Dr Ottavio Quirico

Senior Lecturer - School of Law

Ottavio Quirico

Phone: +61 2 6773 3753

Email: oquirico@une.edu.au


Prior to joining UNE, Dr Quirico was a Marie Curie Fellow at University Panthéon-Assas (Paris, France), Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), and Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (Cambridge, UK). He was also a Lecturer at University Lille Nord de France and delivered undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Washington State University (Pullman, US), Federal University of Paraiba (João Pessoa, Brazil), Federal University of Porto Alegre (Brazil), and at the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute  (Turin, Italy). Dr Quirico has acted as a consultant to the United Nations and practised in civil and criminal litigation in Europe.


LLB, LLM (International Relations), PhD (Law, Hons)

Teaching Areas

International Law.

Research Interests

International Law, EU Law, Comparative Law.


Selected Publications


  • International ‘Criminal’ Responsibility: Antinomies (Routledge, 2019) – Author
  • Australian Uniform Evidence Law (Cambridge University Press, 2019) – Co-author
  • Climate Change and Human Rights – An International and Comparative Law Perspective (Routledge, 2016) – Main Editor.
  • International Law – Study Guide (LexisNexis, 2015) – Together with Stephen Tully and Bridget Lewis.

Journal Articles

  • ‘Climate Change and State Responsibility for Human Rights Violations: Causation and Imputation’ (2018) 2(2) Netherlands International Law Review 185-215
  • ‘Systemic Integration between Climate Change and Human Rights in International Law?’ (2017) 35(1) Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights 31-50.
  • 'The International Responsibility of the European Union: A Basic Interpretive Pattern' (2013-14) 1 Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law 63-74.
  • 'Amidst Fragmentation and Coherence: A Systemic Interpretation of the World Heritage Convention and the UNFCCC Regime' (2012-13) 10 New Zealand Yearbook of International Law 33-71.
  • 'Disentangling Climate Change Governance: A Legal Perspective' (2012) 21 Review of European Community and International Environmental Law 92-101.
  • 'The Merger of Corporate Social Responsibility into the EU Common Commercial Policy' (2012) 9 European Company Law Journal 93-100.
  • 'Substantive and Procedural Issues Raised by the Accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights' (2010-11) 20 Italian Yearbook of International Law 31-54.
  • ‘Le contrôle de constitutionnalité français dans le contexte européen et international: une question de priorités’ (2010) 3 European Journal of Legal Studies 77-98.
  • 'EU Border Tax Adjustments and Climate Change: Reaching Consensus within the International Legal Context' (2010) 19 European Energy and Environmental Law Review 230-8.
  • 'General Principles of International Criminal Law and Their Relevance to Africa' (2009) 17 African Yearbook of International Law 139-63.
  • 'La théorie de la négligence dans le Statut de la Cour pénale internationale' (2009) 113 Revue générale de droit international public 333-64.

Book Chapters

  • ‘International Law’, in Peter Butt and Peter Nygh, Encyclopaedic Austalian Legal Dictionary (LexisNexis, 2016-17)
  • ‘The Environmental Sustainability of the EU Investment Policy after Lisbon: Progressive International Law Developments’, in Yulia Levashova, Tineke Lambooy, and Ige Dekker, Bridging the Gap between International Investment Law and the Environment (Eleven International Publishing, 2016) 273-88
  • ‘Legal Challenges to Cyber Security Institutions’, in Hitoshi Nasu and Kim Rubinstein (eds), Legal Perspectives on Security Institutions (Cambridge University Press, 2015) 308-22.
  • ‘Primary Sovereign Rights or Secondary Environmental Duties? Critical International Law Issues Raised by the Extraterritorial Application of the EU Emission Trading System in the Aviation Sector’, in Christine Bakker and Francesco Francioni (eds), The EU, the US and Global Climate Governance (Ashgate, 2014) 143-60.
  • ‘A Human Rights-Based Approach to Climate Change? Insights from the Regulation of Intangible Cultural Heritage’, in Federico Lenzerini and Ana Filipa Vrdoljak (eds), International Law for Common Goods: Normative Perspectives on Human Rights, Culture and Nature (Hart, 2014) 381-94.
  • 'Droit "flou", droit "doux" ou droit "mou"? Brèves réflexions sur la "texture" des mesures conservatoires et des constatations dans les procédures individuelles devant le Comité des droits de l'homme', in Denis Alland, Vincent Chetail, Olivier de Frouville and Jorge E Viñuales (eds) Unité et diversité du droit international – Unity and Diversity of International Law, Essays in Honour of Professor Pierre-Marie Dupuy (Brill, 2014) 875-887.
  • 'Key Issues in the Relationship between the World Heritage Convention and Climate Change Regulation', in Silvia Borelli and Federico Lenzerini (eds), Cultural Heritage, Cultural Rights and Cultural Diversity: New Developments in International Law (Brill, 2012) 391-412.
  • 'A Comparative Overview of European and Extra-European National Regulation of Private Military and Security Services', in Christine Bakker and Mirko Sossai (eds), Multilevel Regulation of Military and Security Contractors: The Interplay between International, European and Domestic Norms (Hart Publishing, 2012) 105-21.
  • 'Commentaire des articles 100, 101 et 102', in Julian Fernandez and Xavier Pacreau (eds), Statut de Rome de la Cour pénale internationale: commentaire article par article (Pedone, 2012) 1937-42, 1943-49, 1951-55.
  • 'The Criminal Responsibility of Private Military and Security Company Personnel under International Humanitarian Law', in Francesco Francioni and Natalino Ronzitti (eds), War by Contract: Human Rights, Humanitarian Law, and Private Contractors (Oxford UP, 2011) 423-47.
  • 'La naturaleza y el alcance de la obligación de estabilizar las emisiónes de gases de efecto invernadero en el derecho internacional', in Maria Belén Olmos (ed), Medio ambiente, cambio climático y derechos humanos (Biblioteca Jurídica Dike, 2011) 155-83.
  • 'Ius Cogens: A Puzzle', in Marcel Szabó (ed), State Responsibility and the Law of Treaties (Eleven International Publishing, 2010) 103-20.

Book Reviews

  • 'The Global Climate Regime and Transitional Justice’, by Sonja Klinsky and Jasmina Brankovic (2019) 68(2) International and Comparative Law Quarterly
  • ‘Les mécanismes de contrôle et de suivi des conventions internationales de protection de l’environnement’, by Sabrina Urbinati (2010-11) 20 Italian Yearbook of International Law


Honorary Lecturer, Centre for European Studies, Australian National University

Alumnus, European University Institute

International Visiting Member, Chittagong Independent University, Law School, Bangladesh

Editorial Board, Prima Facie: Direito, História e Política

International Advisory Board, Hungarian Yearbook of International and European Law

Consultancy Interests