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.
Field of Research (FoR)
Rosemary Rayfuse is Scientia Professor of Law at UNSW Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA), a Conjoint Professor in the Faculty of Law at Lund University, Sweden, where she also held the Swedish Research Council Kerstin Hesselgren Visiting Professorship for 2017-18, an Associated Senior Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway and an Associated Researcher in the Centre for Water, Oceans...view more
Rosemary Rayfuse is Scientia Professor of Law at UNSW Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA), a Conjoint Professor in the Faculty of Law at Lund University, Sweden, where she also held the Swedish Research Council Kerstin Hesselgren Visiting Professorship for 2017-18, an Associated Senior Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway and an Associated Researcher in the Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law at the University of Utrecht. From 2014-2017 she was Visiting Professor in Oceans Law and Governance at the University of Gothenburg. Prior to joining UNSW she was a Research Fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law and taught international law at the University of Cambridge. She practiced law in Vancouver, Canada and worked as a law clerk (judges associate) at the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Formerly of the Bar of British Columbia, she is currently on the rolls of the Law Society of England and Wales. She holds the degrees of LLB from Queen's University, LLM from the University of Cambridge, where she was awarded the Clive Parry Prize for International Law, PhD from the University of Utrecht, and a Doctor of Laws honoris causa from Lund University.
Professor Rayfuse researches and teaches in the area of Public International Law in general and more specifically in the Law of the Sea and International Environmental Law. 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 IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, and Chair's Nominee on the International Law Association's Committee on International Law and Sea-Level Rise.
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, International Wildlife Law, International Dispute Settlement, 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
Advisory Council, Global Climate Change Week
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
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
2016 Kerstin Hesselgrens Visiting Professorship 2017, Vetenskapsrådet, Sweden
2015 Honorary Doctorate in Law (LLD hc), Lund University
1997 UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
1991 The Clive Parry Prize for International Law
My Research Activities
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.
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
Public International Law, Law of the Sea, International Environmental Law, Protection of the Marine Environment, Oceans Governance, Polar Issues
- 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)