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Dr Greg French

Greg French

Dr Greg French (BA LLB (Macquarie) LLM Dr. jur. (Münster/Germany)) is Legal Adviser and Head of the International Legal Branch in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  He has been a member of the Advisory Board of ANCORS since 2014. He has led Australian delegations at meetings of the International Criminal Court Assembly of States Parties and Antarctic Treaty Parties, as well as in negotiations on the Law of the Sea Convention, marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction and biosafety.  He also led the Australian delegation that negotiated the Australia-New Zealand maritime boundary. He chaired a UN Commission on seabed mining and was rapporteur for the negotiation of the 1994 Implementing Agreement to the Law of the Sea Convention. He has published one book and numerous chapters and articles on international law. He was Australia's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives (2004-2008), has served at Australia’s Embassy in Germany and was Business Development Manager of Australia’s Pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hanover. He received the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal with respect to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. He has worked as a simultaneous conference interpreter on four continents and as a translator with publications in the fields of law, economics, medicine and marketing.  He has also interpreted for Australian prime ministers and German chancellors and presidents. He is married and has three children. He is a singer and guitarist with one solo cd as well as group recordings.

Last reviewed: 15 March, 2016