Associate Professor Imogen Saunders

Associate Professor
LLB (Hons) BSc PhD
+61 2 6125 8142
Room 5.3.19

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Biography

Dr Imogen Saunders is a leading international law researcher.  Her work has been published in field leading journals such as the American Journal of International Law, the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and the Australian Yearbook of International Law. Her monograph on General Principles of Law as a source of international law (Article 38(1)(c) of the Statute of the International Court of Justice) is now out with Hart. Imogen is part of the three institution Backlashes Against International Law research collaberation. As well as the Backlash project, Imogen is currently working on projects on COVID-19 and international law and the history of women in international law.

Imogen  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. She teaches international law and international trade law in the LLB/JD and LLM programs. She is currently the Director of Teaching and Learning at the ANU College of Law.

Appointments

  • Associate Professor, ANU College of Law, 2020
  • Senior Lecturer, ANU College of Law, 2018
  • Lecturer, ANU College of Law, 2013
  • Associate Lecturer, ANU College of Law, 2012

Significant research publications

Recent news

16
Dec
2020
Georgie and Heather
Philippa Weeks Scholar Georgie Juszczyk shares her most memorable ANU Law experiences and reflects on making family history with her double degree.
30
Mar
2020
Imogen Saunders
Dr Imogen Saunders is a senior lecturer at ANU College of Law.
08
Mar
2020
Dr Imogen Saunders
Meet Inspiring Woman of ANU Law, Dr Imogen Saunders.
17
Oct
2019
Navigating the Backlash against Global Law and Institutions
ANU Law scholars are in the US this week for a global project exploring the populist-driven backlash to the international, rules-based legal order.

In the Media

25
Jul
2019
Imogen Saunders writes in The Interpreter
5
Jun
2018
Imogen Saunders writes in APPS Policy Forum
31
May
2018
Imogen Saunders interviewed by The Canberra Times

Past events

27
Oct
2020
Pandemic Paradox
6.00PM to 7.30PM 60th Anniversary Celebrations

This event will examine the contours and consequences COVID-19 had on the areas of patriotism, borders and equality and discuss how international law and legal institutions can navigate populist-driven threats.

19
Nov
2019
Book launch Law of the Sea in South East Asia
5.15PM to 6.30PM Book launch

The book Law of the Sea in South East Asia will be launched by Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, Chief of Navy on 19 November 2019.

Research biography

Dr Imogen Saunders is an international law researcher with a strong international record of scholarship that addresses sources of international law, contemporary issues of international law (including the application of international law in new and emerging areas) and the history of international law.  Her research draws on doctrinal analysis and archival work.  She is currently working on projects on backlashes against international law, COVID-19 and international law and the history of women in international law.

Research projects & collaborations

  • Navigating the Backlash against Global Law and Institutions - a collaberation between the Australian National University, the University of Maryland and Indiana University.
  • COVID-19 and International Law - an ANU research collaberation.

Books & edited collections

Book chapters

  • ‘Sarah Wambaugh – Life at the Frontiers of International Law’ in Tallgren, Immi (ed), Portraits of Women in International Law: New Names and Forgotten Faces? (Oxford University Press, under contract, forthcoming end of 2021)
  • 'The Limits of the Natural State Doctrine: Rocks, islands and artificial intervention in a changing world' in Donald R. Rothwell and David Letts (eds), Law of the Sea in South East Asia: Environmental, Navigational and Security Challenges (Routledge, 2019)
  • '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)

Refereed journal articles

Conference papers & presentations

  • 'The Pandemic Paradox in International Law' (ANU Webinar with H Charlesworth, J Farrall and A Roberts, October 2020)

  • ‘Backlashes to the International Rules Based Order in Space’ delivered at Navigating the Backlash against Global Law and Institutions (ANU Global Research Partnerships Scheme Workshop between ANU, University of Indiana and the University of Maryland) Indiana University, 15 October 2019

  • ‘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

Case notes & book reviews

Other

PhD supervision

Dr Imogen Saunders is available to supervise PhD students in the area of public international law.

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2021 LAWS2250
Class #5210
International Law
2021 LAWS6250
Class #5545
International Law
2021 LAWS4302
Class #7231
International Law Clinic
2021 LAWS6302
Class #7222
International Law Clinic
2021 LAWS8229
Class #3550
International Law of World Trade
2021 LAWS4226
Class #4280
International Trade Law

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2020 LAWS4302
Class #9179
International Law Clinic
2020 LAWS6302
Class #9180
International Law Clinic
2020 LAWS4010
Class #1418
Jessup Moot
2020 LAWS8229
Class #6783
International Law of World Trade
2020 LAWS4226
Class #6784
International Trade Law
2020 LAWS6010
Class #1426
Jessup Moot
2019 LAWS8182
Class #1689
Principles of International Law

Past courses

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

How my works connects with public policy

I regularly publish commentary on international law and public policy.  Recent publications include:

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