Associate Professor Jeremy Farrall

Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Research)
BA (Hons)/LLB (Hons) (Melbourne), PhD (Tasmania)
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Research interests


Jeremy Farrall is an Associate Professor at the ANU Law School in the ANU College of Law. He also holds appointments as Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Tasmania Faculty of Law and as Convenor of the Academic Network of the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA).

Dr Farrall has worked for the United Nations in a range of capacities, serving as a Political Affairs Officer for the UN Security Council at UN Headquarters in New York (2001-2004) and for the UN Mission in Liberia (2004-2006). He was also a UN Facilitator for the UN Secretary-General's Good Offices team that mediated peace talks in Cyprus (2004, 2008). 

He has been Chief Investigator on two major Australian Research Council Grants. His ARC Discovery Project 'Leveraging Power and Influence on the UN Security Council' (2015-2019, with Chris Michaelsen, Jochen Prantl and Jeni Whalan) is a cross-institutional, cross-disciplinary collaboration between the University of New South Wales and the ANU. His ARC Linkage Project 'Strengthening the Rule of Law through the United Nations Security Council' (2011-2014, with Hilary Charlesworth) was a collaboration between the ANU Centre for International Governance and Justice and the Australian Government's Australian Civil-Military Centre.


    • Associate Professor, ANU Law School, ANU College of Law.
    • Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Tasmania Faculty of Law.
    • Convenor, Academic Network of the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA).

    Significant research publications

    Jeremy's books include:

    • Strengthening the Rule of Law through the UN Security Council (Routledge 2016, edited with H. Charlesworth);
    • The Role of International Law in Rebuilding Societies after Conflict (Cambridge 2009 (hardcover) & 2013 (paperback), edited with B. Bowden and H. Charlesworth); 
    • Sanctions, Accountability and Governance in a Globalised World (Cambridge 2009 (hardcover) & 2014 (paperback), edited with K. Rubenstein); &
    • United Nations Sanctions and the Rule of Law (Cambridge 2007 (hardcover), 2008 (reprint) and 2009 (paperback)).

    Recent news

    Navigating the Backlash against Global Law and Institutions
    ANU Law scholars are in the US this week for a global project exploring the populist-driven backlash to the international, rules-based legal order.
    The global project involves ANU and the universities of Maryland and Indiana
    Project involves ANU, Indiana and Maryland universities

    Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

    Research biography

    Jeremy Farrall has a global reputation as a leading scholar of the United Nations (UN) Security Council (UNSC), its use of peacekeeping and sanctions to maintain international peace and security, and the impact of its decision-making on the rule of law. In his scholarship Dr. Farrall draws on high-level personal practical experience with the United Nations, including in the areas of peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. His research publications are high-quality and high-impact, on both the academic and policy-making fronts. He has an excellent Australian Research Council (ARC) grant track-record.

    Research projects & collaborations

    Conceptualising Influence on the UN Security Council: This research collaboration draws together leading practitioners and interdisciplinary scholars to examine how influence is built and exercised in and on the UN Security Council (with A/Prof. Chris Michaelsen, UNSW Law, A/Prof Jochen Prantl, ANU CAP, & Dr. Jeni Whalan, UQ). Projected output: Special Issue, Leiden Journal of International Law.

    Redress and the Ethics of the International: Legalities, Histories, Geographies: This research collaboration funded by the ANU Asia Pacific Innovation Program brings together scholars from diverse backgrounds to explore the complexities of efforts to promote justice in post-conflict situations (with Dr. Michelle Burgis-Kasthala and Dr. Lia Kent, RegNet). Projected output: Special Issue, International Journal of Law in Context.

    Troubling the Rule of Law: This project brings together a wide cross-section of interdiscilinary scholars, most of whom are based at the Australian National University, to explore the challenges of conceptualising, researching and promoting the rule of law  (with Dr. Nick Cheesman, Bell School, ANU & Dr. Imelda Deinla, RegNet, ANU). Projected output: Special Issue, Hague Journal of the Rule of Law.

    Promoting Peace and Security through the UN Sustainable Development Goals: This 2017 roundtable of the Academic Network of the United Nations Association of Australia brought together high-level, policy-engaged practitioners and academics to discuss Sustainable Development Goal 16, which focuses on 'Peace and Strong Institutions'. Projected output: Special Issue, Australian Journal of International Affairs.


