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Professor of Law and Associate Dean (Research), UNSW

Fleur Johns is Professor and Associate Dean (Research) at UNSW Law and works in the areas of international law and legal theory. Fleur studies practices of governance on the global plane. In recent years, her work has focused on the role of automation and digital technology in global legal relations, especially in development, humanitarian aid and disaster relief. She is currently working on a collaborative, Australian Research Council-funded project entitled 'Data Science in Humanitarianism: Confronting Novel Law and Policy Challenges'.

Before joining UNSW, Fleur was Co-Director of the Sydney Centre for International Law at the University of Sydney and she has also held visiting appointments in Canada, the UK and Europe. Prior to entering academia, Fleur practised corporate law in New York, specialising in international project finance in Latin America. She has served on a range of not-for-profit boards and management committees and currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the American Journal of International Law and the interdisciplinary journal Global Change, Peace & Security, and as an Advisory Editor for the London Review of International Law and the Australian Feminist Law Journal.

Fleur is a graduate of the University of Melbourne (BA, LLB (Hons 1)) and Harvard University (LLM, SJD); she was awarded a doctorate from Harvard in 2003. While at Harvard Law School, Fleur was a Menzies Scholar and awarded the Laylin Prize. She was also elected to speak on behalf of her graduating LLM class at Harvard Commencement.


  • –present
    Professor of Law, UNSW Australia


  • 2003 
    Harvard University, Doctorate of Juridical Science (Law) (SJD)