MS Odette Mazel

MS Odette Mazel


  • Indigenous development (Land rights, law, governance, health, capacity building, economic development)
  • LGBTI Rights
  • Minority Rights



  • Odette is a Research Fellow with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and a PhD student at the Melbourne Law School. Her research focuses on the rights of marginalised communities including Indigenous peoples and members of the LGTBIQ community and the cultural, social and legal avenues through which to pursue those rights. Her work draws upon a range of critical legal theories particularly those influenced by feminism, postcolonialism and queer theory.

    Since 2008 she has been a Research Fellow and Program Manager of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network which works to improve the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning of Indigenous health in medical education, as well as best practice in the recruitment and graduation of Indigenous medical students. From 2002-2008 she worked as the Research Fellow and Manager of the Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements (ATNS) Project to examine treaty and agreement making with Indigenous Australians and the nature of the rights encompassed by past, present and potential agreements and treaties. Prior to that Odette worked with Australian Government Solicitor in South Australia. Odette holds a Master of Laws from The University of Melbourne and an honours degree in Law and Arts from Flinders University.



Member of

  • Law Society of South Australia. Admitted to practice in the Supreme Court 2002 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Odette was a Research Fellow and Project Manager on the Australia Research Council Linkage Projects: Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements with Indigenous Peoples in Settler States: their role and relevance for Indigenous and other Australians (2002-2005) and The Implementation of Agreements and Treaties with Indigenous and Local Peoples in Postcolonial States (2006-2008; LP0561857).

    Centre for Health and Society Research Funding Grant (2008)
    Funds to attend the New Worlds, New Sovereignties Conference

    Cultural and Community Relations Advisory Group (2007)
    Funds for the Indigenous Communities, Economic Development and Tax Policy Symposium

    Centre for Health and Society Research Funding Grant (2007)
    Funds to attend the Cultures and the Law Conference

    Central Funds Publication Grant, The University of Melbourne (2006)
    Funds for the publication of Langton, Mazel, Palmer, Tehan, Settling with Indigenous Peoples: Modern Treaty and Agreement Making (Federation Press 2006)



Education and training

  • LLM, University of Melbourne 2015
  • LP, University of South Australia 2002
  • LLB, Flinders University of South Australia 2001
  • BA, Flinders University of South Australia 2000

Awards and honors

  • ASPIRE Award for Excellence in Social Accountability, 2016
  • Excellence Award for Equity, Diversity and Staff Development, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne, 2014
  • Rio Tinto Award for Excellence and Innovation in Indigenous Higher Education, 2011
  • Knowledge Transfer Award, School of Population Health, 2010
  • Norman Curry Award for Innovation and Excellence in Support of and Service to Teaching and Learning, 2010
  • Award for Excellence in Academic Administration, The University of Melbourne, 2010
  • Knowledge Transfer Award, Knowledge Transfer Award, The University of Melbourne, 2007



Available for supervision

  • Y