    Dr. Farrall has been Chief Investigator and/or Fellow on the following major Australian Research Council (ARC) Grants:

    1. 'Leveraging Power and Influence on the UN Security Council: The role of Elected Members'

    An ARC Discovery Project (2015-2019, $488,000)

    Chief Investigators: A/Prof C Michaelsen UNSW, A/Prof J Farrall ANU, A/Prof J Prantl ANU & Dr J. Whalan UQ

    Project Summary: This project examines the fundamental problem of how elected members on the Security Council can influence Council decision-making and norm development. Assembling a research team of international lawyers and political scientists, the project provides a rigorous, multi-disciplinary evaluation of why and when non-permanent Council members have succeeded in impacting the Council's decision-making process, despite lacking the veto power available to the five permanent members. Drawing on recent experiences of elected members, including Australia, the project advances evidence-based and empirically-grounded policy proposals designed to increase the capacity of elected members to exercise power and influence over the Council's agenda and policy.


    2. Strengthening the Rule of Law through the UN Security Council

    An ARC Linkage Project (2011-2014, $658,000)

    Chief Investigators: Prof H. Charlesworth & Dr J. Farrall; ARC Linkage Industry Fellow: Dr J Farrall

    Partners: ANU Centre for International Governance and Justice and the Australian Civil-Military Centre.

    Project Summary: Since the end of the Cold War, the UN Security Council has emphasised its commitment to the rule of law, yet it has not always lived up to this promise. This project will examine the relationship between the Security Council and the rule of law, particularly in the areas of peacebuilding, sanctions and the use of force. It will identify new approaches to enhance respect for the rule of law, including through the effective coordination of civilian and military operations, as well as the ways in which Australia can best promote such approaches at the international level. It will produce a series of scholarly publications and practical policy guidelines for international institutions.


    3. Building Democracy and Justice after Conflict

    An ARC Federation Fellowship Project and an ARC Discovery Project (2005-2010, $620,000)

    ARC Project Team: Prof H Charlesworth (Chief Investigator), Dr. B Bowden, Dr. J Farrall & Dr S Harris-Rimmer  

    Project Summary: Weak governance is a cause of terrorism. Australia is increasingly involved in nation-building projects, both in its region and internationally. This project will build Australia's expertise in the ways that international law can promote democracy and justice after conflict. It will develop guidelines for states and organisations involved in peace and nation-building. The project will thus contribute to safeguarding Australia by increasing Australia's capacity to engage with, and interpret itself to, its neighbours and the broader international community, as well as by tackling the threat of terrorism. 


    Books & edited collections

    Farrall, J., (2016), Strengthening the Rule of Law through the UN Security Council (edited with Hilary Charlesworth) (Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2016 (hardback), xxiii & 330 pp).

    Farrall, J., (2009), Sanctions, Accountability and Governance in a Globalised World (edited with Kim Rubenstein) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, (hardback), 2013 (paperback), xx & 486 pp).

    Farrall, J., (2009), The Role of International Law in Rebuilding Societies after Conflict: Great Expectations (edited with Brett Bowden and Hilary Charlesworth) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009 (hardback), 2012 (paperback), xvi & 330 pp).

    Farrall, J., (2007), United Nations Sanctions and the Rule of Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007 (hardback), 2008 (reprint), 2009 (paperback), Volume 56 of series Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law, xxv & 542 pp).Described as ‘an outstanding work of scholarship’ by Justice Michael Kirby (Australian Law Journal) and a ‘veritable encyclopedia on sanctions’ by Prof. Jan Klabbers (International Organizations Law Review).

    Book chapters

    Farrall, J., (2018), ‘Contributions to UN Sanctions Reform by Non-Permanent Security Council Members’, in N. Schrijver & N. Blokker (eds.), The Role of Non-Permanent Security Council Members in the Pursuit of Peace and Justice (Cambridge University Press, in press, with C Michaelsen).

    Farrall, J., (2016), 'The use of sanctions by international organizations’ in J.K. Cogan, I. Hurd & I. Johnstone (eds.), Oxford Handbook of International Organizations (Oxford University Press, 2016), 603-621.

    Farrall, J., (2016), ‘The Use of UN Sanctions to Address Mass Atrocities’, in T. Dunne & A. Bellamy (eds.), Oxford Handbook on the Responsibility to Protect (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), 655-672.

    Farrall, J., (2016), ‘Regulating the Rule of Law through the Security Council’ (with H. Charlesworth ) in J. Farrall & H. Charlesworth (eds.), Strengthening the Rule of Law through the UN Security Council (Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2016), 1-10.

