Christopher Staker


Christopher Staker

1989 Law Scholar

Scholarship biography (at time of award)

Christopher Staker graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts. Christopher earned several awards including the R W Bennett Prize. After graduation, Christopher worked as a Senior Legal Officer in the Attorney-General's department of Canberra.

Christopher was awarded the Scholarship to complete a DPhil at Wolfson College, University of Oxford.

Studied at: University of Oxford

Current Biography

Christopher Staker has extensive experience in international law and public law, at both national and international levels. He is an experienced advocate in cases before international courts (International Court of Justice (ICJ), International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), European Court of Human Rights), as well as before national courts and tribunals in England and Wales and Australia. He has worked also in ICSID investment treaty arbitration matters.

Positions that he has previously held include Principal Legal Secretary (head of the Legal Department) at the International Court of Justice (The Hague), Deputy (Chief) Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (Freetown), Senior Appeals Counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (The Hague), Counsel Assisting the Solicitor-General of Australia (Canberra), and counsel in the Office of International Law of the Australian federal Attorney-General’s Department (Canberra). He originally trained as a diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs.

He was counsel in various prominent cases before the High Court of Australia (the highest Australian court) and other Australian courts involving issues of constitutional law, administrative law and public international law. The cases that he has been involved in before international criminal tribunals have been primarily at the appellate level, dealing with a broad range of international law, human rights and substantive and procedural international criminal law issues, which were often being raised for the first time before an international tribunal. In England and Wales, he has been counsel in cases before the Supreme Court,Court of Appeal, High Court and tribunals in matters of international law, immigration and asylum law, human rights, European law, administrative and public law, and tax.

Scholarship Year: 1989

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