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Lecturer in Law, University of Newcastle

Marie Hadley researches in intellectual property and entertainment law, focusing primarily on cultural appropriation, copyright, art, IP norms, and the politics of making rights claims. She enjoys using a cultural, subcultural, or pop culture lens to analyse legal disputes and ethical issues in law. Marie is a Lecturer in the Newcastle Law School at the University of Newcastle (UoN) in Newcastle, Australia. Marie is currently undertaking postdoctoral research on the ARC Discovery Project, 'Producing, Managing and Owning Knowledge in the 21st Century University’ (DP200110578).

Marie completed her PHD ('The Politics of Cultural Appropriation Claims and Law Reform') on copyright, cultural appropriation, and tattoo in 2019. The thesis explores in depth the argument for law reform to prevent the cultural appropriation of Māori and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, with a particular focus on the protection of cultural imagery and arts styles. Marie also holds degrees in Law and Social Science from Macquarie University in Sydney.

Marie teaches internet law and contract law in UoN’s undergraduate and postgraduate law programs.


  • –present
    Associate Lecturer in Law, University of Newcastle


  • 2019 
    University of New South Wales, PhD