Researcher biography

Dr Paul Taylor is a Senior Research Fellow at The University of Queensland. His principal academic interests are international human rights law and conflict of laws.

Before emigrating from the UK he was in private practice, initially at the criminal bar and then as a solicitor in prestigious law firms specialising in competition law and intellectual property (for more than a decade at partner level). During that time he also taught and wrote substantial texts on competition law, intellectual property and human rights.

Dr Taylor's most significant works include UK and EC Competition Law and Compliance (Sweet & Maxwell, 1999); and Freedom of Religion: UN and European Human Rights Law and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2005). He was also responsible for the Halsbury's Laws of Australia, Civil and Political Rights title, Lexis Nexis update 2012-2016.

He has represented Australia at numerous meetings of experts at: The Hague Conference on Private International Law, The Netherlands (on issues affecting cross-border litigation; and was involved in the final stages of negotiating the Convention on Choice of Court Agreements); the OECD Competition Committee, Paris; and at bilateral and regional free trade agreement negotiations. He has also made submissions to and given evidence at various government inquiries.

Dr Taylor has held Visiting Fellowships at Wolfson College, Cambridge and at the Centre for International and Public Law, College of Law, Australian National University. He is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Law, The University of Notre Dame Australia.

He is currently completing a commentary on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2020.