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Marius Smith

Marius is currently CEO of VACRO and prior to that grew the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University from a small research organisation into a globally respected human rights policy, public education and research hub.

Marius developed his passion for criminal justice work at the Castan Centre, where he introduced a strong policy focus on criminal justice and prisons, heading an extensive research project on the use of force in all forms of detention and co-founding the Indigenous Group of Learning, which works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men at Port Phillip Prison.

Marius has previously worked as a lawyer at a number of commercial law firms, has worked with refugees in the Philippines, and has managed an aid and development program in Sudan and Eritrea. He is a member of the Board of the Disability Discrimination Legal Service.