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Indi Hodgson-Johnston

Antarctic Law Researcher, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC, University of Tasmania

Indi Hodgson-Johnston lectures and tutors in Antarctic studies and various areas of law. She's attended Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources Meetings as a rapporteur, has provided legal advice on maritime security issues, and previously worked for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service in the Southern Ocean.

Her PhD on Public International Law in Antarctica is from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC in Tasmania, Australia. She holds honours degrees in Public Policy, Law, and Antarctic Studies and has been admitted to the Supreme Court of Tasmania as a barrister and solicitor.

Her research interests include the peaceful resolution of territorial and delimitation disputes; illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the Southern Ocean; environmental protection and security in the Antarctic Treaty area; regional development policies in Tasmania; earth and marine observing systems; and, improving communication between scientists and law and policy-makers.


  • 2013–present
    Sessional Lecturer, University of Tasmania
  • 2012–present
    Tutor, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
  • 2016–present
    Expert, Polar Research & Policy Initiative
  • 2016–present
    Technical Content, Integrated Marine & Observing System


  • 2013 
    University of Tasmania, B. Antarctic S. (Honours)
  • 2012 
    Tasmanian Legal Practice Course, Grad Dip Legal Practice
  • 2011 
    University of Tasmania, B. Arts (Public Policy), LL.B (Honours)


  • 2016
    Cleaning up after human activity in Antarctica: legal obligations and remediation realities, Restoration Ecology
  • 2015
    Book review: Science, technology, and new challenges to ocean law, Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs
  • 2015
    Australian politics and Antarctic sovereignty: themes, protagonists and antagonists, Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs
  • 2015
    The laws of territorial acquisition as applied to claims to Antarctic territory: a review of legal scholarship, Yearbook of Polar Law
  • 2014
    Antarctic rubbish tips: Australia’s international obligations, Australian Environment Review

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Polar Early Career Scientists
  • Australia New Zealand Society of International Law