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Dr Daley Birkett joined Macquarie Law School as a Senior Lecturer in September 2021. He holds PhD (University of Amsterdam), LLM (Leiden University), and LLB (Durham University) degrees, while he is also recognised as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Outside academia, Daley has, on two occasions, served as Legal Consultant to the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT), in which capacity he advised the International Judges of the Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).

Dr Birkett is a member of the International Law Association Study Group on Asian State Practice of Domestic Implementation of International Law, a network appointed to explore whether there is an “Asian approach” to international law distinct from that derived from outside the region, as well as the Asian Society of International Law Interest Group on International Criminal Law.

Research interests

Daley's research interests lie in the general area of public international law, with a particular focus on the law and practice of international(ised) criminal tribunals and the United Nations Security Council and the law regulating the use of force in relations between States (jus ad bellum).

A prize-winning researcher, he has published his scholarship in leading periodicals, including the Leiden Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Criminal Justice, the Chinese Journal of International Law, and the Human Rights Law Review. Daley has also edited and/or contributed chapters to books published by Cambridge University Press, Routledge, and Brill. His most recent book, a monograph, was published by Eleven International Publishing in 2021.

Research student supervision

Dr Birkett is keen to hear from prospective HDR students in areas related to his research interests, particularly:

The law and practice of the permanent International Criminal Court and other international(ised) criminal tribunals;
The law and practice of the United Nations Security Council, especially in relation to Chapter VII powers;
The law governing the use of force between states (jus ad bellum); and
The implementation of international legal obligations, especially those stemming from the bodies of international human rights law and international criminal law, in states’ domestic legal orders.


Daley's teaching interests span public international law, international and domestic criminal law, and international legal advocacy. In the world of mooting, besides acting as a regular judge at the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition in The Hague, he has also advised student teams competing in the same competition and in the Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot in Hong Kong.

Dr Birkett is presently responsible for teaching into the following units at Macquarie Law School:

LAWS1300 – Criminal Justice
LAWS8015 – International Law

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, The University of Amsterdam

Award Date: 19 Feb 2021

Law, LLM, Leiden University

Award Date: 31 Jul 2012

Law, LLB, Durham University

Award Date: 29 Jun 2011

External positions

Member, Governing Board, Foundation for the Development of International Law in Asia

Jan 2022Dec 2025

Member, Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Durham University

Oct 2021 → …

Visiting Lecturer, Department of Law, University of Verona

Mar 2019 → …


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