Professor Alison Duxbury

Deputy Dean

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Professor Alison Duxbury is the Deputy Dean of Melbourne Law School. She is also the Chair of the International Board of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, a non-governmental organisation with offices in Delhi, Accra and London, and a member of the Executive Council of the Asian Society of International Law. Alison is the former Associate Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law and a former member of the Council of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law.

Alison's major teaching and research interests are in the fields of international law, international institutional law, human rights law and public law. Her publications include The Participation of States in International Organisations: The Role of Human Rights and Democracy (Cambridge, 2011), a co-edited collection, Military Justice in the Modern Age (Cambridge, 2016), and a co-authored book, Can ASEAN Take Human Rights Seriously? (Cambridge, 2019). Together with Dr Madelaine Chiam, Alison is currently editing a collection, Australia and International Law: From Empire to the Contemporary World, to be published by Hart.

Alison has undertaken advice work in the areas of international law and human rights law. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law in Cambridge, the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the University of Hong Kong, the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in London. Alison has also taught at the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies in London and Auckland Law School. Alison is the recipient of a Melbourne Teaching Citation, the Barbara Falk Award for Teaching Excellence and a National Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Alison holds BA/LLB (Hons) and PhD degrees from the University of Melbourne and an LLM from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Pegasus Cambridge Commonwealth Scholar. Prior to joining Melbourne Law School, Alison worked at Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst), the London office of Clifford Chance and Monash University.

Other School and University Responsibilities

  • Advisory Board, Melbourne Journal of International Law

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chair, International Board, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
  • Member, Executive Council, Asian Society of International Law
  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law
  • Member, European Society of International Law

Teaching (2023)

The Melbourne JD