Associate Professor Sarah Heathcote

Associate Professor
BA LLB (Hons) ANU; GDLP ANU; Diplôme d’études supérieures (Masters) Geneva; PhD Geneva
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Biography

Sarah Heathcote’s research and teaching focus on core areas of public international law and the law of international organizations, including aspects of international development law. She has participated in consultancies for law firms and international institutions.
Prior to joining ANU Law in 2008, she taught for almost a decade in Geneva, first at the Department of Public International Law and International Organization at the University of Geneva’s Law Faculty and then for Boston University.
At the ANU College of Law she teaches or has taught, in addition to courses in general international law, International Investment Law, the Law of International Institutions, as well as International Law and the Use of Force; and has published on these and related matters.
She has taught and given papers at many foreign universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Université libre de Bruxelles and Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II). She holds a Masters and a PhD from Geneva.

Appointments

  • Convenor, International Law stream, Post-Graduate Program

Awards

Year Title
2014 ANU College of Law Education Awards: Award for Excellence in Supervision

Significant research publications

  • K. Bannelier, T. Christakis & S. Heathcote (eds.), The ICJ and the Evolution of International Law: The Enduring Impact of the Corfu Channel Case, Routledge, UK, 2012, 377pp;
  • “Chapitre 30.7 : Etat de nécessité”, P. Bodeau, J. Crawford, A. Pellet, S. Szurek (eds.), Le droit de la responsabilité internationale, Paris, Pedone, (forthcoming; also updated and translated into English as “Circumstances Precluding Wrongfulness in the ILC Articles on State Responsibility: Necessity”, J. Crawford, A. Pellet, S. Olleson (eds.), The Law of International Responsibility, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2010, pp. 491-501);
  • "State Omissions and Due Diligence: Aspects of Fault, Damage and Contribution to Injury in the Law of State Responsibility", K. Bannelier, T. Christakis & S. Heathcote (eds.), The ICJ and the Evolution of International Law: The Enduring Impact of the Corfu Channel Case, Routledge, UK, 2012, pp. 295-314;
  • “Article 42: Validity and Continuance in Force of Treaties”, O. Corten & P. Klein (eds.), The Vienna Conventions on the Law of Treaties: Article by Article Commentary, 2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 2011, pp.1015-1030, (co-author Marcelo G. Kohen);
  • “Article 45: Loss of a Right to Invoke a Ground for Invalidating, Terminating or Withdrawing from or Suspending the Operation of a Treaty”, O. Corten & P. Klein (eds.), The Vienna Conventions on the Law of Treaties: Article by Article Commentary, 2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 2011, pp.1064-1089, (co-author Marcelo G. Kohen);
  • “Est-ce que l’état de nécessité est un principe de droit international coutumier?” 2007/1 Revue belge de droit international, pp.53-89.

OTHER

  • State of Necessity and International Law, Thèse n° 772, Faculté de droit, Université de Genève, 2005, 506p. (doctoral dissertation - unpublished).

Recent news

21
Dec
2016
Sarah Dobbie

ANU College of Law alumna Sarah Dobbie has joined three Australian prime ministers, two high court justices and two Nobel Prize winners by becoming a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarships for Australia.

Upcoming events

16
Mar
2017
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1.15PM to 5.30PM
Workshop

This workshop explores how we see customary international law and its evolution in today’s uncertain times.

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

Currently supervising

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Topic: Small scale uses of force: The threshold between "force" under the Jus Ad Bellum and "other forcible measures".
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Topic: The 'creeping' jurisdiction of coastal States; a legitimate way to fill gaps in the law of the sea, or an unwarranted expansion of power?
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Topic: Enforcement of Crimes of Universal Jurisdiction in the Absence of Traditional Jurisdictional Nexuses – State, Regional and International Practice in Bringing Individuals to Justice

PhD supervision

I am willing to supervise.

SJD supervision

I am willing to supervise.

MPhil supervision

I am willing to supervise.

 

LLM Masters thesis supervision

I am willing to supervise.

Honours thesis supervision

I am willing to supervise.

Internship supervision

I am willing to supervise.

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2017 LAWS6258
Class #1097
International Organisations (Geneva)
2017 LAWS8183
Class #5499
Advanced Principles of International Law
2017 LAWS2250
Class #7333
International Law

Teaching awards

Year Title
2014 ANU College of Law Education Awards: Award for Excellence in Supervision

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