    Farrall, J., (2016), ‘The UN Security Council as regulator and subject of the rule of law: conflict or confluence of interest?’ (with M. Loiselle) in J. Farrall & H. Charlesworth (eds.), Strengthening the Rule of Law through the UN Security Council (Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2016), 287-298.

    Refereed journal articles

    Farrall, J., (2016), ‘Leveraging Diplomatic Power and Influence on the UN Security Council: the role of elected members’ (with J. Prantl) (2016) 70 Australian Journal of International Affairs 601-612.

    Farrall, J., (2016), ‘Can Elected Members Make a Difference in the UN Security Council? Australia’s Experience in 2013-2014’ (with J. Langmore) (2016) 22(1) Global Governance 59-77.

    Farrall, J., (2015), ‘Securing the Rule of Law through UN Peace Operations’ (with S. Chalmers) (2014) 18 Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law 217-248.

    Farrall, J., (2014) , ‘Rule of Accountability or Rule of Law? Regulating the UN Security Council’s Accountability Deficits’ (2014) 19(3) Journal of Conflict & Security Law 389-408.

    Farrall, J., (2012) , ‘Recurring Dilemmas in a Recurring Conflict: Evaluating the UN Mission in Liberia (2003-2006)’ (2012) 16 Journal of International Peacekeeping 306-342.

    Conference papers & presentations

    Farrall, J., (2017), ‘Contributions to UN sanctions reform by non-permanent Security Council members’, International Conference on the Role of Non-Permanent Security Council Members in the Pursuit of Peace and Justice, Senate Chamber of the Netherlands, The Hague, & Leiden University, 11-12 May 2017.

    Farrall, J., (2016), ‘Pragmatic paths to Prevention and Accountability: the role of mediation, sanctions and rule of law promotion in the implementation of the Responsibility to Protect’, Conference on Implementing the Responsibility to Protect: Domestic Processes and Foreign Assistance, ANU, Canberra, 27-28 October 2016.

    Farrall, J., (2016), ‘The role of fairness in the everyday life of international lawyers on the UN Security Council’, Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law Conference, Canberra, 30 June - 2 July 2016.

    Farrall, J., (2016), ‘The Contributions of the United Nations Standby Team of Mediation Experts’, Conference on Australian Peacemaking, University of Melbourne, 8 April 2016.

    Farrall, J., (2015), ‘The Use of UN Sanctions as Peacebuilding Mechanisms’, International Conference on Sanctions and International Law, Leiden University, 26-27 June 2015.

    Research interests

    Current courses

    Year Course code Course name
    2019 LAWS8314
    Class #8570
    Post Conflict Situations and International Law
    2019 LAWS4223
    Class #9549
    International Dispute Resolution

    How my works connects with public policy

    Dr. Farrall's research seeks to shape international policy and law reform. He frames his research findings in a policy-relevant and accessible manner, so that they can shape evidence-based policy.

    His first book,United Nations Sanctions and the Rule of Law (Cambridge University Press, 2007) advanced a pragmatic model of the rule of law, comprising five basic decision-making principles designed to increase the United Nations sanctions system’s capacity to reinforce the rule of law. The book culminates in a set of policy recommendations targeting key policy makers and analysts in the field of UN sanctions.

    As part of the ARC Linkage Project on ‘Strengthening the Rule of Law through the UN Security Council’, Dr. Farrall drafted a series of policy proposals designed to enhance the Security Council’s capacity to strengthen the rule of law when it employs three critical tools for the maintenance of international peace and security, namely peace operations, sanctions and force. 

    The policy proposals were launched by Australia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, H.E. Gillian Bird, at UN Headquarters on 11 March 2016. They were then discussed and endorsed on the same day by a hundred representatives of the UN diplomatic international legal community, in a meeting that took place in UN Conference Room 7 under the standing UN General Assembly item ‘UN Member States Dialogue on the Rule of Law at the International Level’. The proposals were then published by the UN Security Council an official UN Security Council document: UN doc. S/2016/397.

    Dr. Farrall's current ARC Discovery Project, with A/Prof. Chris Michaelsen, A/Prof. Jochen Prantl and Dr. Jeni Whalan, entitled ‘Leveraging Power and Influence on the UN Security Council: the role of elected members’, also prioritises outreach and policy engagement. It will produce evidence-based policy recommendations for strengthening the capacity of elected Security Council members to make a difference during their two-year elected terms on the Council.

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