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Dr Petra Mahy is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the the Department of Business Law and Taxation, Monash University, where she was previously a Senior Lecturer (July 2017-October 2022). Prior to that, 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). 

Beginning in March 2023, Petra has taken an assignment with the Australian Volunteers program and is working as a legal advisor with the Office of the Vice-President/Ministry of Justice, Republic of Palau. 

Research interests

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

She is a Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project "Formal and Informal Regulation of Labour Disputes in Southeast Asia" (DP190100821) (2019-2023). This project is empirically investigating the operation and effectiveness of formal labour dispute resolution systems as well as informal disputing pathways in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.  

Petra's other research interests are concerned with regulatory systems and their historical evolution in Southeast Asia, including in relation to company law, consumer protection and more recently internet regulation. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, PhD, Gender Equality and Corporate Social Responsibility in Mining: An Investigation of the Potential for Change at Kaltim Prima Coal, Indonesia, Australian National University (ANU)

Award Date: 30 Apr 2012

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

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 Sept 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