Gwynn MacCarrick

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Gwynn MacCarrick

Lecturer, Transnational Crime
Researcher, Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies

Room 502 , Social Sciences Building

6226 2744 (phone)

Dr Gwynn MacCarrick has had a career as international law practitioner, international counsel, refugee lawyer, domestic criminal lawyer, university lecturer and academic. She has had extensive  international field experience and brings a real-world applied focus to her teaching.


Before joining the University of Tasmania, Dr Gwynn MacCarrick was a law lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Dr MacCarrick was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1997 and has a Doctorate in international law. Dr MacCarrick holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours in International Politics) and a PhD from the University of Tasmania.

Dr MacCarrick was former Defence Counsel for a high profile Militia Commander indicted for 23 counts of crimes against humanity before the United Nations Special Panel for Serious Crimes (SPSC) in Dili.

She has also worked as a Legal Officer with the Office of the Prosecutor at the UN Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), attached to the Dokmanovic and Aleksovski prosecution trial teams.

In addition, Dr MacCarrick has also taken up international postings with the United Nations as a refugee lawyer with the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in central Bosnian refugee camps and on the border between East and West Timor.

Domestically, Gwynn has also worked as a criminal defence lawyer with Australian Legal Aid representing indigent clients and with Aboriginal Legal Aid covering the remote courts in central New South Wales as counsel for indigenous clients in criminal trials. She has also worked as a discrimination lawyer putting complaints to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.

Gwynn is a visiting lecturer for the International Institute for Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA), Fordham University and lectures in New York, Geneva and Nairobi.

Most recently, Dr MacCarrick was Amicus Curiae to the International Monsanto Tribunal advising on the question of Ecocide (Environmental Crime).

Career summary


DegreeThesis titleUniversityCountryAwarded
Rule of Evidence and Procedure in International Criminal Proceedings; Towards a New Trial Theory University of Tasmania Australia 1/03/2007
BA(hons) The Irish State and the Sate of Irish University of Tasmania Australia 1/11 /1993
BA/LLB Combined Arts Law Degree University of Tasmania Australia 1996
Grad cert Leg Prac Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice University of Tasmania Australia 1997
IDHA International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance Fordham University   2000
Grad Cert in Ed Graduate Certificate in Higher Education University of the Sunshine Coast Australia 2016


Professional practice

  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of Tasmania 1997 (held membership of the Tasmania Law Society)
  • Admitted to Practice New South Wales (held membership of NSW Law Society)
  • Admitted to Practice in Queensland (held membership of the Qld Law Society)
  • Completed the Practice Management Course (Qld) entitled to practice as a Principal (unrestricted practicing certificate)
  • 20 years PAE experience


Transnational Crime, Human Rights, Social Justice, International Criminal courts, International Humanitarian Law (IHL), Environmental Crime, Corporate Social Responsibility, Climate Change, International Development Aid, Refugees and displacement of people

Teaching responsibility

Dr MacCarrick is responsible for co-ordinating and teaching into the Bachelor of Justice Studies within the School of Social Science.

Research Invitations

Dr MacCarrick has presented papers;

  • 12 Annual Symposium on the Environment, Athens Institute for Education and Research 2017
  • Australian Law Teachers Association, ALTA, Melbourne 2015
  • 19th International Conference of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Castan Centre for Human Rights, Melbourne
  • Conference on International Courts and Tribunals, Victoria University of Wellington

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  • Transnational Crime
  • Human Rights
  • Social Justice
  • International Criminal courts
  • Environmental Crime

Research Themes

The UTAS research theme/s that Dr MacCarrick work relate to are broadly the Environment, Resources and Sustainability. Leading on from her role as Amicus Curiae to the International Monsanto Tribunal Gwynn’s research interests include,

  1. Corporate Social Responsibility; the progressive development of international law by clarifying the content of the human rights responsibilities of companies.
  2. Environmental Crime; informing the debate on whether international criminal law should recognise the crime of Ecocide (understood as the as causing serious damage or destroying the environment, so as to significantly and durably alter the global commons or ecosystem services upon which certain human groups rely).
  3. International Criminal Law; the development in international criminal law and the work of the International Criminal Court (ICC)
  4. Transnational Crime; the varied types of criminal offending increasingly being perpetrated across national borders and require a unified regional or global response to combat them (drug trafficking, sexual slavery, people trafficking, transnational organised crime, corruption, torture, money laundering, cybercrime, and environmental crime.
  5. Terrorism; the contemporary challenges of terrorism
  6. International Development; the ‘best practice’ principles in international development and humanitarian assistance.


