University Legal Office

The University Legal Office is responsible for the provision of all legal services to ANU, directed to ensuring the University meets its strategic objectives.  The Legal Office provides assurance that the way ANU proposes to act is legally defensible, within the scope of the University's powers, and that all legal risks are appropriately identified and managed to the University's benefit.

The University Legal Office provides its services to ANU through the Executive, Administrative and Academic units.  It does not provide personal legal services to members of staff or students. Students have access to a free legal service provided by ANUSA.

Legal advice or assistance, for all ANU's business, may only be provided by, or via, the University Legal Office.

To contact the University Legal Office, email or phone 612 58489.

Full contact details for all of our staff, and further details of our services, are available on the University's secure staff only site.

Our services

When providing its services, the University Legal Office strives at all times to be professional, pragmatic and relevant. The legal services we provide include:

  • General legal advice
  • Advice on intellectual property issues
  • Dispute resolution
  • Litigation
  • Drafting and negotiating research and commercial contracts
  • Drafting and negotiating commercial licences and leases
  • Interpretation of legislation
  • Providing precedent legal documents
  • Liaising with and instructing external lawyers.

Other matters

Instructions for issuing a Court Notice or Subpoena to the Australian National University.

Queries in relation to the following, non-legal matters should be directed to the area indicated, before coming to the University Legal Office:

Our teams & contacts


Contact details
Copyright Officer 
Phone +61 2 6125 2003
FOI Coordinator 
Phone +61 2 6125 4237
Privacy Officer 
Phone +61 2 6125 2003
University Legal Office 
Phone +61 2 612 58489


Contact details
Philip Harrison 
General Counsel
Phone +61 2 6125 2511
University Legal Office Reception 
Phone +61 2 6125 8489
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