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Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, and Deputy Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University

Maria is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law and a Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University. 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.


  • 2004–present
    Lecturer, Monash 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)