PhD Graduate, United States Studies Centre
Malcolm Jorgensen is a research fellow of the Kolleg-Forschergruppe Berlin Potsdam Research Group “International Law – Rise or Decline?” at Humboldt University, Berlin. He is an international law academic and 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. His PhD thesis, and current book project, is entitled American Foreign Policy Ideology and The Rule of International Law: Contesting Power through the International Criminal Court. 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 focusses on the politics of international law, concentrating on American international legal policy, foreign policy ideology and conceptions of law, and the meaning and value of the “rule of international law.” He is a regular Australian broadcast and print media commentator on American politics and international legal issues.
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...