- Rosemary Rayfuse
Scientia Professor, Professor
LLB Queens, LLM Cambridge, PhD Utrecht, LLD h.c. Lund
Rosemary Rayfuse is Scientia Professor of Law at UNSW. She is a Conjoint Professor in the Faculty of Law at Lund University, Sweden, where she also holds the Swedish Research Council Kerstin Hesselgren Visiting Professorship for 2017-18. She is a Visiting Professor in Oceans Law and Governance at the University of Gothenburg, an Associated Senior Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, and an Associated Researcher in the Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law at the University of Utrecht. Prior to joining UNSW she was a Research Fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law and taught international law at the University of Cambridge. She practiced law in Vancouver, Canada and worked as a law clerk (judges associate) at the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Formerly of the Bar of British Columbia, she is currently on the rolls of the Law Society of England and Wales. She holds the degrees of LLB from Queen's University, LLM from the University of Cambridge, where she was awarded the Clive Parry Prize for International Law, PhD from the University of Utrecht, and a Doctor of Laws honoris causa from Lund University.
Professor Rayfuse researches and teaches in the area of Public International Law in general and more specifically in the Law of the Sea and International Environmental Law. In particular, her research focuses on oceans governance, high seas fisheries, protection of the marine environment in areas beyond national jurisdiction, and the normative effects of climate change on international law. Her research combines analysis of developments in international legal doctrine and practice, empirical analysis of state practice, and engagement with multi-disciplinary debates, concepts and data, in order to provide a clearer understanding of the role of international law in these fields and to provide proposals for the law’s development and reform. She is the author or editor of 13 books including Non-Flag State Enforcement in High Seas Fisheries (Martinus Nijhoff, 2004), The Research Handbook on International Marine Environmental Law (Edward Elgar, 2015) Protection of the Environment in Relation to Armed Conflict (Martinus Nijhoff, 2014), The Challenge of Food Security: International Policy and Regulatory Frameworks (with N. Weisfelt) (Edward Elgar 2012) and International Law in the Era of Climate Change (with S. Scott) (Edward Elgar, 2012), and author of more than 300 journal articles, book chapters, conference and seminar papers in these and other areas of international law including state responsibility, the law of treaties, international humanitarian law, use of force, international crimes and international dispute settlement. She is on the editorial or advisory boards of a number of international law journals, is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, and Chair's Nominee on the International Law Association's Committee on International Law and Sea-Level Rise.
In 2006 Professor Rayfuse became the first Australian woman to attempt to ski from the North Pole to Canada, using her North Pole Challenge 2006 to raise awareness of the need for international and national regulatory responses to climate change and to raise money for the Law School's Mooting and Internship programs.
Areas of expertise
Public International Law generally including: law of the sea, oceans governance and protection of the marine environment in areas beyond national jurisdiction; international fisheries law; international wildlife law; international environmental law; international humanitarian law; and use of force.
Aegean Review of the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law, Editorial Board Member
International Community Law Review, Advisory Board Member
International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, Editorial Board Member
Netherlands International Law Review, Correspondent
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
Advisory Council, Global Climate Change Week
IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and WCEL Specialist Group on Oceans, Coasts and Coral Reefs
International Law Association Committee on Sea Level Rise and International Law
Law Society of England and Wales
Rosemary has supervised PhD students on diverse topics including the law of occupation, international humanitarian law, the law of statelessness, dispute settlement in ASEAN, international regimes for the control of invasive alien species, the legal regime for deep seabed mining, groundwater governance and MEA compliance procedures. Current PhD students are working on topics related to emissions trading, transboundary and trans-jurisdictional water rights and biotechnology.
Rosemary welcomes research proposals in areas of public international law in general, but most particularly those in the areas of the law of the sea and international environment law.
Research Council of Norway: Cultural Conditions Underlying Social Change - SAMKUL, 'The High Seas and the Deep Ocean: Representations, resources and regulatory governance (3ROceans)' [with H Andersen (NTNU Trondheim); K Eliassen (NTNU); Ellem Krefting (Oslo); M Ingulstad (NTNU); G Paulsen (NTNU); L Lixinski (UNSW); and T Brandt (NTNU)]. (2016-2019)
Australia-China Council (ACC) Grant, 'Research Centre for Transformation of Urban Ports and Harbours (TUPAH)' [with XH Wang (UNSW/ADFA), R Steinberg (UNSW/SIMS), D Waite (UNSW), E Johnston (UNSW), W Glamore (UNSW), D Wu, (Ocean University China), and L Ge (Ludong University China)]. (2016-2017)
Research Council of Norway/KLIMAFORSK Programme (Project n. 235638), 'Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in the Anthropocene: Challenges for International Law in the 21st Century' [Principal investigator: Prof. Davor Vidas; Project owner: The Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway] international cooperating partner. (2014–18)
AusAid Development Research Awards Scheme: 'Sustainable Development and Deep Seabed Mining in the Asia-Pacific' [with D. Anton (ANU), C. Filer (ANU), R. Makgill (NZ), J. Mossop (VUW), D. Rothwell (ANU) and R. Warner (UOW)]. (2013-2015)
Ragnar Söderberg Fund, Sweden: 'Protecting the Commons: The Use of Market Mechanisms to Regulate Access to and Exploitation of Common Resources' [with S. Bogojevic (Lund) and H.H. Lidgard (Lund)]. (2013-2015)
Vetenskapsrådet, Sweden, 'Skydd av allmänningar: Tillämpning av ekonomiska styrmedel för regleringen av användning och tillgång till gemensamma naturresurser' [with S. Bogojevic (Lund) and H.H. Lidgard (Lund)]. (2013-2015)
- Public International Law (LAWS3381)
- Law of the Sea (LAWS8086)
- International Environmental Law (LAWS8319)
- Principles of International Law (LAWS8180)
- Public International Law (JURD7481)
- Law of the Sea (JURD7586)
- International Environmental Law (JURD7619)
- Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes (LAWS8082)
- Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes (JURD7782)
8 November 2016
3 November 2016
1 October 2015
31 January 2015
22 August 2013
9 July 2013
5 June 2013
5 June 2013