Sarah Joseph


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Professor Sarah Joseph is the Director for the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. Her teaching and research interests are international human rights law and constitutional law. Particular areas of interest include economic globalisation and human rights, and the media and human rights.

She has published a number of books including Blame it on the WTO: A Human Rights Critique (OUP, 2011), Corporations and Transnational Human Rights Litigation (Hart 2004), co-authoring The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Cases, Commentary and Materials (OUP, 3rd ed, 2013), Federal Constitutional Law: A Contemporary View (Thompson, 4th ed, 2014), A Handbook on the Individual Complaints Procedures of the UN (OMCT, 2006) and Human Rights Translated: A Business Reference Guide (UN 2008). She has also co-edited two recent books for Edward Elgar Publishers, Research Handbook on International Human Rights Law (2010) and The World Trade Organization and Human Rights: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (2009). Sarah has also published numerous articles and presented many papers in the fields of international human rights law and constitutional law.


Professor Joseph has conducted numerous human rights training programs on behalf of AusAID and other organisations, including in Burma and Indonesia, as well as training delivered to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and the Judicial College of Victoria.

Professor Joseph has performed contract research for a number of organisations, including the United Nations, Oxford University Press, the World Organisation against Torture, and the Commonwealth Attorney General's Department.

Research interests

International human rights law

corporations and human rights

terrorism and human rights

media and human rights

social media

Supervision interests

International human rights law

Monash teaching commitment

LAW2111 Constitutional law SEM1/T2

LAW4155 International human rights SEM1/T2

LAW5007 Principles of constitutional law SEM1/T2

LAW5365 Terrorism and human rights SEM1/T2



  • Human Rights
  • Media
  • Social Media
  • Corporations and Human Rights
  • Terrorism
  • Globalisation
  • Law of War

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Projects 2002 2020

The Indigenous Club of Learning at Port Phillip Prison

Joseph, S., Penovic, T., Trounson, J. & Munro-Harrison, E.


Project: Research

Closing the Gap on Indigenous Rights Project

Gray, S., Joseph, S. & Smith, M.


Project: Research

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Prison Homework Club

Joseph, S., Trounson, J., Munro-Harrison, E. & Penovic, T.


Project: Research

Research Output 1998 2019

Extending the right to life under the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights: General Comment 36

Joseph, S., Jun 2019, In : Human Rights Law Review. 19, 2, p. 347-368 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Federal Constitutional Law: A Contemporary View

Joseph, S. & Castan, M., 2019, 5th ed. Sydney NSW Australia: Thomson Lawbook Co. 644 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookOtherpeer-review

Improving Educational Outcomes for Children with Disability in Victoria

Jenkin, E., Spivakovsky, C., Joseph, S. & Smith, M., Jun 2018, Clayton Vic Australia: Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University. 118 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportResearch

Open Access

Sovereign debt and civil/political rights

Joseph, S., 2018, Sovereign Debt and Human Rights. Bantekas, I. & Lumina, C. (eds.). 1st ed. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, p. 303-316 14 p.

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

Human Rights Translated 2.0: A Business Reference Guide

Joseph, S., Wynhoven, U. & Chandra, S., 2017, 2nd ed. Clayton Vic Australia: Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University. 140 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Open Access