Dr MacCarrick has presented papers;

  • 12 Annual Symposium on the Environment, Athens Institute for Education and Research 2017
  • Australian Law Teachers Association, ALTA, Melbourne 2015
  • 19th International Conference of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Castan Centre for Human Rights, Melbourne
  • Conference on International Courts and Tribunals, Victoria University of Wellington


  1. Advance Award, University of the Sunshine Coast a teaching award for advancing the student experience, in recognition of the foundational work in establishing the Clinical Law Program at USC.

  2. DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI: University of Tasmania Graduate Foundation Award 2001 This award is the highest accolade conferred to a University Alumni for professional achievement. Dr MacCarrick was honoured in 2001 for professional excellence and outstanding leadership in the area of human rights advocacy.

Fields of Research

  • International criminal law (480306)
  • International humanitarian and human rights law (480307)
  • Law reform (480406)
  • Law and society and socio-legal research (480405)
  • Environmental crime (440208)
  • Comparative law (480302)
  • Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment (441001)
  • Causes and prevention of crime (440201)

Research Objectives

  • Law reform (230405)
  • Crime prevention (230402)
  • Peace and conflict (230305)
  • Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems (180301)
  • International aid and development (230302)


Total publications


Journal Article

(2 outputs)
2018MacCarrick GF, Maogoto J, 'The Significance of the International Monsanto Tribunal's Findings with Respect to the Nascent Crime of Ecocide', Texas Environmental Law Journal, 48, (2) pp. 217-238. (2018) [Non Refereed Article]

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2010Maogoto JN, MacCarrick GF, 'Typology of Conflict: Terrorism and the ambiguation of the laws of war', GNLU Law Review, 2, (1) pp. 1-31. ISSN 0974-9810 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
2005MacCarrick GF, 'The Right to a Fair Trial in International Criminal Law (Rules of Procedure and Evidence in Transition From Nuremberg to East Timor)', Proceedings of 19th International Conference of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, 26 - 30 June, Edinburgh, pp. 1-56. (2005) [Keynote Presentation]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(2 outputs)
2020Campbell DM, Julian RD, Winter RE, MacCarrick GF, 'Evaluation of Mothers' Circle: Empowering women to counter violent extremism (CVE) within families and communities', Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES), Hobart (2020) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Campbell DM; Julian RD; Winter RE

2016MacCarrick GF, 'Submission to the International Monsanto Tribunal', International Monsanto Tribunal, The Hague (2016) [Consultants Report]

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(1 outputs)
2007MacCarrick GF, 'Towards a New Trial Theory; Procedural and Evidenciary Fairness in the context of Unsettled Practice in International Criminal Proceedings' (2007) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
2020Maloney M, Boehringer G, MacCarrick GF, Satija M, Graham M, et al., '2019 Citizens' Inquiry into the Health of the Barka/Darling River and Menindee Lakes', Report and Recommendations, Australian Peoples' Tribunal for Community and Nature's Rights (APT), Brisbane (2020) [Report Other]

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2001MacCarrick GF, 'University Foundation Graduate Award', University of Tasmania, Hobart (2001) [Award]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Evaluation of Mothers Circle: Empowering Women to Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) within families and communities (2019 - 2020)$20,000
The Mothers Circle is a tailored Australian response to the growing recognition of the role of mothers in CVE, to be piloted by the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) in Hobart and Launceston. The MRC has been subcontracted by DPFEM (funding from Department of Home Affairs) to develop curriculum and materials which will be used to educate and empower women in target communities to recognise and respond to early signs of problem behaviour and radicalisation. The Violence and Abuse Research Unit within TILES has been asked to undertake action research and evaluation activity through the life of the project.
Migrant Resource Centre (Southern Tas) Inc ($20,000)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Julian RD; Winter RE; MacCarrick GF; Campbell DM
2019 - 2020