Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University

Sarah Joseph’s teaching and research interests are international human rights law and constitutional law.

She has published several books including Blame it on the WTO: A Human Rights Critique (2011); Corporations and Transnational Human Rights Litigation (Hart 2004), co-authoring The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Cases, Commentary and Materials (OUP, 2nd ed, 2004), Federal Constitutional Law: A Contemporary View (LBC, 3rd ed, 2010), A Handbook on the Individual Complaints Procedures of the UN (OMCT, 2006) and Human Rights Translated: A Business Reference Guide (UN 2008). She has also co-edited two recent books for Edward Elgar Publishers, Research Handbook on International Human Rights Law (2010) and The World Trade Organization and Human Rights: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (2009). Sarah has also published numerous articles and presented many papers in international human rights law and constitutional law.

She was a lead investigator on an ARC linkage project on Multinational Corporations and Human Rights (2002-4), and on a Discovery project on the WTO and Human Rights (2005-7). She leads a Castan Centre project preparing headnotes on all United Nations human rights cases for Oxford Reports in International Law (

Sarah has conducted numerous professional human rights training courses for overseas and Australian Government officials.


  • –present
    Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University


  • 2003 
    Monash University, PhD Law

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