Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs

LLB (Melbourne) LLM (SMU) PhD (Melbourne)
President, Australian Human Rights Commission

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, taking up her appointment by the Commonwealth Attorney-General in 2012. She was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-7. She is a former Barrister with Seven Wentworth Chambers and a Governor of the College of Law.

Professor Triggs graduated in Law from the University of Melbourne in 1968 and gained a PhD in 1982. She has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and worked with governments and international organizations on human rights law.

She has been a consultant on International Law to Mallesons Stephen Jaques, a Board Member of the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH), the Australian representative on the Council of Jurists for the Asia Pacific Forum for National Human Rights Institutions, Chair of the Board of the Australian International Health Institute, a member of the Attorney General's International Legal Service Advisory Council and Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans.

Selected grants

2011

  • Sydney Law School and the University of Geneva; Triggs G; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

2010

  • Energy and Resources Law; Triggs G; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

2009

  • The International & Humanitarian Law Library - A global dimension in Australian legal research infrastructure; Mowbray A, Triggs G; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Triggs, G. (2011). International Law: Contemporary Principles and Practices, Second Edition. Sydney, Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths.
  • Prescott, V., Triggs, G. (2008). International Frontiers and Boundaries: Law, Politics, and Geography. The Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff.
  • Triggs, G. (2006). International Law: Contemporary Principles and Practices. Sydney: LexisNexis Butterworths.

Edited Books

  • Triggs, G. (2007). Antarctica: Legal and Environmental Challenges for the Future. United Kingdom: British Institute of International and Comparative Law.
  • Triggs, G., Saunders, C. (2002). Trade and Cooperation with the European Union in the New Millenium. Kluwer Law International.
  • Triggs, G., Le Hong, H. (2002). Vietnam and International Commercial Law. Vietnam: Hanoi Law University.

Book Chapters

  • Prescott, V., Triggs, G. (2011). France-Madagascar. In David A Colson, Robert W Smith (Eds.), International Maritime Boundaries Volume VI, (pp. 4405-4410). Boston, USA: American Society of International Law.
  • Triggs, G. (2011). International Criminal Law. In Gillian D Triggs (Eds.), International Law: Contemporary Principles and Practices, Second Edition, (pp. 1032-1070). Sydney, Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths.
  • Triggs, G. (2011). Law and Uses of International Thought. In J Gleeson & R Higgins (Eds.), Constituting Law: Legal Argument and Social Values, (pp. 184-201). Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Prescott, V., Triggs, G. (2011). Mauritius-Seychelles. In David A Colson, Robert W Smith (Eds.), International Maritime Boundaries Volume VI, (pp. 4391-4396). Boston, USA: American Society of International Law.
  • Triggs, G. (2010). World Trade Organization and Climate Change: A Clash of Civilizations? In Rosemary Lyster (Eds.), In the Wilds of Climate Law, (pp. 39-52). Australia: Australian Academic Press.
  • Triggs, G. (2009). Lord Bingham: Of Swallows and International Law. In Andenas, Mads~Fairgrieve, Duncan~ (Eds.), Tom Bingham and the Transformation of the Law, (pp. 509-531). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.
  • Triggs, G. (2007). Introduction. In G Triggs, A Riddell (Eds.), Antarctica: Legal and Environmental Challenges for the Future, (pp. xi-xx). United Kingdom: British Institute of International and Comparative Law.
  • Triggs, G., Prescott, V. (2005). Islands and Rocks and their Role in Maritime Delimitation. In DA Colson & RW Smith (Eds.), International Maritime Boundaries Vol. 5, (pp. 3245-3280). The Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff.
  • Triggs, G. (2004). Creative Conflict Resolution: The Timor Sea Treaty between Australia and East Timor. In M. Langton et al (Eds.), Honour Among Nations? Treaties and Agreements with Indigenous Peoples, (pp. 329-342). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • Triggs, G. (2002). The Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Participate in Resource Development: An International Legal Perspective. In D Zillman, A Lucas & G Pring (Eds.), Human Rights in Natural Resource Development - Public Participation in the Sustainable Development of Mining and Energy Resources, (pp. 123-154). UK: Oxford University Press.

