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Professor Donald Robert Rothwell

B.A., LL.B. (Hons) (Queensland); LL.M. (Alberta); M.A. (Calgary); Ph.D. (Sydney)
Professor of International Law, ANU College of Law, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Email: [email protected]; Tel: +61(0)2 6125 8948/+61(0)414 546 830

 

Donald R Rothwell is Professor of International Law at the ANU College of Law, Australian National University where he has taught since July 2006. His research has a specific focus on law of the sea, law of the polar regions, and implementation of international law within Australia as reflected in 26 authored, co-authored and edited books, and over 200 articles, book chapters and notes in international and Australian publications. Rothwell’s recent books include Rothwell and Letts (eds), The Law of the Sea in South East Asia: Environmental, Navigational and Security Challenges (2020); Nasu, McLaughlin, Rothwell and Tan, The Legal Authority of ASEAN as a Security Institution (2019); International Law: Cases and Materials with Australian Perspectives 3rd (2018) with Kaye, Akhtar-Khavari, Davis and Saunders; and The International Law of the Sea 2nd (Bloomsbury, 2016) with Stephens. Major career works include The Polar Regions and the Development of International Law (CUP, 1996), and Rothwell, Oude Elferink, Scott and Stephens (eds), The Oxford Handbook of the Law of the Sea (OUP, 2015). Rothwell is also General Editor of the Australian Year Book of International Law and Editor-in-Chief of the Brill Research Perspectives in Law of the Sea. From 2012-2018 he was Rapporteur of the International Law Association (ILA) Committee on ‘Baselines under the International Law of the Sea’. He has taught a range of courses including Law of the Sea, International Dispute Resolution, International Law and Use of Armed Force, International Humanitarian Law, Military Operations Law, and Public International Law, and has lectured at the Yeosu Academy of the Law of the Sea (2018-2019). Rothwell was previously Challis Professor of International Law and Director of the Sydney Centre for International and Global Law, University of Sydney (2004-2006), where he had taught since 1988. He has acted as a consultant or been a member of expert groups for UNEP, UNDP, IUCN, the Australian Government, and acted as advisor to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). In 2012 Rothwell was appointed an inaugural ANU Public Policy Fellow, and in 2015 elected as a Fellow to the Australian Academy of Law. He regularly commentates on international law issues, including for all of the major daily newspapers in Australia and has been interviewed on ABC TV 7.30, ABC Radio ‘AM’ and ‘PM’, ABC Radio National ‘Breakfast’, ABC News 24, Al Jazerra (TV), and BBC.

Career History

Current: Professor of International Law, ANU College of Law, Australian National University (2006-  ); ANU Public Policy Fellow (2012 – ); General Editor and Co-Editor Australian Year Book of International Law (2007- ); Member, IUCN Commission on Environmental Law (1999- ); Member of the List of Arbitrators nominated by Australia under the 1991 Madrid Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (2000- ); Fellow, Australian Academy of Law (2015- ).

Previous: Deputy Dean (2014-2017), Head of School (2013-2014), Assistant Head of School (2011-2012), ANU College of Law; Director, Migration Law Programs (2016-2017), Director, LLM Programs, ANU College of Law (2007 – 2009, 2010 – 2012); Deputy Director, Australian Centre for Military Law and Justice, ANU College of Law (2009-2011); Challis Professor of International Law & Director, Sydney Centre for International and Global Law, University of Sydney (2004 – 2006); Pro Dean (Teaching Programs) Faculty of Law, University of Sydney (2002-2003; 2004-2005); Associate Professor (1997-2004) and Tutor, Lecturer & Senior Lecturer (1988-1996), Faculty of Law, University of Sydney; Visiting Professor, University of Victoria (2003); Visiting Professor, University of Alberta (1993); Visiting Fellow, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge (1993); Visiting Fellow, Centre for Maritime Policy, University of Wollongong (1997); Visiting Scholar, Law Program – Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University (2003); Rapporteur, International Law Association (ILA) Committee on Baselines under the International Law of the Sea (2012-8); President (2001-2005), Vice-President, Australian New Zealand Society of International Law (1999-2001); Editor-in-Chief Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law (1996-2001); Editorial Board, Environmental Law and Policy Series, Kluwer Law International (1998-2005 ); National Administrator, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition (1999-2001; 2005-2006; 2010-2012); Lieutenant/Lieutenant Commander Royal Australian Navy Reserve (1994-2002); Human Impacts Program Advisory Committee – Antarctic Science Advisory Committee (1999-2001); South East Marine Region Legal Working Group, National Oceans Office (2001); Co-Chair, Australian Canadian Oceans Research Network (ACORN) (1999-2003); Delegate, APEC Marine Resources Conservation Working Group (2000, 2002); Observer, Int’l Whaling Commission (2007)

Major Career Publications

Hitoshi Nasu, Rob McLaughlin, Donald R. Rothwell and See Seng Tan, The Legal Authority of ASEAN as a Security Institution (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 2019)

Rothwell and Tim Stephens, The International Law of the Sea (Hart/Bloomsbury: 1st 2010; 2nd 2016)Rothwell, Alex G. Oude Elferink, Karen N. Scott and Tim Stephens (eds), Oxford Handbook of the Law of the Sea (Oxford University Press: 2015)

Rothwell, Stuart Kaye, Afshin Akhtarkhavari, Ruth Davis, and Imogen Saunders, International Law: Cases and Materials with Australian Perspectives (Cambridge University Press: 1st 2010; 2nd 2014; 3rd 2018)

Erik J. Molenaar, Alex G. Oude Elferink, and Rothwell eds, The Law of the Sea and the Polar Regions: Interactions between Global and Regional Regimes (Martinus Nijhoff: 2013)

Rothwell (ed), The Law of the Sea (Edward Elgar: 2013)Alan D. Hemmings, Rothwell and Karen N. Scott eds, Antarctic Security in the Twenty-First Century: Legal and Policy Perspectives (Routledge: 2012)

Rachel Baird and Rothwell eds, Australian Coastal and Marine Law (Federation: 2011)

Natalie Klein, Joanna Mossop and Rothwell eds., Maritime Security: International law and policy perspectives from Australia and New Zealand (Routledge: 2010)

Rothwell and David L. VanderZwaag eds., Towards Principled Oceans Governance: Australian and Canadian approaches and challenges (Routledge: 2006)

Alex G. Oude Elferink and Rothwell eds., Oceans Management in the 21st Century: Institutional Frameworks and Responses (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers: 2004)

Alex G. Oude Elferink and Rothwell eds., The Law of the Sea and Polar Maritime Delimitation and Jurisdiction (Kluwer Law International: 2001)Brian Opeskin and Rothwell eds, International Law and Australian Federalism (Melbourne University Press: 1997)The Polar Regions and the Development of International Law (CUP: 1996)