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Douglas Guilfoyle

BA (Hons), LLB (Hons) (ANU), LLM, PhD (Cantab); Solicitor (New South Wales, non-practising).

contact details:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1546 | internal: x21546
Email: d.guilfoyle@ucl.ac.uk

Douglas joined the Faculty of Laws in September 2007, after submitting his doctoral dissertation “Shipping Interdiction and the Law of the Sea” at the University of Cambridge. During his graduate studies Douglas held a British Council Chevening Scholarship and a Gates Cambridge Trust Scholarship.

Douglas had previously worked as a judge’s associate in the Federal Court of Australia and as associate to the President of the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal. He has also worked as a litigation solicitor in Sydney.

Douglas regularly gives talks on and speaks to the media about law of the sea issues, especially matters relating to high-seas piracy, continental shelf claims and the use of force at sea. He has prepared reports for NGOs and government clients on law of the sea matters, and was appointed in 2009 to prepare a report on treaty-based jurisdiction over pirates for the legal issues working group of the Contact Group on Piracy off Somalia (a grouping of over 100 government and industry lawyers). He remains involved in that working group, and recently acted as Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry into Somali piracy.

His articles on the law of piracy for International and Comparative Law Quarterly are among that journal’s most downloaded. He has also published on the law of stopping and searching ships at sea, migrant smuggling, theories of liability in international criminal law and the law of naval warfare.

Personal website
Douglas maintains a personal website at: http://ucl.academia.edu/DouglasGuilfoyle/about; a number of his introductory screencasts on public international law and legal writing topics can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/djaguilfoyle.

Douglas’s main research interests include

•  the law of the sea;
•  the international law of jurisdiction;
•  international and transnational criminal law; and
•  international law and migrant labour.


•  Shipping Interdiction and the Law of the Sea (Cambridge University Press, 2009), lv + 374 pp.

Refereed Journals

Chapters in books

Case notes and book reviews

Current Teaching (on leave in 2012-13)
Public Law  
Public International Law  

Graduate   (on leave in 2012-13)
International Criminal Law (course convenor)  
International Law of the Sea (course convenor)

PhD Supervision  
Douglas Guilfoyle welcomes approaches from prospective doctoral students.


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