Professor Fleur Johns

BA, LLB (Hons), Melbourne

LLM, SJD, Harvard

Fleur Johns is Professor and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Law and works in the areas of public international law and legal theory. Fleur is also Academic Lead for Meridian 180 at UNSW. Fleur studies patterns of governance on the global plane, employing an interdisciplinary approach that draws on the social sciences and humanities and combines the study of public and private law.

In recent years, Fleur's work has focused on the role of automation and digital technology in global legal relations, especially in development, humanitarian aid and disaster relief. She is currently leading an Australian Research Council-funded project entitled 'Data Science in Humanitarianism: Confronting Novel Law and Policy Challenges': see here for details. Fleur 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 UNSW, Fleur was Co-Director of the Sydney Centre for International Law at the University of Sydney. She has also held visiting appointments in Canada, the UK and Europe. In 2019-2020, she will be a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in the School of Social Sciences. Prior to entering academia, Fleur practised corporate law in New York, specialising in international project finance in Latin America. She has served on a range of not-for-profit boards and management committees and on several editorial boards; she currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the American Journal of International Law and the interdisciplinary journal Global Change, Peace & Security, as well as being an Advisory Editor for the London Review of International Law and the Australian Feminist Law Journal.

Fleur has three school-aged children and worked part-time (approximately half-time) between 2005 and 2013.

Book Chapters

Johns F, 2019, 'Legality', in d'Aspremont J;Singh S (ed.), Concepts for International Law: Contributions to Disciplinary Thought, Edward Elgar, pp. 636 - 649, http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9781783474684.00046

Chan J;Johns F;Bennett Moses L, 2018, 'Academic Metrics and Positioning Strategies', in Ajana B (ed.), Metric Culture Ontologies of Self-Tracking Practices, Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley UK, pp. 177 - 195, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/978-1-78743-289-520181010

Johns FE, 2017, 'Data Mining as Global Governance', in Brownsword R;Scotford E;Yeung K (ed.), Oxford Handbook on the Law and Regulation of Technology, Oxford University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199680832.013.56

Johns FE, 2016, 'Theorizing the Corporation in International Law', in Orford A;Hoffmann F (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Theory of International Law, Oxford University Press, online

Johns FE, 2012, 'Living in International Law', in Buchanan R;Motha S;Pahuja S (ed.), Reading Modern Law, Routledge, pp. 74 - 86

Johns F;Joyce R;Pahuja S, 2011, 'Introduction', in Johns F;Joyce R;Pahuja S (ed.), Events: The Force of International Law, Routledge, UK, pp. 1 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203844465

Johns F, 2011, 'The torture memos', in Johns F;Joyce R;Pahuja S (ed.), Events: The force of International Law, Taylor & Francis, pp. 260 - 278, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203844465

Johns FE, 2010, 'The Gift of Realism: Julius Stone and the International Legal Academy in Australia, 1954-1994', in Irving H;Walton K;Mowbray J (ed.), Julius Stone: A Study in Influence, pp. 21 - 37

Johns FE, 2010, 'Introduction', in Johns FE (ed.), International Legal Personality, Ashgate Publishing, pp. i - xxix

Johns FE, 2007, 'Performing Power: The Deal, Corporate Rule, and the Constitution of Global Legal Order', in Motha S (ed.), Democracy's Empire Sovereignty, Law, and Violence, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 116 - 138

Johns FE, 2005, 'The globe and the ghetto', in Criticizing Global Governance, pp. 69 - 102, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781403979513_4

Johns FE, 2005, 'International Law-National Law: Thinking through the Hyphen', in Charlesworth H;Chiam M;Hovell D;Williams G (ed.), The Fluid State International Law and National Legal Systems, Federation Press, pp. 188 - 209

Books

Boer B;Hirsch P;Johns F;Saul B;Scurrah N, 2015, The Mekong: A socio-legal approach to river basin development, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315765556

Johns F, 2013, Non-legality in international law: Unruly law, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139012959

Edited Books

Johns F, (ed.), 2010, International Legal Personality, The Library of Essays in International Law, Routledge (formerly Ashgate), UK, https://www.routledge.com/International-Legal-Personality/Johns/p/book/9780754628286

Johns F;Joyce R;Pahuja S, 2010, Events: The force of international law, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203844465

Journal articles

Valverde M;Johns F;Raso J, 2018, 'Governing Infrastructure in the Age of the “Art of the Deal”: Logics of Governance and Scales of Visibility', Political and Legal Anthropology Review, vol. 41, pp. 118 - 132, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/plar.12257

Moses LB;Johns F;Joyce D, 2018, 'Data associations in global law and policy', BIG DATA & SOCIETY, vol. 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2053951718783438

Johns F, 2017, 'Data territories: Changing architectures of association in international law', Netherlands Yearbook of International Law, vol. 47, pp. 107 - 129, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6265-207-1_5

Johns F, 2017, 'Data, detection, and the redistribution of the sensible in international law', American Journal of International Law, vol. 111, pp. 57 - 103, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/ajil.2016.4

Johns FE;Riles A, 2017, 'Beyond Bunker and Vaccine: The DNC Hack as a Conflict of Laws Issue', AJIL Unbound, vol. 110, pp. 347 - 351, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/aju.2017.7

Johns F, 2016, 'The temporal rivalries of human rights', Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, vol. 23, pp. 39 - 60

Johns F, 2015, 'On failing forward: Neoliberal legality in the Mekong River Basin', Cornell International Law Journal, vol. 48, pp. 347 - 383

Johns FE, 2015, 'Starting and Stopping Points: A Response to Gadinis', AJIL Unbound, vol. 109, pp. 39 - 43

