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Macquarie Law School

Shireen Daft

Law HDR Student - Shireen DaftPosition:  Lecturer
Tel: +61 (2) 9850 7022
Location: 6 First Walk, Room 541



Dr Shireen Daft is an Associate 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.


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

Teaching Responsibilities

  • LAW109 - Criminal Justice and Procedure (Convenor)
  • LAWS259 - International Law (Tutor)
  • LAWS530 - Jessup International Law Mooting Competition
  • LAWS587 - War Law (Convenor)

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

Publications and Conference Presentations

  • The Relationship between Human Security Discourse and International Law: A Principled Approach (Routledge, 2017)
  • 'Square Pegs and Round Holes? Complex Perpetrators and the International Criminal Court' paper presented at 5th Australian ICL Workshop, 4-5 September 2017, Melbourne, Australia
  • 'Whither Justice for Former Child Soldiers: Complex Perpetrators and the ICC', paper presented at the ANZSIL 25th Annual Conference, Sustaining the International Legal Order in an Era of Rising Nationalism, 29th June-1 July 2017, Canberra, Australia
  • 'The Relationship between Human Security, International Law and Positive Peace', paper presented at the WILJ Annual Symposium, Creation of International Law: Exploring the International Law Components of Peace, 4-5 April 2014, Madison WI
  • 'Integrating Responses to Violators of Human Rights and Corporate Accomplices: A Role for the Security Council?' (2012) 10:2 New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law 193-225
  • 'International Law as a Missing Voice in Human Security Discourse: The Opportunities and Challenges for this Unexplored Perspective' Presented at BISA-ISA Joint International Conference "Diversity in the Discipline: Tension Or Opportunity In Responding To Global Challenges" June 2012, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 'Human Security and International Law: Transformative Potential for a People-Centred Integrated Approach?' Presented at Sydney Law School Postgraduate Students Conference, 2011