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Associate Professor, Deakin Law School, Deakin University

Maria is an Associate Professor in the Deakin Law School. Her teaching and research interests are public law, refugee law and human rights law.

Maria holds a doctorate from Monash University, having completed her PhD on Article 1C(5) of the 1951 Refugees Convention dealing with cessation of refugee status. She also undertook a Masters of Law degree at the University of Essex (UK), specialising in international human rights law.

She is the author of a number of international and national publications on the subjects of refugee law and administrative law and is currently working on a series of projects relating to automation, artificial intelligence and government decision-making.


  • 2023–present
    Associate professor, Deakin University
  • 2002–2004
    Legal Officer, Refugee Review Tribunal, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2001–2002
    Legal Researcher, Matrix Barristers Chambers, London


  • 2013 
    Monash University, Phd Law
  • 2001 
    University of Essex, UK, Masters of International Human Rights Law
  • 1995 
    Australian National University, Bachelor of Laws (Hons I)

Research Areas

  • Human Rights Law (180114)
  • International Law (Excl. International Trade Law) (180116)
  • Administrative Law (180103)