UQ Trafficking in Persons Working Group
Current members

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 Trafficking in Persons 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.


 

Professor Andreas Schloenhardt
Dr Melissa Curley
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.

 

Dr Melissa Curley
Zachary Arnold

Zach studies Law and Arts at The University of Queensland, majoring in Criminology. He joined the Working Group in May 2017 and assists in updating the Working Group’s migrant smuggling website.


 

Zachary Arnold
Nicola Barnett

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.


 

Amelia Bell

Amelia studies Law and Arts, majoring in Psychology and Political Science, at The University of Queensland. She joined the Working Group in May 2017 to conduct research on the topic of online prostitution, exploitation, and trafficking in persons.


 

Amelia Bell
Samuel Chong

Samuel came to The University of Queensland from Singapore to study law. He joined the Working Group in May 2017 and assist in the work examining trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants in Southeast Asia and the wider Asia Pacific region.


 

Samuel Chong
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 Craig

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.


 

Colin Craig
Amye R Fairbairn

Amye studies Law and Arts, majoring in Criminology and Psychology, at The University of Queensland. She joined to the Working Group in May 2017. Her research project examines the nexus between prostitution, exploitation, and trafficking in persons in the US State of Nevada.


 

Amye R Fairbairn
Xavier R Goffinet

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.


 

Xavier R Goffinet
Sarah Hamid

Sarah’s research explores the identification of victims of trafficking in persons in Australia. She studies Law and Arts, majoring in Criminology, at The University of Queensland and joined the Working Group in May 2017.


 

Sarah Hamid
Faisal Nurdin Idris

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.


 

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.


 

Thomas P Kent
Joseph Lelliott

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).


 

Joseph Lelliot
Liam O’Shaughnessy

Liam first started as a volunteer with the Working Group in May 2017; he studies Law and Arts, majoring in Spanish and International Relations, at The University of Queensland.  Liam conducts research on smuggling of migrants and other forms of irregular migration and also assists with the organisation and content of the Working Group’s websites.


 

Liam O'Shaughnessy
Beliz Ozturk

Beliz joined the Working Group in January 2017 when she was awarded a UQ Summer Research Scholarship to conduct research on border controls and fortification and their impact on migrant smuggling. In May 2017, she started a new project examining the border fortification at the US-Mexico border and their impact on smuggling of migrants from Mexico to the United States. Beliz studies Law and Commerce at the University of Queensland.


 

Beliz Ozturk
Georgina Papworth

Georgina joined the Working Group in May 2017; she studies Law and Arts, majoring in English Literature and German, at The University of Queensland. Her research project examines the smuggling of migrants by air to Australia.


 

Georgina Papworth
Thanapol Pattansri

Thanapol studies Commerce and Law at The University of Queensland. He joined the Working Group in May 2017 to explore the topic ‘border controls and document checks at borders, airports, and seaports: legal frameworks and practical measures in Australia’.


 

Thanapol Pattansri
Isabelle Peart

Isabelle studies Law and Economics at The University of Queensland and joined the Working Group in May 2017. Her research project explores the use of force to stop illegal entry in Australia and examines the question: How much force can be threatened and applied to stop persons from entering a country/crossing a border unlawfully?


 

Isabelle Peart
Mitchel Roetteler

Mitchel studies Law and Commerce, majoring in Finance, at The University of Queensland and spent one semester of his degree at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. He joined the Working Group in May 2017 to explore the question: Should victims of trafficking in persons who cooperate with law enforcement and prosecutors gain better protection (including better immigration status) than those who don’t?


 

Mitchel Roetteler
Emily Rudz

Emily studies Law and Arts, majoring in Criminology an minoring in French and Psychology, at The University of Queensland. She joined the Working Group in May 2017 as a volunteer to assist in providing news updates and statistics on smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons and updating the Working Groups websites.


 

Emily Rudz
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.


 

Eunice Sze Ruey Tay
Max Ward

Max joined the Working Group in May 2017 and his research examines visa requirements and entry restrictions in Australia — and their impact on smuggling of migrants.He studies Law and arts, Majoring in Japanese, at The University of Queensland.


 

Max Ward
Andreas Wintersperger

Andreas studies Law and Philosophy at the University of Vienna and, in 2017, at the University of Queensland. He first joined the Working Group in March 2016 to assist with a research project on migrant smuggling from Pakistan. In 2017, he conducts his own project examining the smuggling of migrants from Kosovo to Austria.


