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Dr Tamsin Paige



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Business and Law


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 Senior Lecturer with Deakin Law School and periodically consults for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in relation to Maritime Crime. Her work is interdisciplinary in nature, using qualitative sociological methods to analyse international law. She also does law and literature research using popular fiction to understand social perceptions of the law. Her work has examined (among other things) Somali piracy, UN Security Council decision making, and conflict based sexual violence. 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 how 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

Queer Theory

Units taught

MLL235 Legal Practice and Ethics

MLJ720 Legal Practice, Ethics, and Policy

MLL277/MLJ734 Public International Law

Knowledge areas

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


Endeavour Scholar (2015 Selection Round)


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In a World of Warners, Be Like Elle: The Benefits of a Prosocial Community Focus to Being a Lawyer (as Explored through Legally Blonde)

Tamsin Paige, Catherine Butchart, Liam Merrifield

(2023), Vol. 3, pp. 5-21, Legalities, Edinburgh, Scotland, C1

journal article

The Ali and Shibin cases in relation to Article 101(c) of UNCLOS and the facilitation of piracy

T Paige, R McLaughlin

(2022), pp. 72-80, Maritime Operations Law in Practice: Key Cases and Incidents, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Queer Approaches to International Adjudication

T Paige, J Stagg

(2022), pp. 1-34, Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law, Oxford, UK, B1

book chapter

Pirates of the Cyber Seas: Are State-Sponsored Hackers Modern-Day Privateers?

Josephine Dwan, Tamsin Paige, Rob McLaughlin

(2022), Vol. 4, pp. 1-14, Law, Technology and Humans, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal article

Submarine Communication Cables and the Law of Armed Conflict: Some Enduring Uncertainties, and Some Proposals, as to Characterization

Rob McLaughlin, Tamsin Paige, Douglas Guilfoyle

(2022), pp. 1-42, JOURNAL OF CONFLICT & SECURITY LAW, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article


D Guilfoyle, T Paige, R Mclaughlin

(2022), Vol. 71, pp. 657-696, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article

Mission: Impossible? Reforming the UN Charter to Limit the Veto

Tamsin Paige

(2022), Vol. 25, pp. 187-194, 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

(2021), Vol. 33, pp. 119-140, Law and literature, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

The Bear and the Dragon Pragmatism and State-centric International Law in the un Security Council

T Paige

(2021), Vol. 90, pp. 446-470, Nordic Journal of International Law, Leiden, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

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

Well-intentioned but missing the point: the Australian Defence Force approach to addressing conflict-based sexual violence

T Paige, J Stagg

(2020), Vol. 29, pp. 468-492, Griffith Law Review, 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

How building prisons in Somalia promoted the rule of law throughout East Africa

T Paige

(2016), pp. 1-9, Global Rule of Law Exchange Practice Notes, London, Eng., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Piracy and universal jurisdiction

T Paige

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

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

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