Dr Imogen Saunders

Senior Lecturer
LLB (Hons) BSc PhD
+61 2 6125 8142
Room 3.079

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Research interests

Biography

Dr Imogen Saunders completed her undergraduate degrees in law and science at the University of Western Australia, and was awarded her PhD from the Australian National University in 2013.

Imogen teaches and researches in public international law.  Her publications include works on general principles of law as a source of international law, as well as the status of artificial islands in international law.  She has convened the International Trade Law LLB/JD elective at the ANU College of Law since 2012.   Imogen also teaches in the LLM program, convening and teaching the International Law of World Trade and the Public International Law units.

Imogen is currently the Director of Mooting and Student Competitions at the ANU College of Law.  She has been the Faculty Advisor for the ANU Phillip C Jessup Moot Competition team several times, and has judged in the Australian rounds of the Jessup competition.  She has also coached student teams in other international competitions including the IASLA Space Law Moot Competition and the Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot.

Appointments

  • Senior Lecturer, ANU College of Law, 2018
  • Lecturer, ANU College of Law, 2013
  • Associate Lecturer, ANU College of Law, 2012

Significant research publications

  • Rothwell, Kaye, Akhtarkhavari, Davis and Saunders, International Law: Cases and Materials, an Australian Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 3rd edition, 2018)

  • The South China Sea Award, Artificial Islands and Territory’ (2017) 34 Australian Yearbook of International Law 31-41

  • General principles of law and a source-based approach to the regulation of international security institutions’ in Hitoshi Nasu and Kim Rubenstein (eds), Legal Perspectives on Security Institutions (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

  • 'International disaster relief law and Article 38(1)(c) of the Statute of the International Court of Justice: the forgotten source of international law' in David Caron, Michael Kelly and Anastasia Telesetky (eds), The International Law of Disaster Relief (Cambridge University Press, July 2014)
  • 'General Principles of Law from 1875 to 1920 and beyond: tracing a legacy of war and peace through the development of the third source of international law.' Paper presented, Australi and New Zealand Society of International Law 22nd Conference: Towards International Peace through International Law, Canberra, July 2014.

  • 'General Principles of Law and Disaster Risk Reduction: Applying Source Theory to International Disaster Relief Law' Paper written and Presented, Four Societies of International Law Conference, University of California, Berkeley, September 2012 (23pp).
  • ‘Cybercrime and the General Principles of Law’ Paper written and presented, Security Institutions and International and Public Law Workshop , Centre for International and Public Law, Australian National University, 2011 (17pp).

Recent news

24
Aug
2018
The global project involves ANU and the universities of Maryland and Indiana
Project involves ANU, Indiana and Maryland universities
15
Aug
2018
Image shows a satellite orbiting earth and the word 'Asgardia'
International law is clear on what makes a nation: Dr Saunders
03
Nov
2017
Tran-Pacific Partnership
Is an 11-member Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) 2.0 a possibility? It seemed most unlikely back in January when US President Trump withdrew the United States from the TPP. But there have since been ongoing discussions among the remaining 11 members in an effort to keep the TPP dream alive.
21
Aug
2017
Subi Reef
The Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, and leading international law experts will speak at an ANU College of Law event this week.

In the Media

5
Jun
2018
Imogen Saunders writes in APPS Policy Forum
31
May
2018
Imogen Saunders interviewed by The Canberra Times

Past events

25
Jul
2018
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6.00PM to 8.00PM Panel discussion
  • Professor Rob McLaughlin, UNSW Canberra
  • Dr Imogen Saunders, ANU College of Law
  • Isaac Kfir, Australian Strategic Policy Institute

There are two types of people in the world: those who believe in international law, and those who don’t. The main contention that arises between these two groups is whether international law works, that is, whether it is enforceable. 

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Research biography

Imogen researches in public international law.   Her current projects focus on territorality and artificial islands, space law, and general principles of law as a source of international law.

Book chapters

Refereed journal articles

The South China Sea Award, Artificial Islands and Territory (2017) 34 Australian Yearbook of International Law  (forthcoming) - https://aybil.law.anu.edu.au/current-issue-volume-34

Conference papers & presentations

  • ‘When is an island not an island? Territory in the South China Sea – Rocks, Islands and Artificial Islands’ ANU Centre for Military and Security Law Conference, The Law of the Sea in the Asia Pacific Region: Opportunities, Threats and Challenges ,Canberra, August 2017.

  • 'Territoriality and international law: Implications for the East China Sea' Inaugural joint Australian National University and
    Korean Association of the Law of the Sea workshop: Maritime delimitation, islands, security and dispute settlement: Korean and Australian perspectives on contemporary issues in the East China Sea and the South China Sea, Canberra, May 2016.

  • 'General Principles of Law from 1875 to 1920 and beyond: tracing a legacy of war and peace through the development of the third source of international law.' Paper presented, Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law 22nd Conference: Towards International Peace through International Law, Canberra, July 2014.

  • 'General Principles of Law and Disaster Risk Reduction: Applying Source Theory to International Disaster Relief Law' Paper written and Presented, Four Societies of International Law Conference, University of California, Berkeley, September 2012 (23pp).

  • ‘Cybercrime and the General Principles of Law’ Paper written and presented, Security Institutions and International and Public Law Workshop , Centre for International and Public Law, Australian National University, 2011 (17pp).

  • ‘Principles and Application of Public International Law:  General Principles of Law’ Paper presented, Postgraduate Workshop Program, Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, Canberra, Australia, 2010.

Other

  • 'Artificial Islands and Territorality in International Law' RegNet Innovations Seminar, the Australian National University, June 2016.

Research interests

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2018 LAWS4226
Class #9212
International Trade Law
2018 LAWS8182
Class #1483
Principles of International Law
2018 LAWS8229
Class #TBC
International Law of World Trade

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2017 LAWS8229
Class #5298
International Law of World Trade
2016 LAWS4226
Class #9722
International Trade Law
2016 LAWS2204
Class #2408
Property
2016 LAWS6204
Class #4040
Property

Past courses

  • Convener, International Trade Law (LLB/JD)
  • Co-Convener, International Trade Law (LLM)
  • Lecturer, Priniciples of International (LLM)
  • Co-Convener, Property Law (LLB/JD)
  • Faculty Adviser, Phillip C Jessup Moot Competition (LLB/JD)

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