Researcher biography

Dr Joseph Lelliott is a Lecturer at the TC Beirne School of Law, teaching undergraduate courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, and administrative law. He holds a PhD in Law from the University of Queensland. His doctoral studies were funded by an Australian Research Training Program Scholarship.

Dr Lelliott's principal areas of research concern forms of transnational organized crime, especially smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons, and international human rights law, with a focus on the rights of the child. His broader research interests include immigration and refugee law, criminal law, and the various issues that intersect with irregular migration. He has written a number of journal articles and book chapters on these subjects and spoken at both national and international conferences and workshops. His recent research focuses on the smuggling and trafficking of children, particularly unaccompanied minors, including the relevant international legal framework and domestic responses to the phenomena.

Dr Lelliott has served as an expert consultant to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna and Bangkok. He has worked on numerous UNODC projects, including a report on smuggling of migrants in Asia, the SHERLOC caselaw database, and the UN's Education for Justice initiative. He was one of two consultants engaged to draft the second edition of the Legislative Guides for the Trafficking in Persons Protocol.

While completing his PhD, Dr Lelliott won several awards, including the Owen Fletcher Award, the BEL Faculty Higher Degree Research Excellence in Research Award, and a Graduate School International Travel Award.