Dr Alison Pert

LLB (Manc) LLM (Lond) PhD (Sydney)
Adjunct Lecturer

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 0262
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Biographical details

Dr Alison Pert lectures in International Law and the Use of Armed Force at the University of Sydney. She also teaches public international law at post-graduate and undergraduate level, and previously lectured in international trade law at the ANU. Her doctoral thesis on Australia’s record as a good international citizen will be published by Federation Press in 2014.

After her Bar exams in London Alison spent five years in Papua New Guinea working in the Eastern Highlands Provincial Government and subsequently in the Department of Justice of the National Government. She returned to the UK to undertake her pupillage – one with (then) Professor Rosalyn Higgins – and a Master’s Degree at University College, London, specialising in international law.

On moving to Canberra she worked in the Attorney-General’s Department, working in constitutional, international, and international trade law areas. She represented Australia at international organisations including Unidroit and the Hague Conference on Private International Law, and at the diplomatic conference at which the Conventions on International Financial Leasing and International Factoring were adopted.

She then spent several years in private practice, mainly in commercial litigation, maintaining her interest in international law and lecturing in international trade law at ANU. In Sydney she worked in corporate and commercial law at the Commonwealth Bank. She has lectured at the University of Sydney in international law since 2003 and has also lectured in International Law and the Use of Armed Force at Monash University.

Research interests

  • Use of force
  • Jurisdiction
  • Immunity in international law
  • Recognition and non-recognition in international law

Teaching and supervision

  • Public International Law
  • International Law and the Use of Armed Force
  • International Law and Australian Institutions/International Law 2
  • Advanced Public International Law
  • Jurisdiction in International Law
  • International Humanitarian Law

Associations

Admitted to practice in:

  • NSW (Solicitor)
  • ACT (Barrister and Solicitor)
  • High Court of Australia
  • Papua New Guinea (Barrister and Solicitor)
  • England and Wales (Barrister, Gray’s Inn)

Memberships include:

  • International Law Association (Committee on Recognition and Non-Recognition)
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law
  • British Institute of International and Comparative Law
  • American Society of International Law

In the media

TV:

  • ABC News 24 (28 August 2013), interview on the legality of intervention in Syria
  • The Project (Channel 10), August 2012, on Julian Assange
  • Channel 10 Breakfast, 16, 17 and 20 August 2012, on Julian Assange

Radio:

  • SBS News November 2012, interview on the extradition of alleged war criminal Daniel Snedden
  • 2SER, September 2012, interview on the legality of drone strikes

Selected publications

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Books

  • Pert, A. (2014). Australia as a Good International Citizen. Sydney, Australia: Federation Press.

Book Chapters

  • Pert, A. (1994). Australia: In International Chamber of Commerce. In International Chamber of Commerce (Eds.), Retention of Title: A Practical ICC Guide to Legislation in 35 Countries. The Netherlands: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (Kluwer Law International).
  • Pert, A., Pryles, M. (1991). Australia. In T Clasen, J Puchner (Eds.), International Agency and Distribution Agreements. Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths.

Journals

  • Pert, A. (2012). The Good International Citizenship of the Rudd Government. Australian Yearbook of International Law, 30, 93-145.

Conferences

  • Pert, A. (2014). The "Duty" of Non-Recognition in Contemporary International Law: Issues and Uncertainties (Forthcoming). 2013 ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum - International Law and Dispute Resolution: Challenges in the Asia Pacific, Taiwan, Republic of China: Chinese Society of International Law.
  • Pert, A. (2013). Use of Force Against Iran. International Law Association, Australia, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Pert, A. (2013). Use of Force and Collective Security. SCIL International Law Year in Review Conference 2013, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Pert, A. (2012). Australia on the Security Council: a chance to show some good international citizenship? On Line Opinion.
  • Pert, A. (2012). Self-defence or illegal killing? The case of Ahmed al-Jabari. The Drum.
  • Pert, A. (2012). Syria mess highlights global weakness. The Australian.
  • Pert, A. (2011). Legality blurred in Libya intervention. The Australian.

Other

  • Pert, A. (2012), Global Trader.
  • Pert, A. (1999), Submission of the Law Council of Australia to the Commonwealth Government on the Hague Conference draft Convention on Jurisdiction and the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters.

2014

  • Pert, A. (2014). Australia as a Good International Citizen. Sydney, Australia: Federation Press.
  • Pert, A. (2014). The "Duty" of Non-Recognition in Contemporary International Law: Issues and Uncertainties (Forthcoming). 2013 ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum - International Law and Dispute Resolution: Challenges in the Asia Pacific, Taiwan, Republic of China: Chinese Society of International Law.

2013

  • Pert, A. (2013). Use of Force Against Iran. International Law Association, Australia, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Pert, A. (2013). Use of Force and Collective Security. SCIL International Law Year in Review Conference 2013, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.

2012

  • Pert, A. (2012). Australia on the Security Council: a chance to show some good international citizenship? On Line Opinion.
  • Pert, A. (2012), Global Trader.
  • Pert, A. (2012). Self-defence or illegal killing? The case of Ahmed al-Jabari. The Drum.
  • Pert, A. (2012). Syria mess highlights global weakness. The Australian.
  • Pert, A. (2012). The Good International Citizenship of the Rudd Government. Australian Yearbook of International Law, 30, 93-145.

2011

  • Pert, A. (2011). Legality blurred in Libya intervention. The Australian.

1999

  • Pert, A. (1999), Submission of the Law Council of Australia to the Commonwealth Government on the Hague Conference draft Convention on Jurisdiction and the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters.

1994

  • Pert, A. (1994). Australia: In International Chamber of Commerce. In International Chamber of Commerce (Eds.), Retention of Title: A Practical ICC Guide to Legislation in 35 Countries. The Netherlands: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (Kluwer Law International).

1991

  • Pert, A., Pryles, M. (1991). Australia. In T Clasen, J Puchner (Eds.), International Agency and Distribution Agreements. Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths.

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