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    Research areas

  • Animal Law, Corporations and Human Rights, International Criminal Law and Justice, Torts Law, Transitional Justice


Joanna joined the Law Faculty as a Lecturer in 2010 and is an Associate of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. Her research interests lie at the intersection of corporate accountability, international criminal law, human rights, transitional justice, and legal theory.

Much of Joanna's work to date has examined the application of international criminal law to corporations. She has published articles and book chapters on this and related subjects, including in the Journal of International Criminal Justice. She has held visiting fellowships at Columbia University and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law.

Joanna worked previously with the South Australian Crown Solicitor's Office, and in both private and community legal practice.

A selection of her publications can be found at

Community service


  • 'The International Criminal Court's Africa Problem', Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Blog(CCHRL Blog) 18 May 2015.
  • 'The Debate about having a debate about a business and human rights treaty', CCHRL Blog, 17 February 2015.
  • 'Rights and the Non-human Animal', CCHRL Blog, 22 January 2015.
  • 'Corporations Now Less Accountable, CCHRL Blog, 30 April 2014.
  • 'Too Big to Be Sued? US Supreme Court Further Limits Corporate Human Rights Litigation', CCHRL Blog, 3 February 2014.
  • 'Shell Has No Case to Answer on Nigeria', NewMatilda.Com, 24 April 2013.
  • 'Torture Inc.: How Far Do Corporate Interests Stretch When Human Rights Are at Stake?' The Conversation, 12 October 2012.
  • 'Lessons from the Chamberlain Case: the Human Cost of Wrongful Conviction', The Conversation, 19 June 2012.
  • 'Pirates Incorporated: The US Supreme Court to Decide if Corporations Liable under the Alien Tort Statute', CCHRL Blog, 5 March 2012.
  • 'Mining, Security and Human Rights', CCHRL Blog, 30 Dec 2011.
  • 'Securency Charges Will Finally Test Our Unused Bribery Laws', The Conversation, 7 July 2011.
  • 'Why Australian Firms Should Be Made Accountable for Overseas Crimes', The Conversation, 15 April 2011.
  • Interview on ABC News Radio, Out of Africa, 17 October 2010 (Alex McDonald) <lt;<gt;.
  • Interview on Radio Adelaide, 'Corporations and the ICC', Back Story, 10 February 2010 (Casey Hribar) <lt;<gt;.
  • 'Australia and International Criminal Law: The Responsibilities of Companies to Abide by International Criminal Law' (2009) 5 (1) Journal of International Peace Operations 29-31.

Research interests

Corporations and human rights

International criminal law and justice

Transitional justice

Animal Law

Monash teaching commitment

LAW4230 Animal Law SEM1/T2

LAW2201 Torts A SEM1/T2

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