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Julie Debeljak has been an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Law at Monash University since 2013, and is a foundational Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law (2000-). Previously she was a Senior Lecturer (2007-2012), a Lecturer (2002-2006), and an Assistant Lecturer (1996-2001).

Julie researches in the field of international human rights law, comparative domestic human rights law, constitutional law, and human trafficking. Julie co-authored with Susan Kneebone Transnational Crime and Human Rights: Responses to Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Subregion (Routledge, 2012), and co-edited two collections on Human Rights in Closed Environments (one forthcoming). She has written numerous book chapters and articles on topics including human rights and democracy, the domestic implementation of human rights obligations in Australia and comparatively (including on the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities), human rights in closed environments, legal responses to trafficking in persons, the rights of indigenous peoples, and access to civil justice and human rights. Julie completed her doctorate in 2004 on comparative domestic human rights protection. She also regularly writes submissions to parliamentary and public inquiries.

Julie has been awarded two Australian Research Council Linkage grants. The first, with Profs Kneebone and McSherry, considered Australia's Response to Trafficking in Women: A Model for the Regulation of Forced Migration in the Asia-Pacific Region (2006-2009). The second, with Prof Freiberg, Assoc Profs Naylor and Thomas, and Dr Dussuyer, considers Applying Human Rights Legislation in Closed Environments: A Strategic Framework for Managing Compliance (2009-2012).

Julie has been involved in human rights capacity building, involving numerous human rights courses for Victorian, Australian and overseas government officials and agencies (including the judiciary), independent statutory authorities, non-government organisations and the private sector.

Publications http://ssrn.com/author=865908

Monash teaching commitment

LAW2111 Constitutional law SEM1/T2

LAW5304 Overview of international human rights law SEM1/T2

Research area keywords

  • International and Comparative Human Rights Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Human Trafficking

Projects 2003 2014

The international law library on WorldLII: New content and facilities for the leading repository and citator for international law

Debeljak, J., Adams, M., Blakeney, M., Brown, C., Buckley, R., Byrnes, A., Cassimatis, A., Cullen, H., Heller, K., Joyce, R., Lo, V. L., McAdam, J., Mowbray, A., Nasu, H., Otto, D., Rothwell, D., Stephens, T., Svantesson, D., Techera, E., Vrdoljak, A. & Wells, A.

Australian Research Council (ARC)


Project: Research

Research Output 1997 2018

Legislating statutory interpretation under the Victorian Charter: an unusual tale of judicial disengagement with rights-compatible interpretation

Debeljak, J., 2018, Legislating Statutory Interpretation: Perspectives from the Common Law World. Hunt, C., Neudorf, L. & Rankin, M. (eds.). 1st ed. Toronto Ontario Canada: Thomson Reuters (Scientific) Inc. & Affiliates, p. 183-234 52 p.

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

Rights Dialogue under the Victorian Charter: The Potential and the Pitfalls

Debeljak, J. F., 2017, New directions for law in Australia: Essays in contemporary law reform. Levy, R., O'Brien, M., Rice, S., Ridge, P. & Thornton, M. (eds.). 1st ed. The Australian National University, p. 407-417 11 p.

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

A strategic framework for implementing human rights in closed environments

Naylor, B. G., Debeljak, J. F. & Mackay, A. M., 2015, In : Monash University Law Review. 41, 1, p. 218 - 270 53 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Introduction: Implementing human rights in closed environments

Naylor, B. G., Debeljak, J. F. & Mackay, A. M., 2014, In : Law in Context. 31, p. 1 - 9 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review