Director of Studies, Environmental Law
Co-Director of Studies, Dispute Resolution
Margaret A Young (PhD, LLM, LLB, BA Hons) researches and lectures in international law. She is the author of Trading Fish, Saving Fish: The Interaction between Regimes in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Regime Interaction in International Law: Facing Fragmentation (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and, with colleagues from Melbourne Law School, The Impact of Climate Change Mitigation on Indigenous and Forest Communities (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
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 on Regime Interaction in International Law: Theoretical and Practical Challenges. Her latest book, co-authored with colleagues from the Melbourne Law School, is The Impact of Climate Change Mitigation on Indigenous and Forest Communities (Cambridge University Press, 2017). 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. In 2016, she was the Director of Studies for public international law at the Hague Academy of International Law. 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, and she one of the international legal experts who met in Paris in 2017 to finalize a draft preliminary text for the ‘Global Pact for the Environment’.
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)