Melissa Castan

Assoc Professor

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Dr Melissa Castan is an Associate Professor, and Associate Dean (Academic resources - Internal) in the Law Faculty. She has also been a Deputy Director in the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, and Associate Dean (education). Her teaching and research interests are Australian Public Law, Constitutional law, Indigenous Legal Issues and Legal Education.

Melissa's most recent ARC Project is Real-time rights-based recordkeeping governance with Professor Moira Paterson, Associate Professor Joanne Evans and Professor Elisabeth Shepherd. It explores how records co-creation can be conceptualised in child protection and information law and overseen dynamically through a new digitally enabled, child-centred and rights-based advocacy and regulatory framework (2020-2023).

Her most recent books are The Global Lawyer (2019) Associate Professor Kate Galloway, and Professor John Flood, andFederal Constitutional Law: A Contemporary View (2019) with Professor Sarah Joseph.  She is also co-author, with Professor Sarah Joseph, of The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Cases, Commentary and Materials (2013), as well as having numerous scholarly articles and chapters.

She is National Convenor of the Alternative Law Journal, and hosts podcasts 'Law Radio' and 'Just Cases'. She tweets as @drmcastan.


Indigenous Peoples and the Law

Australian Public Law

Constitutional Law

Human Rights

International Human Rights Law

legal Identity

Legal History

Legal Education

Monash teaching commitment

Public Law and Statutory Interpretation

Foundations of Law

Constitutional Law

Indigenous Rights and International Law


External positions

Board Member, Victoria Law Foundation (Victoria)

1 Oct 2015 → …

National Editorial Convenor, Alternative Law Journal

Research area keywords

  • Human Rights
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Public law
  • Legal history
  • Legal Education
  • Indigenous Rights
  • Legal Identity


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