Emeritus Professor Ivan Shearer

AM RFD, LLB LLM (Adelaide) SJD (Northwestern)

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 8 8302 0196
Fax +61 8 8302 7128

Biographical details

Schooling and first university education in Adelaide, South Australia

Research assistant to Professor D.P. O’Connell, 1962-64, in his capacity as rapporteur of the International Law Association’s Committee on State Succession and Treaties

Rockefeller Travelling Scholar, Hague Academy of International Law (Research session), 1962

Visiting Scholar, Max Planck Institute for Foreign, International and Comparative Law, Heidelberg, Germany, 1962

Ford Foundation Fellow in International Legal Studies, Northwestern University School of Law, 1964-65

Visiting Scholar, University of Cologne, Germany, 1968

United Nations Development Programme, resident consultant on treaty succession to the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho, 1971-72

Visiting Fellow, All Souls College Oxford, 1978

Commonwealth Secretariat (London), rapporteur on the revision of Commonwealth extradition arrangements, 1980

Visiting Professor, Summer School in International Law, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 1985

Dean, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, 1984-87, 88-90

Scholar-in-residence, International Legal Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra, 1991

Editor, Sydney Law Review, 2001-2003

Judge ad hoc, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Hamburg Germany, Southern Bluefin Tuna case (Australia and New Zealand v. Japan, 1999), and the Volga case (Russian Federation v. Australia, 2002)

Member of the Arbitral Tribunal, Case Concerning Land Reclamation by Singapore In and Around the Straits of Johor (Malaysia v. Singapore) 2003-2005

Member of the Arbitral Tribunal, Maritime Delimitation between Guyana and Suriname, 2004

Royal Australian Navy Reserve, Legal Panel, 1974-2001 (ret’d with rank of Captain)

Previous appointments

Challis Professor of International Law, University of Sydney, 1993-2003

Professor of Law, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 1975-1993

Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader in Law, University of Adelaide, 1964-1974

Recent visiting appointments

George P. Smith Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, Indiana University, School of Law – Bloomington, January-February 2004.

Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Law, United States Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, 2000-2001.

Research interests

  • Public international law
  • Law of the sea
  • Law of armed conflict
  • International humanitarian law
  • Human rights law
  • National security law
  • Extradition law.

Associations

  • Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of South Australia and Victoria
  • Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Practitioner, High Court of Australia
  • President, International Law Association (Australian Branch) since 2004
  • Elected Member of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, San Remo, Italy
  • Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague
  • Arbitrator designated by Australia under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Awards and honours

  • Centenary Medal, 2003

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Shearer, I. (2014). Human rights as a subject of international litigation. In Natalie Klein (Eds.), Litigating International Law Disputes: Weighing the Balance, (pp. 353-374). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Shearer, I., Hart, N. (2011). The Engagement of Asia-Pacific States with the UN Human Rights Committee: Reporting and Individual Petitions. In H Nasu and B Saul (Eds.), Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region: Towards Institution Building, (pp. 17-36). United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Shearer, I. (2007). A Revival of the Just War Theory? In Michael N. Schmitt and Jelena Pejic (Eds.), International Law and Armed Conflict : Exploring the Faultlines. Essays in Honour of Yoram Dinstein, (pp. 1-20). The Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.
  • Shearer, I. (2004). Human Rights In An Age Of Terrorism. In Guenther Doeker-Mach & Klaus A. Ziegert (Eds.), Law and Legal Culture in Comparative Perspective, (pp. 125-141). Stuttgart, Germany: Franz Steiner Verlag.
  • Shearer, I. (2004). Oceans Management Challenges For The Law Of The Sea In The First Decade Of The 21st Century. In Alex G. Oude Elferink & Donald R. Rothwell (Eds.), Oceans Management in the 21st Century: Institutional Frameworks and Responses, (pp. 1-17). Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.
  • Shearer, I. (2003). Military activities in the exclusive economic zone: the case of aerial surveillance. In E.Mann Borgese, Aldo Chircop, Moira McConnell (Eds.), Ocean Yearbook 17, (pp. 548-562). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Journals Division.

