Dr Rowan Nicholson

BA (Hons) / LLB (Hons) (Adelaide) MIR (Macquarie) LLM PhD (Cambridge)
Associate Lecturer
Co-director, Sydney Centre for International Law

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Telephone + 61 2 8627 6889
Fax + 61 2 9351 0200

Biographical details

Rowan Nicholson joined the University of Sydney in 2018 as an associate lecturer, after completing his doctorate at the University of Cambridge. He is now the co-director of the Sydney Centre for International Law. His monograph, Statehood and the State-Like in International Law (Oxford University Press, August 2019), presents a new theory of statehood and personality in international law, drawing on jurisprudence, on the history of legal interaction between Western and non-Western entities, and on insights about recognition by other states. He has worked as a solicitor in Australia and on cases in the International Court of Justice and other international forums.

Research interests

  • International law
  • International dispute resolution
  • History of international law
  • Theory of international law
  • Jurisprudence

Teaching and supervision

  • Legal Research
  • Public International Law
  • Public Law

Associations

  • Admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of South Australia

Awards and honours

  • 2014 Cambridge Trust Scholarship
  • 2012 Clive Parry Prize for International Law
  • 2012 George Long Prize for Jurisprudence

In the media

Selected publications

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Books

  • Nicholson, R. (2019). Statehood and the State-Like in International Law (Forthcoming). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Nicholson, R., Grant, T. (2019). Theories of state recognition. In Gezim Visoka, John Doyle and Edward Newman (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of State Recognition (Forthcoming). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  • Grant, T., Nicholson, R. (2017). The early United Nations advisory opinions (1948-62). In Eirik Bjorge and Cameron Miles (Eds.), Landmark Cases in Public International Law, (pp. 221-262). Portland, OR: Hart Publishing.
  • Nicholson, R., Crawford, J. (2015). The continued relevance of established rules and institutions relating to the use of force. In Marc Weller (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Use of Force in International Law, (pp. 96-113). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

2019

  • Nicholson, R. (2019). Statehood and the State-Like in International Law (Forthcoming). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Nicholson, R., Grant, T. (2019). Theories of state recognition. In Gezim Visoka, John Doyle and Edward Newman (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of State Recognition (Forthcoming). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

2017

  • Grant, T., Nicholson, R. (2017). The early United Nations advisory opinions (1948-62). In Eirik Bjorge and Cameron Miles (Eds.), Landmark Cases in Public International Law, (pp. 221-262). Portland, OR: Hart Publishing.

2015

  • Nicholson, R., Crawford, J. (2015). The continued relevance of established rules and institutions relating to the use of force. In Marc Weller (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Use of Force in International Law, (pp. 96-113). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

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