International law and global governance


Research themes

Our expertise includes:

  • Climate and Environmental Governance
  • Rights and Regulation
  • International Security Law
  • Asia-Pacific and Comparative Law.

Climate and environmental governance

Theme leaders: Dr Rowena Maguire and Dr Anna Huggins

We explore innovative legal, market-based and theoretically informed policy responses to the threat posed by climate change, and other contemporary environmental challenges. Our research examines the international, transnational and national dimensions of these issues.

Rights and regulation

Theme leaders: Dr Bridget Lewis and Dr Carmel O’Sullivan

Our focus is on rights-based approaches to civil and political issues such as privacy, religion, freedom of speech and rights in times of conflict. We also investigate socio-economic rights pertaining to topics such as the environment, employment and families.

International security

Theme leaders: Dr Saiful Karim and Andrew Garwood-Gowers

We examine contemporary international security and criminal regulatory issues relating to the use of force, the responsibility to protect, piracy, maritime terrorism and international humanitarian law.

Asia-Pacific and comparative law

Theme leader: Associate Professor Leon Wolff

Our research investigates socio-legal issues in the Asia-Pacific region, and transnational legal issues in comparative perspective.

Research students

We support students pursuing research degrees in international law at QUT.


Evidence of research quality

ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) 2015 score:

  • 4 (above world standard) -
    • Law (FOR 1801).

ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) evaluates the quality of research undertaken in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks.



This is just a sample of our research activity in this area.

Research enquiries

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