Dr Malcolm Jorgensen

Research Associate


Phone: +61 2 9036 9055

Expertise: US domestic politics, elections and foreign policy, US international law policy, US security interests in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East, US-Australia Alliance

Malcolm Jorgensen was awarded his PhD in United States Foreign Policy and International Law in October 2015 as the first resident PhD candidate of the US Studies Centre. He is a research associate at the Centre, associate of the Sydney Centre for International Law, and a regular broadcast and print media commentator on issues related to American politics, American foreign policy, and American international legal practice. He currently lectures in Public International Law at the Sydney Law School and at UNSW Law, and tutors in the Centre unit USSC2601 US in the World. 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, Professor Tim Stephens and Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor.

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 undergraduate thesis examining the constraints international law placed on the use of military force 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’s PhD thesis was supervised by Professor Stephens and Dr David Smith and titled: American Foreign Policy Ideology and The Rule of International Law: Contesting Power through the International Criminal Court. Malcolm spent a part of his candidature in the US conducting interview and archival research for the project.