Dr Deborah Whitehall

BA (Hons 1) / LLB (Hons 1) (Qld) BCL (Oxon) PhD (Melbourne)
Lecturer

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 0276
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Biographical details

Deborah Whitehall joined the Sydney Law School in 2017. Her research addresses the ideas and history of international law in the twentieth century by reference to its intellectual, social and political settings. Key thematic interests include the history of international legal thought; the development of juridical conceptions and techniques of peace; juridical initiatives to outlaw war; conceptions of humanity; French and German social and political theory after 1914; and the normative and institutional developments of modern and late-modern international law and human rights. She welcomes applications for the supervision of research projects in these and related fields of public international law, international human rights and international legal theory.

She was previously associate to the Hon. S.M. Kiefel AC, a solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jaques, and a Principal Solicitor (Human Rights) for the Victorian government. She commenced her academic career as a lecturer of law at Monash University in 2014.

Oxford University Press will publish her book about Hannah Arendt and international legal thought in 2019.

Research interests

  • Public International Law and Theory
  • International Human Rights Law and Theory
  • International Legal History (especially Modern and Late Modern)
  • Intellectual History (especially French and German social and political theory after 1914)
  • International History (especially Modern and Late Modern)

Teaching and supervision

  • Public International Law
  • Legal Theory

Associations

  • Member, European Society of International Law
  • Member, The Australian Historical Society
  • Member, Royal Historical Society

In the media

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Whitehall, D. (2016). Hannah Arendt and International Legal Theory. In Anne Orford, Florian Hoffmann (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Theory of International Law, (pp. 231-256). United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Journals

  • Whitehall, D. (2018). A time-map for international law: 2017 Cambridge International Law Journal-Lauterpacht Centre for International Law Annual Lecture. Cambridge International Law Journal, 7(1), 4-28. [More Information]
  • Whitehall, D. (2018). The International Prospects of the Soixante-Huitard. European Journal of International Law, 29(4), 1377-1407. [More Information]
  • Whitehall, D. (2017). A rival history of self-determination (Forthcoming). Jean Monnet Working Paper.
  • Whitehall, D. (2016). A Rival History of Self-Determination. European Journal of International Law, 27(3), 719-743. [More Information]
  • Whitehall, D. (2014). People in glass houses: lessons for international law from Margarethe von Trotta's Hannah Arendt. London Review of International Law, 2(2), 329-353. [More Information]
  • Whitehall, D. (2013). A Sea-Change for (International) Legal Theory. The Modern Law Review, 76(4), 757-777. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Whitehall, D. (2016). States of Virtue, 'O mes amis'. Erik Castren Institute of International Law and Human Rights 2016: University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland: Presentation.
  • Whitehall, D. (2016). Writing International Legal Histories: A Workshop Series in Three Parts - Part 1: Tracing time and the Arkhe of International Law. Semaine Doctorale Intensive [Intensive Doctoral Week] 2016: SciencesPo, Paris, France: Presentation.
  • Whitehall, D. (2016). Writing International Legal Histories: A Workshop Series in Three Parts - Part 2: Tracing Time through the Past Lives of International Law: Philosophy or Biography? Semaine Doctorale Intensive [Intensive Doctoral Week] 2016: SciencesPo, Paris, France: Presentation.
  • Whitehall, D. (2016). Writing International Legal Histories: A Workshop Series in Three Parts - Part 3: Tracing time and Crafting Dissertations: Beginnings/Endings. Semaine Doctorale Intensive [Intensive Doctoral Week] 2016: SciencesPo, Paris, France: Presentation.
  • Whitehall, D. (2015). From 'Red to Pink' in Black and White: Humanism, Socialism and Film in 1939. Cinematic Histories Workshop 2015: University of Melbourne Law School, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Whitehall, D. (2015). Prophesying Internationalism: Minority Rights after the 'Junius Pamphlet' (1915). Fourth Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law 2015, Florence, Italy: Presentation.
  • Whitehall, D. (2015). The Semiotics of Resistance Inside International Law. 2nd Annual Conference of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S) 2015: Public Law in an Uncertain World, New York, NY, USA: Presentation.
  • Whitehall, D. (2014). Karl Jaspers and the Attainment of World Peace Through International Law. 22nd Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL) 2014: Towards International Peace through International Law, Canberra, ACT: Presentation.
  • Whitehall, D. (2013). International Law as a Revolution-Making Fact. American Society of International Law (ASIL) Mid-Year Meeting and Research Forum 2013, New York, NY, USA: Presentation.
  • Whitehall, D. (2010). Hannah Arendt and Universal Responsibility as an International Legal Problem. Kelsen, Schmitt, Arendt and the Possibilities of International Law (Humanitarianism) 2010: London School of Economics, London, England: Presentation.

