PhD Graduate, United States Studies Centre
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.
American engagement with international law (IL) is regularly criticised as fraught with contradiction and distorted by beliefs in “exceptionalism.” That raises a puzzling question: Why is American international legal policy framed by commitment...
The United States has formally requested that Australia's support in the fight against Islamic State be extended beyond Iraq to include Syria. Lecturer Malcolm Jorgensen considers the legal implications involved in Australia...
The Lowy Interpreter
Lecturer Malcolm Jorgensen says Barack Obama's struggles to obtain fast-track authority from Congress to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership is indicative of the obstacles the legislative branch poses to coherent American leadership in...