“On paper, Romina may look like your typical high achiever. But you don’t have to dig deeply to see that every success has been hard-won."UoW Outlook Magazine 2022
Dr Romina Santos Reyftmann emigrated from The Philippines to Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia and has a Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons) and a PhD (Medicine) from The University of Sydney. During her PhD, she worked on a clinical trial that led to the world’s first baby being born using a novel technique that led to an Oxford University publication.
Romina also helped set up a fertility clinic in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, which is now one of the best IVF teams in the country that assist people realize their dream of having a baby.
Romina re-trained as a Human Rights Lawyer, graduating from the University of Wollongong’s Graduate Law Program in 2018 and has worked with the Aboriginal Legal Service, Redfern Legal Centre, and The National Justice Project.
Having been trained by two Magistrates, Romina has been able to use the intersection of her skills in science, medicine, and the law, for criminal and civil cases such as: Coronial inquests, Royal Commissions, and most recently in a test case that challenge the Australian Constitution with regards to the duty of care question for refugee children held in detention in Nauru.
She was headhunted by ZFZ’s London team and given the opportunity to start and lead the firm’s new pro bono department, with the aim to eventually connecting its global offices to have a dedicated pro bono service ethos.
In September 2022, the University of Wollongong authored a profile article about Romina’s work, research and background for their Outlook magazine. The full article can be found here.
She is fluent in Tagalog/Filipino and English, and conversational in French.
Highlights of Romina’s work include the following:
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