Interim Deputy Director, Anti-Slavery Australia, University of Technology Sydney

Yvette Selim is the Interim Deputy Director at Anti-Slavery Australia, a law centre based at the University of Technology Sydney, focused on the abolition of modern slavery. She has a background in law, conflict resolution, bioethics and medical science.

Her research focuses on victims/survivors in post-conflict contexts. She recently published 'Transitional Justice in Nepal: Interests, Victims and Agency' (Routledge), the first book to provide a single case study on transitional justice in Nepal. (For further information see: She is the Assistant Editor for the Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance and a reviewer for a number of high ranking international journals.

Yvette has a proven track-record of carrying out research which is practice- and policy-oriented. She has expertise in qualitative research methods and data analysis. She has strong ability to establish relationships with practitioners, researchers and personnel from national, regional and international organisations. In addition to her extensive field work in Nepal, she has also conducted research on the worst forms of child labour, children’s rights, economic livelihoods, gender-based violence and the peace negotiations in the Philippines, Sudan and Sri Lanka.

She has worked for various organisations including the International Development Law Organization (Sri Lanka), the Australian Human Rights Centre (Australia), the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (US), Baker & McKenzie (Australia and Thailand), The Asia Foundation (Philippines) and the Centre for International Cooperation and Security (UK). She was also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford and the Australian National University.

Yvette completed her doctoral studies at the University of New South Wales where she lectured in a range of subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including development studies, international relations, social science and qualitative research methods.


  • 2010–present
    Lecturer, UNSW
  • 2019–present
    Interim Deputy Director, Anti-Slavery Australia
  • 2016–2019
    Senior Research Associate, Institute for Public Policy and Governance