With the scope of legal regulation no longer limited to national territories, there is a need for a framework that recognises law as a global phenomenon with fluid boundaries. Legal orders within, between and above a nation’s domestic legal system create global issues that impact upon individuals and the choices available to legislators and decision-makers. This course delves into the nature of international law, supranational law, comparative law, domestic law and legal pluralism, and examines where they interconnect and conflict. Recent events in the UK and the US illustrate the importance of these issues.

Professor Anthony Cassimatis

Professor Anthony Cassimatis

Anthony Cassimatis is a Professor at the TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland. He holds the Degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (with First Class Honours) from the University of Queensland and Master of Law from the University of Cambridge. In 2004 he was awarded a PhD in law by The University of Queensland. His doctoral thesis, which examined human rights related trade measures under international law, was published by Martinus Nijhoff in 2007.

Professor Cassimatis teaches administrative law and public international law. He is the Director of the Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law at The University of Queensland and is the chairperson of the Australian Red Cross' International Humanitarian Law Committee for Queensland. Professor Cassimatis is the author or co-author of 4 books and numerous articles and book chapters on public international law, administrative law and legal advocacy. He has been academic coordinator of teams representing the Law School in the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition over many years, including teams that have won the Australian regional rounds of the competition (2005, 2012 and 2014) and the Jessup Moot World Championship in Washington DC (2005 and 2014). Professor Cassimatis was a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at Cambridge University in 2007.

Professor Cassimatis' research interests include international law, administrative law and public law generally.

Topics covered include:

  • law, globalization and the State
  • international law, sovereignty, international institutions and governance
  • ‘regional’ globalization : EU model
  • global law, comparative law and comparativism
  • global public goods
  • globalization and comparative constitutionalism
  • globalization and anti-corruption
  • globalization, anti-globalization

Course information

Course code

Semester 1: 3, 4 March; 7, 8 April
Semester 2: 29, 30 September; 13, 14 October


This course may also be taken as a CPD course or a non-award course.