Antarctic Treaty System Inspections

Exploring the Arms Control Heritage of the Antarctic Treaty System Inspection Mechanisms

Degree type


Closing date

27 March 2023



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

The Antarctic Treaty 1959 is the centrepiece of the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) but also one of the key arms control treaties of the early Cold War period. The inspection mechanism set out in the Antarctic Treaty allows any Antarctic Treaty party to inspect the research stations, ships and aircraft of other Antarctic Treaty parties. The inspection mechanism was designed to provide the Antarctic Treaty parties with mutual assurance of compliance with the rules, principles, and norms of the Treaty. The 1991 Environmental Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty has a similar inspection mechanism and the CAMLR Convention has a bespoke ship-based inspection mechanism. Technological advances are opening up the possible use of 'dual use' equipment for scientific and military purposes. There are also concerns to maintain the successful environmental protection record of the ATS in the light of likely future climate change impacts. This project will therefore investigate the arms control heritage of the ATS inspection mechanisms in order to understand (i) the circumstances of their formation and intent (ii) their influence on other arms control agreements (iii) their effectiveness to date (iv) their possibilities for managing emerging issues with the ATS.

Primary Supervisor

Meet AProf Jeffrey McGee


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $31,500 per annum (2023 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applications are open to Domestic/ International/ Onshore applicants
  • Applications are open to applications from International Law, Strategic Studies, International Relations discipline backgrounds only
  • English language score must be above minimum entry requirements for this project

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, AProf Jeffrey McGee to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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