Dr Malcolm Jorgensen

PhD GraduateUnited States Studies Centre

Malcolm Jorgensen was awarded his PhD in United States Foreign Policy and International Law in 2015, as the US Studies Centre's first resident doctoral candidate. Jorgensen is a former lecturer, tutor and research associate of the Centre. He is now a research fellow of the Kolleg-Forschergruppe Berlin Potsdam Research Group at Humboldt University, Berlin

Malcolm Jorgensen is a fellow of the Berlin Potsdam Research Group “International Law – Rise or Decline?” with Humboldt University, Berlin. He is a scholar of International Law and International Relations and a former practitioner, most recently serving as an Assistant Director in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, International Legal Branch.

Malcolm is a former research associate, lecturer and academic tutor at the US Studies Centre and was awarded his PhD in United States Foreign Policy and International Law in October 2015 as the Centre’s first resident doctoral candidate. A monograph based on his PhD thesis is now available from Cambridge University Press entitled: American Foreign Policy Ideology and The International Rule of Law: Contesting Power through the International Criminal Court (2020). He remains an associate of the Sydney Centre for International Law and has lectured in Public International Law at the Sydney Law School and at UNSW Law.

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 on the law and politics of 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.) and was subsequently admitted to the legal profession in Australia.

His research focuses on the politics of international law and global order, concentrating on American international legal policy, foreign policy ideology and conceptions of law, global governance and security in the Asia Pacific, and the US-Australia alliance. He is an experienced broadcast and print media commentator.

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Research associate Malcolm Jorgensen at the Lowy Interpreter.