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Andrew Garwood-Gowers

Andrew Garwood-Gowers was educated at Cambridge University and the University of Queensland. His principal research interests lie in Public International Law and International Relations, with a specific focus on international security. Andrew has published widely on the law governing the use of military force and on the ’responsibility to protect’ (R2P) concept. Current research projects include investigation of small scale use of force, and the normative development and implementation of R2P.

His research interests are in International security, military force under international law and the ‘responsibility to protect’ (R2P) concept.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Law, Queensland University of Technology


  • 2002 
    Cambridge University, Master of Laws


  • 2013
    "The Responsibility to Protect and the Arab Spring: Libya as the Exception, Syria as the Norm?", University of New South Wales Law Journal
  • 2013
    "The BRICS and the Responsibility to Protect in Libya and Syria", in Rowena Maguire, Bridget Lewis and Charles Sampford (eds.), Shifting Global Powers and International Law: Challenges and Opportunities (Routledge)
  • 2012
    "Enhancing Protection of Civilians through Responsibility to Protect Preventive Action", in Angus Francis, Vesselin Popovski and Charles Sampford (eds.), The Norms of Protection: Responsibility to Protect, Protection of Civilians and Their Interaction (United Nations University Press)
  • 2012
    "China and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P): the Implications of the Libyan Intervention", Asian Journal of International Law
  • 2011
    "Israel's Airstrike on Syria's Al-Kibar Facility: A Test Case for Preemptive Self-Defence?", Journal of Conflict and Security Law
  • 2004
    "Self-Defence against Terrorism in the Post 9-11 World", Queensland University of Technology Law and Justice Journal
  • 2004
    "Pre-emptive Self-Defence: A Necessary Development or the Road to International Anarchy?", Australian Yearbook of International Law
  • 2004
    "Case Concerning Oil Platforms: Did the ICJ Miss the Boat on the Law on the Use of Force?", Melbourne Journal of International Law

Research Areas

  • Law (1801)
  • International Law (Excl. International Trade Law) (180116)