Julie Debeljak

Assoc Professor

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Julie Debeljak has been an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Law at Monash University since 2013. She is currently the Director of the Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Program. She is an academic member of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, and was previously its foundational Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law (2000-2020). 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 recently co-edited a collection on Law Making and Human Rights with Laura Grenfell. She has co-edited a collection on Human Rights in Closed Environments with Bronwyn Naylor and Anita Mackay, and co-authored Transnational Crime and Human Rights: Responses to Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Subregion with Susan Kneebone. 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

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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

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

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