Alison Duxbury joined the Law School in 2001. She holds bachelor degrees in Arts and Laws (Hons) and a PhD from the University of Melbourne, and a Master of Law from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Pegasus Cambridge Commonwealth Scholar. Alison's PhD thesis explored the role of human rights and democracy in determining the participation of states in international organisations. Following her undergraduate degrees, Alison worked at Blake Dawson Waldron and was admitted to practice in 1994. Prior to her appointment at Melbourne, Alison worked at the London office of Clifford Chance and Monash University.
Alison is an Associate Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law, a collaborative initiative between the Melbourne Law School and the Australian Defence Force Legal Service. She is also a member of the Australian Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Committee (Victorian Division), the International Advisory Commission of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, and the Board of Directors of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War. Alison has been a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge and has also taught at the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies in London. In 2011 Alison was awarded an inaugural Melbourne Teaching Citation for outstanding contributions to building graduate attributes and in 2012 she received the Barbara Falk award for Teaching Excellence (University of Melbourne) and a National Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Alison has undertaken advice work in the areas of international law and human rights, and has published in Australian and overseas law journals in these fields. Alison's book, The Participation of States in International Organisations: The Role of Human Rights and Democracy was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011.
Member of the Advisory Commission of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (based in Delhi, Accra and London)
Member of the International Humanitarian Law Advisory Committee, Australian Red Cross (Victorian Division)
Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International law
Associate Director, Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law