1995 Harvard Menzies Scholar
Scholarship biography (at time of award)
Fleur Johns was awarded the scholarship to complete a LLM in the School of Law at Harvard University.
Studied at: Harvard University
Fleur Johns works in the areas of public international law and legal theory. Fleur's work has focused, in particular, on the intersection of formal and informal, public and private, and legal and non-legal regulatory structures and norms in cross-border finance, humanitarian aid, development, and military conflict. Currently, her primary area of research surrounds new modes of global association and governance, and new modes of perceiving global publics, emerging in the context of technological change. She is interested especially in the politico-legal implications of introducing data science to decision making in international humanitarian and development work. She is the author of Non-Legality in International Law: Unruly Law (Cambridge, 2013) and The Mekong: A Socio-legal Approach to River Basin Development (co-authored with Ben Boer, Philip Hirsch, Ben Saul & Natalia Scurrah, Routledge 2016). Fleur is also editor of two further books: Events: The Force of International Law (Routledge-Cavendish, 2011; co-edited with Richard Joyce and Sundhya Pahuja); and International Legal Personality (Ashgate, 2010); as well as having authored articles in journals in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe.
Before joining the University of New South Wales in 2014, Fleur was Co-Director of the Sydney Centre for International Law in the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Law. In 2005-2006, she was a Leverhulme Visiting Fellow at Birkbeck College, the University of London. In 2014, she was a member of the Distinguished Visiting Faculty at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and, in 2015, a Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute. In 2016-2017, she will be Shimizu Visiting Professor of Law at the London School of Economics. Fleur has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the fields of public and private international law, project finance, human rights, legal theory, legal geography and legal ethics. Outside the academy, Fleur has made submissions to a number of parliamentary and governmental inquiries on international legal matters and practised as an attorney in the State of New York between 1996 and 2002, with Sullivan and Cromwell, specialising in international project finance in Latin America. Fleur has also been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in the State of New South Wales (but does not hold a current practising certificate in Australia).
Fleur is a graduate of the University of Melbourne (BA, LLB (Hons 1)) and Harvard University (LLM, SJD); she was awarded a doctorate from Harvard in 2003. While at Harvard Law School, Fleur was a Menzies Scholar and awarded the Laylin Prize. She was also elected to speak on behalf of her graduating LLM class at Harvard Commencement.
Fleur has three young children and worked part-time (approximately half-time) between 2005 and 2013.