Journals

  • Triggs, G. (2007). Public International Law: Is It Fit For Purpose? Legal Information Management, 7(2), 113-123.
  • Triggs, G. (2005). The Public International Lawyer and the Practice of International Law. Australian Yearbook of International Law, 24, 201-218.
  • Triggs, G. (2004). The Oceanic Litigation: A 'Judicial No-Man's Land' in the Timor Gap. International Energy: Law and Taxation Review, 6, 140-145.
  • Triggs, G. (2004). Timor Sea Treaty and the International Unitisation Agreement for Greater Sunrise: Practical Solutions in the Timor Sea. Australian Yearbook of International Law, 23, 161-176.
  • Triggs, G. (2003). Australian Detainees at Guantanamo Bay: Legal Twilight Zone or Black Hole? Victorian Bar News, 127, 44-47.
  • Triggs, G. (2003). Dispute Settlement under the World Trade Organization: Implications for Developing Countries. Bond Law Review, 15(2), 44-70.
  • Triggs, G. (2003). Implementation of the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court: A Quiet Revolution in Australian Law. Sydney Law Review, 25(4), 507-534.
  • Triggs, G. (2003). Selected Annotated Bibliography of Joint Venture Articles and Books. Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal, 22(3), 239-240.
  • Triggs, G. (2003). Unitisation of the Greater Sunrise Oil and Gas Deposits in the Timor Sea: A Compromise for Australia and East Timor. International Energy: Law and Taxation Review, 99(99), 207-213.
  • Triggs, G., Bialek, D. (2002). Australia Withdraws Maritime Disputes from the Compulsory Jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, 17(3), 423-430.
  • Triggs, G. (2002). Kyoto Protocol : compliance and the World Trade Organisation. Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Journal, 2002, 49-70.
  • Triggs, G. (2002). Proposed Timor Sea Arrangements between Australia and the East Timor Transitional Administration. Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, 20(1), 40-49.
  • Triggs, G., Bialek, D. (2002). The new Timor Sea Treaty and interim arrangements for joint development of petroleum resources of the Timor Gap. Melbourne Journal of International Law, 3(2), 322-363.
  • Triggs, G. (2002). The new Timor Sea Treaty between East Timor and Australia. Australian Journal of Asian Law, 4(2), 188-206.
  • Triggs, G. (2002). World Trade Organisation: Dispute Resolution and the Environment. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 7(3-4), 43-70.

Conferences

  • Triggs, G. (2011). WTO Disputes Settlement - An Evolving Jurisprudence. International Commercial Law, Litigation and Arbitration, Sydney: Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law.

2011

  • Prescott, V., Triggs, G. (2011). France-Madagascar. In David A Colson, Robert W Smith (Eds.), International Maritime Boundaries Volume VI, (pp. 4405-4410). Boston, USA: American Society of International Law.
  • Triggs, G. (2011). International Criminal Law. In Gillian D Triggs (Eds.), International Law: Contemporary Principles and Practices, Second Edition, (pp. 1032-1070). Sydney, Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths.
  • Triggs, G. (2011). International Law: Contemporary Principles and Practices, Second Edition. Sydney, Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths.
  • Triggs, G. (2011). Law and Uses of International Thought. In J Gleeson & R Higgins (Eds.), Constituting Law: Legal Argument and Social Values, (pp. 184-201). Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Prescott, V., Triggs, G. (2011). Mauritius-Seychelles. In David A Colson, Robert W Smith (Eds.), International Maritime Boundaries Volume VI, (pp. 4391-4396). Boston, USA: American Society of International Law.
  • Triggs, G. (2011). WTO Disputes Settlement - An Evolving Jurisprudence. International Commercial Law, Litigation and Arbitration, Sydney: Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law.

2010

  • Triggs, G. (2010). World Trade Organization and Climate Change: A Clash of Civilizations? In Rosemary Lyster (Eds.), In the Wilds of Climate Law, (pp. 39-52). Australia: Australian Academic Press.

2009

  • Triggs, G. (2009). Lord Bingham: Of Swallows and International Law. In Andenas, Mads~Fairgrieve, Duncan~ (Eds.), Tom Bingham and the Transformation of the Law, (pp. 509-531). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.

