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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 the Director of Research. She is also 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

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


Laws, Bachelor (Hons), MONASH UNIVERSITY

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


Research Output

  • 10 Article
  • 3 Other Report
  • 2 Chapter (Book)
  • 1 Commissioned Report

Measuring worker protection using leximetrics: illustrating a new approach in four Asia-Pacific countries

Mahy, P., Mitchell, R., Sutherland, C., Gahan, P., O'Donnell, A., Cooney, S., Anderson, G., Mao, L. & Stewart, A., Sep 2019, In : American Journal of Comparative Law. 67, 3, p. 515-549 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

What is actually regulating work? A study of restaurants in Indonesia and Australia

Mahy, P., Mitchell, R., Howe, J. & Tranfaglia, M. A., 25 Jul 2019, Re-Imagining Labour Law for Development: Informal Work in the Global North and South. Ashiagbor, D. (ed.). 1st ed. Oxford UK: Hart, p. 215-233 19 p.

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

The plural regulation of work: a pilot study of restaurant workers in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Mahy, P., Mitchell, R., Cooney, S. & Howe, J., 1 Sep 2017, Melbourne Vic Australia: University of Melbourne. 76 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportResearch

Open Access

The Worker Protection Index (WPI): Coding for Australia, China, Indonesia and New Zealand

Anderson, G., Cooney, S., Gahan, P., Mahy, P., Mao, L., Mitchell, R., O'Donnell, A., Stewart, A. & Sutherland, C., 16 Oct 2017, Rochester, NY: SSRN. 203 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportResearch


Consumer protection in Turkey: Law, informality and the role of the media

Creutzfeldt, N., Mahy, P., Kazaz, J., Caliskan, E. & Lu, Y. Y., Oct 2016, Rochester, NY: SSRN. 48 p. (Workplace and Corporate Law Research Group. Working Paper Series; no. 21)

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportResearch

Open Access


  • 8 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course
  • 7 Contribution to conference
  • 1 External research and teaching

Global Challenges and Local Responses: Transformation of Labour Relations and Legal Framework in Vietnam and Emerging Economies

Petra Mahy (Speaker)
14 Jul 201916 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Labour Law Research Network Conference

Petra Mahy (Speaker)
23 Jun 201925 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Company Law Transplants and Evolution in Colonial Southeast Asia

Petra Mahy (Invited speaker)
12 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

International Conference on Fundamental Rights

Petra Mahy (Keynote/plenary speaker)
5 Aug 20196 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Annual Conference

Petra Mahy (Speaker)
28 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Press / Media

Living in the Shadows of the Indonesian Mother: the Stigma, Shame and Opportunities as a Widow or Divorcee

Monika Swasti Winarnita, Nick Herriman & Petra Mahy


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature