A/PROF Rain Liivoja

A/PROF Rain Liivoja


  • Honorary, Law
  • Criminal Law (Comparative Criminal Law, Military Justice)
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Law (Law of Armed Conflict, International Criminal Law, Law of Treaties)
  • Military Ethics



  • Rain Liivoja is an Associate Professor at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, and a Senior Fellow at the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law, Melbourne Law School. He also holds the title of Adjunct Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki, where he is affiliated with the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights.

    Rain's current research focuses on the legal and ethical challenges associated with the military applications of science and technology generally and biosciences specifically. His broader research and teaching interest include the law of armed conflict, human rights law and the law of treaties, as well as international and comparative criminal law. Rain serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War, and as a Council member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law.

    Before joining the University of Queensland, Rain held full-time academic appointments at the Universities of Melbourne, Helsinki and Tartu. He has been a visiting scholar at Georgetown University, and a visiting lecturer at the Estonian National Defence College and the Riga Graduate School of Law. Rain holds an undergraduate degree in law from the University of Tartu, and a masters and a doctorate in public international law from the University of Helsinki. He completed a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching at the University of Melbourne.   


Member of

  • Estonian Journal of Military Studies. Editorial Advisory Board 2016 -
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law. Council 2014 -
  • International Society for Military Law and the Law of War. Board of Directors 2012 -
  • International Humanitarian Law Committee, Australian Red Cross (Victorian Division). Chair 2016 - 2017
  • Melbourne Journal of International Law. Advisory Board 2016 - 2017


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • GCUT, University of Melbourne 2013
  • LLD, University of Helsinki 2011
  • LLLic, University of Helsinki 2009
  • LLM, University of Helsinki 2004
  • BA (Law), University of Tartu 2003

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, 2013



Available for supervision

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