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Judith Bannister

Judith Bannister teaches and researches in Administrative Law and Intellectual Property. She has combined qualifications in law and librarianship to develop her research in the field of regulation of information access: her work integrates freedom of information, copyright and confidential information. She has a PhD from the Australian National University in the field of information law.

Margaret Castles

Before commencing her academic career, Margaret Castles worked as a litigation solicitor and a policy lawyer with the Commonwealth Government, with experience in the areas of civil litigation, administrative law, OHS and child support law. She also has extensive experience as a member of appellate tribunals in SA and the Commonwealth.

Mark Giancaspro

Dr Mark Giancaspro is a Lecturer at the University of Adelaide Law School. He holds an honours degree in Laws and Legal Practice from Flinders University and a PhD from the University of Adelaide. His legal employment background and research interests are both primarily commercial, with issues in contract law and its various applications being his principal theme. Mark teaches in contract law, business law, sports law and tort law and has published widely on matters including issues with the formation and renegotiation of contracts, the doctrine of consideration, and contractual issues in sport. He is on the editorial committee for the Alternative Law Journal and is a member (Commercial Law) of the Adelaide University Research Unit on Military Law & Ethics (RUMLAE).

Ian Henderson

Group Captain Ian Henderson AM is a member of the Royal Australian Air Force Legal Corps. He holds a PhD from Melbourne University. He has previously deployed on operations to East Timor (INTERFET), Afghanistan and the Middle East. His ‘exceptional service in the field of military law’ was recognised, being made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2011. His postings have included Senior Prosecutor Office of Military Prosecutions, Deputy Director Military Discipline Law and Law of Armed Conflict and Maritime Law Advisor, CENTCOM. His most recent posting was as Director of the Military Law Centre.  He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide.

Paul Leadbeter

Paul Leadbeter joined the Adelaide Law School in January 2010 as a Senior Lecturer. Prior to that he had been a partner in the Adelaide law firm, Norman Waterhouse where as a member of that firm's Environment and Planning team he had provided advice and representation to the firm's significant local government client base and private clients.

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Research Associates

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown holds a Law degree from the University of Adelaide. In 2014, she was the Research Assistant for the Adelaide University International Law Mooting team that won the Asia-Pacific title. Since then Sarah has found a strength in providing research support in IHL. She most recently assisted A/Prof Stephens with a paper on the law-making role of International Courts and Manuals for a conference in Europe. During her degree, Sarah has studied International Law, International Humanitarian Law and Advocacy, and Space Law, a highlight of which was the opportunity to visit the Woomera Test Range. Sarah also holds a Science degree (University of Melbourne) and Graduate Diploma in Education (University of Western Australia).

Mark Giddings

Mark is an Associate of the South Australian Supreme Court where he assists the Honourable Justice Greg Parker in his roles as Supreme Court Justice and President of the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. He is on leave from Lipman Karas where he has practised in the area of international insolvency litigation. He is a Sessional Teacher at Adelaide Law School, lecturing and tutoring in many of the School’s international law courses. He has a particular teaching focus on advocacy in the international law context. As a Research Associate for RUMLAE he has undertaken research in the areas of international humanitarian law, maritime security law and strategic space law. Mark holds a BA (Hons) and an LLB (Hons) from Adelaide University and a Master of International Security Studies from Macquarie University.

Stacey Henderson

Stacey Henderson is a current PhD Candidate at Adelaide Law School.  Her research focuses on the increasing use of measures less than force (which she terms intercession) in response to, or anticipation of, atrocity crimes; and whether the legal restraints on these measures (if any) have expanded or contracted following the adoption of the concept of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) at the 2005 UN World Summit.  Stacey holds a BA, LLB (Hons), GDLP and LLM.

Tamsin Paige

Tamsin is currently a PhD Candidate with the Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide and a Research Associate with their Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics. Her PhD dissertation is a historical, sociological analysis of the approaches of the Permanent Five members to the concept of ‘threat to the peace’ in Art 39 of the UN Charter. In relation to this work she is a recipient of an Endeavour Scholarship from the Australian Government and is a Visiting Scholar with Columbia Law School for the 2015-16 academic year.  Prior to commencing her PhD, Tamsin received her LLB from the University of Technology, Sydney and her MPhil (Law) from the Australian National University. Her MPhil work was on the role and impact of the law in counter piracy operations through two case studies, European Colonial Expansion and Somalia from 2007 onwards. The majority of this work has been published or is forthcoming.  Before engaging in academic study and work, Tamsin was a pȃtissiѐre at a number of Sydney’s most prestigious restaurants.

