PROF Tim McCormack

PROF Tim McCormack


  • Honorary, Law
  • International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law, Arms Control and Disarmament, National Implementation of International Law
  • International Law and the Use of Force
  • Law of International Institutions
  • Military Law
  • War Crimes Trials



  • Tim McCormack is Professor of Law and Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Tasmania.He is the Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and a Director of World Vision Australia.

    Tim was a Fulbright Senior Scholar and the Charles H Stockton Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He was also appointed Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School for the Winter Term in January 2016 where he taught International Criminal Law.

    Tim was the Foundation Australian Red Cross Professor of International Humanitarian Law (1996-2010) at the Melbourne Law School and also the Foundation Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law (2001-2010) - a collaborative initiative (established 2001) between the Melbourne Law School and The Australian Defence Force Legal Service.

    Tim has developed an international reputation for his expertise in International Humanitarian Law and in International Criminal Law. In June 2011 he was appointed by the Government of Israel as one of two international observers for Phase 2 of the Turkel Commission of Enquiry into Israel's processes for investigation of alleged violations of International Humanitarian Law. The Final Report of the Commission including its recommendations was presented to Prime Minister Netanyahu in February 2013 in Jerusalem. From 2002 - 2006 he acted as amicus curiae on international law matters to the judges of Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague for the trial of Slobodan Milosevic. From 2003 - 2007 he provided expert International Humanitarian Law advice to Major Mori for the defence of David Hicks. In that capacity Tim travelled to Guantanamo Bay to attend the US Military Commission proceedings against David Hicks in March 200



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Education and training

  • LLB, University of Tasmania
  • PhD, Monash University

Awards and honors

  • President's Award for Oustanding Pro Bono Service, Law Institute of Victoria, 2005
  • Oustanding Graduate Award, University of Tasmania, 2003
  • Volunteer Medal for Oustanding Voluntary Service, Australian Red Cross, 2001



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