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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

 

Research area keywords

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

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Research Output 2003 2019

Intersectionality, transitional justice, and the case of internally displaced Moro women in the Philippines

Sifris, R. & Tanyag, M., May 2019, In : Human Rights Quarterly. 41, 2, p. 399-420 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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

Book Review of The Public Law of Gender: From the Local to the Global

Sifris, R., 2018, In : The Denning Law Journal. 30, 2, p. 197-206 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalShort ReviewOtherpeer-review

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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 2019

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

Submission to Government of Western Australia, Safe Access Zones: Proposal for Reform in WA on behalf of Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

Tania Penovic (Contributor), Ronli Sifris (Contributor)
16 May 2019

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

Submission to the Abortion Legislation Committee (NZ) regarding the Abortion Legislation Bill

Tania Penovic (Contributor), Ronli Sifris (Contributor), Caroline Henckels (Contributor)
13 Sep 2019

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

The Possibilities and Limits of Protest

Tania Penovic (Invited speaker), Ronli Sifris (Invited speaker)
20 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Submission the South Australian Law Reform Institute, Abortion: A Review of South Australian Law and Practice on behalf od Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

Ronli Sifris (Contributor), Tania Penovic (Contributor)
16 May 2019

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

Oral testimony elaborating on our submission to the committee (authored with Dr Caroline Henckels)

Tania Penovic (Speaker), Ronli Sifris (Speaker)
29 Oct 2019

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