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Professor Natalie Klein

Professor Natalie KleinPosition: Professor & Dean of Macquarie Law School
Tel: +61-2-9850 9931
Fax: +61-2-9850 7686
Location: W3A 605



Professor Natalie Klein served previously as Dean of the Macquarie Law School and Acting Head of the Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism. At Macquarie, she teaches and researches in different areas of international law, with a focus on law of the sea and international dispute settlement. Professor Klein is the author of Dispute Settlement and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Maritime Security and the Law of the Sea (Oxford University Press, 2011). She provides advice, undertakes consultancies, and interacts with the media on law of the sea issues. Prior to joining Macquarie, Professor Klein worked in the international litigation and arbitration practice of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, served as counsel to the Government of Eritrea (1998-2002), and was a consultant in the Office of Legal Affairs at the United Nations. Her masters and doctorate in law were earned at Yale Law School. In 2013, she was invited to become a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.


BA (Juris) LLB (Hons) (Adel), LLM JSD (Yale)

Teaching Responsibilities 

Research Interests:

Public international law, particularly international dispute resolution, law of the sea, international humanitarian law, international commercial arbitration, investment disputes

Recent Publications

  • Techera, E, Klein, N (eds), Sharks: Conservation, Governance and Management (Oxford: Routledge Earthscan, 2014), pp 1-331.
  • Klein, N (ed), Litigating International Law Disputes: Weighing the Options, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • Klein N, 'A Case for Harmonizing Laws on Maritime Interceptions of Irregular Migrants' (2014) 63 International & Comparative Law Quarterly 787-814.
  • Klein N, 'Assessing Australia's Push Back the Boats Policy under International Law: Legality and Accountability for Maritime Interceptions of Irregular Migrants' (2014) 15 Melbourne Journal of International Law 413-443.
  • Klein, N, 'Who Litigates and Why' in Romano C, Shany Y, Alter K (eds), Oxford Handbook on International Adjudication (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 569-593.

Biography & Publications

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