 

Andreas Wintersperger
Linus Müller
Oct 2016-Apr 2017
Mollie O’Connor
Mollie O’Connor
Oct 2016-Jun 2017
Jasmine Tiong
Jasmine Tiong
Oct 2016-Jun 2017
 
Harry Meixner
Oct 2016-Apr 2017
Ruby McInnes
Oct 2016-Apr 2017
Douglas Johnson
Oct 2016-Apr 2017
Brittany Engeman
Oct 2016-Apr 2017
Nicholas Casey
Oct 2016-Apr 2017
Grace Burgess-Limerick
Oct 2015-Apr 2017
Aron Cheung
Oct 2015-Jan 2017
Fabian A Staub
June 2016-Jan 2017
Fabio Lai
July-Dec 2016
Rebecca Scott
Apr-Oct 2016
Elisa Solomon
Apr-Oct 2016
Tom Mackie
Apr-Oct 2016
Sam White
Apr-Oct 2016
Sue Ye
Apr-Oct 2016
Hannah Anderson
Apr-Oct 2016
Jeremy Levien
Apr-Oct 2016
Katelyn Goyen
Apr-Oct 2016
Odette Malpas-Haussmann
Oct 2015-July 2016
Emily McClelland
Oct 2015-July 2016
Grace Milne
Oct 2015-July 2016
Cecelia Redfern
Oct 2015-July 2016
Neraj Saluwadana
Oct 2015-July 2016
Sruthi Balaji
Oct 2015-July 2016
Nathan Condoleon
Oct 2015-July 2016
Gillian Gehrke
Oct 2015-July 2016
Rebekah Markey-Towler
July 2015-July 2016
Sebastian Campbell
Apr 2014-Feb 2016
Ellen Wood
Sept 2014-Feb 2016
Alexander White
Sept 2014-Feb 2016
Ryan Chan
July-December 2015
Joshua Keenan
Apr 2014-Nov 2015
Kira Larwill
Apr-Nov 2015
Sophie Philip
Apr-Nov 2015
Angus Fraser
Apr-Nov 2015
Leo Rees Murphy
Apr-Nov 2015
Elissa Morcombe
Sep 2014-Sep 2015
Aidan McCarthy
Jan-Jul 2015
Courtney Pallott
Jan-Aug 2015
Tom Fardoulys
Sep 2014-Jun 2015
Dominic Fawcett
Sep 2014-Jun 2015
Bonnie Johnston
Sep 2014-Jun 2015
Rebecca Morrison
Sep 2014-Jun 2015
Eliza Parer
Sep 2014-Jun 2015
Madeleine Sutherland
Sep 2014-Jun 2015
Molly Thomas
Sep 2014-Jun 2015
James Turner
Sep 2014-Jun 2015
Hamish Macdonald
May 2014-May 2015
Patrick Smith
Sep 2014-Mar 2015
Sara al-Bostanji
Jan-Dec 2014
Hannah Bowcock
Jan-Dec 2014
Matthew Tsai
Jan-Dec 2014
Angelique Riley
May-Nov 2014
Sarah Minty
May-Nov 2014
Sangwon Lee
May-Nov 2014
Clair B King
May-Nov 2014
Davina Khoo
May-Nov 2014
Connor Davies
May 2012-Sep 2014
Matthew K Wise
Mar 2013-Aug 2014
Oliver Cook
Nov 2012-June 2014
Thomas Cottrell
May 2013-June 2014
Zachary Skyring
Oct 2013-June 2014
Jared Peut
Oct 2013-June 2014
Priscilla Mackay
Oct 2013-June 2014
Olivia Hussey
Oct 2013-June 2014
Jessica Guy
Oct 2013-June 2014
Alexandra Gifford
Oct 2013-June 2014
Kahlia Vandyk
Nov 2013-June 2014
Samuel Ryder
Jan-June 2014
Danielle le Poidevin
Jan-June 2014
Rebekka Lajos
Feb 2013-April 2014
Jane Brouwers
May-Dec 2013
Hadley Hickson
June 2011-Jan 2014
Margarite Clarey
June-Dec 2013
Hugo Visscher
June-Dec 2013
Laura Forman
May-Dec 2013
Tobias Burghardt
Jan-Dec 2013
Calum McKInnon
May 2012-Dec 2013
Spenser Gibson
Aug-Oct 2013
Philip Schwarz
Jan-Aug 2013
Holly Woodcroft
Jan-July 2013
Allison McClelland
Jan-July 2013
