The UQ Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Working Groups are a team of 12-18 students that work together under the direction of the project coordinators.
Members of the working groups may receive academic credit for their research or may participate as volunteers, mentors, or alumni. Participation in the group enables students to gain research experience and exposure to different research methodologies, while contributing to Faculty research on important contemporary issues.
The UQ Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Working Groups enable students to have a meaningful impact on pressing legal and criminal justice issues.
Professor Andreas Schloenhardt
Project Coordinator, Chief Investigator
Professor of Criminal Law at our School, Professorial Research Fellow at the Institute of Criminal Law & Criminology, University of Vienna, Austria.
Andreas is the coordinator of the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Working Groups since their inception in March 2008. He has researched and published extensively on these topics. His other research interests include organised crime, criminal law, drug trafficking, international criminal law, and immigration and refugee law.
Deputy Project Coordinator, Chief Investigator
Melissa’s research on non-traditional and human security discourse centres on its application and relevance to the East Asian region. In the working groups, her work focuses on the securitisation of illegal migration, child sex tourism, and domestic and international politics and policies pertaining to migrant smuggling and trafficking in persons.
Nicola is a PhD student at the University of Queensland’s School of Political Science and International Studies, researching the relationship between Australia’s asylum-seeker policies and Australia’s international reputation. She holds a Master of Literature degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, has a background in publishing. Nicola joined the Working Group in April 2016.
Grace studies Arts (majoring in Philosophy) and Law at The University of Queensland and became a member of the Working Group in October 2015. In her current research project she explores the topic of surrogacy and the question if and when the commissioning of surrogate babies may amount to trafficking in persons.
Janet E Collier
Janet is a PhD student at The University of Queensland in the School of Political Science and International Studies, researching the prevention of trafficking in persons in Vietnam. Janet holds a Master of Asian Studies and a Bachelor of Business. She has broad professional experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors, including international development in Southeast Asia. Janet joined the Working Group in March 2016.
Colin studies Law and Arts, majoring in Economics, at The University of Queensland. He first joined the Working Group in May 2013 to work on the Migrant Smuggling Case Database. He also published a paper on Australia’s policy to return migrant smuggling vessels to Indonesia and Australia and contributed to the Migrant Smuggling in Asia report (UNODC, 2015). His current work focusses on the prosecution of migrant smugglers in Australia.
Britanny studies Law and Arts with an extended major in International Relations at UQ. After spending a semester studying in Singapore, she joined the Working Group in October 2016.Her research explores reward schemes and dob-in lines to report suspected migrant smugglers in Australia.
Xavier is a postgraduate research student at The University of Queensland (UQ), completing a thesis on the criminal justice response to smuggling of migrants. His work explores existing laws and law enforcement measures in Indonesia and assesses these against the standards set by international law and best practice guidelines. He also contributes to the Migrant Smuggling Case Database and is involved in several research projects with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Xavier holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics degree from UQ. He first joined the Working Group in June 2010 to examine education awareness and education campaigns on the topic of trafficking in persons.
Faisal is a PhD student in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland. His current research focuses on the politics of anti-trafficking in Indonesia. Faisal holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Lille 2, France and a Bachelor in Arabic Language and Literature from the State Islamic University in Jakarta, Indonesia. He joined the Working Group in March 2016.
Doug studies Law and Geographical Science at The University of Queensland. After assisting Andreas Schloenhardt with a project on Trafficking in Persons to Thailand in 2016, he joined the Working Group in October 2016. His research explores penalties and sentencing of migrant smugglers in Australia.
Thomas P Kent
Tom studies Law and Arts, majoring in International Relations, at The University of Queensland. He first joined the Working Group in April 2014 to conduct research on the topic of witness protection under the Convention against Transnational Organised Crime. Tom also conducts research on trafficking in persons in Australia and, in 2015, undertakes a project examining the role of the corporate sector to combat trafficking in persons in Australia.
Joseph is a postgraduate research student at The University of Queensland School of Law, undertaking a thesis on the involvement of unaccompanied minors in the smuggling of migrants. He also works on the Migrant Smuggling Case Database and has previously conducted a research project on the smuggling of migrants by air and contributed to the Migrant Smuggling in Asia report (UNODC, 2015).
Ruby studies Law and Arts at The University of Queensland, majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a minor in French. She joined the Working Group in October 2016 to research Australia’s offences relating to trafficking in persons.
Harry joined the Working Group in October 2016; he studies Law and Arts at The University of Queensland, majoring in French and Political Science. His research examines the scale and characteristics of migrant smuggling in Australia.
Linus became a member of the Working Group in October 2016. He studies Law and Science at The University of Queensland and since 2012 also works at the National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology. For the Working Group, he researches the financing of smuggling of migrants.
Mollie joined the Working Group in October 2016; she studies Law and Arts at The University of Queensland, majoring in Economics and International Relations. Her research explores the Council of Europe Convention on Action agains Trafficking in Persons.
Eunice Sze Ruey Tay
Eunice studies Law and Science, majoring in Chemistry, at The University of Queensland. She joined the Working Group in October 2016 to examine the protection of victims of trafficking in persons under the UN Trafficking in Persons Protocol and under EU Law.
Jasmine studies Law and Arts at The University of Queensland, majoring in Korean with two minors in International Relations and Writing. She joined the Working Group in October 2016 to examine the criminalisation of migrant smuggling in Australian federal law.