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Priya Sharma earned her Bachelor of Law (LL.B) from the University of London and a Certificate in Legal Practice. She was admitted to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor from the High Court of Malaya. After two years of practice in corporate and conveyancing law, she transitioned into academia. Sharma pursued her LLM (Masters in Law) at the University of Malaya.

Priya began her academic career at Monash University Malaysia as a Sessional Tutor. She pursued the Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Commerce at the same institution, laying the groundwork for her Ph.D. Her thesis, titled "The Exploitation Of Children For Labour: - The Malaysian Legislative Framework," reflects her research interests.

Transitioning to a full-time academic role at Monash University Malaysia in June 2014, Priya served as the Coordinator for the Department of Business, Law, and Taxation until 2018. During this time, she taught various undergraduate units at the School of Business.

In December 2015, Priya embarked on her Ph.D. journey on a part-time basis. After years of dedicated research, she completed her Ph.D. at Monash University Malaysia in September 2023, with a thesis titled "Trafficking of Migrant Workers for Forced Labour: An Evaluation of the Malaysian Legislative Framework."

As a career path, Priya became a PRME Ambassador (Principles of Responsible Management Education) for the School of Business in 2017. PRME is a United Nations-supported initiative founded in 2007 that aims to raise the profile of sustainability in business and management education through Seven Principles focused on serving society and safeguarding our planet.

In 2021, Priya was appointed the Director of PRME at the School of Business and became the Chair of PRME Chapter ASEAN+, leading the region in the integration of sustainability and sustainable development into business education, research and engagement. In 2023, Priya was appointed a Global Board of PRME, assisting to govern global PRME into the future. Priya is also a Steering Committee Member of AACSB Responsible Management Education Group Affinity, professional organization that accredits the best business schools in the world and connects them with a global community of educators, thought leaders, and learners. 

As part of her community engagement initiatives, Priya serves as an Advisory Board Member of CERTE (Connecting and Equipping Refugees to Tertiary Education), a task force comprising of private tertiary institutions, UNHCR, Fugee (a refugee led NGO) and the Opening University for Refugees (OUR) aimed at empowering refugees through education. 

Research interests

  • Business Law
  • Human Rights
  • International Law

Monash teaching commitment

  • BEW 3001 Ethics & Sustainability in a Business Environment
  • BTW3320 Corporate Governance & Sustainabilty
  • BTW1042 Malaysian Business Law

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, Trafficking of Migrant Workers for Forced Labour: An Evaluation of the Malaysian Legislative Framework, Monash University Malaysia

15 Dec 201522 Sept 2023

Award Date: 22 Sept 2023

Law, Postgraduate Diploma (PGDIP), Exploitation of Children for Labour: The Malaysian Legislative Framework, Monash University Malaysia

15 Feb 201015 Nov 2010

Award Date: 15 Nov 2010

Law, L.L.M, Coursework, Universiti Malaya (University of Malaya)

3 Jan 200115 Nov 2001

Award Date: 15 Nov 2001

Law, L.L.B Degree, Course work, University of London

15 Jun 199125 Nov 1994

Award Date: 25 Nov 1994

External positions

Advisory Board Member, Connecting and Equipping Refugees to Tertiary Education (CERTE)

Sept 2023 → …

Global Board Member, Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) United Nations Compact

12 Jun 2023 → …

Chair PRME Chapter ASEAN+, Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) United Nations Compact

2 Jun 2021 → …

Steering Committee Member Responsible Management Education Group Affinity, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Apr 2021 → …

Research area keywords

  • Law and humanities
  • Legal theory
  • jurisprudence and legal interpretation
  • Migrants and refugees
  • Forced Labour
  • Human Trafficking
  • Responsible Management Education
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Sustainability in Higher Education