Dr Melanie O’Brien is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the TC Beirne Law School, and Researcher in the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, University of Queensland, Australia. Her research examines the connection between human rights and the genocide process; and she has researched and published extensively on the issue of peacekeepers and sexual exploitation and abuse. Her book Criminalising Peacekeepers: Modernising National Approaches to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse will be published in 2017 (Palgrave).
Melanie sits on the International Association of Genocide Scholars’ (IAGS) Advisory Board and is co-convenor of the 2017 IAGS Conference at UQ. She is an Australian Red Cross QLD International Humanitarian Law Committee member, and is on the Editorial Boards of Human Rights Review and IAGS journal Genocide Studies and Prevention.
Melanie teaches in international criminal law, international human rights law and comparative criminal law. Melanie’s previous work includes Anti-Slavery Australia; the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (Griffith University); the National Human Rights Institution of Samoa; and the Legal Advisory Section of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court. She is an admitted legal practitioner. Melanie’s publications are available on academia.edu and she tweets @DrMelOB.