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Dr Petra Mahy joined the Department of Business Law and Taxation, Monash University, in July 2017. Previously she was a lecturer in law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London (2015-2017), a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford (2013-2015) and a research fellow at the Department of Business Law and Taxation, Monash University (2010-2013). 

In the Department of Business Law and Taxation, Petra is a member of the Labour, Equality and Human Rights (LEAH) Research Group, the Corporate Law, Organisation and Litigation (CLOL) Research Group and the Asia-Pacific Business Regulation Research Group

Petra is also a Coordinator of the Governance and Regulation Research Network (Garnet), an interdisciplinary network located in the Centre for Global Business, Monash Business School. 

Research interests

Petra is both a lawyer and an anthropologist and her research interests fall in the disciplines of socio-legal and regulatory studies.

She is a Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project "Formal and Informal Regulation of Labour Disputes in Southeast Asia" (DP190100821) (2019-2021).  

Her other research interests are concerned with the comparative historical evolution of company law and labour law in Southeast Asia, particularly in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. This research is employing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies for charting legal change. Petra is also working on a project aimed at understanding the content and development of informal forms of work regulation and their interaction with formal labour laws in the restaurant sector in Indonesia and Australia. Together with colleagues, Petra is also engaged in a pilot project on 'Informality and the Media in Consumer Protection in Emerging Economies', which is examining consumer protection law and informal dispute resolution mechanisms in Indonesia and Turkey.  

Petra's PhD thesis was completed at the Australian National University in 2011 on the topic of 'Gender Equality and Corporate Social Responsibility in Mining: An Investigation of the Potential for Change at Kaltim Prima Coal, Indonesia'. Petra also continues to pursue her interest in the regulation of corporate social responsibility and mining, as well as gender issues in Indonesia.

Monash teaching commitment

Supervision interests

I am generally interested in supervising comparative law, empirical socio-legal and/or regulatory research projects, particularly projects based in Southeast Asia or Australia, and I welcome inquiries from potential PhD students.   

Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, PhD, Australian National University

Award Date: 30 Apr 2012

Asian Studies (Specialist: Indonesian), Bachelor (Hons), Australian National University

Award Date: 16 Dec 2005


Award Date: 21 Apr 2005

Laws, Bachelor (Hons), MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 21 Apr 2005

External positions

Academic Program Officer, Law Professional Practicum, Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS)

1 Sep 20171 Mar 2018

Research area keywords

  • Comparative Law
  • Comparative Labour Law
  • Comparative Corporate Law
  • Regulatory Studies
  • Informal Norms and Institutions
  • Legal Anthropology
  • Legal Systems of Southeast Asia especially Indonesia
  • Socio-Legal Studies