Hilary Charlesworth

Hilary Christiane Mary Charlesworth AM FASSA (born 28 February 1955) is a feminist international law scholar. Since 2016 she has been a Melbourne Laureate Professor at Melbourne Law School and Distinguished Professor and Director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice at the Australian National University.[1] Her Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship was used to establish the Centre in 2005.[2]

Education and career[edit]

Charlesworth holds degrees from Melbourne and Harvard Law Schools,[1] and is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. She has served as editorial member of many legal publications, including the American Journal of International Law, Melbourne University Law Review and Cambridge Studies on International and Comparative Law.

In addition to her academic appointments, she works for a number of NGOs, including as a Patron of the ACT Women's Legal Service and advisory board member of the Institute for Migrant Rights. In 2011, she was appointed an ad hoc judge of the International Court of Justice in the Whaling in the Antarctic Case (Australia v. Japan).[3]


  • Weston, B., Falk, R.A. & Charlesworth, H. 1997, International Law and World Order, 3rd edn, West Publishing Co., Minneapolis
  • Charlesworth H. & Chinkin C. 2000, The Boundaries of International Law, Manchester University Press, Manchester (Winner, American Society of International Law Certificate of Merit 2001 for "preeminent contribution to creative scholarship")
  • Charlesworth, H. 2002, Writing in Rights: Australia and the Protection of Human Rights, UNSW Press, Sydney
  • Weston, B., Falk, R.A., Charlesworth, H. & Strauss, A.L. 2006, International Law and World Order: A Problem Oriented Coursebook, 4th edn, West Publishing Co., Minneapolis
  • Charlesworth, H., Chiam, M., Hovell, D. & Williams G. 2006, No Country is an Island : Australia and International Law, UNSW Press, Sydney (Highly Commended in Arts Non-Fiction category, 2006 Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Human Rights Awards)
  • Byrnes, A., Charlesworth, H. & McKinnon, G. 2009, Australian Bills of Rights: History, Politics, Law, UNSW Press, Sydney

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Charlesworth's book (co-authored with Christine Chinkin) entitled The Boundaries of International Law: A Feminist Analysis was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the American Society of International Law in 2001.
  • In 2001 she was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.[4]
  • Elected Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2003.[5]
  • Appointed Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, 2004.[6]
  • In 2006, her contributions to the body of international law scholarship earned her the American Society of International Law’s Goler T. Butcher Medal, and its award was recorded by Hansard in the ACT Legislative Assembly.[7][8]
  • Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2007 Australia Day Honours for "For service to international and human rights law through professional and supporting roles in academia, legal organisations, government bodies and non-government organisations in Australia and internationally, and through the encouragement of human rights dialogue, particularly in the area of women's rights".[9]


  1. ^ a b "Professor Hilary Charlesworth". Australian National University. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  2. ^ RegNet, Director; [email protected] "Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ)". regnet.anu.edu.au. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Professor Hilary Charlesworth". Melbourne Law School. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Victorian Honour Roll of Women - List of Inductees 2001 to 2011" (PDF). whise - Women's Health in the South East. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Professor Hilary Charlesworth AM". Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Fellows - Charlesworth". Australian Academy of Law. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Goler T. Butcher Medal" (PDF).
  8. ^ ACT, Legislative Assembly for the. "Hansard of the Legislative Assembly for the ACT". www.hansard.act.gov.au. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  9. ^ "CHARLESWORTH, Hilary Christiane". honours.pmc.gov.au. Retrieved 19 June 2018.


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