Sara Kowal

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Sara is Deputy Director (Practice) at Eleos Justice, as well as Vice-President of the Capital Punishment Justice Project. She has practised exclusively in criminal law since 2003 and has extensive experience in defending complex prosecutions.

In 2018, Sara was appointed to establish the Eleos Anti-Death Penalty Clinic at Monash. The Clinic has been extremely popular with students and has been enthusiastically embraced by our partners.

In November 2019, Sara joined the Executive of the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN). She also sits on three country-specific working groups of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty.

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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Public Policy & Management, Masters of Public Policy and Management , University of Melbourne

Award Date: 1 Dec 2018

Law, Bachelor of Laws, La Trobe University

Award Date: 1 Dec 2002

Politics, Bachelor of Arts , University of Melbourne

Award Date: 1 Dec 1999

External positions

Executive Committee, Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network

2019 → …

Vice-President, Capital Punishment Justice Project

2016 → …

Special Counsel , Galbally Parker Barristers and Solicitors

2006 → …

Research area keywords

  • Death Penalty
  • Extra-Judicial Killing
  • War on Drugs
  • Human Rights Law
  • Sexual violence
  • Capital punishment

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