Personal profile

Biography

Jennifer has taught as a tutor and lecturer since 2007 in the mainstream LLB and JD programs, in Criminal Law, Foundations of Law, ALRM, Contract Law, Property Law and Ethics in Legal Practice. She is the recipient of a number of awards of recognition for her teaching and contribution to the student learning experience. In particular, she was awarded three teaching awards in 2019, including the Highest Performing Teaching Associate.

She has worked on projects funded by government grants in conjunction with the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre to upskill and empower community leaders in CALD communities to address the perpetration of domestic abuse and lack of understanding of resources and legal assistance available.

Jennifer is a fellow of the Monash Eleos Justice Initiative and has taught in the Anti-Death Penalty Clinic since 2019. 

Research interests

Human Rights Law

An analysis and evaluation of the NSW and Federal Modern Slavery legislation, with a focus on whether Victoria should pass and enact its own domestic legislation to combat modern slavery.

Whether the Religious Freedom Bills of 2019 as drafted violate rather than implement Australia’s international human rights law, with a focus on whether the draft Bills protect the right to freedom of religion in a manner that compromises the fundamental and guaranteed rights of others, in a classic clash of rights situation.

A critical evaluation of whether the shift from substituted decision making to supported decision making in Victorian mental health care under the Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic) complies with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Sexual Harassment

In the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, the status of discrimination and sexual harassment within Australia was evaluated and demonstrated that the laws remain mostly based on a reactive complaints-based model, relying on the victim to bear the burden of enforcing the law. This paper considered the platform for change and the scope for the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces launched by the AHRC.

Privacy Law

The interests of freedom of expression and protection of privacy are often competing forces. An evaluation of the complexities of the laws protecting both interests and how much privacy can, and should, protect celebrities who make their living in the public eye expect.

Criminal Law

Whether the proficient vehicle of ideological justification within the insular framework of religious institutions results in the protection of the accused, rather than the facilitation of justice. An exploration of the limitations of the criminal justice system in the investigative and prosecution processes.

Particular interest in the recent criminalisation of gestures and symbols in anti-vilification laws.

Monash teaching commitment

Undergraduate

Law1114 Criminal Law

Law2101 Contract Law A

LAW2102 Contract Law B

Postgraduate

Law5001 Criminal Law

Clinical activities

Eleos Justice

Anti-Death Penalty Clinic

Australian Law Reform Commission Clinic

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Law, BA/LLB (Hons), MONASH UNIVERSITY

Masters, LLM Monash

HEA Fellow

Research area keywords

  • Modern slavery
  • Criminal law