Dr Tamsin Paige



Lecturer (International Law)


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Deakin Law School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Adelaide, 2018
Master of Philosophy, Australian National University, 2014
Bachelor of Law(s), Univ. of Technology Sydney, 2012


+61 3 924 45639


Tamsin Phillipa Paige is a Lecturer with Deakin Law School and consults for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in relation to Maritime Crime. Prior to this, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the research centre: Conflict and Society, in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNSW Canberra @ ADFA. Her work is interdisciplinary in nature, using qualitative sociological methods to analyse international law. She was awarded an Endeavour Scholarship by the Australian Government for her PhD research (conducted at the University of Adelaide and Columbia Law School) on the Security Council and ‘threat to the peace’. Prior to her Security Council work she conducted research into the application and impact of international law in counter-piracy operations in Somalia. In a former life, she was a French trained, fine dining pâtissier.

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Research interests

My overarching research interest is the application and impact of the law in society, using Qualitiative Research Methods. To date this work has taken a focus on International Security Law and Transnational Organised Crime (in particular Maritime Crime). I also have an interest in the way in which pop culture representations of law shape and reflect how society views and understands concepts of law and justice and their place in society.

Knowledge areas

International Law (with a focus on Armed Conflict and Security), Transnational Organised Crime, Sociology of Law, Qualitative Research Methods, Law and Society


Endeavour Scholar (2015 Selection Round)


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Wilfully Blind: the Security Council's Response to Genocide in Rwanda

Tamsin Paige

(2020), Vol. 22, pp. 136-147, Journal of International Peacekeeping, Leiden, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Zombies as an allegory for terrorism: understanding the social impact of post-9/11 security theatre and the existential threat of terrorism through the work of Mira Grant

T Paige

(2020), pp. 1-22, Law and literature, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Petulant and contrary: approaches by the permanent five members of the UN Security Council to the concept of 'threat to the peace' under Article 39 of the UN Charter

Tamsin Paige

(2019), Leiden, The Netherlands, A1


The maintenance of international peace and security heteronormativity

T Paige

(2017), pp. 91-109, Queering international law : possibilities, alliances, complicities, risks, London, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

The impact and effectiveness of UNCLOS on counter-piracy operations

T Paige

(2017), Vol. 22, pp. 97-123, Journal of conflict and security law, Oxford, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The role of information sharing in counter piracy in the Horn of Africa region: a model for transnational criminal enforcement operations

Rob McLaughlin, Tamsin Paige

(2016), Vol. 12, pp. 82-119, Journal of international law and international relations, Toronto, Ont., C1-1

journal article

Piracy and universal jurisdiction

T Paige

(2013), Vol. 12, pp. 131-154, Macquarie law journal, [Sydney, N.S.W.], C1-1

journal article

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