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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

Bidaya Association
Association of Organisations of Mediterranean Businesswomen (AFAEMME)
Disi Women's Cooperative
Youth and Development Consultancy Institute (Etijah)
Global Forum for Religions and Humanity (GFRH)
Why Me for Women’s Rights
Sawa Organization - All Women Together Today and Tomorrow
Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD)
The Egyptian Youth Council for Development
Albanian Forum for the Alliance of Civilisations
Rede Portuguesa de Jovens para a Igualdade de Oportunidades entre Mulheres e Homens
Association 100% Mamans
Etaf Roudan
Association of Women in Green Economy (AFEV)
Faculty Affiliate, PHRGE, Northeastern College of Law
Jossour Forum des Femmes Marocaines (Jossour FFM)
Carmen Garraton
Aswat Nissa
Blanquerna Observatory on Media, Religion and Culture
Tunisian Association of Women Judges- TAWJ
Infakto Research Workshop
Abou Fadhl Mohamad Bahlouli
Khaled Salah Mahmoud
Centre de Recherches, d'Etude de Documentation et d'Information sur la Femme, CREDIF
Faculté de droit et de science politique Aix Marseille Université
International Observatory of Human Rights
Mouwatinet Association
Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH)
Libyan Women's Union – Tripoli
Servei Civil Internacional de Catalunya
Amal Wazan for women football
The Entrepreneurs Forum (FCE)
Women's Network for Mentoring / Networking (RFMN)

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