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Joanna is a Senior Lecturer in the Law Faculty and an academic member of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. Her research interests lie at the intersection of corporate accountability, international criminal law, human rights, transitional justice and tort law. Emerging areas of interest are animal law and climate change. 

Much of Joanna's work to date has examined the application of international criminal law to corporations. She has published articles and book chapters on this and related subjects, including in the Journal of International Criminal Justice. She has held visiting fellowships at Columbia University and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law.

Joanna worked previously with the South Australian Crown Solicitor's Office, and in both private and community legal practice.

A selection of her publications can be found at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=805943

Research interests

Corporations and Human Rights

International Criminal Justice

Transitional Justice

Animal Law

Climate Change and Human Rights 

Tort Law 

Monash teaching commitment

Principles of Torts (T1)

International Criminal Justice (Prato)

Animal Law (Sem 2)


Research area keywords

  • Animal Law
  • Corporations and Human Rights
  • International Criminal Law and Justice
  • Torts Law
  • Transitional Justice

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Research Output

Contemporary Australian Tort Law

Kyriakakis, J., Popa, T., Rochford, F., Szablewska, N., Zhao, X., Taliadoros, J., O'Donovan, D. & Bautista, L., Jan 2020, Australia: Cambridge University Press. 597 p.

Research output: Book/ReportTextbookOtherpeer-review

Article 46C: Corporate Criminal Liability at the African Criminal Court

Kyriakakis, J., 2019, The African Court of Justice and Human and Peoples' Rights in Context: Developments and Challenges. Jalloh, C. C., Clarke, K. M. & Nmehielle, V. O. (eds.). 1st ed. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 793-837 45 p.

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

Open Access

International criminal responsibilities for MNCs’ violations of human rights

Kyriakakis, J., Dec 2018, Research Handbook on Human Rights and Investment. Radi, Y. (ed.). 1st ed. Cheltenham UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 273-303 31 p. (Research Handbooks in International Law Series).

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

Corporations before International Criminal Courts: Implications for the International Criminal Justice Project

Kyriakakis, J., 1 Mar 2017, In : Leiden Journal of International Law. 30, 1, p. 221-240 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)

Embedding Animal Law into Law School Curricula: The Possibilities of Strategic Unit Design

Kyriakakis, J., 2017, In : Legal Education Review. 27, 1, p. 1-16 16 p., 5.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access