Associate Professor Douglas Guilfoyle Appointed DFAT Visiting Fellow


Associate Professor Douglas Guilfoyle of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences has been appointed one of two Visiting Legal Fellow at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for 2019-2020. Douglas is a specialist in the international law of the sea and maritime security, as well as international and transnational criminal law.
The purpose of the Visiting Legal Fellow Program is to encourage greater dialogue between DFAT legal advisers and academia on new and developing international legal issues. Visiting Legal Fellows are expected to deliver an international law lecture in the Department in each of the two years of their appointment, participate in workshops with Departmental staff, and deliver all-staff presentations for the Department’s Legal Division. They may also be drawn upon to join an Australian delegation to an international conference or meeting relevant to their area of expertise.
“The great thing about the Visiting Legal Fellows program,” Douglas said, “is its flexibility. DFAT is genuinely keen that it be of mutual benefit to the Fellows and the Department. My research has always had a practical focus and benefits from insight into what issues are of current concern government practitioners. I also think government lawyers – who typically have wide briefs – enjoy hearing from research specialists who have time to consider questions in detail. I am really looking forward to the relationship with the Legal Division as it unfolds.”
The two Visiting Legal Fellows are appointed by a selection committee following expressions of interest. This is the second time DFAT has run the Visiting Legal Fellows scheme and it attracts a great deal of interest from academics nationally and internationally.
Douglas joined UNSW Canberra in December 2018. Previously, he worked at the Faculties of Law at Monash University and University College London. He has consulted to governments and international organisations and was a Gates Scholar during his graduate study at Cambridge.