Dr Russell Solomon is the Program Manager for the Masters program in Justice and Criminology at RMIT.
Russell has teaching interests in human rights and welfare law, advocacy and public policy making. He has published in political economy and human rights.
Russell joined RMIT University in 2006 as a senior lecturer, having taught comparative and international political economy at a university for over 10 years. His experience also includes having been a lawyer in private practice, a policy and legal officer for the Federal government, the Executive Officer for the Parliament of Victoria’s Economic Development Committee, and a national industrial officer for a union.
Russell’s current research interests are broadly focused on Australia’s engagement with the international human rights regime from a socio-legal perspective. He is also researching on the increasingly important debate around a rights-based approach to policymaking, especially in relation to economic, social and cultural rights, and on the role of non-governmental organisations in promoting the agenda in relation to these rights.
He is collaborating on a research project aimed at enhancing social justice outcomes through a dialogue of civil society advocates and academics.
Accomplishments and achievements
United States Government Visiting Scholar’s Award, August–September 1994
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Award
Australian Postgraduate Research Award, 1990–1991
Rotary International Graduate Scholarship
BA (Hons) UWA
MA, Uni British Columbia
Russell has a PhD in Government and Public Administration from the University of Sydney, a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, Law and Arts degrees from the University of Western Australia and is admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Victoria and Western Australia.
Professional interests and industry links
Committee member, Human Rights Working Group (Melbourne based human rights lawyers)
Member, Human Rights Teachers Network (university human rights teachers)
Member, Board Alumni, Amnesty International Australia
- Solomon, R. (2017). Bounded political contestation: the domestic translation of international health and housing rights in Australia In: Australian Journal of Political Science, 52, 367 - 382
- Solomon, R. (2017). Reviewing Victoria's Charter of rights and the limits to our democracy In: Alternative Law Journal, 42, 195 - 199
- Solomon, R. (2013). A socio-legal lens on the Victorian Charter: Revealing its role as a promoter of social change In: Alternative Law Journal, 38, 152 - 155
- Solomon, R. (2011). Teaching and learning for non-legal advocacy around the Victorian charter of human rights and responsibilities In: New Community Quarterly, 9, 14 - 18
- Branigan, E.,Solomon, R. (2010). Rights for redress: Making the Victorian charter work for justice In: Surviving Care: Achieving justice and healing for the forgotten Australians, Bond University Press, Robina, Queensland
- Solomon, R. (2007). Women at Work: The Unfulfilled Promise of International Human Rights Instruments? In: Women and Work 2007: Current RMIT University Research , RMIT University Press, Melbourne, Australia
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