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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 http://ssrn.com/author=1444937.


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 2018

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

Penovic, T. (Fellow), Sifris, R. (Fellow), Henckels, C. J. S. (Fellow)
Aug 2018

Activity: Submissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Invited Seminar

Penovic, T. (Organiser), Sifris, R. (Organiser)
2 Nov 2017

Activity: Contribution to workshop, seminar, course

Law of Protest Roundtable 2017

Penovic, T. (Organiser), Sifris, R. (Organiser)
2 Jun 2017

Activity: Contribution to conference

Griffith Law Review (Journal)

Sifris, R. (Guest editor)
2016 → …

Activity: Editorial responsibility