Professor Margaret Young

  • Associate Professor Margaret Young

Director of Studies, Environmental Law
Co-Director of Studies, Dispute Resolution

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Professor Margaret A. Young (PhD, LLM, LLB (Hons), BA) is an international award-winning academic and lawyer who researches, writes and lectures about the ways in which social, environmental and economic norms interact in international law.

Professor Young joined Melbourne Law School in 2009 from the University of Cambridge, where she held the inaugural position of Research Fellow in Public International Law at Pembroke College and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. She is the author of Trading Fish, Saving Fish: The Interaction between Regimes in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2011), which was awarded the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law Junior Scholar Prize in 2012 and the University of Melbourne Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences in 2016. Her edited collection Regime Interaction in International Law: Facing Fragmentation (Cambridge University Press, 2012) includes contributions from leading international, comparative and constitutional law scholars. Her latest book, The Impact of Climate Change Mitigation on Indigenous and Forest Communities (Cambridge University Press, 2017), was co-authored with colleagues from the Melbourne Law School, and in 2019 was awarded the Certificate of Merit in a Specialized Area of International Law by the American Society of International Law. Professor Young has published in leading academic journals including the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, the World Trade Review, Marine Policy, European Law Review and Melbourne Journal of International Law. She serves as a member of the international expert group for the proposed ‘Global Pact for the Environment’, which is currently before the United Nations. Her position as Visiting Legal Fellow at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for 2019-2020 aims to encourage greater dialogue between the Department’s legal advisers and academia on new and developing international legal issues. Professor Young has held grants from the Australian Research Council to develop research in international adjudication (with Professor Hilary Charlesworth) and climate change mitigation (with Professor Lee Godden, Professor Kirsty Gover and Dr Maureen Tehan). She has worked at the World Trade Organisation (Appellate Body Secretariat) and the United Nations International Law Commission, is a former associate to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, and has practised as a solicitor at a major Australian national law firm. She holds a PhD and an LLM from the University of Cambridge and a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. She has been a Visiting Professor at the State University of Saint Petersburg and a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School. Her graduate studies were supported by awards from the Gates Foundation, the Commonwealth Scholarship and the Modern Law Review. In 2016, she was the Director of Studies for public international law at the Hague Academy of International Law.


Melbourne Law Masters

Other School and University Responsibilities

Law School Research Committee

Coordinator, MLS Judge in Residence program

Memberships and Affiliations

Assistant Editor, British Year Book of International Law

Society of International Economic Law

American Society of International Law

Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL)

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