Dr Rowan Nicholson

Senior Lecturer

College of Business, Government and Law

place Bedford Park

Rowan Nicholson joined Flinders University in 2021. In the past, he has served as co-director of the Sydney Centre for International Law at the University of Sydney and has worked on cases before the International Court of Justice about genocide and border disputes. He did his doctorate at the University of Cambridge. His book Statehood and the State-Like in International Law (Oxford University Press, 2019) presents a new theory about which political entities have rights and duties in international law, drawing on colonial legal history. His other research interests include constitutional law and the legal status of Indigenous Australians. He appears in the media speaking or writing about international law, including in The Conversation.


PhD in Law, University of Cambridge, 2017

Master of Laws (First-Class), University of Cambridge, 2012

Master of International Relations, Macquarie University, 2011

Honours LLB (First-Class), University of Adelaide, 2008

Honours BA (First-Class), University of Adelaide, 2008

Topic coordinator
LLAW7100 Honours Dissertation
LLAW1321 Indigenous Peoples, Colonialism, and Law
LLIR9514 International Institutions
LLAW3312 Constitutional Law