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:

  • Representation of two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s families to speak their truth at the Western Australian Coroner’s Court, regarding the deaths of their sons in the Swan River, who were under pursuit at the time by Western Australian Police Force Constables, on the suspicion that the boys were involved in property damage and trespass.
  • Representation of a young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child’s family at a Royal Commission on the ‘Experiences of First Nations children with disability in out-of-home-care,’ speak their truth about his delayed care and early intervention that affected his school participation and quality of life.
  • Handing in evidence for a test case to challenge the Australian Constitution, regarding the ‘duty of care’ question it has towards refugees and people seeking asylum it transfers to Nauru and Manus Island, currently scheduled for mediation.

Interested in specific aspects of Romina’s recent work? Contact sydney@zeilerfloydzad.com for further reference cases.

Professional Experience

  • Pro Bono Coordinator | International Lawyer, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich , Sydney (since 2022)
  • Human Rights Lawyer, The National Justice Project, Sydney (since 2021)
  • Management Consultant, Illawarra Reproductice Medicine and Laparoscopy, Wollongong (since 2012)
  • Health Justice Partnership Lawyer, Redfern Legal Centre, Sydney (2020)
  • Pro Bono Criminal Lawyer, Aboriginal Legal Service, Wollongong (2019-2020)
  • Magistrate Assistant to His Honour Michael Stoddart, Department of Justice NSW, Wollongong (2019)
  • Research Assistant, Illawarra Multicultural Services, Wollongong (2018)
  • Magistrate Assistant to Her Honour Geraldine Beattie, Department of Justice NSW, Wollongong (2016)
  • Clinical Research Assistant, The University of Sydney, Sydney (2006-2008)
  • Research Assistant, Wesley Mission, Sydney (2005-2006)
  • Graduate Student Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago (2005)
  • Prosector, The University of Sydney, Sydney (2004)

Education

  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, The College of Law Australia, St Leonards/Australia (2019)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry), University of Wollongong, Wollongong/Australia (2015-2018)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine), The University of Sydney, Sydney/Australia (2003-2010)
  • Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons), The University of Sydney, Sydney/Australia (1998-2002)
  • Northern Territory Certificate of Education, Darwin High School, Darwin/Australia (1993-1997)