- Associate Professor/Reader in Law
Afshin researches and writes in the general area of international law and environmental humanities. His first book, Global Governance of the Environment: Environmental Principles and Change in International Law and Politics, sought to explore epistemological issues around the nature of change in international environmental law and politics. He is currently working on two book projects: one examines the role of international environmental law in ecological restoration; and the other explores the significance of the emotional experience of fear for an ontological understanding of the human subjects interactions with the natural environment. Afshin is also currently engaged with the work of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services as a lead author for an assessment report on Land Degradation and Restoration.
Afshin has co-authored a widely distributed cases and materials book, published by Cambridge University Press, on Australian Perspectives of Public International Law. For over fourteen years, Afshin has been teaching in international and comparative law courses and is currently teaching Global Law, a first year course in the LLB program teaching students the basic foundations of law operating at the global level. He is also involved in the supervision of several PhD and MPhil students.
- Public International Law
- International Environmental Law
- International Dispute Settlement
- Internationalisation of Legal Education
- International Relations Theory
Current teaching areas
- Transnational Law
- Public International Law
- Ecological Restoration in International Environmental Law, Routledge (Forthcoming 2015 with Anastasia Telesetsky and An Cliquet).
- International Law: Cases and Materials from an Australian Perspective, Cambridge University Press, 2014 (2nd Edition) (with Donald Rothwell, Stuart Kaye and Ruth Davis).
- International Law: Cases and Materials from an Australian Perspective, Cambridge University Press, 2011 (with Donald Rothwell, Stuart Kaye and Ruth Davis).
- Global Governance of the Environment: Environmental Principles and Change in International Law and Politics, Edward Elgar, 2010.
- ‘Ecosystem Services, Fear and the Subjects of Environmental Human Rights’ in A. Grear and L. Kotze (eds) Research Handbook on Environment and Human Rights (Edward Elgar 2015) (in press).
- 'Nature’s Access to Water in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding Efforts in South Sudan!' in N. Szablewska and S. Bachmann (eds) Current Issues in Transitional Justice: Towards a More Holistic Approach, Springer 2014, 291-316 (with F. Lubett).
- 'Accessing to Ecological Justice in the Anthropocene Epoch' in P. Keyzer, V. Popovski and C. Sampford (eds) Access to International Justice, Routledge 2015, 199-224.
- 'Environmental Principles and Social Change Within the Ocean Dumping Regime: A Case Study of the Disposal of CO2 into Sub-seabed Repositories' in K. Rubenstein and B. Jessup (eds.) Environmental Discourses in International and Public Law, Cambridge University Press, 2012, 399-410.
- 'Why and What to Internationalise: Legal Education in Australian Law Schools' in J. Cowley, S. Kift, M. Sanson, P. Watson (eds.) Excellence and Innovation in Legal Education, Lexis Nexis, 2011, 119-136.
- "Fear and Ecological (in)Justice in Edvard Munch's The Scream of Nature" (2015) No.6 Navein Reet: Nordic Journal of Law and Social Research (Special Issue on Law and Art) pp 130-151.
- "The Uncertainty of Legal Doctrine in Indirect Expropriation Case and the Legitimacy Problems of Investment Arbitration" (2015) Vol 3 Widener Law Review (Forthcoming, with Mojtaba Dani).
- 'When interests clash: the right to water in South Sudan' (2014) 5(1) Journal of Human Rights and the Environment 49-73 (with Fiona Lubett).
- 'The Global Compact, Environmental Principles and Change in International Environmental Politics' (2010) 38(2) Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, 277-312.
- 'Power, Environmental Principles and the International Court of Justice' (2009) 28 Australian Yearbook of International Law, 91-129.
- 'The Opportunities and Possibilities for Internationalising the Curriculum of Law Schools in Australia' (2006) 16(1&2) Legal Education Review, 75-98.
- 'The Passage of Time in International Environmental Disputes' (2003) Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law.
- 'Blind spots, Rigid Approaches and Uncertainties: The External Affairs Power and Australian Courts in 2003' (2003) Australian International Law Journal, 141-155.
- 'Changing With the Times: an Environmental Perspective on the Principle of Intertemporal Law' (2000) 6 National Law Review.
- 'Beyond Compliance and the Sea Disposal of Dredged and Excavated Materials' (1998) 1 Maritime Studies 23-33.
- 'The ICJ and the Danube Dam Case: A Missed Opportunity for International Environmental Law?' (1998) 22 Melbourne University Law Review, 507-537 (with Professor Rothwell).
- 'The 1996 Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter' (1997) 2 Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 201-208.
- 'The Danube Dam Case: The ICJ and the development of environmental law' (1998) 3 Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 101-125.
- 'Reflections on the Baha'i Parallels to the Sunnah and Ijtihad in Islam' (1997) 2 Association for Baha'i Studies, 74-82.
Higher Degrees by Research Supervisor
- Ha Dung Trung
- Nirekha De Silva
- Mojtaba Dani
- Samuli Haataja
- Tareq Mahmood