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Personal profile

Biography

Ronli Sifris is a Senior Lecturer in Monash University’s Faculty of Law, a Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, and Co-Convener of the Law, Health and Wellbeing Group. She completed a LLM as a Hauser Scholar at NYU School of Law and a PhD at Monash University. Her research focus is on the intersection of reproductive health / rights and the law at both the international and domestic level. As such, she has published extensively on issues such as abortion, involuntary sterilisation and surrogacy. 

Her book, Reproductive Freedom, Torture and International Human Rights: Challenging the Masculinisation of Torture (Routledge, 2014) was launched by the then Hon Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Marilyn Warren AC and has been the subject of favourable book reviews. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, Ronli has Co-Edited two special issues of high quality journals; an issue of the Griffith Law Review focusing on “Gender, Health and the Law” and an issue of the Journal of Law and Medicine focusing on “Commercial Surrogacy – What Role of Law”.

Further, in an effort to influence real legal change she has made submissions to a number of different Parliamentary Inquiries / Law Reform Commission Inquiries and has been cited / extensively quoted in the resulting reports. Most recently, she achieved significant research impact when the High Court of Australia accepted her application to appear as “amicus curiae” to assist in its deliberations on a recent constitutional challenge.

You can find her on Twitter @RonliSifris and some of her papers on SSRN at http://ssrn.com/author=1444937.

Areas of Expertise

Reproductive Rights

Transitional Justice

Health Law

International Law

Human Rights

 

Keywords

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

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Research Output 2003 2018

Anti-abortion protest and the effectiveness of Victoria's safe access zones: an analysis

Sifris, R. & Penovic, T., 2018, In : Monash University Law Review. 44, 2, p. 317-340 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Expanding the feminisation dimension of international law: targeted anti-abortion protest as violence against women

Penovic, T. & Sifris, R., 2018, In : Cambridge International Law Journal. 7, 2, p. 241-267 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2013 2018

  • 3 Submissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries
  • 2 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course

Expert contribution to High Court proceedings

Tania Penovic (Fellow), Ronli Sifris (Fellow), Caroline Julia Sonja Henckels (Fellow)
Aug 2018

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Invited Seminar

Tania Penovic (Organiser), Ronli Sifris (Organiser)
2 Nov 2017

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

Law of Protest Roundtable 2017

Tania Penovic (Organiser), Ronli Sifris (Organiser)
2 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Griffith Law Review (Journal)

Ronli Sifris (Guest editor)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Submission to the Australian House of Representatives, Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs 2016 Inquiry into Surrogacy Arrangements (with K Ludlow and A Sifris) 21 pages

Ronli Sifris (Contributor)
2016 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries