Maria Azzurra is undertaking a PhD in comparative Labour Law at Melbourne Law School, focussing on the regulation of agency work / labour hire employment in Europe and in Australia. As a Research Assistant and Research Fellow at the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, she has been involved in several research projects, ranging from ownership of employees’ creations, enforcement of employment rights and migrant workers’ issues in Australia. She is an employment lawyer admitted to practice in Italy and she has studied and worked both in Italy and in Australia in this field. In particular, Azzurra completed a Law Degree in 2008 at LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome, with a major in Labour Law and a final dissertation thesis in International and Comparative Labour Law, analysing the protection of employees during transfer of undertaking in Europe and in Australia. She worked as an employment lawyer in Milan for more than 4 years, studied Human Resource Management in Australia and has previously worked as a research assistant in Asutralia both at the University of Melbourne and in private practice.