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Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Sydney

Dr Rachel Killean is a Senior Lecturer at Sydney Law School and a member of the Sydney Institute of Criminology, the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, and the Sydney Environment Institute. Prior to joining Sydney Law School, she was a Senior Lecturer at the Queen’s University Belfast School of Law. Dr Killean’s research centres responses to violence, with a focus on transitional justice, victims’ rights, sexual and gender-based violence, and harms perpetrated against the natural world.

Her book, ‘Victims, Atrocity and Justice: Lessons from Cambodia’ was published by Routledge in 2018.

She has an ongoing interest in Cambodia and have conducted collaborative research there exploring reparations for the destruction of cultural property, representations of victimhood, the role of film in environmental advocacy and understandings of ‘human dignity’ in a post-conflict context. She is also interested in criminal justice responses to sexual and gender-based violence and am pursuing an emerging research agenda exploring transitional justice responses to environmental harm.


  • –present
    Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast


  • 2016 
    Queen's University Belfast, Law