Professor Donald Rothwell

Centre for Military and Security Law
Centre for International and Public Law
ANU College of Law

Don Rothwell is a Professor of International Law at the ANU College of Law. His research has a specific focus on law of the sea, law of the polar regions, international dispute resolution and implementation of international law within Australia. He has acted as a consultant or been a member of expert groups for UN Environment Programme, UN Development Programme, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Australian Government, and acted as advisor to the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Rothwell has authored, co-authored or edited 22 books including The International Law of the Sea, The Polar Regions and the Development of International Law and International Law: Cases and Materials with Australian Perspectives 3rd edition. He has extensive media experience across multiple platforms.

Key interests:

International law, law of the sea/maritime law, use of force, Antarctica, Arctic, international dispute resolution, international courts and tribunals, international law and Australian law, whaling, whales, whale


Law - International

South China Sea

My news stories

Image credit: CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative / DigitalGlobe
14 July 2016
The highly-anticipated ruling in favour of the Philippines by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the South China Sea dispute...