Dr Cait Storr


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Dr Cait Storr is a Lecturer at Melbourne Law School. Her transdisciplinary research addresses the relationship between property, territory and jurisdiction, with a focus on struggles for legal control over natural resources. She has published on the history of international administration, the concept of territory in international law, imperialism in the Pacific, decolonisation, environmental law, and on property and concepts of the commons. Her doctoral thesis was awarded the Melbourne Law School Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis and the University of Melbourne Chancellor's Prize (2018), and is published as a monograph, International Status in the Shadow of Empire: Nauru and the Histories of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Cait's research is informed by her professional experience working in government and private legal practice. She is a qualified legal practitioner, with experience at a major law firm in resource projects, environment and planning, and corporate governance; has worked as a legal consultant for the United Nations Development Program; and prior to studying law, worked with Ombudsman Victoria and Aboriginal Affairs Victoria. Cait has held positions as Lecturer in Land Law at Glasgow Law School, as Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney, and as junior faculty with the Harvard Institute of Global Law and Policy. Her postdoctoral project, 'Regulating 'New' Mining in the International Seabed and Space', examined the history and politics of the international law governing natural resource extraction in areas beyond settled jurisdiction, including global commons.

Memberships and affiliations

  • Junior Faculty, Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School
  • Admitted as barrister and solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Admitted as barrister and solicitor in the High Court of Australia
  • Member, Institute of Postcolonial Studies
  • Member, Sociolegal Studies Association, UK