28 January 2021

Assistant Professor Miriam Cullen joins CECS

CECS welcomes Miriam Cullen from 1 February 2021. Miriam’s research explores emerging issues in human mobility and climate change, including climate displacement in the Nordic Region, indigenous rights, the role of law in planning and preparedness, as well as broader conceptions of governance that intersect with the externalization of migration related processes, and the role of international organizations within them. In this way, Miriam’s research profile complements all of the four research themes advanced by CECS, in particular challenges to the international legal order and global governance, and challenging legal paradigms.

Miriam sits on the Advisory Committee to the state-led Platform on Disaster Displacement, co-founded the Nordic Network on Climate Related Displacement, and is a member of the pool of experts to the joint European Union and Council of Europe project on Human Rights Protection of Migrants. During her PhD studies Miriam was a visiting doctoral student at Oxford University and a Visiting Professional in the Immediate Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Before joining the Faculty at KU, Miriam represented the Australian Government on the Third Committee (Human Rights) of the UN General Assembly, and held positions in the International Legal and International Security Divisions of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Before this, she was a consultant to the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. She has led and managed a number of parliamentary committee inquiries in Australia and trained parliamentary secretariats from across the Pacific in report writing and parliamentary procedure. Miriam obtained her BA(Politics)/LLB from Monash University, an LLM (International Law) from the Australian National University and a PhD from Copenhagen University. She was admitted to legal practice in the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.