Dr Melanie O’Brien is a Senior Lecturer in International Law at the UWA Law School. Dr O'Brien is 2nd Vice-President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and a member of the WA International Humanitarian Law Committee of the Australian Red Cross.
Dr O'Brien's research focuses on genocide and human rights; and sexual and gender-based violence against women. Her work on forced marriage has been cited by the International Criminal Court, and she has been an expert panellist on genocide prevention for the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights. She is the author of Criminalising Peackeepers: Modernising National Approaches to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (Palgrave 2017), and has a forthcoming book, From Discrimination to Death: The Genocide Process through a Human Rights Lens (Routledge).
Dr O'Brien is an admitted legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of NSW. She has previously worked at Anti-Slavery Australia UTS, Griffith University, the National Human Rights Institution of Samoa, and the International Criminal Court.