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Personal profile


Maria is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University and a member of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. Her teaching and research interests are public law, human rights and refugee law.

Maria is the author of a number of international and national publications on the subjects of human rights and refugee law. Her latest book is 'Refugee Law and Durability of Protection: Temporary Residence and Cessation of Status' published by Routledge in May 2019 https://www.routledge.com/Refugee-Law-and-Durability-of-Protection-Temporary-Residence-and-Cessation/OSullivan/p/book/9781138303461 .

Other significant publications include:

  • ‘Revitalising Public Law in a Technological Era: Rights, Transparency and Administrative Justice’  43(3) (2020) UNSW Law Journal (co-authored with Y-F Ng, M Paterson and N Witzleb) available here
  • ‘Deliberation and Automation – When is a Decision a ‘Decision’?’ (2019) 26(1) Australian Journal of Administrative Law 21-34 (co-authored with Y-F Ng)

  • an edited volume on access to refugee protection and procedures: 'States, the Law and Access to Refugee Protection - Fortresses and Fairness' (Hart, 2017; co-authored with Dallal Stevens, University of Warwick) and

  • 'Public Law and Statutory Interpretation: Principles and Practice' (Federation Press, 2017; co-authored with Crawford, Boughey and Castan), a text which examines fundamental public law principles together with the principles and process of statutory interpretation.

She is currently working on a series of projects relating to automation, artificial intelligence and government decision-making and is also conducting research on the law of protest. 

Maria is a regular media commentator on a wide range of public law, human rights and refugee law issues and can be contacted for comment via her email: maria.osullivan@monash.edu.

She welcomes Phd, Masters and Honours students in the areas of public law, administrative decision-making, refugee law and the law of armed conflict.

Her office is located in Room 365 in the Faculty of Law. Monash University Clayton Campus.

A sample of her research can be viewed at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=381881.

Community service

Media activities

Print Media and Online Commentary

Print Media and Blogs

 Citations and Expert Commentary


  • ‘The Concept of Sanctuary’ Channelnews Asia (Television), 5 February 2016
  • ‘The European Migrant Crisis’, SBS Television (‘The Feed’), 3 September 2015
  • ‘Detention of asylum seekers at sea: The High Court decision’ BBC World News Service: Newshour, 28 January 2015
  • ‘International Access to Asylum – The Syrian Crisis’, Between the Lines Program, Channelnews Asia (Television), 14 October 2014


  • ‘Human Rights under Lockdown’, ABC Life Matters, ABC Radio National, 7 July 2020
  • Expert comment on the legal implications of physical tracing records during Covid for the daily news broadcast, ABC Central Victoria, 18 June 2020
  • Expert comment on the legal implications of physical tracing records during Covid, ABC Sydney Drive Program with Richard Glover, 17 June 2020
  • Protest during a Pandemic’, ABC Radio National, PM with Linda Mottram, 11 June 2020
  • Expert comment on the NSW Court of Appeal judgement on the Black Lives Matter Protest – Triple MMM news, 7 June 2020
  • Commentary on the Right to Protest in the Age of Covid, Radio Adelaide, 28 April 2020
  • Commentary on the Legality of the ‘Sports Grants affair’, Radio Adelaide, 21 January 2020
  • ‘US considers indefinite detention for migrating families during processing’, SBS World News Radio, August 2019
  • Manus refugee death prompts renewed calls to end offshore detention’, ABC Radio National (RN Breakfast), 8 August 2017
  • ‘What next for asylum policy under the Turnbull government?’, The Daily Show, Radio 2SER, Sydney, 20 July and 25 July 2016
  • ‘PNG says Manus Island is no longer a detention centre’, ABC Radio National, 12 May 2016
  •  ‘Manus Island: The Alternatives’, The Daily Show, Radio 2SER, Sydney, 29 April 2016
  • ‘Refugee Policy in the European Union: Austria’s Emergency Legislation’, SBS Radio, 28 April 2016
  • ‘Alternatives to Offshore Processing on Manus Island’, ABC Radio, Western Australia, 28 April 2016
  • ‘European Asylum Policy: Migrant crisis: refugee lawyer says EU too disjointed to manage influx in people’, ABC Radio National, The World Today, 24 September 2015
  • Radio interviews re: various High Court challenge to the 'Malaysian Solution' and the High Court decision in Plaintiff M70/106, 2011:
    • Law Matters program, 2UE Sydney, 19 June 2011
    • Canberra 2CC, 9 August 2011
    • ABC Radio Australia, 10 August 2011
    • ABC Radio Australia, 23 August 2011
    • ABC 774 Melbourne, The Breakfast Show, 1 September 2011
    • ABC 702 Sydney, Breakfast Show, 1 September 2011
    • ABC News Radio, Drive with Sandy Aloisi, 5 September 2011
    • 3CR 855 AM Community Radio, 6 September 2011
    • ABC Radio Australia, 19 October 2011

Research interests

Administrative Law and Regulation

International Human Rights Law

International Law

Refugee Law

Monash teaching commitment

LAW 4331 Administrative law SEM1/T2

LAW 4199 International laws of armed conflict SEM2/T3

LAW 4164 International refugee law and practice SEM2/T3

LAW1112 Public Law and Statutory Interpretation SEM2/T3

Research area keywords

  • Refugee Law and Policy
  • International Human Rights
  • Administrative Law


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