Dr Maria

Dr Maria Elander


College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

La Trobe Law School

MAR 249, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BSS (Pol Sci) (Uppsala); BA (Arabic) (Uppsala); MA Human Rights Law (SOAS): PhD Law (Melb)



Membership of professional associations

Co-vice president, Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia

Area of study


Brief profile

Maria Elander is a lecturer in Criminology at La Trobe Law School. Her research is primarily in the broader field of international criminal justice, and engages with theories in cultural and feminist legal studies. Her work examines questions of representation, victimhood and encounters between the local, national and international in crime and criminal justice. She completed her PhD in Law at Melbourne Law School in 2015 with a thesis on the figure of the victim in international criminal  justice, focusing on the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). She is currently preparing a manuscript based on the thesis that will be published by Routledge early 2018. Alongside this, she is working on collaborative and independent projects on international criminal justice that explore questions such as images (photos and film), 'gender' and spatiotemporalities.

Research interests

Criminal law and procedure

- International criminal procedure

International law

- International Criminal Law

Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation

- Feminist legal theory; Cultural legal theory

Teaching units

- Criminal Law for Criminal Justice Professionals

- International Criminal Law

- Criminal law, ethics and accountability

- Justice after atrocity

Recent publications

Maria Elander, ‘Images of Victims’ in Desmond Manderson (ed.) Law and the Visual: Transitions and Transformations (University of Toronto Press, 2018).

Peter Rush and Maria Elander, 'Working through the cinematography of international criminal justice: Procedures of law and images of atrocity' London Review of International Law (forthcoming)

Maria Elander, 'Visual Representations of Genocide' in Oxford Research Encyclopedias: Crime, Media, and Popular Culture (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Maria Elander, 'In Spite: Testifying to Sexual and Gender Based Violence During the Khmer Rouge Period' in Dianne Otto (ed.) Queering International Law (Routledge, 2017).

Rachel Hughes and Maria Elander, ‘Justice and the Past: the Khmer Rouge Tribunal’ in Simon Springer and Katherine Brickell (eds.) The Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia (Routledge, 2016).

Maria Elander, 'Prosecuting the Khmer Rouge Marriages' (2016) 42(1) Australian Feminist Law Journal

Maria Elander, ‘Education and Photography at Tuol Sleng’, in Peter Rush and Olivera Simic (eds.) The Art of Transitional Justice (Springer 2014) 43-62.

Maria Elander, ‘The Victim's Address: Expressivism and the Victim at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia’ (2013) 7 International Journal of Transitional Justice, 95–115.