Associate Professor Cameron Moore

Cameron MoorePosition: Associate Professor
Office: UOW Innovation Campus, ITAMS Building 233, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong, NSW, 2522, Australia  


Cameron Moore is an Associate Professor at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong. He has also teaches in the College of Law at the Australian National University and the School of Law at the University of New England (UNE), Armidale, NSW. He has previously been the Academic Master of Robb College at UNE. His publications include the books Crown and Sword: Executive Power and the Use of Force by the Australian Defence Force (2017) and ADF on the Beat: A Legal Analysis of Offshore Enforcement by the ADF (2004) and other articles and chapters on the Australian Defence Force and maritime security.

Between 1996 and 2003, Cameron was a Royal Australian Navy Legal Officer. His legal experience includes service at sea as well as advising at the strategic level on a number of ADF deployments, ongoing fisheries and border protection operations and the Tampa incident. Cameron is still an active Navy reservist. He had a brief deployment to Afghanistan in 2010.

Research Interests / areas of expertise:

My work focusses on the use of force by military forces, particularly in maritime security and counter terrorism operations, as well as on the command and control of military forces, specifically in their relationship with civilian governments and judiciaries. I also have wider expertise in the law of the sea, the law of armed conflict and general international law, as well as constitutional, environmental and natural resources law.

Current research projects:

  • Use of force in the South China Sea
  • The Australian Defence Force and the executive power
  • Comparative analysis of the war prerogative in the Anglo-Commonwealth jurisdiction

Potential topics for HDR & Honours Supervision:

See my areas of expertise above.

Recent awards and fellowships:

Defence Long Service Medal with 25 year clasp

Professional membership:

  • Admitted but not practising as - Barrister and Solicitor (WA), Legal Practitioner (NSW), Solicitor and Barrister (High Court)
  • Associate Professor - Centre for Military and Security Law, Australian National University
  • Associate Professor - Centre of International and Public Law, Australian National University
  • Commander - Legal Officer Royal Australian Navy Reserve
  • Fellow - Royal Geographical Society
  • Editorial Board Member - Australian Journal for Ocean and Maritime Affairs
  • Member - Australian Naval Institute
  • Member - International Society for Military Law and the Law of War

Publications (last 5 years):

Doctoral Thesis

  • (2015) The Australian Defence Force and the Executive Power, ANU


  • (2017) Crown and Sword: Executive Power and the Use of Force by the ADF (ANU Press)
  • (2015)  Natural Resources Law (a compilation of readings) (Thomson Reuters)

Book Chapters

  • (2015) ‘Waterworld: Climate Change, Statehood and the Right to Self Determination’ in Climate Change and Human Rights: An International and Comparative Law Perspective (Routledge, UK) edited by Ottavio Quirico and Mouloud Bhoumgar, 104
  • (2015) ‘Use of Force in Maritime Regulation and Enforcement’ in the International Research Handbook on Maritime Regulation and Enforcement (Routledge, UK) edited by Robin Warner and Stuart Kaye, 27

Refereed Articles

  • (2017) ‘The Arbitral Award in the Matter of the South China Sea between the Philippines and China - the Use of Force and Freedom of Navigation’ (2017) 2 Asia Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and Policy 117

Other Articles

  • (2017) Book Review of Military Justice in the Modern Age (Cambridge, 2016) by Alison Duxbury and Matthew Groves (eds) (2016) 20 Journal of International Peacekeeping 303
  • (2016) ‘The War Powers Debate: The Governor-General as Commander in Chief’ The Strategist Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 29 August 2016
  • (2013) Book Review ‘The Causes of War: Volume I: 3000 BCE to 1000 CE by Alexander Gillespie’ 11 New Zealand Year Book of International Law 335

Other Works

  • (2009, 2013, 2017) Oxford Australian Legal Dictionary (1st, 2nd and 3rd eds) - 19 entries on maritime and constitutional law
  • (2017) Assisted in developing the Guidelines for the Application of Common Operating Principles during Maritime Interactions between Claimant States in the Vicinity of the Spratly Islands for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Geneva and Singapore
  • (2017) Co-editor – United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Maritime Crime: A Manual for Criminal Justice Practitioners
  • (2016) Co-editor – United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Basic Guide to Maritime Law Enforcement
  • (2016) ‘Notes on the Role of the Governor-General’ in Tony Kevin (Rapporteur) Report of the Australians for War Powers Reform Public Seminar: Legislating Reform of the War Powers
  • (2015) Revised edition of the ADF Manual Australia’s Maritime Jurisdiction\
  • (2013) Co-Editor – ‘REDD + Edition’ of the International Journal of Rural Law and Policy
  • (2013) Gaggioli, G., Abbott, K., Libman, L., Ling, Y., Lubell, N., Momtaz, D., Moore, C., Nasrallah, M., Piedra Buena, C., Salmon, E. Report of Expert Meeting: The Use of Force in Armed Conflicts: Interplay Between the Conduct of Hostilities and Law Enforcement Paradigms. (Geneva: International Committee of the Red Cross)

