Our People

The Castan Centre's current structure is:


Sarah Joseph teaches and researches across a range of human rights topics, with special interests including business and human rights, economic globalisation and human rights, freedom of expression, and intersections between human rights and sport, art and pop culture.

Deputy Directors

Julie Debeljak teaches and researches in the field of international human rights law, comparative bills of rights, comparative domestic human rights law, and constitutional law.

Melissa Castan teaches and researches in the areas of Australian Public Law, Constitutional law, Indigenous Legal Issues and Legal Education.

Paula Gerber research interests include international human rights law, LGBTI rights and children's rights.

Tania Penovic teaches and researches in a number of areas including international human rights law, women's rights, access to justice and the rights of asylum seekers and refugees.

Joanna Kyriakakis researches in the  areas of intersection of corporate accountability, international criminal law, human rights, transitional justice, and legal theory.

Azadeh Dastyari teaches and researches in the fields of international and domestic refugee law, human rights law and the law of the sea.

Maria O'Sullivan teaches and researches in the areas of administrative law, public law and international refugee law.

Ronli Sifris researches in the field of human rights, reproductive rights, gender, transitional justice and international law.

Associates - Heli Askola, Patrick Emerton, Stephen Gray, Richard JoyceColin Campbell, Katie O'Bryan, Nadirsyah Hosen, Jean Allain, Caroline Henckels,  Luke BeckYee-Fui Ng, and Amber Tan

Research Centres Manager - Alan Shanks

Policy Manager - Karin Frode

Project Officer - Andrea Olivares Jones

Indigenous Group of Learning Coordinator - Michelle Donovan

Administrator - Janice Hugo

Advisory Board