Governance of maritime operations

UNSW Canberra Academics Involved: 
Professor Robert McLaughlin

Currently consulting to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in South-East Asia, Professor Rob McLaughlin (also a Captain in the Royal Australian Navy Reserve) regularly advises to and designs workshops for maritime police, coast guard organisations, government advisors, government departments and policy makers on matters of maritime law enforcement and security.

His research areas covering the law, regulation and governance of maritime operations, the laws of armed conflict and threats and challenges to the rules-based order. McLaughlin’s main audience is practitioners who work in these fields and who apply regulation and law. A secondary audience is academics.

While much of his work garners international interest, he has also run workshops for local government agencies such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Attorney General’s Department.

Handbooks McLaughlin has co-written, including the Sanremo Handbook on Rules of Engagement (currently in 12 languages), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Manual on Maritime Crime and a handbook on the use of force for private security contractors, are utilised globally.

McLaughlin’s words carry great weight. He is a writer of occasional op-eds for major newspapers and of blogs for international lawyers, the International Law Association and the International Committee of the Red Cross, among others.