Conference Papers/ Presentations


  • Reply at the Book Launch at ANU by Professor Henry Burmester of ‘Crown and Sword: Executive Power and the Use of Force by the Australian Defence Force’
  • ‘The Use of Force in Maritime Enforcement’ to the ANU Centre for Military and Security Law ‘Law of the Sea in the Asia Pacific Region: Opportunities, Threats and Challenges’ Conference
  • Co-delivered ‘Law of the Sea’ Course to the Philippines Coast Guard, PCGHQ, Manila on behalf of ANCORS
  • Conducted round table discussion on law of the sea issues with Professor Stuart Kaye for staff at the Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur
  • Co-delivered ‘Law of the Sea’ Course to the Malaysian Coast Guard, Kuantan, Malaysia on behalf of ANCORS
  • ‘The Law of Maritime Interdiction’ to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Diplomat Academy
  • Expert panel member for a documentary video production on the ‘HMAS Australia Court Martial, 1942’ for the Australian Centre for the Study of Conflict and Society, UNSW Canberra
  • Facilitator and Presenter for the Indonesian Coast Guard/ Australian Border Force ‘Maritime Security Desktop Exercise’, Manado, Indonesia
  • ‘The Reception of the War Prerogative into Australia 1901-1942’ British Race Nationalism and Australian Law in the Twentieth Century Symposium, University of New England
  • ‘Implications for Australia of the South China Sea Arbitral Award’ Bombs or Butterflies: Challenges for Military and Security Law in 2017 Panel Seminar, Australian National University


  • ‘The Continuing Relevance of the Doctrine of Combat Immunity’ with Associate Professor Rob McLaughlin, ANU Centre for Military and Security Law Public Seminar
  • ‘The Use of Force and Freedom of Navigation’ Roundtable: Can We Move Beyond Disputes in the South China Sea, University of New England
  • ‘The Maritime Powers Act’ to the Victorian and Tasmanian ADF Reserve Legal Panel
  • Designed and delivered, together with Dr Ingrid Elliott MBE, 4 day course on maritime crime to Indian Ocean Region judges and prosecutors for the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, Colombo, Sri Lank


  • Organiser – ANZAC Legal History Conference, UNE
  • ‘Martial Law in Northern Australia, New Guinea and Papua 1942 – 1946’, Conference Paper, ANZAC Legal History Symposium, UNE
  • ‘The Role of the Governor-General’ to the Australians for War Powers Reform Seminar, Canberra
  • ‘The ADF and the Executive Power’ to the Director General ADF Legal Service and staff, Canberra
  • ‘The ADF and the Executive Power’ to the ACT ADF Reserve Legal Panel, Canberra


  • ‘Martial Law in Northern Australia, New Guinea and Papua 1942 – 1946’, Conference Paper, Regional Australia at War Conference, UNE
  • ‘The External Affairs Prerogative and the Australian Occupation of German New Guinea: 1914-1921’, Conference Paper, Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society Conference, Coffs Harbour
  • ‘The Code for Unalerted Encounters at Sea’, Guest Lecture, Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law/ US Naval War College, Sydney
  • ‘The Maritime Powers Act 2013 (Cth): Broader Issues’, Conference Paper, Navy Legal Conference, Sydney
  • ‘Defence Force Discipline and the Australian Constitution’, Guest Lecturer, ANU Military Discipline Law course
  • ‘External Security Operations’ and ‘Countering Terrorist Threats from the Air and Sea’, Guest Lectures, University of Adelaide Military Operations Law course
  • ‘The ADF and External Security’, Presentation to the South Australian ADF Reserve Legal Panel
  • ‘Australia’s Interventions in Somalia, East Timor and the Gulf: An Exercise in Unlimited Power?’ UNE School of Humanities Research Seminar
  • ‘The Maritime Powers Act 2013 (Cth): Broader Issues’, Symposium Paper, University of Wollongong Maritime Powers Act Symposium, Canberra
  • ‘Maritime Law Enforcement’, Guest Lecture, Australian High Commission, Colombo, Sri Lanka


  • Delivered Two Day Workshop on ‘Legal Issues in Military Intervention’ at Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Colombo, Sri Lanka


Last reviewed: 2 March, 2018