• Professor of Law
Office:S624 Hartley Teakle building, St Lucia campus
Phone:+61 7 (336) 53014
Consultation:Wednesday 11:00am - 1:00pm
Professor Graeme Orr


The law of politics, in particular electoral law, is Graeme's primary research expertise. He has authored Australian Electoral Systems: How Well do they Serve Political Equality? (2004), The Law of Politics: Elections, Parties and Money in Australia (2010) and Ritual and Rhythm in Electoral Systems (2015), and co-edited Realising Democracy (2003) and Electoral Democracy: Australian Prospects (2011). In addition he has edited three symposia on the law of politics and wrote a thesis on electoral bribery. In this field, Graeme does consultancy/pro bono work. He is also a regular media commentator, with opinion pieces in newspapers like 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 The Law of Deliberative Democracy for Routledge. Graeme has also 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 authors the entry on Australia for The Annual Register, a 256 year old almanac of world affairs. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

Graeme as profiled in Obiter student interviews.

Research Interests

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