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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

Award Date: 6 Oct 2012

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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

Fractionalised land interests: More questions than answers

Cantatore, F., Galloway, K. & Parsons, L., 16 Jun 2020, In : Australian Property Law Journal. 28, 2, p. 39-58 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • Pro Bono in Law Schools: Tracking the effect of pro bono service in an Australian university law clinic

    Cantatore, F., 1 Jan 2020, In : International Journal of Clinical Legal Education. 27, 1, p. 101-136 36 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 10 Downloads (Pure)

    Property Law

    Cameron-Dow, L-L. & Cantatore, F., 27 Jul 2020, 4 ed. Chatswood: Lexis Nexis. (LexisNexis Questions and Answers)

    Research output: Book/ReportBookEducationpeer-review

  • Submission on the World Intellectual Property Organisation draft issues paper on the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on IP Policy: Issue 6 - Authorship and Ownership

    Cantatore, F., 18 Feb 2020, 5 p. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

    Research output: Other contributionSubmission to governmentResearch

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

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

    Research output: Other contributionSubmission to governmentResearch

    Open Access
  • 7 Downloads (Pure)


    Revenue Law Journal (Journal)

    Francina Cantatore (Reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

    University of Melbourne (Publisher)

    Francina Cantatore (Reviewer)

    20 Sep 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

    Australian Journal of Clinical Education (Journal)

    Francina Cantatore (Editor in chief)

    1 Sep 2015

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

    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

    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

    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