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Malcolm Jorgensen

Senior Research Fellow, University of Sydney

Dr. Malcolm Jorgensen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, and a non-Resident Fellow of the Berlin Potsdam Research Group on the "International Rule of Law", Berlin, Germany. He holds a PhD in in International Law and American Foreign Policy from the Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, where he lectured in Public International Law and remains an associate of the Sydney Centre for International Law. During his doctoral studies Malcolm was resident at the United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney, where he was a Research Associate and Lecturer in American politics and foreign policy, after which he served as an Assistant Director in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is an experienced broadcast and print media commentator and his research focuses on the politics of international law, foreign policy analysis and comparative international law, and the future of global legal order. His doctoral thesis has been published with Cambridge University Press as 'American Foreign Policy and The International Rule of Law' (2020).


  • 2012–present
    Associate, Sydney Centre for International Law, University of Sydney
  • 2021–present
    Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
  • 2017–2021
    Research Fellow, Berlin Potsdam Research Group
  • 2010–2015
    Research Associate and Lecturer, United States Studies Centre


  • 2015 
    University of Sydney, PhD
  • 2007 
    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Bachelor of Arts (Hons)


  • 2021
    Chapter: 'The United States', in Oxford Handbook on the International Law of Global Security, Oxford University Press
  • 2021
    The Jurisprudence of the Rules-Based Order: The Power of Rules Consistent with but Not Binding Under International Law, Melbourne Journal of International Law
  • 2020
    American Foreign Policy Ideology and the International Rule of Law, Cambridge University Press

Research Areas

  • Comparative Law (180106)
  • International Law (Excl. International Trade Law) (180116)
  • International Relations (160607)