Jaynaya Dwyer is a Research Fellow at the Indigenous Law and Justice Hub in the Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne.
Jaynaya is a non-Indigenous woman of Anglo-Indian and Irish heritage who grew up on Wurundjeri Country. She is lucky to be learning about First Nations justice and decolonisation of legal practice at the Hub’s first Research Fellow, where she undertakes broad work on the review to Indigenise and decolonise the MLS Juris Doctor Curriculum, research on Health-Justice Partnerships, hosts the White Noise podcast and contributes to the development of elective subjects. Jaynaya is passionate about developing the capacity of MLS graduates to support First Nations justice movements. Jaynaya was previously a Research Assistant at MLS Clinics, and brings a strong drive to enhance interpersonal skills, empathy and reflective practice in future-lawyers.
Prior to joining the Hub, Jaynaya was living on Ngunnawal Country, working as a legal policy officer in the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department. During this time Jaynaya took on the role of the Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisor, leading the development of the Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, as well as other organisational strategy, policy and initiatives to restructure government’s ways of doing business and centre voices traditionally excluded from policy development.
Jaynaya is a gradate of the MLS Juris Doctor Program and also holds a Bachelor of Arts (majors in politics and cultural studies).