Adam Fletcher

Monash Law PhD student Adam Fletcher

What were you doing before you started your research degree with Monash Law School?

Immediately before starting my PhD, I was Manager of the Accountability Project at the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law (on a Research Fellowship). Prior to that, I worked for the Association for the Prevention of Torture in Geneva and the Attorney-General's Department in Canberra.

What is your current research based on?

I'm researching the work of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights in an attempt to determine whether it can improve Australia's implementation of its international human rights obligations.

What made you decide to choose Monash Law School for your research degree?

I initially came to the Monash Faculty of Law to work with Professor Joseph and the team at the Castan Centre, which is internationally renowned for its human rights law expertise. When my fellowship ended, I decided to complete the transition I had already begun to the academic side of human rights law.

What is the best aspect of studying at Monash Law School?

As an off-campus student I miss out on some things, but occasionally I am able to get to a Staff Seminar or Castan Centre event and they are always thought-provoking. The incredible collected knowledge of the Lecturers and the Professors in the faculty also makes it a stimulating environment in which to study (and work).

How has studying at Monash Law School benefited you professionally and personally?

It is early days yet, but I expect that completing a PhD will help when it comes to applications for full time academic positions in the future.

What are your plans after you complete your study with Monash Law?

I hope to become a lecturer, or possibly pursue another research fellowship.

List any personal achievements you have made through your studies at Monash Law School.

I have one peer-reviewed publication so far, and I have begun to teach classes in torts and criminal law.

Please tell me one piece of advice you have for anyone considering embarking on a research degree with Monash Law School

Take your time to consider whether a PhD (or SJD or Research Masters) is right for you. If you decide to go ahead, you will find many excellent potential supervisors (and nice people too!) at Monash.