Francina Cantatore

Associate Prof, Associate Professor

  • Bond University, Faculty of Law

    4229 Gold Coast


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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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Projects 2017 2022

National Research Investigation into Models and Quantifiable Benefits of Pro Bono and Social Justice Activities in Australian Law Schools

Cantatore, F., Giddings, J., Cody, A., Waye, V., George, A., Bartlett, F., Golledge, E., Ojelabi, L., Kenny, M. A., Copeland, A. & Castles, M.


Project: Research


Promoting Innovation in Legal Education and Graduate Employability Skills in Law Students through Pro Bono Law Clinics: A comparative study

Cantatore, F., McQuoid-Mason, D., Geldres, V., Mendoza, P., Hicks, J., Holness, D. & Salgado, S.


Project: Research


Research Output 2012 2020

Submission to Senate Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology Parliament of Australia (No.32)

Cantatore, F., Galloway, K. & Parsons, L., Jan 2020, 6 p. Parliament of Australia.

Research output: Other contributionSubmission to governmentResearch

Open Access
insurance company
capital movement

Experiential Learning in University Teaching Clinics: Trends in Collaborative Models to Promote Law Graduate Practice Skills

Cantatore, F., 22 Jul 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentationResearchpeer-review

Open Access
university teaching
Open Access
Legal Education

Publishing and the law: Copyright and globalisation

Cantatore, F., 1 May 2019, Publishing and Culture. Baker, D., Brien, D. & Webb, J. (eds.). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 41-64 34 p.

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

Copyright Law
Open Access
school law

Activities 2012 2019

Revenue Law Journal (Journal)

Francina Cantatore (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

Australian Journal of Clinical Education (Journal)

Francina Cantatore (Reviewer)
Jan 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

Australian Journal of Clinical Education (Journal)

Francina Cantatore (Editor in chief)
Jan 2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workGuest Editor

International Journal of Clinical Legal Education (Journal)

Francina Cantatore (Reviewer)
5 Nov 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

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

Press / Media

Access to justice scorecard - Bond Law Clinic initiative

Francina Cantatore


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Bond Law Clinic services

Francina Cantatore


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Women in Law Awards Finalists 2019

Francina Cantatore


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Autralian Law Awards

Francina Cantatore


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Women in Law Awards

Francina Cantatore


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

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


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