Ronli Sifris


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Personal profile


Ronli is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law and an Associate of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. She received her LLB from Monash University where she was awarded the Supreme Court Prize for graduating first in her class and was the editor of the Monash University Law Review. She completed an LLM in International Legal Studies as a Hauser Scholar at NYU School of Law and a PhD at Monash University. Prior to commencing her PhD she worked as a consultant with the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York. She is admitted to practice in both Melbourne and New York.


Ronli has published numerous articles and book chapters and has presented her work at various events and conferences. Her research focus is on the intersection of reproductive health / rights and the law at both the international and domestic level; for example, she has published on abortion, involuntary sterilisation and surrogacy. Her recent book, entitled 'Reproductive Freedom, Torture and International Human Rights: Challenging the Masculinisation of Torture', conceptualises restrictions on reproductive freedom within the framework of torture discourse.

You can find her on Twitter @RonliSifris and some of her papers on SSRN at


Areas of Expertise

Reproductive Rights

Transitional Justice

Medical Law

International Law

Human Rights


  • human rights
  • reproductive rights
  • gender
  • transitional justice
  • international law

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Research Output 2003 2017

Australia: Abortion and Human Rights

Sifris, R. & Belton, S. 2017 In : Health and Human Rights. 19, 1, p. 209-220 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Sifris, R. 2017 Tensions and Traumas in Health Law. Freckelton, I. & Petersen, K. (eds.). Sydney, NSW [Australia]: Federation Press, p. 333-347 15 p.

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

The Approach of the Victorian Charter to Women's Rights

Sifris, R. 2017 Australian Charters of Rights A Decade On. Groves, M. & Campbell, C. (eds.). Sydney: Federation Press, p. 136-150 15 p.

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

Gender, health and the law: Opportunities and challenges for reform

Sifris, R., Seear, K. & Grant, G. 2 Jan 2016 In : Griffith Law Review. 25, 1, p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access

The involuntary sterilisation of marginalised women: Power, discrimination, and intersectionality

Sifris, R. 2 Jan 2016 In : Griffith Law Review. 25, 1, p. 45-70 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Activities 2013 2016

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

Griffith Law Review (Journal)

Sifris, R. (Guest editor)
2016 → …

Activity: Editorial responsibility

Journal of Law and Medicine (Journal)

Sifris, R. (Guest editor)
2015 → …

Activity: Editorial responsibility