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Dr Nicole Siller



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Deakin Law School


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 68281


Nicole Siller is a Lecturer in Deakin Law School. Nicole received her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Purdue University in 2004, her Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo College of Law in 2008 and her Doctorate of Philosophy in law from the University of Groningen in 2017.

In 2008, She was appointed Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She prosecuted a voluminous amount of cases involving the crimes of attempted murder, firearms offences, assault, drug trafficking, sexual offences and theft/fraud offences. Her final assignment was a specialised position responsible for the vertical prosecution of all nonfatal shootings committed in southwest Philadelphia. Due to the nature and circumstances of these crimes, Nicole was also an active member of an FBI Task Force investigating dangerous criminal organizations and gangs. This collaboration led to the successful investigation and prosecution of complex and challenging cases involving several violent offenders at the state and federal levels.

In 2013, Nicole was awarded a fellowship to pursue doctoral research in the realm of transnational organised crime at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. In 2017, she successfully defended her doctoral thesis: ‘Trafficking in Persons under International Law and Its Incorporation within Enslavement as a Crime against Humanity’.

In recent years she has also published several journal articles and presented a significant amount of conference papers around the globe on legal issues relating to trafficking in persons and human exploitation. Nicole is also the Executive Editor of the Journal of Trafficking and Human Exploitation (JTHE).

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Research interests

  • Trafficking in persons
  • Human exploitation
  • Criminal law and procedure (international and domestic)
  • Transnational organized crime 


  • Executive Editor and Creator, Journal of Trafficking and Human Exploitation (JTHE).

Units taught

  • MLL 214 - Criminal Law
  • MLL 218 - Criminal Procedure


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Establishing the constituent elements of trafficking in persons: conceptualizing "transnationality" and "involvement by an organized criminal group"

Nicole Siller, Kathryn van Doore

(2019), pp. 1-13, Palgrave international handbook of human trafficking, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book chapter

Human trafficking in international law before the Palermo protocol

N Siller

(2017), Vol. 64, pp. 407-452, Netherlands international law review, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Modern slavery: the legal tug-of-war between globalization and fragmentation

N Siller

(2016), Vol. 25, pp. 30-49, On coerced labor: work and compulsion after Chattel slavery, Leiden, The Netherlands, B1-1

book chapter

'Modern slavery': does international law distinguish between slavery, enslavement and trafficking?

N Siller

(2016), Vol. 14, pp. 405-427, Journal of international criminal justice, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

The prosecution of human traffickers? A comparative analysis of enslavement judgments among international courts and tribunals

N Siller

(2015), Vol. 2, pp. 236-261, European journal of comparative law and governance, Leiden, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

'We demand dignity for the victims' - reflections on the legal qualification of the indecent disposal of corpses

C Fournet, N Siller

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 896-925, International criminal law review, Leiden, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

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