Caitlin Murphy

  • Caitlin Murphy

    PhD candidate

Caitlin is a PhD Candidate and member of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities. Her research focuses on international law, extraction, and the politics of commodity transport in the green economy.

Caitlin has worked as a research associate for projects in Australia and internationally and has published in the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment. Caitlin holds an LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School and a BA/LLB (Hons) from Monash University. Her LLM thesis focused on the spatial dynamics of extraction and international legal authority over Antarctica. Prior to this, Caitlin worked at community legal centres.

Thesis Title

International Law and the Energy Transition Through the Lithium Supply Chain

Thesis Summary

Green energy commodities such as lithium are widely embraced as promising a way to leave the fossil fuel economy behind. But despite, or perhaps because of this promise, the underside of such commodities is only beginning to be examined. This thesis inquires into the circumstances of lithium’s extraction and movement from within the earth to an energy storage facility. Specifically, this thesis investigates the legal forms that carry the promise of lithium – and those that are carried by its extraction and use.


  • International Law
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Third World Approaches to International Law
  • History of International Law
  • Law and Natural Resources
  • Law and Development
  • Legal Theory
  • Law and Society