Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, and Associate, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University

Maria is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law and an Associate of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University. Her teaching and research interests are administrative law and international refugee 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 including: ‘Non-state actors of Protection in Refugee law’ (2012) 24(1) International Journal of Refugee Law and ‘The Ethics of Resettlement: Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region’ (2016) 20(2) International Journal of Human Rights 241. She has co-authored an edited volume of papers on refugee protection, due to be published by Hart in October 2016.


  • 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)