PROF Dianne Otto

PROF Dianne Otto


  • Honorary, Law
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Feminist Legal Theory
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Law
  • International Law and Indigenous People
  • Legal Theory
  • Post-colonial Theory
  • Queer and Post-modern Legal Theory
  • Sexual identities and the Law



  •  Dianne Otto is Francine V McNiff Chair in Human Rights Law, Director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities (IILAH) and Co-Director of its International Human Rights Law Program. Her research interests include the exclusionary effects of legal representations of marginalised groups in international human rights law, gender and sexuality issues in human rights and development, economic, social and cultural rights, international human rights nongovernmental organisations, international peace and security issues, people’s tribunals and the domestic implementation of international legal obligations. Dianne teaches in the LLM and JD programs and supervises doctoral students in related areas of Public International Law and Human Rights Law.

    Dianne’s scholarly research in the field of public international law and human rights law enjoys a national and international reputation, marked by its emphasis on melding theory with transformative practice. Dianne’s scholarship explores how international legal discourse reinforces hierarchies of nation, race, gender and sexuality, and aims to understand how the reproduction of such legal knowledge can be resisted. Her work draws upon a range of critical legal theories particularly those influenced by feminism, postcolonialism and queer theory.

    Her recent publications include three edited volumes, Gender Issues and Human Rights (Edward Elgar Publishing, Human Rights Law Series, 2013), a chapter in Margaret Davies and Vanessa Munro (eds), A Research Companion to Feminist Legal Theory (Ashgate Companion Series, 2013) and an article in Jindal Global Law Review (2013). She also authored a bibliographic chapter, ‘Feminist Approaches’, in Oxford Bibliographies Online: International Law , ed. Tony Carty (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).

    Dianne has held visiting positions at Columbia University, the Scho   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • JSD, Columbia University 2007
  • LLM, Columbia University 1999
  • LLM, University of Melbourne 1997
  • LLB, University of Melbourne 1992
  • BA, Adelaide University 1974


Available for supervision

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