Dr Tamsin Paige



Lecturer (International Law)


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Deakin Law School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Graduate Certificate of Higher Ed. Learning & Teaching, Deakin University, 2020
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Adelaide, 2018
Master of Philosophy, Australian National University, 2014
Bachelor of Law(s), Univ. of Technology Sydney, 2012


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.

Teaching interests

International Law (with a focus on IHL and Security)

Sociolegal Theory


Qualitative Methods

Law and Literature

Units taught

MLL235 Legal Practice and Ethics

MLJ720 Legal Practice, Ethics, and Policy

Knowledge areas

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


‘The Final Frontier of Cyberspace: The Seabed Beyond National Jurisdiction and the Protection of Submarine Cables’ (ANZSIL Oceans and Environmental Law Interest Group Research Seminar, 24 March 2021) (with Douglas Guilfoyle and Rob McLaughlin)

‘Well-intentioned but missing the point: The ADF approach to combating conflict based sexual violence.’ (ANZSIL GSIL IG Workshop, Deakin Downtown 20 February 2020) (with Joanne Stagg)

‘The Use of Law to Create and Scapegoat an ‘Other’ Intrinsic to Authoritarianism’ (Conference Paper – Law in the End Times: Law, Literature, and Humanities Association of Australasia Annual Conference, 2-4 December 2019)

‘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’ (Conference Paper – ANZSIL Annual Conference, Canberra, 4-6 July 2019)

‘Well-intentioned but missing the point: The ADF approach to combating conflict based sexual violence.’ (Conference Paper – Law and Society Association Annual Conference, Toronto, 6-10 June 2018)

‘Petulant and Contrary: Approaches by the Permanent Five Members of the UN Security Council to ‘threat to the peace’ in Article 39 of the UN Charter.’ (Public Seminar – Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law, University of Melbourne, 14 September 2017)

‘The UN Security Council, Sexual Violence as a Tactic of War and its relationship to the concept of ‘threat to the peace’, and Heteronormativity’ (Provocations II: Queering International Law book workshop, University of Melbourne, 14-15 December 2015)

‘Threat to the Peace: Looking beyond the Security Council resolutions’ (Columbia Law School Visiting Scholar Seminar Series, Columbia University, 24 September 2015)

‘Threat to the Peace and the Conflict in Syria’ (Public Seminar, University of Nottingham, 12 August 2015)

‘The Role of Information Sharing in Counter Piracy Operations in the Horn of Africa Region: A Model for Transnational Criminal Enforcement Operations’ (Conference Paper) (ASIL Midyear Meeting and Research Forum, Northwestern University, 6-8 November 2014). (with Rob McLaughlin)

‘The Historical Development of the Laws of Piracy’ (Centre for International Law Seminar, National University of Singapore, 4 October 2013)

‘The Rise and Fall of Piracy – The Role of the Law?’, Poster Presentation (ANZSIL Annual Conference, Australian National University, 4 July 2013)

‘The role of the law in the rise and fall of piracy: Empirical Data from fieldwork in the Seychelles, January 2013’ (ANZSIL Annual Conference Postgraduate Workshop, Australian National University, 3 July 2013)

Media appearances

‘Submarine cables and the law of armed conflict’ Law and the Future of War Podcast, Season 1 Episode 17 (27 May 2021) (with Rob McLaughlin and Douglas Guilfoyle) https://www.buzzsprout.com/1403818/8505695

‘The Final Frontier of Cyberspace: Ensuring that Submarine Data Cables are Able to Live Long and Prosper (Part I)’, Opinio Juris, 16 October 2020, (with Rob McLaughlin and Douglas Guilfoyle) http://opiniojuris.org/2020/10/16/the-final-frontier-of-cyberspace-ensuring-that-submarine-data-cables-are-able-to-live-long-and-prosper-part-i/

‘The Final Frontier of Cyberspace: Ensuring that Submarine Data Cables are Able to Live Long and Prosper (Part II)’, Opinio Juris, 16 October 2020, (with Rob McLaughlin and Douglas Guilfoyle) http://opiniojuris.org/2020/10/16/the-final-frontier-of-cyberspace-ensuring-that-submarine-data-cables-are-able-to-live-long-and-prosper-part-ii/

‘Let’s Talk About [Sociology], Baby … Let’s Talk About All the Good Things and the Bad Things That May Be’ Opinio Juris (17 July 2020), http://opiniojuris.org/2020/07/17/lets-talk-about-sociology-baby-lets-talk-about-all-the-good-things-and-the-bad-things-that-may-be/

‘Everything That I Learnt About Security Theatre I Learnt From the Zombie Apocalypse’ Opinio Juris (11 June 2020) https://opiniojuris.org/2020/06/11/everything-that-i-learnt-about-security-theatre-i-learnt-from-the-zombie-apocalypse/

‘Even the alleged perpetrators of terrorism deserve a fair trial’ The Age (7 April 2019) https://www.theage.com.au/national/even-the-alleged-perpetrators-of-terrorism-deserve-a-fair-trial-20190406-p51bin.html

Radio Adelaide ‘Barometer’ – Interview re: Greenpeace, Russia and Piracy (13 October 2013)

‘Greenpeace piracy charges mock international law’ The Conversation (4 October 2013) https://theconversation.com/greenpeace-piracy-charges-mock-international-law-18867

‘Pirates of the Indian Ocean: Enforcement in the Seychelles’ Opinio Juris, Emerging Voices Symposium (19 August 2013) http://opiniojuris.org/2013/08/19/emerging-voices-pirates-of-the-indian-ocean-enforcement-in-the-seychelles/

SYN Radio (Melbourne) ‘Panorama’ – Interview re: Sea Shepherd and Piracy (5 March 2013)

Op-Ed. ‘Arrrrrrrrr the Sea Shepherds really pirates?’ The Conversation (27 February 2013) https://theconversation.com/arrrrrrrrr-the-sea-shepherds-really-pirates-12512


Endeavour Scholar (2015 Selection Round)