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Joanna is a Senior Lecturer in the Law Faculty and a Deputy Director 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 legal theory. An emerging area of expertise is animal law. 

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 law and justice

Transitional justice

Animal Law

Monash teaching commitment

LAW4230 Animal Law SEM2

LAW5458 Animal Law, Regulation and Policy WINTER INTENSIVE

LAW5003 Principles of Torts T3

Research area keywords

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

Projects 2014 2015

Research Output 2005 2019

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

5 Citations (Scopus)

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

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

International legal personality, collective entities, and international crimes

Kyriakakis, J., 2015, Responsibilities of the Non-State Actor in Armed Conflict and the Market Place: Theoretical Considerations and Empirical Findings. Gal-Or, N., Ryngaert, C. & Noortmann, M. (eds.). 1st ed. The Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill NV, p. 79 - 104 26 p.

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