2008

  • Prescott, V., Triggs, G. (2008). International Frontiers and Boundaries: Law, Politics, and Geography. The Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff.

2007

  • Triggs, G. (2007). Antarctica: Legal and Environmental Challenges for the Future. United Kingdom: British Institute of International and Comparative Law.
  • Triggs, G. (2007). Introduction. In G Triggs, A Riddell (Eds.), Antarctica: Legal and Environmental Challenges for the Future, (pp. xi-xx). United Kingdom: British Institute of International and Comparative Law.
  • Triggs, G. (2007). Public International Law: Is It Fit For Purpose? Legal Information Management, 7(2), 113-123.

2006

  • Triggs, G. (2006). International Law: Contemporary Principles and Practices. Sydney: LexisNexis Butterworths.

2005

  • Triggs, G., Prescott, V. (2005). Islands and Rocks and their Role in Maritime Delimitation. In DA Colson & RW Smith (Eds.), International Maritime Boundaries Vol. 5, (pp. 3245-3280). The Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff.
  • Triggs, G. (2005). The Public International Lawyer and the Practice of International Law. Australian Yearbook of International Law, 24, 201-218.

2004

  • Triggs, G. (2004). Creative Conflict Resolution: The Timor Sea Treaty between Australia and East Timor. In M. Langton et al (Eds.), Honour Among Nations? Treaties and Agreements with Indigenous Peoples, (pp. 329-342). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • Triggs, G. (2004). The Oceanic Litigation: A 'Judicial No-Man's Land' in the Timor Gap. International Energy: Law and Taxation Review, 6, 140-145.
  • Triggs, G. (2004). Timor Sea Treaty and the International Unitisation Agreement for Greater Sunrise: Practical Solutions in the Timor Sea. Australian Yearbook of International Law, 23, 161-176.

2003

  • Triggs, G. (2003). Australian Detainees at Guantanamo Bay: Legal Twilight Zone or Black Hole? Victorian Bar News, 127, 44-47.
  • Triggs, G. (2003). Dispute Settlement under the World Trade Organization: Implications for Developing Countries. Bond Law Review, 15(2), 44-70.
  • Triggs, G. (2003). Implementation of the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court: A Quiet Revolution in Australian Law. Sydney Law Review, 25(4), 507-534.
  • Triggs, G. (2003). Selected Annotated Bibliography of Joint Venture Articles and Books. Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal, 22(3), 239-240.
  • Triggs, G. (2003). Unitisation of the Greater Sunrise Oil and Gas Deposits in the Timor Sea: A Compromise for Australia and East Timor. International Energy: Law and Taxation Review, 99(99), 207-213.

2002

  • Triggs, G., Bialek, D. (2002). Australia Withdraws Maritime Disputes from the Compulsory Jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, 17(3), 423-430.
  • Triggs, G. (2002). Kyoto Protocol : compliance and the World Trade Organisation. Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Journal, 2002, 49-70.
  • Triggs, G. (2002). Proposed Timor Sea Arrangements between Australia and the East Timor Transitional Administration. Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, 20(1), 40-49.
  • Triggs, G., Bialek, D. (2002). The new Timor Sea Treaty and interim arrangements for joint development of petroleum resources of the Timor Gap. Melbourne Journal of International Law, 3(2), 322-363.
  • Triggs, G. (2002). The new Timor Sea Treaty between East Timor and Australia. Australian Journal of Asian Law, 4(2), 188-206.
  • Triggs, G. (2002). The Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Participate in Resource Development: An International Legal Perspective. In D Zillman, A Lucas & G Pring (Eds.), Human Rights in Natural Resource Development - Public Participation in the Sustainable Development of Mining and Energy Resources, (pp. 123-154). UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Triggs, G., Saunders, C. (2002). Trade and Cooperation with the European Union in the New Millenium. Kluwer Law International.
  • Triggs, G., Le Hong, H. (2002). Vietnam and International Commercial Law. Vietnam: Hanoi Law University.
  • Triggs, G. (2002). World Trade Organisation: Dispute Resolution and the Environment. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 7(3-4), 43-70.

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