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