- Fleur Johns
Professor, Director of Research
BA, LLB (Hons), Melbourne; LLM, SJD, Harvard
Fleur Johns works in the areas of public international law and legal theory. Fleur's work has focused, in particular, on public-private assemblages of power and norms in cross-border finance, humanitarian aid, development, and military conflict. Currently, her primary area of research surrounds new modes of global association and governance emerging in the context of technological change. She is interested especially in the politico-legal implications of introducing data science to decision making in international humanitarian and development work; see, for example, her article 'Global Governance through the Pairing of List and Algorithm'. She is the author of Non-Legality in International Law: Unruly Law (Cambridge, 2013) and The Mekong: A Socio-legal Approach to River Basin Development (co-authored with Ben Boer, Philip Hirsch, Ben Saul & Natalia Scurrah, Routledge 2016). Fleur is also editor of two further books: Events: The Force of International Law (Routledge-Cavendish, 2011; co-edited with Richard Joyce and Sundhya Pahuja); and International Legal Personality (Ashgate, 2010); as well as having authored articles in journals in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe.
Before joining the University of New South Wales in 2014, Fleur was Co-Director of the Sydney Centre for International Law in the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Law. In 2005-2006, she was a Leverhulme Visiting Fellow at Birkbeck College, the University of London. In 2014, she was a member of the Distinguished Visiting Faculty at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and, in 2015, a Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute. In 2016-2017, she will be Shimizu Visiting Professor of Law at the London School of Economics. Fleur has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the fields of public and private international law, project finance, human rights, legal theory, legal geography and legal ethics. Outside the academy, Fleur has made submissions to a number of parliamentary and governmental inquiries on international legal matters and practised as an attorney in the State of New York between 1996 and 2002, with Sullivan and Cromwell, specialising in international project finance in Latin America. Fleur has also been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in the State of New South Wales (but does not hold a current practising certificate in Australia).
Fleur is a graduate of the University of Melbourne (BA, LLB (Hons 1)) and Harvard University (LLM, SJD); she was awarded a doctorate from Harvard in 2003. While at Harvard Law School, Fleur was a Menzies Scholar and awarded the Laylin Prize. She was also elected to speak on behalf of her graduating LLM class at Harvard Commencement.
Fleur has three young children and worked part-time (approximately half-time) between 2005 and 2013.
Areas of expertise
Critical Theory, Feminist Legal Theory, Law and Society, Law and Technology, Law, Science and Technology, Legal and Social Theory, Legal Education and Pedagogy, Legal Ethics, Legal Geography, Post Structural Legal Theory, Public International Law, Research Methodology, Globalisation and the Law, Sociology of Law, Socio-Legal Studies, The Law of State Responsibility, The Law of Treaties, Transnational and Comparative Law, International Disaster Law, International Human Rights Law, International Law and Use of Force, International Legal Theory, International Organisations, Law and Culture, Law and Gender
• Core Ideas Group Member & Senior Fellow, Meridian 180 (www.meridian-180.org), since 2012
• Elected Member of the Coordinating Committee of the European Society of International Law International Legal Theory Interest Group 2007-2009 and 2009-2012
• External Examiner, City University of Hong Kong, 2009-2014 (Applied Legal Theory; Jurisprudence)
• Advisory Editor, London Review of International Law, since 2013
• Articles Editor, Leiden Journal of International Law, 2005-2010
• Editorial Board, Leiden Journal of International Law, 2005-2013
• Editorial Board, Australian Journal of Human Rights, 2005-2015
• Editorial Board, Sydney Law Review, 2004 (Book Review Editor) & 2007
• Editorial Advisory Board, Australian Feminist Law Journal, since 2008
• Editorial Board, Global Change, Peace & Security, since 2008
• Management Committee Member, Refugee Advice and Casework Service, Ltd., 2003-2005; 2009-2010
• Management Committee Member, International Law Association (Australian branch), 2005
• Primary Editor, Harvard Human Rights Journal, 1996
• Member, American Society of International Law
• Member, European Society of International Law
• Member, Australian & New Zealand Society of International Law
Currently supervising PhD students working on a range of topics in international law and legal theory, predominantly with a critical theory dimension.
Australian Centre for Cyber Security Research Fund Grant 2015, ‘Data Analytics, Decision Support and Changing Conditions of Global Governance: Human Dimensions of Cyber Security Regulation' (AUD$30,000)
First-named Chief Investigator, Australian Research Council Discovery Grant 2011-2013 (DP110102978) ‘Mekong Laws: Scales, Sites and Impacts of 'hard' and 'soft' Law in Mekong River Basin Governance’ (with Prof. Philip Hirsch, Prof. Ben Boer and Prof. Ben Saul) (AUD$300,000)
Participating Investigator, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant 2012-2015, ‘Planning by Contract: An Empirical Study of the Legal and Governance Dimensions of Public-Private Projects at the Local Level’ (Prof. Mariana Valverde and Dr. Susannah Bunce, University of Toronto are Chief Investigators) (CAD$94,275)
Grant-holder, Council for Australian-Arab Relations Grant 2012-2013, for ‘International Law & the Periphery’, a Conference Co-convened with the American University in Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 2012 (AUD$12,000)
Participant, Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) 2006-2007 Research and Networks Scheme Grant (AH/E502156/1) ‘The Force of International Law: An Interdisciplinary Workshop Series’ (Prof. Peter Fitzpatrick, Birkbeck, University of London, was Principal Investigator) (£12,305)
4 April 2016
16 September 2014
30 July 2014