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Professor of International Law, UNSW Sydney

Andrew Byrnes is Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales, and Chair of the Australian Human Rights Centre. He has also taught at the Australian National University, the University of Hong Kong and the University of Sydney. He is currently President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law. He has published on human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law, the domestic implementation of international human rights, and national human rights institutions. Recent publications include the co-authored Bills of Rights in Australia – History, Politics and Law (2009); International Women’s Rights Cases (2005) (co-edited); “More Law or Less Law? The Resilience of Human Rights Law and Institutions in the ‘War on Terror’ in Gani and Mathew (eds), Fresh Perspectives on the ‘War on Terror’ (2008) and “’The Law was Warful’: The Iraq War and the Role of International Lawyers in the Domestic Reception of International Law” in Charlesworth et al (eds), The Fluid State (2005).

He has served as consultant to OHCHR, ILO, UNESCAP and DAW, among others, as co-rapporteur of the International Law Association’s Committee on Human Rights Law and Practice, and on the ADB’s External Forum on Gender and Development. Further details at


  • 2005–present
    Professor of Law, and Chair of the Australian Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law, The University of New South Wales


    Harvard, LLM