Cristelle Maurin


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Cristelle is a Research Fellow at Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI), one of the world-leading interdisciplinary institutes for sustainable development.

Cristelle's background is in international law, her research interests lie primarily in the areas of international human rights law, international investment law and international economic governance. With over 15 years’ experience in international development, legal and policy research and advisory, having worked in intergovernmental organisations, academia and the private sector, Cristelle brings to MSDI a critical understanding of regulation and governance in complex socio-political settings.

Her current research agenda is centred around the politics and governance of food security, and the global determinants of food insecurity. Driven by the vision to make healthy food accessible to all, her research explores the institutional pathways for a more holistic 'food systems' approach to policy development to address the intersecting issues of food security, nutrition and health, planetary health and sustainable livelihoods.

In her role at MSDI, Cristelle develops postgraduate courses and executive education on sustainability, promoting system thinking and approaches to address the complex and interconnected challenges of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Cristelle holds a PhD in International Law (Université de Paris, Pantheon-Sorbonne), a Master of Laws (International Public Law) and a Bachelor of Laws (Université de Nice, France). She has a degree in Chinese studies from Tsinghua University (Beijing) and practiced international investment law in China. Earlier in her career, Cristelle worked at the United Nations International Labour Organisation (ILO) in policy and management roles - assisting ILO member countries with the development and drafting of laws and policies, and the implementation of international labour conventions in various  thematic areas, including child labour, forced labour and human trafficking, domestic work and the social protection of informal workers. Cristelle spent over a decade in developing and middle-income countries across Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.

Education/Academic qualification

International law, PhD

Research area keywords

  • Public policy
  • Human and civil rights
  • Environmental Governance
  • Sustainable Development
  • Public International Law
  • Food security


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