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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’.


Address : c/- University of Malta, MSD 2080 ,Malta
Telephone : +356 99698801
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They are registered on the platform of the Euro-Mediterranean Women's Foundation

Al Marsa for culture and creativity
Palestinian Businesswomen's Association ASALA
Juzoor for Health and Social Development (Juzoor)
MAAT for Peace, Development and Human Rights
Disi Women's Cooperative
The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development - REFORM
Association Citoyens Acteurs
Liberated T
Fédération des Ligues des Droits des Femmes
Amadal Presse
Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD)
Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development  (ARDD - Legal Aid)
Alternative Movement for Individual Freedoms M.A.L.I.
Palestinian Bar Association (PBA)
Libyan Women Forum (LWF)
Alèxia Carrasco
Institute for gender equality
The Union of Feminist Action
Rural Women's Development Socity
Association des femmes pour le développement et la culture
The Association of Women and Community for Comprehensive Development in Tiba
Tafoukt Souss Association for Women Development
Sciences Po
Nisreen Alami
Regards de Femmes
Radio Souriat
Association Anaouat pour la femme et l'enfant
Mediterranean Network against Trafficking Women (MNATW)
RIHAN ASSOCIATION for Youth and Development
CIHEAM Istituto Agronomico Mediterraneo
Faculty Affiliate, PHRGE, Northeastern College of Law
Nansen Dialogue Montenegro
Association Feminine de Lutte contre le Violence à l'Egard de la Femme et de l'Enfant (AFLCVF)
Center for Research in Applied Economics for Development-CREAD
The Libyan Network to Support and Empower Women

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