Francine V McNiff Professor in Human Rights Law
Director of Studies, Human Rights Law
John Tobin is a Professor in the Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne. He has a combined commerce/law degree with honours and a PhD from the University of Melbourne. He also has an LLM with distinction from the University of London. He has designed and taught several subjects in areas of international law, human rights, children's rights and public interest lawyering. He also coordinates the legal internship subject across the LLB, JD and Masters programs in the Melbourne Law School and coordinates the MLS Human Rights Alumni Network. In 2010 he was awarded the Barbara Falk Award for Teaching Excellence by the University of Melbourne and in 2011 he was awarded a national citation for outstanding contribution to student learning in the area of human rights. In 2006 he was a Visiting Professor at both the American Academy of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Washington College of Law, American University and in the Law School at New York University. In 2011 he was the Senior Scholar in Residence at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law School.
John is currently working on an ARC Discovery Grant with Professor Philip Alston from NYU titled 'Children's Rights: From Theory to Practice' which will produce a comprehensive commentary on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. He has also published numerous reports and articles on human rights especially children's rights. His book, The Right to Health in International Law, was published by Oxford University Press in January 2012. John has provided human rights training and advice as a consultant and on a pro bono basis on numerous occasions to organisations such as UNICEF, Law Reform Commissions, the Law Institute of Victoria, Judicial College of Victoria, the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission, NGOs, statutory bodies, Government Departments and community groups. He is an Advisory Board member to the Melbourne Journal of International Law and International Journal of Children's Rights. He is also a member of several Advisory Committees and working groups for government bodies and NGOs. Prior to becoming an academic John worked as a commercial lawyer, legal aid lawyer with Victoria Legal Aid and was a legal officer with the Department of Justice.