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Dr Henrietta Zeffert

Lecturer in Law and Social Justice

I am a Lecturer in the Centre for Law and Social Justice. I joined the university in 2017. Between 2016 and 2017 I was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow in Law at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy, where I worked with Professor Martin Scheinin. I completed my PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science in International Law, supervised by Professor Susan Marks and Professor Linda Mulcahy. I read the BCL (Dist) at St Hugh's College, Oxford University, in 2009. I completed my LLB (Hons) and BA (Classics and Latin) at the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2007.

I am a qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, and previously practised as a lawyer at Ashurst. In 2012 I was associate (clerk) to the Honourable Justice Susan Crennan, former justice of the High Court of Australia. I was previously research assistant to Professor Hilary Charlesworth at the Regulatory Institutions Network, Australian National University, Canberra.

Research Interests

I conduct empirical socio-legal research relating to the themes of home, belonging, nostalgia, return and exile. I am also interested in the ‘everyday life’ of international law and in global socio-legal methodologies. My fieldwork studies have so far been based in Cambodia, Palestine and the United Kingdom.


In 2017-2018 I am the module coordinator for An Introduction to Law: What is Law? I am also module coordinator for Employment Law (with Dr Chris Dietz) and teaching on Law and Society and Foundations of Law. In previous appointments I have taught International Law, International Human Rights Law, and Dispute Resolution (ADR, negotiation, mediation, and civil procedure).

Key Publications

‘The Lake Home: International Law and the Global Land Grab’ (2017) Asian Journal of International Law (forthcoming article)

‘Identifying the Invisible: Australian Women's Human Rights and Substantive Gender Equality’ in Paula Gerber and Melissa Castan (eds), Contemporary Perspectives on Human Rights Law in Australia (Thompson Reuters, 2012)

‘Report of the Australian Capital Territory Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Project: Time to expand the ACT Human Rights Act 2004?’ (2011) 17(2) Australian Journal of Human Rights 215

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