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Personal profile


Dr Melissa Castan is an Associate Professor, and the Director of Equity and Social Inclusion, 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 book is 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 co-author, with Professor Sarah Joseph, of The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Cases, Commentary and Materials (2013), and with Professor Sarah Joseph of Federal Constitutional Law: A Contemporary View (2014), as well as 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 @mscastan.


Indigenous Peoples and the Law

Australian Legal System

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

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

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Projects 2004 2018

Research Output 1997 2017

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

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

The need for reform of Australia’s birth registration systems

Castan, M. & Gerber, P. 1 Sep 2017 New Directions for Law in Australia: Essays in Contemporary Law Reform. Levy, R., O'Brien, M., Rice, S., Ridge, P. & Thornton, M. (eds.). 1st ed. Acton ACT Australia: ANU E Press, p. 439-448 10 p.

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

Open Access

A new chapter for the Alternative Law Journal

Castan, M., Naylor, B. & Candy, D. 2016 In : Alternative Law Journal. 41, 4, p. 224 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-review

Activities 1999 1999

  • 1 Editorial responsibility

Alternative Law Journal (Journal)

Castan, M. (Editor in chief)
1 Jan 1999

Activity: Editorial responsibility