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Associate Professor Joshua Aston

Associate Dean (Law)

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5343, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2.316
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Telephone: +61 8 6304 5343
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.316  


Dr Joshua N Aston is the Associate Dean (Law) and a member of the Executive in the School of Business and Law.


Associate Professor Joshua N. Aston has served as the former Dean (SW) and Assistant Professor of Law at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. Additionally, he was also the Officer on Special Duty to the Vice-Chancellor of the University.

He obtained his PhD from Symbiosis International University, India and Masters in International Criminal Law from University of Sussex, United Kingdom.

He has presented papers and delivered keynote addresses at various international and national conferences and seminars. He participated in the Asia - Pacific Law Deans Forum organized by the International Association of Law Schools and the Chinese University of Hong Kong at Sha Tin, Hong Kong in 2016.

His areas of interests are International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law and Law of Contracts to name a few. He is the author of the acclaimed text ‘Trafficking of Women and Children, Article 7 of the Rome Statute’. He has also authored books on ‘Contract Law for Managers’ and ‘Acing Internships’ to name a few.

His educational background in the area of International Criminal Law has given him a broad base from which he branches into specific areas within the International Criminal Law by analysing the impact of actions of States at the National level and how this impacts in the International sphere. His focus has remained however on human rights violation, which is very topical for modern civil society. This interest has spurred him to work on Modern Slavery issues where he is publishing profoundly. Through his work in the areas of human rights and international criminal law, he is continuously challenging the status quo and his academic writing is compelling and posits the need to change situations for a better and humane world.

He is a member of various academic committees and bodies at the University as well as other Universities and Institutes where he actively participates and advises on various academic and legal issues.

Professional Associations

  • Evaluation, Assistance, and Certification Committee of the International Association of Law Schools, Member
  • Council of Australian Law Deans, Member
  • Law Associate Dean Research Network, Member
  • Law Access Ltd Stakeholder Advisory Committee, Western Australia, Member
  • Australasian Law Academics Association, Member
  • Law Society, Western Australia, Member
  • Francis Burt Law Education Programme and Old Court House Law Advisory Committee, Member
  • Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa, Member
  • Editorial Board, All India Law Teachers Congress, Member
  • BPHE Society's Ahmednagar College, Center for Studies in Rural Development, Institute of Social Work and Research and Institute of Management Studies, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, Trustee and Member of the Governing Council
  • Indian Institute of Advanced Research, UIAR, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, Board of Studies, Faculty of Liberal Studies, Member

Awards and Recognition

  • 2017 - Best Faculty Award, Gujarat National Law University, India
  • 2017 - Asian Law Institute Fellowship, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • 2017 - DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) Scholarship, University of Cologne, Germany
  • 2012-2013 - Israeli Government Scholarship, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Israel
  • 2012 - Sir Ratan Tata Travel Grant, Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai (INR 85,000)
  • 2010 - Special Award Certificate for Value Consciousness and Constructive Leadership, Symbiosis Law School, Pune India

Research Areas and Interests

  • International Human Rights Law
  • Law of Contract
  • Cyber Laws


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Faculty of Law), India, 2014.
  • Master of Laws, England, 2008.
  • Bachelor of Laws, India, 2007.


Recent Research Grants

  • Law & Policy,  Cyber Security Research Centre Ltd,  Postdoctoral Research Fellowship,  2019 - 2021,  $362,057.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Aston, J., (2016), Trafficking of Women and Children: Article 7 of the Rome Statute., New Delhi, India, Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Aston, J., (2017), Policing in India, Politicization of the Indian Police System and Safeguarding the Human Rights. Terrorism, Its Legal Framework and Beyond, 241-262, New Delhi, India, Manakin Press.
  • Aston, J., (2015), Violence against Women and Gender Justice: A Human Rights Perspective. Women Violence and Law: An Intimate Interrogation Open Distance Paradigm, 99-115, Calcutta, Netaji Subhas Open University.

Journal Articles

  • Yu, C., Wen, J., Goh, E., Aston, J., (2019), “Please help me die”: applying self-determination theory to understand suicide travel. Anotolia, n/a(n/a), 1-5, DOI: 10.1080/13032917.2019.1642923.
  • Aston, J., (2017), A Critical Analysis of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings: Success and Failure in Protecting Human Rights of the Victims. International Research Journal of Human resources and Social Sciences, 4(12), 28-41.
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