Prestigious fellowships awarded to Monash Law researchers

Three academics from the Faculty of Law at Monash University are currently undertaking prestigious fellowships in Australia and the United States.

The fellowships enable the three recipients to carry out important research into automated government decision-making, access to justice for unrepresented accused persons, and climate mobility.

The relevant research projects are described below.

Automated government decision-making

Associate Professor Yee-Fui Ng, Fulbright Scholar

Associate Professor Yee-Fui Ng is a Fulbright Fellow in Law at New York University’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Associate Professor Ng is undertaking research which focuses on the Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Project.

She is investigating successful policies in the U.S. and identifying optimal and rights-protective strategies that would enhance the regulation of automated government decision-making in Australia.

In particular, her project aims to contribute significantly to the accountability, efficiency and robustness of automated government decision-making, which is integral to Australia’s system of administrative justice.

Assisting unrepresented accused in summary criminal matters

Dr Natalia Antolak-Saper, Winston Churchill Trust Fellow

Dr Natalia Antolak-Saper is a Fellow at the Winston Churchill Trust, Canberra, ACT.

Dr Antolak-Saper was awarded the Churchill Fellowship to pursue research into innovative solutions to assist unrepresented accused in summary criminal matters.

Without legal representation, an individual is seriously inhibited from effectively participating in the criminal justice system, and their rights may not be adequately protected, or exercised.

As a Churchill Fellow, Dr Antolak-Saper will travel to the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada to undertake extensive qualitative interviews and observational studies for this project.

She is particularly interested in measures that have been successfully adopted overseas including ‘legal triage’, dedicated integrated courts, court navigators, online portals and training courses.

Her project will not only benefit those directly affected, but the broader Australian community by providing increased confidence in the criminal justice system.

Land tenure and climate mobility

Professor Daniel Fitzpatrick, Scholar-in-Residence, Woodrow Wilson Center

Professor Daniel Fitzpatrick has been awarded a prestigious Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC.

Professor Fitzpatrick is conducting research on a project entitled Tipping Points: Land Tenure and Climate Mobility in Situations of Fragility, Conflict and Violence.

Funded by Congressional Charter, and situated at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, the Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Scholars has been ranked as one of the Top 10 of global research and policy think tanks.

Professor Fitzpatrick’s work at the Wilson Center builds on his Future Fellowship scholarship on land tenure, climate change and disaster risk management in the Global South.

Professor Fitzpatrick’s most recent book – Law, Property and Disasters: Adaptive Perspective from the Global South – was published in 2021 and is available from Routledge Press.