James Johnston
Jan-July 2013
Madeleine King
Jan-July 2013
Briony Driscoll
Jan-July 2013
Beth Philipson
July 2012-June 2013
Jessica Duncan
Jan-July 2013
Sally Embelton
Jan-July 2013
Jessica Hoey
Jan-July 2013
Lachlan Campbell
Jan-July 2013
Erin Kelly
Jan-June 2013
Jessica Mudryk
Jan-June 2013
Robert McKay
May 2012-Mar 2013
Nikola Core
May-Dec 2012
Tristan Pagliano
May-Dec 2012
Kane Robson
Jan-Feb 2013
Jarrod Jolly
July 2008-Dec 2012
Nathan Edridge
Jan-Dec 2012
Martin Rustam
May-Dec 2012
Freya Douglas
Oct 2011-Oct 2012
Brianna Lee
May-Dec 2012
Jake Williams
Jan-Sep 2012
Jim McNicol
Jan 2010-Oct 2012
Linley Ezzy
Jan-Oct 2012
Jermaine Werror
May-Nov 2012
Elspeth McConaghy
Jan-July 2012
Bethany Holt
Jan-July 2012
Emma Fitzpatrick
Jan-July 2012
Emma K Betts
Dec 2011-July 2012
Sian Littledale
Nov 2011-July 2012
Matthew Cameron
Apr 2011-Apr 2012
Laura-Rose Lynch
Dec 2010-Mar 2012
Charles Martin
Nov 2010-July 2012
Jessica Swanson
Oct 2011-July 2012
Matias Peltola
Oct 2011-July 2012
Geoff Walker
Jan 2011-Mar 2012
Jessica Dale
Jan 2011-Mar 2012
Samantha Garbutt
July 2011-Mar 2012
Ashley Hammett
July 2011-May 2012
Paris Astill-Torchia
Nov 2011-Mar 2012
David Murray
July 2010-Feb 2012
San-Joe Tan
Jan-Dec 2011
Lachlan Jolly
July 2010-Dec 2011
Kate Stacey
Jan-Dec 2011
Ellen Bevan
July-Dec 2011
Siobhan Clair
Nov 2009-Jan 2012
Hayley Wall
June-Dec 2011
Annalyce Cuda
June 2010-Dec 2011
Joseph Douglas
May-Dec 2011
Iain Macdonald
July-Dec 2011
Corin Morcom
Jan 2010-Dec 2011
Rosie Hunt
Jan-Dec 2011
Brittany Smeed
July-Nov 2011
Katie Krafchick
July-Nov 2011
Ben Russo
Nov 2010-July 2011
Christopher Deitch
Apr 2009-June 2011
Phillip Jorgensen
Aug 2009-June 2011
Georgina Elliott
July 2010-June 2011
Salwa Marsh
July 2010-Jan 2011
Marissa Dooris
Jan 2010-Dec 2010
Isabel Dowe
Jan 2009-Dec 2010
Lisa Yang Zhong
Jan 2009-Dec 2010
Chaiy Donati
Apr-Dec 2010
Luke Trimarchi
May 2009-Dec 2010
Ben Klug
July-Dec 2010
Ria Ku
July-Dec 2010
Jackson Minter
July-Dec 2010
Sarida McLeod
July-Dec 2010
Nicholas Derrington
July-Dec 2010
Joseph O’Shea
Nov 2009-Nov 2010
Thomas Galloway
Feb 2010-Aug 2010
Brendan Hall
July 2009-July 2010
Mark Loong
March-July 2010
Thanu Gunewardena
March 2008-July 2010
Julia Noble
Aug 2009-July 2010
Sally Stubbington
March 2009-June 2010
Amelia Coman
February-June 2010
Emile McPhee
Mar 2008-Mar 2010
Toby Corsbie
Mar 2008-Dec 2009
Genevieve Beirne
Mar 2008-Dec 2009
Lachlan DJ Cameron
Mar 2008-Dec 2009
Angus Graham
Mar 2008-Aug 2009
Meghan Tait
Mar 2008-June 2009
Mazlifah Mansoor
Mar 2008-June 2009
Jordan Welke
Mar 2008-June 2009
Kristy Lennox
Aug 2008-May 2009
Jesse Lindemann
June 2008-Mar 2009
Jennifer Skippington
Mar 2008-Dec 2008
Tim Murray
Mar 2008-Dec 2008