- UWA EEU 'Flipping the Classroom' Grant
- Ian Potter Foundation Conference Grant
- US Holocaust Memorial Museum Workshop Attendee Grant
- Clark University Conference Attendee Grant
- TC Beirne School of Law Collaborative Workshop Grant (with Professor Heather Douglas)
- Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grant
- Australian Academy of the Humanities Humanities Travelling Fellowship
- International Network of Genocide Scholars Travel Grant
- University of Queensland Postdoctoral Fellowship
- Griffith Asia Institute Australia China Futures Dialogues Visiting Fellowship to Peking University, China
- Gandel Philanthropy Scholarship for the Gandel Holocaust Studies Program for Australian Educators, at Yad Vashem in Israel
Dr Melanie O’Brien is Senior Lecturer in International Law at the UWA Law School, University of Western Australia; and an affiliated researcher of the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, University of Queensland.
Dr O'Brien's research and supervision areas include international criminal law, international human rights law, international humanitarian law (IHL), feminist legal theory, public international law, comparative criminal law, peacekeeping, and military law. She has published in leading academic journals and is on the Editorial Boards of Human Rights Review and The International Journal of Human Rights, and served on the Editorial Board of Genocide Studies and Prevention (2013-2017).
Dr O'Brien is the Second Vice-President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS), and a member of the WA International Humanitarian Law Committee of the Australian Red Cross.
Dr O'Brien's book, Criminalising Peacekeepers: Modernising National Approaches to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse was published in 2017 in Palgrave's Transnational Crime, Crime Control and Security series.
- Researcher, Anti-Slavery Australia in the Law School, University of Technology Sydney
- Human Rights Legal Advisor, National Human Rights Institution of Samoa
- Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, Griffith University
- Law Clerk, Legal Advisory Section of the Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
- Research Assistant, International Criminal Justice Unit of the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre
- Consulting Editor, Raoul Wallenberg Institute
LAWS5224 Foundations of Public International Law (MIL)
LAWS5220 International Humanitarian Law (MIL)
LAWS5512 Supervised Research (JD)
LAWS5694 Research Paper I (LLM/MIL)
LAWS5695 Research Paper II (LLM/MIL)
LAWS5696 Research Paper III Part 1 (LLM/MIL)
LAWS5697 Research Paper III Part 2 (LLM/MIL)
Roles and responsibilities
Dr O'Brien is Director, Research Assessment, Impact & Engagement.
Dr O’Brien is the unit coordinator of Public International Law; Foundations of Public International Law; International Humanitarian Law; Supervised Research; and all the Masters Research units.
Dr O'Brien is a member of the Law School Research Committee. Her research and supervision areas include international criminal law, international human rights law, international humanitarian law (IHL), feminist legal theory, public international law, comparative criminal law, peacekeeping, and military law.
- Photographs as evidence in international criminal trials.
- Prevention and punishment of peacekeeper sexual exploitation and abuse.
- Gender-based violence against women in mass atrocities.
- Rohingya genocide.
The University of Western Australia
Award Date: 16 Dec 2019
University of Nottingham
Award Date: 14 Jul 2010
University of Newcastle
University of Newcastle
University of Technology Sydney
Research expertise keywords
- International criminal law
- Human rights law
- Human Rights
- International humanitarian law
- Feminism and feminist theory
- United Nations
- Comparative Criminal Law
- International Law/ Human Rights
- International Law
- International Law/ Criminal Law
- Criminal Law
- Genocide Studies