Journals

  • Shearer, I. (2005). Australia, the United States and the Rule of Law in International Affairs: Comparisons and Contrasts. Adelaide Law Review, 26(2), 191-209.
  • Shearer, I. (2005). In Fear of International Law. Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, 12, 345-378.
  • Shearer, I. (2001). A Pope, Two Presidents and a Prime Minister. ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law, 7, 429-440.
  • Shearer, I. (2001). Book review - I.Osterdahl "Threat to the Peace: The interpretation by the Security Council of Article 39 of the UN Charter". Australian Yearbook of International Law, 21, 166-168.
  • Shearer, I. (2001). International Legal Relations Between Australia and Taiwan: Behind the fa�ade. Australian Yearbook of International Law, 21, 113-132.
  • Shearer, I. (2001). Review: Osterdahl, I, "Threat to the Peace: The Interpretation by the Security Council of Article 39 of the UN Charter" H Charlesworth & R McCorquodale (eds). Australian Yearbook of International Law, 21, 166-168.

Conferences

  • Shearer, I. (2000). The Role of the Law. Preservation & Protection of the Marine Environment Conference (2000), Wollongong, Australia: University of Wollongong.

2014

  • Shearer, I. (2014). Human rights as a subject of international litigation. In Natalie Klein (Eds.), Litigating International Law Disputes: Weighing the Balance, (pp. 353-374). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2011

  • Shearer, I., Hart, N. (2011). The Engagement of Asia-Pacific States with the UN Human Rights Committee: Reporting and Individual Petitions. In H Nasu and B Saul (Eds.), Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region: Towards Institution Building, (pp. 17-36). United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2007

  • Shearer, I. (2007). A Revival of the Just War Theory? In Michael N. Schmitt and Jelena Pejic (Eds.), International Law and Armed Conflict : Exploring the Faultlines. Essays in Honour of Yoram Dinstein, (pp. 1-20). The Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

2005

  • Shearer, I. (2005). Australia, the United States and the Rule of Law in International Affairs: Comparisons and Contrasts. Adelaide Law Review, 26(2), 191-209.
  • Shearer, I. (2005). In Fear of International Law. Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, 12, 345-378.

2004

  • Shearer, I. (2004). Human Rights In An Age Of Terrorism. In Guenther Doeker-Mach & Klaus A. Ziegert (Eds.), Law and Legal Culture in Comparative Perspective, (pp. 125-141). Stuttgart, Germany: Franz Steiner Verlag.
  • Shearer, I. (2004). Oceans Management Challenges For The Law Of The Sea In The First Decade Of The 21st Century. In Alex G. Oude Elferink & Donald R. Rothwell (Eds.), Oceans Management in the 21st Century: Institutional Frameworks and Responses, (pp. 1-17). Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

2003

  • Shearer, I. (2003). Military activities in the exclusive economic zone: the case of aerial surveillance. In E.Mann Borgese, Aldo Chircop, Moira McConnell (Eds.), Ocean Yearbook 17, (pp. 548-562). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Journals Division.

2001

  • Shearer, I. (2001). A Pope, Two Presidents and a Prime Minister. ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law, 7, 429-440.
  • Shearer, I. (2001). Book review - I.Osterdahl "Threat to the Peace: The interpretation by the Security Council of Article 39 of the UN Charter". Australian Yearbook of International Law, 21, 166-168.
  • Shearer, I. (2001). International Legal Relations Between Australia and Taiwan: Behind the fa�ade. Australian Yearbook of International Law, 21, 113-132.
  • Shearer, I. (2001). Review: Osterdahl, I, "Threat to the Peace: The Interpretation by the Security Council of Article 39 of the UN Charter" H Charlesworth & R McCorquodale (eds). Australian Yearbook of International Law, 21, 166-168.

2000

  • Shearer, I. (2000). The Role of the Law. Preservation & Protection of the Marine Environment Conference (2000), Wollongong, Australia: University of Wollongong.

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