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Personal profile


Maria is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at Monash University, a Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and an affilate of the Monash Data Futures Institute. 

Maria is the author of a number of international and national publications on the subjects of public law, human rights and refugee law, including:

  • ‘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)

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

Maria's work has influenced case law, law reform and public debate. Her research has been cited in a judgment in the High Court of Australia, by the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union and in reports of parliamentary inquiries and law reform commissions in Australia.

She is currently working on a series of projects relating to automation, artificial intelligence and government decision-making and 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 (see list below) 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, human rights law and refugee law.

For student consultations: Maria's office is located in Room 365 in the Faculty of Law. Monash University Clayton Campus.

Community service

Media activities


Print Media and Blogs

 Citations and Expert Commentary


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

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Legal adviser, Human Rights Act panel, Queensland Parliament

15 Jan 20202021

Research area keywords

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


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