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Dr Elizabeth Coombs

Member since 19.03.2019



Presentation of research activity or teaching

Dr Elizabeth Coombs is chair of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy’s Taskforce on ‘Privacy and Personality’. Dr Coombs is the immediate past Privacy Commissioner for the Australian State of New South Wales – a position she held for six years. She has had an extensive public service career, holding CEO positions in the Department of Fair Trading, Department of Juvenile Justice, and Department for Women. Her independent, statutory roles were Privacy Commissioner, Commissioner for Fair Trading, and Commissioner, Local Government Grants Commission. She was an advisory Board Member for Affinity, an Interfaith Cultural Foundation. She is now based at the University of Malta. Her doctorate involved cross disciplinary research in political economy, classical economics and industrial relations.

Working themes

Civil and political rights

Geographical sphere of activity


Specific years of work experience in gender equality


Main publications related to gender equality and women's rights

The current focus is upon human rights and gender by exploring the linkages between privacy and other human rights in the context of gender, and to consider how the infringements upon privacy according to gender, impact upon the development of the person and communities. A particular interest is children and youth and the role played by the right to privacy in their development. This project is part of the larger UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy's Thematic Taskforce of ‘Privacy and Personality’.


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