Associate Professor Hossein Esmaeili

Associate Professor

College of Business, Government and Law

place Law & Commerce (2.25)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Hossein Esmaeili is an Australian academic with distinct national and international authority in international law (particularly on offshore energy and resources law) and comparative law, particularly Middle Eastern law. A third dimension of his teaching and research is property law. The global impact of his scholarly work can be seen in its use by international and Australian institutions including universities, Australian Courts and Tribunals, United Nations agencies and the United States Congress, and national and international media. The recognition of his academic standing as a leading authority in these areas is demonstrated by his involvement with international organisations and institutions (such as the International Law Association), invitations to various editorial positions in Australia, Asia and Europe, invitations to review books and journal articles and deliver keynotes; supervision of PhD students and by his significant (and collaborative) publications in his areas of expertise and involvement in research projects relating to CALD communities and Australia's relationship with MENA countries. Dr Esmaeili's research aims to promote interdisciplinary collaboration, social impact, and social justice particularly within migrant communities in Australia.

Hossein's teaching philosophy is founded upon helping students to achieve the highest academic standards through active, deep and critical learning in an internationalised world by ensuring effective feedback and incorporating practical work, cultural context, and community, practical and industry engagements.

Hossein teaches in various courses, both in undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, LLB and JD, online, face to face and hybrid in different areas of international law, human rights, law of the sea, property law, real property law, equity and trusts.


Bachelor of Laws
Master of Criminal Law and Criminology
Master of Laws (UNSW)

Key responsibilities

Course Coordinator- Master of Laws (International Law and International Relations)

Associate Dean International Law (2015-2018)

Teaching interests
  • International Law
  • Property Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Comparative Law
  • Law of the sea
Topic coordinator
LLAW2214 Property, Equity and Trusts
LLAW3250 International Law
LLIR9501 Principles of International Law (LLM)
LLAW3221 Real Property Law
LLAW3273 Mooting and International Appellate Advocacy
LLIR9515 Law of the Sea
LLAW9611 Real Property Law (JD)
Supervisory interests
Comparative law
Immigration and refugee law
International energy and resources law
International law
Islamic and Middle Eastern law
Trusts and property law (comparative)
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: International Energy Law (1), Protection of Civilians under International Law and Islamic Law (1), International Climate Change and Reugees in North Africa (1), State Responsibility and Non-State Actors under International Law: The Syrian Crisis (1), Obligation of Parties in E-Commerce under Saudi Arabian and Islamic Law (1), Sovereignty and Australian Immigration Law (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Taufan Muhammad

PhD: Regulating Oil and Gas Operation in Indonesian Waters: International and Domestic Legal Perspective on Offshore Installations and Tankers’ - SEP 2017

Expert for media contact
CALD Communities and Family Violence
International law
Law of the Sea
Middle Eastern Law
Muslim Communities and law in Australia
Property Law, the Right to a View
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Media expertise
  • Law
  • CALD Communities and Family Violence
  • International law
  • Law of the Sea
  • Middle Eastern Law
  • Muslim Communities and law in Australia
  • Property Law, the Right to a View