Malcolm Jorgensen

Research Associate, University of Sydney

Malcolm Jorgensen is a research fellow of the Kolleg-Forschergruppe Berlin Potsdam Research Group “International Law – Rise or Decline?” at Humboldt University, Berlin. He is an international law academic and former practitioner, most recently serving as an Assistant Director in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, International Legal Branch.

Malcolm is a former research associate, lecturer and academic tutor at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, and was awarded his PhD in United States Foreign Policy and International Law in October 2015 as the Centre’s first resident doctoral candidate. His PhD thesis, and current book project, is entitled American Foreign Policy Ideology and The Rule of International Law: Contesting Power through the International Criminal Court. He remains an associate of the Sydney Centre for International Law and has lectured in Public International Law at the Sydney Law School and at UNSW Law.

His research focusses on the politics of international law, concentrating on American international legal policy, foreign policy ideology and conceptions of law, and the meaning and value of the “rule of international law.” He is a regular Australian broadcast and print media commentator on American politics and international legal issues.


  • 2012–present
    Associate, Sydney Centre for International Law
  • 2010–2014
    PhD Candidate, The United States Studies Centre


  • 2007 
    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

Research Areas

  • International Law (Excl. International Trade Law) (180116)
  • International Relations (160607)