Professor Donald R. Rothwell

Professor of International Law
ANU College of Law
T: + 61 (2) 6125 8948

Areas of expertise

  • Law 1801
  • International Law (Excl. International Trade Law) 180116

Research interests

International Law (generally)

International Court of Justice

International Law of the Sea

International Law of the Polar Regions

International Law in Australia

International Security Law

South China Sea

Antarctica and the Arctic



Donald R Rothwell is Professor of International Law at the ANU College of Law, Australian National University where he has taught since July 2006. His research has a specific focus on law of the sea, law of the polar regions, and implementation of international law within Australia as reflected in over 200 articles, book chapters and notes in international and Australian publications. Rothwell has authored, co-authored or edited 28 books including most recently Islands and International Law (Hart, 2022). Major works include The International Law of the Sea 3rd (Hart, 2023) with Tim Stephens; and The Oxford Handbook of the Law of the Sea (Oxford, 2015) co-edted with Oude Elferink, Scott and Stephens. Rothwell is also an Editor of the Australian Year Book of International Law. In 2012 he was appointed as Rapporteur of the International Law Association (ILA) Committee on Baselines under the International Law of the Sea. He has acted as a consultant or been a member of expert groups for UNEP, UNDP, IUCN, the Australian Government, and acted as advisor to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). In 2012 Rothwell was also appointed an inaugural ANU Public Policy Fellow by the ANU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Young. He is a regular media commentator on international law issues.

Researcher's projects

* International Law in Australia

* International Security Law

* Law of the Sea (generally)

* International Polar Law

* Islands and International Law

* International Dispute Resolution


Projects and Grants

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