Other

  • Whitehall, D. (2018), A time-map for international law. Lecture: The Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL), University of Cambridge (24 November 2017). [More Information]
  • Whitehall, D. (2016), Interview for EJIL:Live - A Rival History of Self-Determination: 24 October 2016, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand. [More Information]

2018

  • Whitehall, D. (2018), A time-map for international law. Lecture: The Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL), University of Cambridge (24 November 2017). [More Information]
  • Whitehall, D. (2018). A time-map for international law: 2017 Cambridge International Law Journal-Lauterpacht Centre for International Law Annual Lecture. Cambridge International Law Journal, 7(1), 4-28. [More Information]
  • Whitehall, D. (2018). The International Prospects of the Soixante-Huitard. European Journal of International Law, 29(4), 1377-1407. [More Information]

2017

  • Whitehall, D. (2017). A rival history of self-determination (Forthcoming). Jean Monnet Working Paper.

2016

  • Whitehall, D. (2016). A Rival History of Self-Determination. European Journal of International Law, 27(3), 719-743. [More Information]
  • Whitehall, D. (2016). Hannah Arendt and International Legal Theory. In Anne Orford, Florian Hoffmann (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Theory of International Law, (pp. 231-256). United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Whitehall, D. (2016), Interview for EJIL:Live - A Rival History of Self-Determination: 24 October 2016, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand. [More Information]
  • Whitehall, D. (2016). States of Virtue, 'O mes amis'. Erik Castren Institute of International Law and Human Rights 2016: University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland: Presentation.
  • Whitehall, D. (2016). Writing International Legal Histories: A Workshop Series in Three Parts - Part 1: Tracing time and the Arkhe of International Law. Semaine Doctorale Intensive [Intensive Doctoral Week] 2016: SciencesPo, Paris, France: Presentation.
  • Whitehall, D. (2016). Writing International Legal Histories: A Workshop Series in Three Parts - Part 2: Tracing Time through the Past Lives of International Law: Philosophy or Biography? Semaine Doctorale Intensive [Intensive Doctoral Week] 2016: SciencesPo, Paris, France: Presentation.
  • Whitehall, D. (2016). Writing International Legal Histories: A Workshop Series in Three Parts - Part 3: Tracing time and Crafting Dissertations: Beginnings/Endings. Semaine Doctorale Intensive [Intensive Doctoral Week] 2016: SciencesPo, Paris, France: Presentation.

2015

  • Whitehall, D. (2015). From 'Red to Pink' in Black and White: Humanism, Socialism and Film in 1939. Cinematic Histories Workshop 2015: University of Melbourne Law School, Melbourne, Vic: Presentation.
  • Whitehall, D. (2015). Prophesying Internationalism: Minority Rights after the 'Junius Pamphlet' (1915). Fourth Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law 2015, Florence, Italy: Presentation.
  • Whitehall, D. (2015). The Semiotics of Resistance Inside International Law. 2nd Annual Conference of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S) 2015: Public Law in an Uncertain World, New York, NY, USA: Presentation.

2014

  • Whitehall, D. (2014). Karl Jaspers and the Attainment of World Peace Through International Law. 22nd Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL) 2014: Towards International Peace through International Law, Canberra, ACT: Presentation.
  • Whitehall, D. (2014). People in glass houses: lessons for international law from Margarethe von Trotta's Hannah Arendt. London Review of International Law, 2(2), 329-353. [More Information]

2013

  • Whitehall, D. (2013). A Sea-Change for (International) Legal Theory. The Modern Law Review, 76(4), 757-777. [More Information]
  • Whitehall, D. (2013). International Law as a Revolution-Making Fact. American Society of International Law (ASIL) Mid-Year Meeting and Research Forum 2013, New York, NY, USA: Presentation.

2010

  • Whitehall, D. (2010). Hannah Arendt and Universal Responsibility as an International Legal Problem. Kelsen, Schmitt, Arendt and the Possibilities of International Law (Humanitarianism) 2010: London School of Economics, London, England: Presentation.

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