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Sascha-Dominik (Dov) Bachmann

Professor in Law and Co-Convener National Security Hub (University of Canberra), University of Canberra

Professor in Law at Canberra Law School-University of Canberra
Extraordinary Reader (Docent) in War Studies–Swedish Defence University (FHS) Stockholm
Research Fellow (NR) - The Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa, Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University
Fellow - NATO SHAPE, Hybrid War and Lawfare Pacific
State Exam (Ludwig Maximillians Universität, Germany), Ass Juris, LLM (Stell, RSA), LLD (UJ, RSA) Attorney (Munich High Court)
Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (UK)
I am an international scholar, former Lieutenant Colonel (GER A Res)- with operational experience in the Balkans and as exchange officer with the US Marines and a career professional in law and higher education. In the last 20 years I worked in various capacities and functions in the USA, the Middle East, South Africa and various European countries. I joined Canberra Law School in September 2019. The University of Canberra is ranked among the top 2 per cent of universities in the world, ranked No. 2 in Australia and 16th in the World in the THE Young University Rankings 2021. Before then I worked as an Associate Professor at Bournemouth University and the University of Lincoln after having taught as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. I was appointed (eo) Docent (Reader) in War Studies at the Swedish Defence University in 2016. In 2017 I was appointed (Professorial) Research Fellow at CEMIS, Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University. Educated in Germany (LMU München), South Africa (Stellenbosch and University of Johannesburg) and the UK (Portsmouth). I worked with and presented to NATO, US CENTCOM, US AFRICOM, the Austrian Ministry of Defence, the Swedish Defence University, the Royal Danish Defence College, the South African National Defence Force and the Australian Defence College on the subjects of Hybrid War/Threats, Lawfare, InfoOps and Targeting. My research (more than 70 academic outputs) is interdisciplinary and discusses topical issues arising from new Security Challenges of the 21st Century such as Hybrid Warfare, Information Operations, the use of Lawfare, Cyber enhanced Hybrid Warfare alongside other topics such as International Criminal Justice, Lawfare and Human Security.I contribute to NATO’s Legal Advisor Web (LAWFAS). I am a Fellow of NATO SHAPE for the Asia Pacific (Hybrid Threats and Lawfare) working on Influenceoperations, Greyzone, Hybrid Warfare, Great Power competition, Australian and Asia Pacific Security. I am a regular visiting academic at ADF's Directorate of Joint Influence Operations.

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  • 2019–present
    Professor, University of Canberra
  • 2013–2019
    Associate professor, Bournemouth University
  • 2012–2013
    Reader in International Law, Lincoln University
  • 2008–2012
    Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Portsmouth


  • 2016 
    Swedish Defence University (FHS/SEDU), Reader (Dosent) in War Studies
  • 2006 
    University of Johannesburg, LLD (Doctor Legum)
  • 2002 
    University of Stellenbosch, LLM
  • 1999 
    Ludwig Maximillians Universität, Germany, State Exam in Law


  • 2018
    Reconciling Quasi-States with the Crimes of Aggression Under the ICC Statute, EMORY INT’L L. REV
  • 2018
    Pull and Push-Implementing The Complementarity Principle of the Rome Statute of the ICC Within the African Union: Opportunities and Challenges, BROOK. J. INT’L L
  • 2018
    Syria: A Legacy of Western Foreign-Policy Failure, MIDDLE EAST POLICY
  • 2018
    Hybrid Warfare and the Legal Domain, Terrorism and Political Violence
  • 2017
    Lawfare in Hybrid Wars: The 21st Century Warfare, Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies
  • 2017
    Russia’s Hybrid War and its implications for Defence and Security in the United Kingdom, South African Journal of Military Studies
  • 2015
    Hybrid Warfare and Lawfare, The Operational Law Quarterly
  • 2015
    The Panopticon of International Law: B’Tselem’s Camera Project and the enforcement of International Law in a Transitional Society, Osgoode Hall Law Journal
  • 2015
    Russia’s Hybrid Warfare in the East – The Integral Nature of the Informationsphere, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
  • 2015
    Hybrid Wars: The 21st Century’s New Threats to Global Peace and Security, South African Journal of Military Studies
  • 2014
    Terrorism and Cyber Attacks as Hybrid Threats: Defining a Comprehensive Approach for Countering 21st Century Threats to Global Risk and Security, The Journal for Terrorism and Security Analysis Syracuse University
  • 2014
    Hybride Bedrohungen-Hybrid Threats, Journal of International Peace and Armed Conflict
  • 2014
    Military teaching for the future’, The Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences
  • 2014
    The Panopticon of International Law: B’Tselem’s Camera Project and the enforcemnet of International Law in a Transitional Society , Osgoode Hall Law Journal
  • 2013
    Targeted Killings: Contemporary Challenges, Risks And Opportunities, Journal of Conflict and Security Law
  • 2013
    Countering Hybrid Eco-threats to Global Security Under International Law:, Liverpool Law Review
  • 2012
    Aggression as “Organized Hypocrisy?” – How the War on Terrorism And Hybrid Threats Challenge The Nuremberg Legacy, Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice
  • 2010
    Pre-trial detention and control orders under British Anti-Terror Legislation post 9/11: Balancing a Need for Security with the European Convention on Human Rights – an Overview, Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice