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Malcolm Jorgensen commenced his PhD in United States Foreign Policy and International Law in 2010 as the first PhD candidate to be based at the US Studies Centre. He is an associate of the Sydney Centre for International Law and is currently lecturing in the Sydney Law School postgraduate course LAWS5005 Public International Law. He is a former lecturer for the Centre unit USSC6902 US Politics: Presidency and Congress and has tutored in undergraduate units of study taught by Professor Geoffrey Garrett, Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor and Associate Professor Tim Stephens. He previously tutored for Associate Professor O’Connor at Griffith University in Brisbane and in International Relations units at the University of Queensland.
He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) with majors in Economics and International Relations, each from the University of Queensland. He was awarded First Class Honours for his 2006 thesis examining the constraints international law places on the use of military force, specifically the role international law played in US foreign policy leading up to the 2003 Iraq War. Following undergraduate studies Malcolm was a Judge's Associate in the Supreme Court of Queensland to Justice P.D.T. Applegarth and Senior Judge N.A. Skoien (Ret.). He was subsequently admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of Queensland and of the High Court of Australia and worked as a commercial litigation solicitor.
Malcolm is being supervised in his PhD research by Associate Professor Stephens and Dr David Smith. His research analyses the influence of American foreign policy ideology in structuring legal policymakers' conceptions of international law and the contest over international legal power. Malcolm spent the latter half of 2011 in the US conducting interview and archival research for this project.