Professor Sam Bateman, AM

Sam Bateman

Prof. Sam Bateman retired from the RAN as a Commodore and is now a Professorial Research Fellow at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong in Australia, and an Adviser to the Maritime Security Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His naval service included four ship commands ranging from a patrol boat to guided-missile destroyer. He has written extensively on defence and maritime issues in Australia, the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean, and was awarded his PhD from the University of NSW in 2001 for a dissertation on “The Strategic and Political Aspects of the Law of the Sea in East Asian Seas”. Sam is widely recognized as a regional maritime security expert and regularly provides comments for Australian and international media. His current research interests include regional maritime security, piracy and maritime terrorism, oceans policy, the strategic and political implications of the Law of the Sea, and maritime cooperation and confidence-building.

Recent co-authored publications include several reports for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI): Staying the Course: Australia and Maritime Security in the South Pacific (2011), Calming troubled waters – Global and regional strategies for countering piracy (2012), and Terms of engagement – Australia’s regional defence diplomacy (2013), as well as the Policy Paper ASEAN and the Indian Ocean (2011) for RSIS. Recent co-edited publications include Maritime Challenges and Priorities in Asia - Implications for regional security (Routledge, 2012), Southeast Asia and the Rise of Chinese and Indian Naval Power: Between rising naval powers (Routledge, 2010) and Lloyd’s MIU Handbook of Maritime Security (Auerbach Publications, 2009)


  • Sam Bateman, ‘The Ultra Syndrome: did it hamper the search for flight MH370?’, The Conservation (24 March 2014). Available online
  • Sam Bateman, ‘Explainer: the law of the sea and asylum seekers’, The Conservation (13 November 2013). Available online
  • Sam Bateman, ‘Should operations to turn the boats around be kept secret?’, The Conservation (27 September 2013). Available online
Last reviewed: 15 March, 2016