Joanna Kyriakakis


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Joanna is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law. Her research focuses upon how laws enable or preclude accountability and remedy for gross human rights abuses, particularly when abuses occur in the context of global business activities. This involves research in the areas of business and human rights, international, transnational and comparative criminal law, tort law, and transitional justice. She also researches in the areas of climate litigation, legal philosophy, and animal law.

She is the author of Corporations, Accountability and International Criminal Law: Industry and Atrocity (Edward Elgar, 2021) and a co-author of the student oriented Contemporary Australian Tort Law (CUP, 2020). She has been an invited expert on a number of international collaborative projects including the African Court Research Initiative (Florida University, 2015-2017); Rethinking Secondary Liability for International Crimes (Amsterdam University, 2020-2024); and Transnational Advocacy Networks and Corporate Accountability for Major International Crimes (ERC Consolidator Grant, 2021-2026). She is a member of the Human Rights Team of the Olympic Compliance Task Force

Prior to joining Monash, Joanna practiced as a solicitor in both private and community legal settings.

A selection of her publications can be found here.

Research interests

Business and Human Rights

International and Comparative Criminal Law

Tort Law

Transitional Justice

Climate Change Litigation 

Animal Law

Monash teaching commitment


Foundations of Law 

International Criminal Justice/ Law

Animal Law


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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Member, Australasian Animal Law Teachers and Researchers Association

Member, Australian New Zealand Society of International Law

Animal Welfare Lawyers, Independent Consultant - Australia

Research area keywords

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

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