Melissa Castan

Assoc Professor

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Personal profile


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.

Her most recent books are The Global Lawyer (2019) Associate Professor Kate Galloway, and Proffessor John Flood, and  Federal 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, Victorian Law Foundation

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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Research Output

Towards a taxonomy of legal education research

Galloway, K., Castan, M. & Steel, A., 2020, Imperatives for Legal Education Research: Then, Now and Tomorrow. Golder, B., Nehme, M., Steel, A. & Vines, P. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 120-140 21 p. (Emerging Legal Education).

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

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

Federal Constitutional Law: A Contemporary View

Joseph, S. & Castan, M., 2019, 5th ed. Sydney NSW Australia: Thomson Lawbook Co. 644 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookOtherpeer-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

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


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

Legal Geography Symposium 2020

Melissa Castan (Invited speaker), Kate Galloway (Invited speaker)
6 Feb 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Submission to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 2018, on behalf of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

Katie O'Bryan (Contributor), Melissa Castan (Contributor), Kate Galloway (Contributor)

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

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