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Tim McCormack FAAL

Professor and Dean of Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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Biography

Tim McCormack is Professor of Law and Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Tasmania. He is also Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, honorary Professorial Fellow at Melbourne Law School, inaugural DFAT Visiting Legal Fellow (appointed jointly with Assoc Prof Anthea Roberts from ANU), New Zealand Law Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow and a Director of World Vision Australia. Tim was also appointed a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2010.

Tim graduated from the University of Tasmania with honours in Law in 1982 and completed his PhD in international law at Monash University in 1990. He was the inaugural Australian recipient of the Golda Meir Postdoctoral Fellowship to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and developed a global reputation for his expertise in international humanitarian law and in international criminal law during 28 years at Melbourne Law School. Tim has held a number of significant international appointments including as:

  • James Barr Ames Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2016);
  • Senior Fulbright Fellowship (2015-16);
  • Charles H Stockton Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, US naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island (2015-16);
  • International observer (with Lord David Trimble) for Phase II of the Government of Israel’s Turkel Commission of Enquiry Into Israel’s Processes for the Investigation of Alleged Violations of International Humanitarian Law, Jerusalem (2011-2013);
  • Law of War expert adviser to Lt Col Michael ‘Dan’ Mori for the defence of David Hicks before the US Military Commission, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (2004-07);
  • Amicus Curiae on International Law Issues to the Judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the trial of Slobodan Milosevic, The Hague (2002-2006);
  • Foundation Director, Asia-Pacific Centre for Military Law – a collaborative initiative of the Melbourne law School and the Australian Department of Defence’s Legal Division, Melbourne Law School (2001-10);
  • Foundation Australian Red Cross Professor of International Humanitarian Law, Melbourne Law School (1996-2010).

Tim was a National Vice-President of Australian Red Cross (1999-2002) and chair of the Australian Red Cross National Advisory Committee on International Humanitarian Law (1994-2002). He was awarded the Australian Red Cross Medal for Outstanding Volunteer Service in 2001 and the Australian Red Cross Distinguished Service Medal for more than 20 years of voluntary commitment to the promotion of understanding of and respect for International Humanitarian Law. He has participated in multiple Australian Government delegations to multilateral treaty negotiations in New York, Geneva, The Hague and Rome and he has provided expert international law advice to a number of Australian Government departments. He is a member of the advisory boards of academic institutions in Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Israel and Australia and also a member of editorial advisory boards of academic journals in the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia.

Tim is editor-in-chief (with Sir Christopher Greenwood, formerly of the International Court of Justice) of the world’s first academic book series dedicated to International Humanitarian Law (published with Brill Nijhoff in Leiden). His most recent book, Australia’s War Crimes Trials 1945-51 (co-published with Georgina Fitzpatrick and Narrelle Morris) was shortlisted for the 2017 NSW Premier’s Australian History Prize.

Publications

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Fields of Research

  • Human Rights Law (180114)
  • Law (180199)
  • International Relations (160607)
  • International Law (excl. International Trade Law) (180116)
  • British History (210305)
  • European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman) (210307)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies (970118)
  • Justice and the Law (940499)
  • International Relations (940399)
  • Criminal Justice (940403)
  • Understanding Europe's Past (950504)

Publications

Total publications

15

Journal Article

(4 outputs)
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2016McCormack T, 'Chemical weapons and other atrocities: contrasting responses to the Syrian crisis', International Law Studies, 92, (1) Article 16. ISSN 2375-2831 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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2015McCormack T, 'Australian Red Cross leadership in the promotion of international humanitarian law', International Review of the Red Cross, 96, (895/896) pp. 969-986. ISSN 1816-3831 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S1816383115000405 [eCite] [Details]

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2014McFarland T, McCormack T, 'Mind the Gap: Can Developers of Autonomous Weapons Systems be Liable for War Crimes?', International Law Studies, 90 pp. 361-385. ISSN 2375-2831 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2011Hagger M, McCormack T, 'Regulating the use of unmanned combat vehicles: Are general principles of International Humanitarian Law sufficient?', Journal of Law and Information Science, 21, (2) pp. EAP2-EAP26. ISSN 0729-1485 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5778/JLIS.2011.21.McCormack.1 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Hagger M

