Public international law; law of the sea; international environmental law; polar law; marine environmental law; protection of the marine environment in areas beyond national jurisdiction; climate change and the oceans.
Fields of Research (FoR)Public international law, Ocean law and governance, Climate change law, Environmental law, Environmental and resources law not elsewhere classified, Environmental and resources law
Rosemary Rayfuse is an Emerita Scientia Professor of International Law at UNSW Sydney where, from 1994 to 2020, she played a leading role in the development of the Faculty's public international law and environmental law programs. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA) and holds the degrees of LLB from Queen's University, LLM from the University of Cambridge, PhD from the University of Utrecht, and a Doctor...view more
Rosemary Rayfuse is an Emerita Scientia Professor of International Law at UNSW Sydney where, from 1994 to 2020, she played a leading role in the development of the Faculty's public international law and environmental law programs. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA) and holds the degrees of LLB from Queen's University, LLM from the University of Cambridge, PhD from the University of Utrecht, and a Doctor of Laws honoris causa from Lund University. She publishes widely on issues of oceans governance, protection of the marine environment in areas beyond national jurisdiction, and the normative effects of climate change on international law. She has special expertise in high seas fisheries, climate change and the oceans, and in polar oceans governance and has also published on other areas of international law including state responsibility, the law of treaties, international humanitarian law, use of force, international crimes and international dispute settlement. She is on the editorial or advisory boards of a number of international law journals, is a member of the United Nations Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection, the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, the International Law Association's Committee on International Law and Sea-Level Rise,and is designated as an arbitrator under Article 2 of the Schedule to the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (Madrid Protocol).
In 2006 Professor Rayfuse became the first Australian woman to attempt to ski from the North Pole to Canada, using her North Pole Challenge 2006 to raise awareness of the need for international and national regulatory responses to climate change and to raise money for the Law School's Mooting and Internship programs.
Areas of expertise
Public International Law, Law of the Sea, International Environmental Law, International Fisheries Law, Climate Change and the Oceans, Polar Oceans.
Aegean Review of the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law, Editorial Board Member
International Community Law Review, Advisory Board Member
International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, Editorial Board Member
Netherlands International Law Review, Correspondent
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marie Environmental Protection
IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and WCEL Specialist Group on Oceans, Coasts and Coral Reefs
International Law Association Committee on Sea Level Rise and International Law
Law Society of England and Wales (non-practicing)
Research Council of Norway: Cultural Conditions Underlying Social Change - SAMKUL, 'The High Seas and the Deep Ocean: Representations, resources and regulatory governance (3ROceans)' [with H Andersen (NTNU Trondheim); K Eliassen (NTNU); Ellem Krefting (Oslo); M Ingulstad (NTNU); G Paulsen (NTNU); L Lixinski (UNSW); and T Brandt (NTNU)]. (2016-2019)
Australia-China Council (ACC) Grant, 'Research Centre for Transformation of Urban Ports and Harbours (TUPAH)' [with XH Wang (UNSW/ADFA), R Steinberg (UNSW/SIMS), D Waite (UNSW), E Johnston (UNSW), W Glamore (UNSW), D Wu, (Ocean University China), and L Ge (Ludong University China)]. (2016-2017)
Research Council of Norway/KLIMAFORSK Programme (Project n. 235638), 'Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in the Anthropocene: Challenges for International Law in the 21st Century' [Principal investigator: Prof. Davor Vidas; Project owner: The Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway] international cooperating partner. (2014–18)
AusAid Development Research Awards Scheme: 'Sustainable Development and Deep Seabed Mining in the Asia-Pacific' [with D. Anton (ANU), C. Filer (ANU), R. Makgill (NZ), J. Mossop (VUW), D. Rothwell (ANU) and R. Warner (UOW)]. (2013-2015)
Ragnar Söderberg Fund, Sweden: 'Protecting the Commons: The Use of Market Mechanisms to Regulate Access to and Exploitation of Common Resources' [with S. Bogojevic (Lund) and H.H. Lidgard (Lund)]. (2013-2015)
Vetenskapsrådet, Sweden, 'Skydd av allmänningar: Tillämpning av ekonomiska styrmedel för regleringen av användning och tillgång till gemensamma naturresurser' [with S. Bogojevic (Lund) and H.H. Lidgard (Lund)]. (2013-2015)
LLB, Queen's University; LLM, Cambridge; PhD, Utrecht, LLD h.c., Lund
2016 Kerstin Hesselgrens Visiting Professorship 2017, Vetenskapsrådet, Sweden
2015 Honorary Doctorate in Law (LLD hc), Lund University, Sweden
1997 UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
1991 The Clive Parry Prize for International Law, Cambridge University, UK
My Research Activities
Law of the Sea and oceans governance in general, polar oceans governance in particular, international fisheries law, protection of the marine environment in areas beyond national jurisdiction, climate change and the oceans, and the normative effects of climate change, ocean warming and sea level rise on international law.
- Public International Law (LAWS3381)
- Law of the Sea (LAWS8086)
- International Environmental Law (LAWS8319)
- Principles of International Law (LAWS8180)
- Public International Law (JURD7481)
- Law of the Sea (JURD7586)
- International Environmental Law (JURD7619)
- Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes (LAWS8082)
- Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes (JURD7782)