Associate Professor Phillip Drew CD

Honorary Associate Professor
BA (Manitoba), JD, LLM (Queens), Dr. Iur (Frankfurt-Viadrina)
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Dr. Phillip Drew is a Canadian Barrister and Solicitor with expertise in international humanitarian law, peacekeeping operations law and the law of naval operations.

Dr. Drew is a retired military officer who served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 30 years before moving into academia. During the first half of his military career he served as an Intelligence Officer, before joining the Office of the Judge Advocate General as a Legal Officer following his call to the bar in 2002.  He has commanded a variety of military units both in Canada and overseas, and was the Legal Advisor to the Canadian Pacific Fleet from 2004-2009.  In 2013 Dr. Drew attended specialized training in the Czech Republic with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).  He is currently the only lawyer in the world who is certified by the OPCW as a qualified expert in chemical weapons. As a Senior Consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) he regularly works with governments in West Africa to develop and implement counter-piracy and maritime crime legislation.

Dr. Drew was awarded his Dr. Iuris from the European University Via Drina in 2016. His LL.M. (2012) and J.D. (2000) degrees were conferred by Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.  He also has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies from the University of Manitoba and is a graduate of the Canadian Army Command and Staff College.

Dr. Drew is a co-author of the San Remo Handbook on Rules of Engagement as well as the Oceans Beyond Piracy Handbook on the Rules for the Use of Force by Private Security Companies.  A foremost expert on use of force protocols, he has assisted a number of states in developing ROE programs and has conducted training on use of force throughout the world.

In 2018 he was awarded the ANU College of Law's Award for Teaching Excellence.



  • Senior Consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) (2013 - currently)
  • Qualified expert, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (2013 - currently)
  • Director, Law and Politics Field Study Program, Bader International Study Centre (2015 - 2016)
  • Director Legal Education and Training, Canadian Forces Military Law Centre (2009-2013)
  • Legal Advisor, Canadian Pacific Fleet (2004-2009)
  • Barrister and Solicitor, Law Society of Upper Canada (2002 - currently)
  • Force Intelligence Officer - Rwanda (1994 - 1995)


Year Title
1995 Canadian Decoration

Significant research publications

  • The Law of Maritime Blockade:  Past, Present and Future (Oxford University Press, 2017)
  • Oceans Beyond Piracy Handbook on the Rules for the Use of Force by Private Security Companies. 2016
  • San Remo Handbook on Rules of Engagement (International Committee for the Red Cross, 2009)
  • Dealing with mass atrocities and ethnic violence: Can alternative forms of justice be effective? A Case Study on Rwanda (Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, 2000)

Recent news

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

Phillip Drew speaks to ABC Radio 666 Canberra Breakfast

Research projects & collaborations

US Naval War College Project on Rules of Engagement

UNODC Project on Use of Force in Maritime Security


United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime : Senior Consultant - Maritime Crime (West Africa)

International Maritme Organization: Consultant - Maritime Security

Geneva Call:  Consultant - International Humanitarian Law

Books & edited collections

The Law of Maritime Blockade: Past, Present, and Future (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Military Justice at the Summary Trial Level (2 ed.) (Department of National Defence, 2010)

The Law of Armed Conflict at the Operational and Tactical Level (2 ed.) (Department of National Defence 2011)

Elements of the Offence in the Canadian Military Justice System (Department of National Defence, 2001)

Refereed journal articles

"An Introduction to Maritime Crime in West Africa", (2018) 1 Australian Naval Review 51.


Conference papers & presentations

The Protection of Civilians During Maritime Blockade Operations: Time for a Reboot  (2017) Australian Conference on Maritime Security

The Law and Culture of Genocide: From the Holocaust to Rwanda (2015) Centre for International and Defence Policy

The Employment of Drones in Naval Interdiction Operations, (2007) American Society of International Law

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2020 LAWS4239
Class #1637
Law and Armed Conflict

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