice on the Rolls of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. Having been a legal practitioner for more than 25 years, both as a barrister and solicitor, I  currently hold the position of Special Counsel with Cronin Miller Litigation. 

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 eight pro bono law clinics, which adopt various models of legal service within the community, including on-campus advice clinics, placements and project-based technology clinics. The on-campus clinics provide free legal advice to the community, including small businesses and non-profit organisations.

I am currently Chief Investigator in a project funded by the Queensland Law Society, dealing with "The job readiness of law graduates and entry level solicitors", which investigates the views of legal practitioners on legal education, practical legal training and continuing professional development on the job readiness of newly admitted lawyers. I am also Co-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".

I am currently researching in the following areas: 

  • The job readiness of law graduates and newly admitted lawyers
  • AI creativity and IP law
  • Blockchain and property law
  • IP management in the third sector 
  • How small businesses manage IP and defamation 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
  • Copyright and publishing in the digital sphere
  • Internet law and online communications 

I was awarded the 2022 Faculty of Law Research Excellence Award, and previously the 2016 Faculty of Law Emerging Research Excellence Award. I am currently engaged in collaborative national and international clinical education and access to justice research projects, as well as IP in AI research. I am also the founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary Australian Journal of Clinical Education, and serve on the executive committee of the Centre for Professional Legal Education and the Bond University Human Research Ethics Committee.

Statement for HDR students

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

  • Legal Education and Clinical Legal Education
  • Copyright, Intellectual Property Rights
  • Media Law
  • Internet Law
  • Property Law
  • Consumer Law and Consumer Credit Law
  • Clinical education and access to justice

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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