A/PROF Margaret Young

A/PROF Margaret Young


  • Academic, Law
  • Administrative/Public Law
  • Climate Change Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Fisheries Subsidies
  • Global Administrative Law
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Law of the Sea
  • Trade-related Aspects of Fisheries
  • World Trade Organisation



  • Dr Margaret A. Young (PhD, LLM, LLB (Hons), BA) is an international award-winning academic and lawyer who researches, writes and lectures about the ways in which social, environmental and economic norms interact in international law.

    Dr Young joined Melbourne Law School in 2009 from the University of Cambridge, where she held the inaugural position of Research Fellow in Public International Law at Pembroke College and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. She is the author of Trading Fish, Saving Fish: The Interaction between Regimes in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2011), which was awarded the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law Junior Scholar Prize in 2012 and the University of Melbourne Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences in 2016. Her edited collection Regime Interaction in International Law: Facing Fragmentation (Cambridge University Press, 2012) includes contributions from leading international, comparative and constitutional law scholars. Her latest book, The Impact of Climate Change Mitigation on Indigenous and Forest Communities (Cambridge University Press, 2017), was co-authored with colleagues from the Melbourne Law School, and in 2019 was awarded the Certificate of Merit in a Specialized Area of International Law by the American Society of International Law. Dr Young has published in leading academic journals including the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, the World Trade Review, Marine Policy, European Law Review and Melbourne Journal of International Law. She serves as a member of the international expert group for the proposed ‘Global Pact for the Environment’, which is currently before the United Nations. Her position as Visiting Legal Fellow at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for 2019-2020 aims to encourage greater dialogue between the Department’s legal advisers and acad   


Member of

  • Society of International Economic Law. Member 2008 -
  • Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia. Barrister and Solicitor 2001 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Cambridge 2008
  • LLM (First), University of Cambridge 2004
  • LLB (Hons), University of Melbourne 1999
  • B.A., University of Melbourne 1999

Awards and honors

  • EU Centre for Shared Global Challenges - Visiting Fellowship, University of Melbourne, 2017
  • Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Melbourne, 2016
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law Junior Scholar Prize, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law, 2012


Available for supervision

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