Ben Saul is professor of international law at the University of Sydney and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow.
His book Defining Terrorism in International Law (2006) is the leading work on the subject, and he is lead author of the Oxford Commentary on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2014), awarded the 2015 Certificate of Merit by the American Society of International Law.
Ben has taught law at Oxford, the Hague Academy of International Law and in China, India, Nepal and Cambodia, and been a visiting scholar at Harvard.
Ben practises as a barrister and was counsel in the largest successful cases against Australia before the United Nations Human Rights Committee, FKAG v Australia and MMM v Australia (2013), involving the indefinite detention of 51 refugees.
Ben has advised or consulted to United Nations bodies, governments, and NGOs. He has a doctorate in law from Oxford.
- International counter-terrorism law
- International humanitarian law / law of armed conflict / law of war
- Human rights law
- International law and the use of military force
- International criminal law
|2017-18||Whitlam and Fraser Chair of Australian Studies, Harvard University|
|2016 -||Challis Chair of International Law, University of Sydney|
|2011-||Professor of International Law, University of Sydney|
|2012 -||Australian Research Council Future Fellow, University of Sydney|
|2007-10||Director, Sydney Centre for International Law, University of Sydney|
|2006 -||Barrister, Australia|
|2005-06||Senior Lecturer, UNSW Law Faculty|
|2002-04||Tutor in Public International Law, University of Oxford|
|2003-04||Lecturer, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford|
|2001||Legal Officer, Australian Law Reform Commission|
- US Missile Strikes Expose the Untenable Status Quo in International Law 26 April 2017
- Standing Up for Justice in War 08 November 2016
- Paris Attacks: France and the World Should Answer Terror with Liberty 20 November 2015
- Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights: International and Regional Jurisprudence (Bloomsbury, London, 2016)
- Research Handbook on International Law and Terrorism (ed) (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2014)
- The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Commentary, Cases and Materials with David Kinley and Jacqueline Mowbray (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014)
- 'Terrorism' in Blackstone’s International Criminal Practice Miša Zgonec-Rožej and John R.W.D. Jones (eds), (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2015)
- The Status of Western Sahara as Occupied Territory under International Humanitarian Law and the Exploitation of Natural Resources (2015) 27 Global Change, Peace and Security
- China, Natural Resources, Sovereignty and International Law (2013) 37 Asian Studies Review 196