Francina Cantatore

Associate Prof, Associate Professor

  • Bond University, Faculty of Law

    4229 Gold Coast

    Australia

20122018
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Personal profile

Research interests

My primary research interests lie in the areas of intellectual property law, consumer law, media and communications law, property law and legal education and I have published extensively in these areas.  Through my pro bono and social justice involvement in law clinics and corresponding 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 volunteering and community service 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. 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 (Collaborating with academics from the Universidad de la Frontera, Chile; and University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)
  • 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
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employability
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A review of IP rights management in small and medium social enterprises in Australia

Cantatore, F., 9 May 2018, Universidad de la Frontera, Temuco, Chile

Research output: Other contributionResearch

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Trademark
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Internationalisation in Higher Education

Cantatore, F., 10 May 2018, Universidad de la Frontera, Chile

Research output: Other contributionResearch

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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 & Francis, p. 120-132 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

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Activities 2012 2017

International Conference on Learning: New Directions New Media for New Learning

Francina Cantatore (Participant)
19 Jul 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...Oral Presentation

Australian Journal of Clinical Education (Journal)

Francina Cantatore (Editor in chief)
Jan 2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workGuest Editor

Lawyers as Heroes: Promoting Altruism in Law Students through Pro Bono Teaching Clinics

Francina Cantatore (Speaker), Nickolas James (Speaker)
11 Jul 201612 Jul 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or Presentation Outside of an Organised EventInvited Talk

Continuing Professional Education Conference

Francina Cantatore (Participant)
24 Jun 20163 Jul 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...Oral Presentation

13th Australasian Property Law Teachers' Conference 2016

Francina Cantatore (Speaker), Ian Stevens (Speaker)
14 Apr 201615 Apr 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Student theses

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

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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

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