Adiva Sifris

Assoc Professor

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Personal profile


Dr Adiva Sifris is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand South Africa and Monash University Australia. She is admitted to practise in South Africa, the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia. After practising as a family lawyer in South Africa and Australia, Dr Sifris moved to academia at Monash University where she teaches family law.

Areas of Expertise

Dr Sifris is the author of Children and the Lesbian Homo-nuclear Family: A challenge for Australian family law in the new millennium, she is co author of Family Law in Australia and co-editor of Current Trends in Same-sex Relationships. She has written widely in the area of family law, both in relation to children and property, with a particular focus on de facto relationships, same-sex parenting and family violence.

She was one of the chief investigators on the team that conducted research into family violence during and after (parental) relationship breakdown. This report was explicitly acknowledged in The Explanatory Memorandum to the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2010' which has since been passed into legislation. Dr Sifris is currently working on research papers in the areas of open justice in the family courts, surrogacy. and the mental health of law students .

Monash teaching commitment

LAW 4177 Introduction to family law 406 SUM/T1

LAW 5409 Principles of family law SEM1/T3

Research interests


Family Law

Legal Education

Property Law

Research area keywords

  • Family Law
  • Defacto Relationship Law
  • Property Law

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Projects 2008 2010

Research Output 1998 2018

Marriage: a human right for all?

Gerber, P., Tay, K. & Sifris, A., 1 Jan 2017, Marital Rights: The Library of Essays on Family Rights. 1st ed. Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 21-45 25 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review

The reach and efficacy of s 121 of the Family Law Act

Rodrick, S. & Sifris, A., 2017, In : Family Law Review. 7, 1, p. 30-53 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

100 Years of Open Justice in Family Law Proceedings in Australia

Rodrick, S. P. & Sifris, A. R., 2016, In : Legal History. 16, 2, p. 13-54 42 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A psychometric appraisal of the Jefferson Scale of Empathy using law students

Williams, B., Sifris, A. R. & Lynch, M., 22 Jul 2016, In : Psychology Research and Behavior Management. 2016, p. 171-178 8 p., 9.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2004 2004

  • 1 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course

Children in Immigration Detention: the Policy, the Practice and the Prognosis, Monash University

Tania Penovic (Organiser), Adiva Rochelle Sifris (Organiser)
2 Apr 2004

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course