• Professor of Law
Office:W322 Forgan Smith building, St Lucia campus
Phone:+61 7 (336) 53014
Fax:+61 7 (336) 51454
Consultation:Thursdays 10.00am - 12.00 noon
Professor Graeme Orr


The law of politics, in particular electoral law, is Graeme's primary research expertise. He has authored The Law of Politics (2010) and Ritual and Rhythm in Electoral Systems (2015), co-edited Realising Democracy (2003) and Electoral Democracy: Australian Prospects (2011), edited three symposia on the law of politics, and written a doctoral thesis on electoral bribery. In this field, he does consultancy/pro bono work, and regular media commentary, with opinion pieces in outlets such as the Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning-Herald, Age, Courier-Mail, Canberra Times and major online outlets.

Graeme's current projects include ARC funded work with Ron Levy on deliberative approaches to the law of democracy, including a book for Routledge. He is also working on a book on ritual and rhythms in electoral process. Graeme has published extensively in labour law, the law of negligence and on issues of language and law.

An Associate in the Federal Court of Australia and solicitor of the Queensland Supreme Court, prior to joining The University of Queensland Graeme was an Associate Professor at Griffith University, where he taught for over 13 years. International Editor of the Election Law Journal and board member of the Australian Journal of Labour Law, Graeme was formerly managing editor of the Griffith Law Review, columnist with the Alternative Law Journal on sport's links to law, and employment law columnist with the Australian Journal of Administrative Law. He currently authors the entry on Australia for the Annual Register, a 255 year old almanac of world affairs.In 2014 he became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

Research Interests

  • Law of Politics (especially elections and parties)
  • Non-instrumental approaches to Law and Politics (ritual, symbols, language)
  • Labour and Employment Law