'Taming Technology: Cyber Attacks and the Crime of Aggression'
LLB (Hons), BA (Hons), GradDipLegalPrac, LLM
Biography My research involves critically analyzing the crime of aggression definition adopted at the Review Conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in Kampala, 2010, with a particular focus on whether the language adopted will criminalise the use of newly emerging forms of weapons technology – specifically, those used in inter-State cyber attacks. I also examine whether the use of such measures could potentially contravene the prohibition upon the use of force as enshrined within Article 2(4) of the Charter of the United Nations. Prior to commencing my postgraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh, I was employed as a criminal defence solicitor with Legal Aid Queensland, a statutory authority tasked with, inter alia, providing advice and legal representation to socially and financially disadvantaged individuals charged with criminal offences. Whilst employed at Legal Aid Queensland, I worked in a number of teams including the Graduate Team, Appeals Team, General Crime Team, Solicitor Advocates Team (tasked primarily with providing duty lawyer services to the Brisbane Magistrates Courts), and Drug Court Team where I remained for the final two years of my employment; I also undertook a regional placement as a general crime solicitor at Bundaberg in 2009. Education: 2000 – 2006 Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (Hons) – University of Queensland, Australia 2007 – 2008 Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice – College of Law, Australia 2010 – 2011 Honours component of my previously obtained Bachelor of Arts degree – University of Queensland 2012 – 2013 Master of Laws in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (with distinction) – University of Edinburgh, Scotland 2014 – Doctor of Philosophy in International Law (anticipated completion in 2018) – University of Edinburgh Awards and scholarships : 2012 – 2013 LLM Criminal Law Tercentenary Award for Excellence Edinburgh Global Master’s Scholarship 2014 – 2017 College of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Award Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship. Professional qualifications: 2008 Admitted to the Legal Profession as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of Queensland 2012 Entered onto the Registry of Practitioners of the High Court of Australia Employment & other relevant experience: 2004 Vacation Clerk (voluntary), Legal Aid Queensland 2006 Volunteer, Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH) 2008 – 2012 Legal Officer (solicitor), Legal Aid Queensland 2014 – 2016 Co-Content Editor for the Edinburgh Student Law Review Research Assistant for Dr Paul Behrens, University of Edinburgh 2015 – 2016 Research Assistant for Dr Stephen Neff, University of Edinburgh Co-Convener of the ‘Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference’ (University of Edinburgh, January 2016) 2016 Co-Convener of the ‘Towards an Association on Diplomatic Law’ workshop (University of Edinburgh, May 2016) Co-Convener of the ‘Legal Aspects on Diplomatic Interference’ Conference (University of Edinburgh, May 2016) Guest Lecturer for the postgraduate course ‘Inter-State Conflict and Humanitarian Law’ (University of Edinburgh) 2016 - Tutor for the undergraduate course ‘International Law 1 (Ordinary)’ (University of Edinburgh) Publications: Criminal Law Duty Lawyer Handbook, Legal Aid Queensland (2012) – contributor. “‘If the Cloak Doesn’t Fit, You Must Acquit’: Retributivist Models of Preventive Detention and the Problem of Coextensiveness,” Journal of Criminal Law and Philosophy (2014), DOI 10.1007/s11572-014-9363-9 (hard copy publication forthcoming 2016). “Book Review – Daniel Newman: “Legal Aid Lawyers and the Quest for Justice,” Oxford/Portland: Hart Publishing, 2013,” 24(3) Social & Legal Studies (2015).