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Dr Kate van Doore


Kate van Doore

Senior Lecturer
Griffith Law School
+61 (0)7 3735 4317 (Work)
N61 0.04, Nathan Campus

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Dr Kathryn (Kate) E. van Doore is an international child rights lawyer and an academic at Griffith Law School, Australia. Kate is an internationally recognised expert on orphanage trafficking. She currently researches the intersections of child rights, institutionalisation and human trafficking, and has presented international keynotes on these issues. Kate works with governments, NGO’s and companies on their approaches and responses to orphanage trafficking and modern slavery. Kate was awarded the Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award for her research and advocacy on orphanage trafficking in 2017. She was appointed an inaugural member of the Australian Government Modern Slavery Expert Advisory Group in 2020. Kate is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Children, Law & Ethics, Cumberland Law School, Samford University, USA, and sits on the Global Steering Groups of ReThink Orphanages Global and ReThink Orphanages Australia. She also sits on the Advisory Board for the International Bar Association’s Presidential Taskforce on the Refugee Crisis: A Child Rights Response to Child Migration and Migrant Children at Risk. Kate is a co-founder and Board Director of Forget Me Not Australia, an international non-governmental organization focused on child protection and family reunification for children residing outside of parental care. Kate is presently the Program Director for the Undergraduate Law and Juris Doctor programs, and the Masters of Australian Migration Law and Practice.


  • Member
    Law Futures Centre2018


  • Senior Lecturer
    Griffith University, Australia2020


  • PhD
    Griffith University, Australia
  • LLM
    Griffith University, Australia
  • Grad Dip Legal Prac, Skills & Ethics
    Griffith University, Australia
  • BA/LLB (Hons)
    Griffith University, Australia