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Professor of International Law, Sydney Centre for International Law, University of Sydney

Dr Ben Saul is Professor of International Law at the Sydney Centre for International Law at The University of Sydney, an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London and a barrister. Ben is internationally recognised for his work on terrorism, human rights, the law of armed conflict and international criminal law, and his research has been cited in various international and national courts. He has published five books, over 50 refereed journal articles and book chapters, and over 150 other publications, and delivered hundreds of public seminars. Ben has taught law at Oxford, Sydney, UNSW, and in China, India, Nepal and Cambodia, and conducted training for numerous governments (including Iraq, Kuwait, Algeria, Laos, Nepal and Bhutan). He currently holds two collaborative Australian Research Council grants.

Ben is a member of the International Law Association’s International Committee for the Reparation of Victims of War, President of the Refugee Advice and Casework Service in Australia, and Editor-in-Chief of the Australian International Law Journal. As a practitioner, Ben has been involved in human rights cases concerning South Africa, Peru, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Israel, Macedonia, Fiji and the United States (including Guantanamo Bay), including before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, United Nations Human Rights Committee, Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and Israeli Supreme Court. Ben frequently appears in the international and national media on international law issues.

Previously Ben was Director of the Sydney Centre for International Law (2007-2010), a Lecturer at the University of NSW, a Tutor at Oxford University, and a Legal Officer at the Australian Law Reform Commission. He has also served as a legal expert for a UN General Assembly committee on Palestine, a delegate for Amnesty International in Cambodia, an observer for the International Commission of Jurists in Sri Lanka, and a Member of NSW Legal Aid’s Human Rights Committee. Ben has a doctorate in law from Oxford and honours degrees in Arts and Law from The University of Sydney.


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    Professor of International Law, Sydney Centre for International Law