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Ms Sayomi Ariyawansa

Ms Sayomi Ariyawansa

Research Fellow / PhD Candidate, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne


Biography:

Sayomi Ariyawansa is a PhD student at Melbourne Law School. She researches across the fields of labour migration, labour trafficking and labour law, with a focus on the use of migrant labour in the Australian agriculture industry. She is also a lawyer in the Workplace Relations team of Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Prior to joining Melbourne Law School, she completed the Master of Law programme at the University of Cambridge, where she graduated with First Class Honours and was awarded the Kate Bertram Prize for Academic Excellence. She is also a former Editor of the Cambridge International Law Journal. Sayomi has published in several academic journals, Eureka Street, and Right Now: Human Rights in Australia, on the topics of human rights, forced migration, and migrant worker.

Research Interests

I look at labour migration to Australia, particularly the use of dedicated and de facto temporary labour migration pathways to fulfil Australia's low-skilled labour shortages in high risk sectors, such as the agriculture sector.