Georgie Clough

PhD Candidate

Georgie Clough is a PhD Candidate and Teaching Fellow at Melbourne Law School. She researches in Australian constitutional law and public international law, with particular focus on the relationship between the two.

Georgie holds a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) from the Australian National University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne, both with First Class Honours. Prior to commencing her PhD, she practised as a commercial solicitor.

Thesis Title

International law and the Australian states and territories

Thesis Summary

There is increasing focus globally on the role and status of subnational governments in international affairs. Against that background, this thesis asks: what is the ongoing significance of federalism to Australia’s relationship with international law?

It examines the historical and contemporary character of the states and territories as international actors; the continued relevance of federalism to Australia’s assumption, implementation and performance of its international obligations; and international law’s influence over state and territory laws and policies.


  • Constitutional Law
  • International Law
  • Federalism
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Comparative Law