Beyond the Consultative Parties

Beyond the Consultative Parties: International Law and Policy relating to Non-Consultative Parties and Third-Party States in Antarctica

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

Membership of the Antarctic Treaty 1959 has grown significantly from 12 original signatories to now 56 states. However, decision making authority within the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) is held by the 29 Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties. The 27 Non-Consultative Parties attend the ATCM but do not have decision making authority. There are also at least 137 'Third-Party States' in the international system that are not members of the Antarctic Treaty. This project focusses on the legal and policy position of Non-Consultative States and Third-Party States in Antarctica, including seeking answers to the following questions: What factors influence state decisions to either join, or not join, the Antarctic Treaty 1959? What factors influence the decision of Non-Consultative States to make application to be a Consultative Party under the Antarctic Treaty? To what extent might Third Party States be legally bound by the rules and principles of the Antarctic Treaty System? Are the interests of Non-Consultative Parties and Third-Party States being adequately accommodated by the Antarctic Treaty and ATCM?

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof 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.

Other funding opportunities and fees

For further information regarding other scholarships on offer, and the various fees of undertaking a research degree, please visit our Scholarships and fees on research degrees page.


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

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

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.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Bachelor Degree in Law, or related discipline, with an excellent academic record
  • Honours level research, or coursework master's level equivalent, in the field of international law, with at least an upper second-class honours level result
  • Demonstrated interest in law and policy related to Antarctic and Southern Ocean

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Demonstrated ability to publish work on international law in scholarly journals and/or other highly quality outlets

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact A/Prof Jeffrey McGee to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • 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.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 25 September 2023.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the 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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