Dr Maria Itati Dolhare

Lecturer in Law

School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 336 57173


Before joining TC Beirne Law School at the University of Queensland in 2013, Dr Dolhare worked as commercial and property law legal practitioner both in an overseas civil law jurisdiction and in Queensland.

As a dually qualified and bilingual legal practitioner and experienced academic Dr Dolhare teaches, researches, and supervises mainly in the areas of commercial and property law. Her Australian based research examines emerging legal issues in land ownership, control, and use. Her most recent publication in the Insolvency Law Journal discusses judicial approaches to the determination of liability of the Crown, the liquidator and the land occupiers arising out of disclaimed property subject to environmental orders during insolvency proceedings. Dr Dolhare’s internationally based research applies a cross-disciplinary and comparative law approach to the study of constitutional processes of recognition of land rights. Particularly, her research examines constitutional incorporation of Indigenous Peoples’ connection and rights to their ancestral lands, Rights of Nature and the impact these constitutional processes have for different stakeholders’ ownership, control, and use of the land.

Dr Dolhare has published her work in peer-reviewed, high quality academic journals both in law and social sciences. She has presented her work nationally and internationally. In 2018, she was a guest lecturer at the III Seminar of International Perspectives in Latin American Social and Legal Research hosted by the National University of Buenos Aires Law School. In 2020, she presented at a workshop organised by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law.

Dr Dolhare is currently supervising law undergraduate students working on two funded projects within her teaching and research areas. The first is a research partnership with a leading national firm looking into emerging property law issues arising from the contractual and proprietary agreements regulating ownership, control, and use of common areas of mixed-use and high-rise developments. The second is a UQ Pro Bono Centre project which examines how non-economic loss compensation may be calculated for Traditional Owners post the seminal High Court decision in the Timber Creek case.

In 2022, Dr Dolhare was a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Research Visiting Fellow at the Melbourne Law School, a research opportunity provided to outstanding female early career researchers and funded jointly by TC Beirne Law School and Melbourne Law School.

In terms of teaching, Dr Dolhare is an award-winning teacher with a proven and well-regarded track record of teaching law subjects, particularly those within ‘prescribed areas of knowledge’ (also known as the Priestley 11) required for admission to legal practice. To develop her professional teaching practice, Dr Dolhare has completed several teaching certificates, including becoming a Higher Education Academy Fellow in 2021. Based on her teaching practices combining language, content, and connectedness Dr Dolhare developed a teaching approach that received a 2022 TC Beirne Law School Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

As a female CALD academic, Dr Dolhare is committed to UQ values of working together with integrity, courage, respect, and inclusivity. This commitment is reflected in her citizenship, service, and engagement both at School and BEL, for example as a member of the BEL-EDI Committee and as a member of the BEL-EDI-CALD working group developing an EDI-CALD action plan to be implemented in 2023.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Law, University of Buenos Aires
  • Juris Doctor, Bond University


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