Dr Madelaine Chiam is a Lecturer in the La Trobe Law School. She researches primarily in public international law, and is particularly interested in the histories of international law, the relationships between the global and the local, and the role of international law in Australian life. Madelaine has two current research projects. The first project examines the role of international law in public debate, and arises from her doctoral research into the uses of international law in Australian debates over the First World War, the Vietnam War and the 2003 Iraq War. Her book from this project, 'International Law in Public Debate', is under contract with Cambridge University Press. The second project explores some of the different histories in Australia's relationship with international law. These include the role of the first Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (1933-1938) and a study of the uses of 'nuclear humanitarianism' by Australia and New Zealand in the international regulation of nuclear weapons (with Dr Anna Hood, Auckland Law School).
Madelaine is a founding member of the La Trobe Law School International Legal Studies Research Group. She is also a regular member of the faculty of the Harvard Law School Institute for Global Law and Policy Workshop, where she has convened writing workshops and co-taught courses in Human Rights and in Comparative International Law. Prior to joining La Trobe, Madelaine was a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School. She has previously been a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Australian National University College of Law and a lawyer in commercial practice in Melbourne.