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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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