Senior Lecturer in International Law and Human Rights, University of Newcastle

I am a senior lecturer in international law at the University of Newcastle Law School. Since 2005, I have been engaged in research relating to the collective human right to self-determination, with particular focus on Indigenous peoples in Australia and Irish nationalists in the North of Ireland. My doctoral research explores the self-determination claims of peoples who live a contemporary colonial experience, and I argue that the right of self-determination retains a mission of decolonisation in the twenty-first century.

My other research interests include:

- Human rights and climate change adaptation
- Refugee rights
- Indigenous rights under international and domestic law
- Indigenisation of curriculum
- Domestic implementation of international law
- Peace and conflict studies

Please view my research on my SSRN Author page:


  • 2016–present
    Senior lecturer, University of Newcastle
  • 2008–2015
    Lecturer, University of Newcastle


  • 2011 
    University of Newcastle, PhD in Law
  • 2004 
    University of Newcastle, Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
  • 2002 
    University of Newcastle, Bachelor of Arts (History)


  • 2014
    Self-determination, Justice, and a 'Peace Process': Irish Nationalism, the Contemporary Colonial Experience and the Good Friday Agreement, Seattle Journal for Social Justice
  • 2013
    Contemporary Anti-colonial Self-determination Claims and the Decolonisation of International Law, Griffith Law Review
  • 2010
    'The Holy Grail' or 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'?: A qualitative exploration of the ILUAs agreement-making process and the relationship between ILUAs and native title, Australian Indigenous Law Review
  • 2009
    'Security starts with the law': The role of international law in the protection of women's security post-conflict, In The Role of International Law in Rebuilding Societies After Conflict: Great Expectations, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
  • 2008
    Law protecting rights: Restoring the law of self-determination in the neo-colonial world, Law Text Culture
  • 2006
    Discourses in transition: Re-imaging women's security, International Relations

Professional Memberships

  • International Studies Association
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law
  • Australian Law Teachers Association


University of Newcastle Equity Research Fellowship 2011, Faculty of Business and Law Excellence in Teaching Award 2015