Nicole Shackleton

PhD candidate, La Trobe University

Nicole is a PhD candidate at the La Trobe Law School, in the Centre for Health Law and Society. Her PhD research considers how law may prohibit gendered hate speech in Australia. Her research interests also include gender, health law, human rights, international criminal law and justice, and Australian criminal law.

In 2017, Nicole was admitted to practice in the Victorian Supreme Court. She has volunteered at Youthlaw, a Community Legal Centre that assists disadvantaged young people. In 2016, Nicole interned on the Nuon Chea defence team at the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, in Phnom Phen, Cambodia. She has also previously interned with the Australian Red Cross in the International Humanitarian Law Team.

Nicole has co-authored articles on minority rights, the right to rehabilitation under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and gendered hate speech.


  • 2016–present
    Tutor, Latrobe University
  • 2015–present
    Research assistant, Latrobe University
  • 2017–present
    PhD Candidate, Latrobe University


  • 2017 
    Australian National University, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
  • 2015 
    La Trobe University, LLB (Hons)/BIntRel
  • 2015 
    La Trobe University, Diploma of Languages (Spanish)


  • 2017
    Reformative and Rehabilitative Programs for Prisoners with Cognitive Impairments: Australia's International Obligations, Alternative Law Journal
  • 2016
    Minority Rights and Advocacy for Incarcerated Indigneous Australians: The Impact of Article 27 of the ICCPR, Alternative Law Journal