- Professor Afshin Akhtar-Khavari
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PhD (Griffith University)
International Environmental Law, ILGG, Restoration, Wetlands
Afshin Akhtar-Khavari is a Professor and Director of Research at the School of Law. He earned his BSc (genetics) and LLB from the University of New South Wales, LLM from the University of Sydney and PhD from Griffith University.
As an international law legal academic Afshin’s research explores ontologies of non-human beings and what it means for international and environmental law. He is interested in how metaphysics brings legal and governance responses into dialogue with ecology, conservation and science more broadly. He has applied himself to topics like ecological restoration, plants and trees, aesthetics, extinction, and technologies for governance more generally. His current research examines the imaginative boundaries of international environmental law by studying the eucalyptus tree in the context of flows of air, fire, water and earth. He is also working on a project examining the limits of environmental law in the context of extinction problems.
He has published widely in journals and books, including a monograph on the importance of environmental principles for international environmental law and politics (Edward Elgar, 2010); and another assessing the importance of ecological restoration in international environmental law (Routledge, 2017 (hardback) & 2019 (paperback)). He has co-authored a Cambridge University Press textbook, International Law: Cases and Materials with Australian Perspective, which is in its 3rd edition (current, 2018). Akhtar-Khavari recently completed work as a guest special issue editor for the Griffith Law Review, along with Benjamin Richardson, on a collection of papers dealing with eco-restoration and the law (2017). Richardson and Akhtar-Khavari also recently published a collection of papers on eco-restoration law for an edited book in the Law, Justice and Ecology series of Routledge (2019).
Afshin has been a thought leader and innovator in the area of ‘internationalising’ legal education, and in 2004 developed and continued to run until 2017 Australia’s first compulsory global and transnational law course for first year law students at the Griffith Law School. Akhtar-Khavari has held a variety of management roles during the 20 years that he worked at the Griffith Law School, including Head of School, Deputy Head of School (Academic), and Director of Internationalisation. He joined QUT in 2018 where he is now Director of Research at QUT Law School. Akhtar-Khavari is also currently co-chair of the Research Committee of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law.
Afshin has supervised to completion a significant number of PhD projects in international and environmental law from students of many different countries. He is passionate about developing new scholars through PhD research and is particularly interested in supporting students who have academic career ambitions. He has a number of past students who have started their academics careers and are contributing to international law research.