Chair professor, University of Wollongong

I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and LLB from the University of Sydney,a Master of International Law degree from the Australian National University and a PhD from the University of Sydney. My PhD research concerned the international law framework for protection of the marine environment beyond national jurisdiction. Prior to becoming a full time academic in 2007, I was the Assistant Secretary of the International Crime Branch of the Criminal Justice Division in the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department from 2002 to 2006 and Director of International Law for the ADF from 1997 to 2001. My research interests include Law of the Sea, marine environmental law, climate law and policy, maritime security and transnational criminal law. The principal objective of my past and current research is to make a beneficial, practical and enduring contribution to the preservation of a balanced ocean in which multiple uses are accommodated in an environmentally sustainable manner. She has made significant theoretical and applied contributions to oceans governance, particularly in relation to conservation of high seas biodiversity, implementation of navigational regimes and maritime law enforcement. The central theme of my research can be characterised as an examination of how law of the sea principles can be reconciled with marine environmental law and the legal and institutional mechanisms necessary to achieve that objective.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Oceans Law and Policy, University of Wollongong


  • 2006 
    University of Sydney, PhD/international Law