Greg Reynolds

Greg Reynolds holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Adelaide. He participated in the 2016 Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot Court Competition, representing the University of Adelaide at the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, India, and the 2015 Chartered Institute of Arbitrators International Arbitration Moot.

Greg has an interest in public international law. He received the Thomas Gepp Award for Academic Excellency in International Law, and has studied the laws of outer space, human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Elaine Waddell

Dr Elaine Waddell is a public health researcher with a background in social work. She worked for the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs for nearly three decades in roles involving clinical social work, community development, health policy and health programme management. Her interest is in the determinants of health and particularly the potential impacts of military service on veterans and their families. Dr Waddell has a Doctorate in Public Health along with a Masters of Public Health, majoring in bio statistics and epidemiology. Her doctoral thesis used qualitative methodology to examine the psychological impacts of being a partner of a veteran with post traumatic stress disorder. She has published her research and provided recommendations to the Department of Veterans' Affairs concerning improvements to existing services within the legislative base. She is currently working on veteran mental health care delivery with SA Health and researching the issue of ex service personnel in the criminal justice system with RUMLAE.

Thomas Wooden

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of International Studies from The University of Adelaide. He has a broad interest in international humanitarian law and public international law. He has completed a six-month internship with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Netherlands, and a three-month internship with the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT) in Cambodia. Thomas has worked as a Research Associate for academics within and outside of the Adelaide Law School. Alongside his work with RUMLAE, Thomas is currently working as a Pro Bono Associate for an NGO which focuses on promoting the rights of LGBTIQ* persons in the Asia Pacific region.

Research Assistants

Claudia Boccaccio

Claudia Boccaccio is an undergraduate Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Media student at the University of Adelaide. Currently in her second year, she has undertaken varied research opportunities congruent with her interest in International Law. Alongside her peers, she presented findings on the effectiveness of Australia’s Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights at the Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research. To be concluded in May 2017, she is the University of Adelaide’s team researcher for the Asia-Pacific round of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Competition.

Chloe Evans

Chloe Evans is an undergraduate Bachelor of Laws student at the University of Adelaide. Prior to commencing her degree, Chloe was employed in a South Australian defence consulting firm working with a number of foreign defence forces. This introduction to the defence industry continues to influence the direction of her legal studies. Chloe is interested in international law, military law, space law and constitutional law.

Caitlyn Georgeson

Caitlyn is an undergraduate Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Politics & International Studies) student at the University of Adelaide. Caitlyn is a research assistant to the International Law on the Use of Force group of the Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space project, for which she has received a 2017 Young Australian Space Leaders Award. Caitlyn has completed a three-month internship with the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia, and travelled to the US and Canada to assist with the development of RUMLAE’s ‘Cyberwar, Surveillance, and Security’ Massive Open Online Course. Caitlyn was awarded a 2015/16 Summer Research scholarship as well as the SBS Student & Rising Star of the Year award at the 2017 Australian LGBTI Awards.

William Gloster

William Gloster is currently in the last year of his Bachelor of Laws and Diploma of Languages (French), having previously completed a Bachelor of International Studies. He is from rural South Australia, having grown up on stations and in towns across the state. He is proud to be a research assistant for RUMLAE, as it is a chance to give expression to his life-long interests in defence, international relations and space.

Joel Lisk

Joel is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Adelaide in Australia studying a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Sciences (majoring in Biochemistry and Genetics).   Joel has presented at the Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research in 2015 and acted as a researcher for the 2016 edition of the Space Security Index. He is also the team mentor for Space Security Index 2017 Adelaide Research Team.   Joel was awarded an Adelaide University Summer Research Scholarship in 2017 to explore the area of national space laws focusing on their commercial operation and impact. Joel is currently serving as Administrative Coordinator for the 2017 Asia-Pacific regional finals of the prestigious Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot competition.

India Short

India Short is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts, and a Diploma in Languages (French) at Adelaide University. India works as a library assistant in the Law Library and has assisted various academics with legal research tasks. She has a keen interest in international law and history.

Yvonne Whittaker-Rush

Yvonne Whittaker-Rush is in her final year of her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Japanese Studies) program at the University of Adelaide. She has a strong interest in advocacy in international law. In May 2016 she represented the University of Adelaide in the Asia-Pacific round of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition at the National Law School of India University in Bangalore. In 2015 she was the joint winner of the University of Adelaide International Humanitarian Law Moot, and a quarter-finalist in the Australian Law Students' Association Championship Moot. During her degree she has studied Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law and Advocacy, and Strategic Space Law.

Yvonne currently works for the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme at the University of Adelaide, tutoring students in courses including International Law, Foundations of Law, Principles of Public Law, Australian Constitutional Law, and Equity.

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