Professor Donald R Rothwell is Professor of International Law at the ANU College of Law.

Professor Rothwell has more than 30 years’ experience of dealing with Australian and global media on multiple international law issues ranging from conflicts in Iraq and Ukraine, Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean, war crimes, the South China Sea, and to issues confronting Australian citizens such as David Hicks and Julian Assange.

He is a specialist in international law within Australia, the law of the sea, the South China Sea, and international law in Antarctica and the Arctic.

Fields of expertise



South Africa is taking Israel to court for genocide in Palestine. What does it mean for the war in Gaza?

South Africa has taken Israel to the International Court of Justice (ICJ, also known as the World Court) in The…


What is the ‘nine-dash line’ and what does it have to do with the Barbie movie?

The new Barbie film starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling is set for imminent release. But according to…


Did China’s balloon violate international law?

Was the balloon that suddenly appeared over the US last week undertaking surveillance? Or was it engaging in…


The ‘most significant’ inquiry of our times

The report on the alleged war crimes by special operation members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in…

19 November 2020

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