Douglas Guilfoyle


Douglas Guilfoyle is Associate Professor of International and Security Law at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He is a 2019-2020 Visiting Legal Fellow with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He blogs in a personal capacity and his views do not represent those of his employer or any other organisation.

Recently Published

A Tale of Two Cases: Lessons for the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court? (Part I)

Last month was a mixed one for the ICC Office of the Prosecutor. On 8 July 2019 it appeared that the ICC “had found its footing”, with a Trial Chamber delivering a staid, methodical judgment in Ntaganda. This was a double victory for the OTP: a conviction of a rebel leader in…

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The Future of International Law in an Authoritarian World

In this short review essay, I would like to offer some thoughts on the future of international law in an increasingly authoritarian world. Even for a discipline which loves a crisis, these are perhaps challenging times. The liberal cosmopolitan project of global governance through international law and multilateral institutions has, at the very least, hit a bump in…

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Reforming the International Criminal Court: Is it Time for the Assembly of State Parties to be the adults in the room?

The self-inflicted misfortunes of the International Criminal Court continue. The recent Pre-Trial Chamber decision not to authorise the opening of an investigation in Afghanistan has already generated considerable controversy (see here, here, here, here and here). The rather surprising news that Judge Ozaki would be allowed to continue to serve…

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