Melissa Castan

Assoc Professor

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Dr Melissa Castan is an Associate Professor, and Associate Dean (Education) in the Law Faculty, as well as a Deputy Director in the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. Her teaching and research interests are Australian Public Law, Constitutional law, Indigenous Legal Issues and Legal Education.

Her most recent books are  Federal Constitutional Law: A Contemporary View (2019) with Professor Sarah Joseph, and Public Law and Statutory Interpretation: Principles and Practice (Federation Press, 2017) with Dr Lisa Burton Crawford, Dr Nina Boughey and Dr Maria O'Sullivan. 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 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, Victorian Law Foundation

1 Oct 2015 → …

National Editorial Convenor, Alternative Law Journal


  • 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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Projects 2004 2018

Research Output 1997 2019

Constitutional Law

Castan, M. & Beck, L., 2019, Mastering Law Studies and Law Exam Techniques. Krever, R. (ed.). 10th ed. Sydney NSW Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths, p. 200-214 15 p.

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

Blended Learning in the Law Classroom: Design, Implementation and Evaluation of an Intervention in the First Year Curriculum

Castan, M. & Hyams, R., 13 Dec 2017, In : Legal Education Review. 27, 1, p. 1-19 19 p., 13.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Is liking something on Facebook ‘protected political speech’? It depends

Castan, M., 14 Aug 2017, The Conversation.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Open Access

Public Law and Statutory Interpretation: Principles and Practice

Crawford, L. B., Boughey, J., Castan, M. & O'Sullivan, M., 2017, 1st ed. Annandale NSW Australia: Federation Press. 331 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Re-evaluating legal citation in a digital landscape

Castan, M. & Galloway, K., 1 Sep 2017, In : Legal Information Management. 17, 3, p. 190-2015 16 p., 10.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 1999 2016

  • 1 Submissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries
  • 1 Editorial responsibility

Submission of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law to Senate Standing Committee on Economics Inquiry into the Census 2016

Caroline Henckels (Fellow), Melissa Castan (Fellow)

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Alternative Law Journal (Journal)

Melissa Castan (Editor in chief)
1 Jan 1999

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Press / Media

How the 2016 Census Breaches the Right to Privacy

Caroline Henckels & Melissa Castan


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment