Professor William Maley

Professor of Diplomacy, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy
College of Asia & the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Australian Government And Politics 160601
  • International Relations 160607
  • Migration 160303
  • Political Theory And Political Philosophy 160609

Research interests

  • Modern diplomacy
  • Afghan politics
  • Refugees


Professor William Maley is Professor of Diplomacy at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, where he served as Foundation Director from 1 July 2003 to 31 December 2014. 

He taught for many years in the School of Politics, University College, University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy, and has served as a Visiting Professor at the Russian Diplomatic Academy, a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde, and a Visiting Research Fellow in the Refugee Studies Programme at Oxford University.

He is a Barrister of the High Court of Australia,Vice-President of the Refugee Council of Australia, and a member of the Australian Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP). He has also served as Review Editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science, and as a  member of the Editorial Boards of Global Responsibility to Protect, and The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, and of the International Advisory Board of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University.

In 2002, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA).


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