Malcolm Jorgensen was awarded his PhD in United States Foreign Policy and International Law in October 2015 as the first resident doctoral candidate of the US Studies Centre. Malcolm is a former research associate of the Centre, lecturer in "US Politics: Presidency and Congress", and tutor in undergraduate units of study taught by Professor Geoffrey Garrett, Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor and Dr Sarah Graham. He is an associate of the Sydney Centre for International Law and has lectured in Public International Law at the Sydney Law School and at UNSW Law. Malcolm is a researcher and regular broadcast and print media commentator on American politics, American foreign policy, and American international legal practice.
He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) with majors in Economics and International Relations, each from the University of Queensland. He was awarded First Class Honours for his undergraduate thesis examining the constraints international law placed on the use of military force leading up to the 2003 Iraq War. Following undergraduate studies, Malcolm was a Judge’s Associate in the Supreme Court of Queensland to Justice P.D.T. Applegarth and Senior Judge N.A. Skoien (Ret.). He was subsequently admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of Queensland and of the High Court of Australia and worked as a commercial litigation solicitor.
Malcolm’s PhD thesis was supervised by Professor Tim Stephens and Dr David Smith and titled "American Foreign Policy Ideology and The Rule of International Law: Contesting Power through the International Criminal Court" (https://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/13760). Malcolm spent a part of his candidature in the US conducting interview and archival research for the project.