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Dr Shireen Daft is a Lecturer at Macquarie Law School, and the Deputy Director for the Centre of Environmental Law. She received her BA LLB (Hons) from Macquarie University, and her LLM specialising in Human Rights and Social Justice from the University of New South Wales. She was awarded her PhD from Macquarie University in 2015. Her PhD dissertation entitled ‘The Relationship between Human Security Discourse and International Law: A Principled Approach’ explores the ways in which human security discourse challenges, and is challenged by, the traditional structuring of public international law. She has taught in areas of international law, criminal justice and foundations of law. Her research interests are international law, non-state actors and international law; international peace and security; human security; children and armed conflict; international humanitarian law; criminal justice (domestic, comparative and international); human rights and social justice, including environmental justice. She is currently examining the intersection of international humanitarian law, human rights law and criminal justice in the international community’s response to child soldiers and other children affected by armed conflict.



BA/LLB (Hons) (MQ); LLM (UNSW) PhD (MQ)


Teaching Responsibilities

LAW109 - Criminal Justice and Procedure (Convenor)

LAWS587 – War Law (Convenor)

LAWS530 – Jessup International Law Mooting Competition

LAW891 – Advanced International Law (Convenor)

LAWS259/459 – International Law (Tutor)


Areas of Teaching and/or Research Interests

  • International humanitarian law
  • International human rights law
  • Children and armed conflict
  • Non-state actors and international law
  • Domestic, international and transnational criminal justice
  • Peace, international security and international law
  • Fragmentation of international law

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Projects 2017 2017

Research Outputs 2012 2019

Inquiry into gay and transgender hate crimes between 1870 and 2010

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, 11 Jan 2019, NSW Parliament. 31 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther reportResearch

Open Access
hate crime

Image-based abuse: you and the law

Bending, Z. & Daft, S., 2 May 2018, Sydney Morning Herald.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticleResearch

Open Access

Submission for Inquiry into Australia's faunal extinction crisis

Alam, S., Bending, Z., Govind, P., Jaeckel, A., Daft, S., Preston, J., Tomossy, G. & Davies, K., 10 Sep 2018, Australian Parliament. 7 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther reportResearch

environmental law
environmental law
law enforcement

The relationship between human security discourse and international law: a principled approach

Daft, S., 2018, London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. 276 p. (Routledge Research in International Law)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

human security
international law
international relations

Activities 2011 2018

  • 4 Oral presentation
  • 1 Invited talk

Expert Appearance before Parliamentary Joint Committee on law Enforcement Inquiry into Trade in elephant ivory and rhino horn (on behalf of CEL)

Zara Bending (Speaker), Shireen Daft (Speaker)
3 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Square pegs and round holes? Complex perpetrators and the International Criminal Court

Shireen Daft (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

The relationship between human security, international law and positive peace

Shireen Daft (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Human security and international law: transformative potential for a people-centred integrated approach?

Shireen Daft (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation