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Anna Arstein-Kerslake

Associate Professor
social sciences
government & law
legal capacity
human rights
intellectual disabilities
convention on the rights of persons with disabilities
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Anna Arstein-Kerslake

Primary Interest
Sexual Identities And The Law
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Anna Arstein-Kerslake


Dr Anna Arstein-Kerslake is an academic at Melbourne Law School where she developed, and leads, the Disability Human Rights Clinic (DHRC). From 2014-2017, she was the Academic Convenor of the Disability Research Initiative (DRI) at the University of Melbourne and she is now an Establishment Committee Member of the Melbourne Disability Institute.

She holds a PhD in Law from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), a JD from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law and a BA in Sociology from San Diego State University (SDSU). Prior to joining the University of Melbourne, she held a Marie Curie Research Fellowship at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy (CDLP) at (NUIG). Her work on the right to equal recognition before the law has been published widely, including her 2017 book, Restoring Voice to People, published by Cambridge University Press. She was a Chief Investigator on the Unfitness to Plead project, funded by the Australian Government, which is applied a human rights framework to investigate the problem of indefinite detention of people with cognitive disability as a result of unfitness to plead findings. She has also received several grants for the development of the international Disability Human Rights Research Network (DHRRN), which she founded in 2015 and spans Europe, India, the USA, and Australia. She has led several other small and larger scale research projects as well as law and policy reform projects. Notably, she provided support to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on a general comment on the right to equal recognition before the law. She has also participated widely in consultation with governments and other bodies, including: the United Kingdom Ministry of Justice, the Irish Ministry of Justice, Amnesty Ireland, Interights, and the Mental Disability Advocacy Center, among others.

Scholarly Works

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Award for Law in Service of Human Needs

Popper Jones, CUNY School of Law


European Union Marie Curie Research Fellowship





Associate Professor



Law and Society Association


Australian Disability Access to Justice Consortium

Founder And Chair

Disability Human Rights Research Network


Doctorate of Philosophy, Law

National University of Ireland

Juris Doctorate, Law

City University of New York

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology

San Diego State University