Johns F, 2015, 'Global governance through the pairing of list and algorithm', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, vol. 33, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0263775815599307

Johns F, 2013, 'The deluge', London Review of International Law, vol. 1, pp. 9 - 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lril/lrt002

Johns F, 2011, 'Financing as governance', Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, vol. 31, pp. 391 - 415, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ojls/gqr005

Johns FE;Saul B;Hirsch P;Stephens T;Boer B, 2010, 'Law And The Mekong River Basin: A Socio-Legal Research Agenda On The Role Of Hard And Soft Law In Regulating Transboundary Water Resources', Melbourne Journal of International Law, vol. 11, pp. 154 - 174

Johns FE, 2009, 'International Legal Theory: Snapshots from a Decade of International Legal Life', Melbourne Journal of International Law, vol. 10, pp. 1 - 10

Johns F, 2008, 'Performing party autonomy', Law and Contemporary Problems, vol. 71, pp. 243 - 271

Johns F, 2007, 'Performing power: The deal, corporate rule, and the constitution of global legal order', Journal of Law and Society, vol. 34, pp. 116 - 138, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6478.2007.00385.x

Johns F;Freeland S, 2007, 'Teaching international law across an urban divide: Reflections on an improvisation', Journal of Legal Education, vol. 57, pp. 539 - 561

Johns FE, 2005, 'Human Rights in the High Court of Australia, 1976-2003', Federal Law Review, vol. 33, pp. 287 - 331

Johns F, 2005, 'Private Law, public landscape: troubling the grid', Law Text Culture, vol. 9, pp. 60 - 90

Johns F, 2005, 'Guantánamo Bay and the annihilation of the exception', European Journal of International Law, vol. 16, pp. 613 - 635, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejil/chi135

Johns FE, 2004, 'On Writing Dangerously', The Sydney Law Review, vol. 26, pp. 473 - 480

Johns FE, 2004, 'The madness of migration: Disquiet in the international law relating to refugees', International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, vol. 27, pp. 587 - 607, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijlp.2004.08.003

Johns FE, 2004, 'Global governance: An heretical history play', Global Jurist Advances, vol. 4, pp. 35 - 85, http://dx.doi.org/10.2202/1535-1661.1125

Johns FE, 1995, 'Portrait of the Artist as a White Man: The International Law of Human Rights and Aboriginal Culture', Australian Yearbook of International Law, vol. 16, pp. 175 - 197

Johns FE, 1994, 'The Invisibility of the Transnational Corporation: An Analysis of International Law and Legal Theory', Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 19, pp. 893 - 923

Other

Johns FE;Riles A, 2017, Introduction to Symposium on Cybersecurity and the Changing International Law of Data, Cambridge University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/aju.2017.2

Johns F;Skouteris T;Werner W, 2011, Introduction: The league of nations and the construction of the periphery, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0922156511000379

Johns F;Skouteris T;Werner W, 2010, Editors' introduction: India and international law in the periphery series, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0922156509990306

Reports

Bennett Moses L;Buckley R;Johns F;Greenleaf G;Kemp K;De Leeuw M;Manwaring K;Maurushat A;Zalnieriute M, 2018, Response to Issues Paper on Data Sharing and Release, https://www.pmc.gov.au/sites/default/files/public-submissions/data-sharing-2018/20684.pdf

Johns FE;Gardoll A;Gruber S, 2013, Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Inquiry into the Impact of Federal Court fee increases since 2010 on Access to Justice in Australia, 12 April 2013, Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Inquiry into the Impact of Federal Cou

Johns FE;Hertzberg D, 2013, Submission to the NSW Law Reform Commission Reference on Parole, 7 November 2013, NSW Law Reform Commission

Johns FE;Saul B;Baghoomians I, 2011, Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Inquiry into the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 and Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement, Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Inquiry into the National Security Leg

Johns FE;Saul B;Burke C;MacPherson D, 2011, Submission to Inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test and Other Provisions) Bill 2011, May 2011, Senate Legal and Constitutional Committees

Johns FE, 2009, Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee Inquiry into Marriage Equality Amendment Bill, September 2009, Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee Inquiry into Marriage Equality Amendment Bill,

Johns FE, 2009, Submission to the Commonwealth Attorney-Generals Department Discussion Paper on proposed Amendments to the National Security Legislation, October 2009, Commonwealth Attorney-Generals Department

  • Fulbright Scholar Award (declined) 2019-2020

    Robert Gordon Menzies Scholarship, Harvard University 1995-1996

    Robert Laylin Prize, Harvard University 1996

    Elected LLM class speaker, Harvard University Commencement 1996

    Robert Craig Exhibition for Current International Legal Problems, University of Melbourne, 1994

    Schutt Trust Fellowship, Trinity College, University of Melbourne, 1991

    Price Waterhouse Prize for Contracts, University of Melbourne, 1990

  • First-named Chief Investigator, Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant 2018-2020 (DP18010090), 'Data Science in Humanitarianism: Confronting Novel Law and Policy Challenges' (with CI A/Professor Wayne Wobcke, UNSW Computer Science, and PI Professor David Nelken, Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London) (AUD$511,496).
  • Chief Investigator, Australian Cyber Security Studies Centre Research 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’ (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)
  • International Law
  • Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation
  • Law and Society

Currently Teaching

Fleur has taught LLB, JD and Masters courses in the following areas:

  • Public International Law
  • Law in Global Context
  • Private International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Law & the Use of Armed Force
  • International Project Finance
  • Law, Lawyers & Justice (professional ethics) 
  • Legal Geographies
  • The State and Global Governance
  • Theories of International Law