Professor Shirley Scott

Head of School - School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Shirley Scott is the Head of School and a Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNSW Canberra.  

Shirley’s research and teaching focuses on international law as a dimension of global governance, demonstrating the complex interplay between power politics and international law. Shirley has published on a range of subjects including the use of force, climate change, Antarctica, international law and Australian foreign policy, and the nature of United States’ engagement with international law. Shirley is a member of the Advisory Council of the Asian Society of International Law. She is currently undertaking a project joint with Professor Charlotte Ku on the scope for the UN Security Council to contribute to the governance of climate change adaptation.

Shirley has a strong interest in aspects of Higher Education learning and teaching and policy and is a Fellow of HERDSA (The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia) as well as a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.