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Macquarie Law School

Dora Shipley

Dora Shipley Law Tutor
DipLaw (Sydney Uni); Admitted as a Lawyer in the Supreme Court of NSW in 2017; LLB/ B Political Science (UNMSM, Peru); Admitted to the Bar in Lima in 2000; MIntTrdeComLaw (Macquarie); PhD candidate (Macquarie).


Dora Shipley completed her Bachelor of Law and Political Science in Lima Peru, a degree completed within the top 10% of the graduating year. Prior to immigrating to Australia, Dora worked as a Solicitor in the Peruvian Ombudsman Office and the Ministry of Justice of Peru for a number of years. 

In 2012, Dora completed her Master of International Trade and Commerce Law in Macquarie University, in which she was awarded the Vice-Chancellor Commendation for Academic Excellence. This degree was obtained with the Thesis: 'The International Court of Justice's Provisional Measures: Testing Compliance and Effectiveness of the Court's Binding Orders'. 

In 2016, Dora obtained her Diploma in Law awarded by the Legal Profession Admission Board via the University of Sydney (lec). During this Diploma, Dora was awarded the H&WG Spencer Prize for Administrative Law. Dora was admitted as a Lawyer by the Supreme Court of NSW in 2017 and holds a current certificate of legal practice in NSW.

Currently, Dora is a PhD candidate at Macquarie Law School.  Her research concerns international legal compliance, international relations, policy and good governance. Dora works at the NSW Department of Finance Services and Innovation managing a number of legal complex governmental policies. Additionally, Dora is a casual academic at Macquarie University. Dora has experience as a Lecturer teaching Advanced International Law and as a Tutor of International Law, Administrative Law and Advanced Policy Development & Advocacy also at Macquarie.

Thesis Title

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights: Testing the Court's Effectiveness.

Thesis Overview

Compliance with and enforcement of international law in general is one of the most challenging problems facing the international community.  In order to solve this problem, different scholars have developed the most distinct theories of compliance which seek to explain the reasons why states comply with international law and what influences their behaviour perhaps with an aim to ascertain a level of predictability in certain international situations.

This research seeks to contribute to the development of scholarship on the inter-American human rights system by attempting to analyse whether the effectiveness of the Court as a human rights tribunal within the Americas could be measured by its compliance; particularly when most of the Latin American nations have slowly strengthened their democracies to demonstrate that their governments are representative, and offer more juridical equality, political stability and protection of human rights than their counterparts of two or three decades ago.  The examination will be grounded using normative methods and will be supported by empirical investigation.

Research Interests

International Law, International Relations, Good Governance, Policy, International Legal Compliance and Commercial Law.


Vice-Chancellor Commendation for Academic Excellence (Macquarie).

H&WG Spencer Prize for Administrative Law (University of Sydney - lec)


Principal Supervisor:  Professor Natalie Klein
Associate Supervisor:  Dr Roy Baker