Associate Professor Margaret Young

  • Associate Professor Margaret Young

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

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Margaret A Young (PhD, LLM, LLB, BA Hons) researches and teaches in the fields of public international law, international trade law, climate change law and the law of the sea. She is the author of the prize-winning Trading Fish, Saving Fish: The Interaction between Regimes in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Regime Interaction in International Law: Facing Fragmentation (Cambridge University Press, 2012). A former Gates Scholar, she is currently working on a project on fossil fuel subsidies.

Dr Margaret Young joined Melbourne Law School in 2009. She was previously the William Charnley Research Fellow in Public International Law at Pembroke College and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, where she also lectured in Cambridge's LLM course on WTO law. 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 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 and is based on the conference she convened at the University of Cambridge in 2009 on Regime Interaction in International Law: Theoretical and Practical Challenges. Dr Young holds a PhD and an LLM from the University of Cambridge and a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School. Her graduate studies were supported by a number of awards, including the Gates Scholarship, the Commonwealth Scholarship and a scholarship from the Modern Law Review. Dr Young currently serves as an expert for the E15 Initiative convened by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and the World Economic Forum. In 2016, she was the Director of Studies for public international law at the Hague Academy of International Law.


The Melbourne JD

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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