PhD Candidate, International Criminal Law, University of Melbourne

Sophie Rigney commenced PhD studies at the Melbourne Law School in February 2012. Her thesis examines the role of fairness in international criminal trials; and the links between fairness, the rights of the accused, and the procedural rules that govern these trials.

Between 2009-2011 Ms. Rigney worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, which included two years working with the Defence. Ms Rigney's employment included being Legal Assistant to the Stand-by Counsel in the case of Radovan Karadžić; and Case Manager and Legal Assistant for the Defence of Lahi Brahimaj.

Prior to this, Ms. Rigney obtained a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours, and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Political Science (University of Tasmania). Her thesis looked at political motivations behind the establishment of international criminal tribunals.

Ms. Rigney is also a Teaching Fellow at the Melbourne Law School.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate, International Criminal Law, University of Melbourne


  • 2008 
    University of Tasmania, B.A (First Class Honours), L.L.B (First Class Honours)

Research Areas

  • International Law (Excl. International Trade Law) (180116)
  • Criminal Law And Procedure (180110)
  • Human Rights And Justice Issues (220104)
  • Human Rights Law (180114)