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Book

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2016Fitzpatrick G, McCormack T, Morris N, 'Australia's War Crimes Trials 1945-1951', Brilll Nijhoff, The Netherlands, pp. 865. ISBN 9789004292048 (2016) [Edited Book]

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Chapter in Book

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2017McCormack T, 'Who's afraid of the International Criminal Court', Who's afraid of international law?, Monash University Publishing, R Gaita, G Simpson (ed), Australia, pp. 43-76. ISBN 978-1-925377-00-2 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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2016Dwyer C, McCormack T, 'Conflict characterisation', Routledge Handbook of the Law of Armed Conflict, Routledge, R Liivoja, T McCormack (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 50-71. ISBN 9780415640374 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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2016Liivoja R, Leins K, McCormack T, 'Emerging technologies of warfare', Routledge Handbook of the Law of Armed Conflict, Routledge, R Liivoja, T McCormack (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 50-71. ISBN 9780415640374 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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2016McCormack T, 'Jurisdiction of the Australian Military Courts 1945-51', Australia's War Crime Trials 1945-1951, Brill, G Fitzpatrick, T MCCormack, and N Morris (ed), The Netherlands, pp. 61-102. ISBN 9789004292048 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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2016McCormack T, Morris N, 'The Australian War Crimes Trials 1945-1951', Australia's War Crime Trials 1945-1951, Brill, G Fitzpatrick, T MCCormack, and N Morris (ed), The Netherlands, pp. 5-26. ISBN 9789004292048 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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2016Morris N, McCormack T, 'Were the Australian Trials Fair?', Australia's War Crime Trials 1945-1951, Brill, G Fitzpatrick, T MCCormack, and N Morris (ed), The Netherlands, pp. 5-26. ISBN 9789004292048 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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2015McCormack T, 'Australia's Unresolved War Crimes Challenge', So You Want to be a Leader?: Influential People Reveal How to Succeed in Public Life, Hybrid Publishers, P Crisp (ed), Melbourne, pp. 398-410. ISBN 978-1-925000-98-6 (2015) [Other Book Chapter]

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2015McCormack T, 'Challenges in Applying Article 8 of the Rome Statute', For the Sake of Present and Future Generations: Essays on International Law, Crime and Justice in Honour of Roger S. Clark, Brill, S Linton, G Simpson and WA Schabas (ed), Leiden, pp. 333-355. ISBN 9789004270718 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2014Liivoja R, McCormack T, 'Law in the Virtual Battlespace: The Tallin Manual and the Jus in Bello', Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law 2012, Asser Press, TD Gill (ed), The Netherlands, pp. 45-60. ISBN 978-90-6704-923-8 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-90-6704-924-5_3 [eCite] [Details]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

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2013McCormack T, 'The Public Commission to Examine the Maritime Incident of 31 May 2010: The Turkel Commission Second Report, Israel's Mechanisms for Examining and Investigating Complaints and Claims of Violations of the Laws of Armed Conflict According to International Law: Australian Law and Practice Relevant to Investigation and Prosecution of LOAC Violations', Government of Israel, Israel, 2 (2013) [Consultants Report]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

1

Total funding

$7,150

Projects

An erosion of humanity? Attempts to constrain war in the modern period (2017)$7,150
Description
Focusing on the attempts to moderate modern warfare, this project will investigate what informs constraint in modern war.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($7,150)
Scheme
Grant-CAL Hothouse Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Killingsworth ME; McCormack T; Blazeby L; Devetak R
Year
2017

Research Supervision

Current

3

Completed

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDRise of the Machines: Is there a place for fully autonomous weapon systems to lawfully exist in modern warfare?2017
PhDWhat Role do Judges at the International Criminal Court Play in the Progressive Development of International Humanitarian Law?2017
PhDAssessing the ICC's Responsibility for International Criminal Accountability: Tracing the history of the court to better contextualize its current challenges2018

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDVaulting Ambition: The Case Against Universal Criminal Jurisdiction
Candidate: Jennifer Dorothy Mora
2008