Adelaide Law School
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
- My Research
- Grants and Funding
- Professional Activities
International Law, Law of Armed Conflict, Use of Force, International Space Law, Law of the Sea and Naval Operations, National Security Law.
Date Position Institution name 2017 - ongoing Professor The University of Adelaide 2013 - 2016 Associate Professor The University of Adelaide 2013 - ongoing Captain Royal Australian Navy (Reserve) 2010 - 2013 Senior Lecturer (Adjunct) The University of Adelaide 1989 - 2013 Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander, Commander, Captain Royal Australian Navy (Permanent)
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2021 Award Red Cross Distinguished Service Award Australian Red Cross Australia - 2019 Fellowship Fellow Australian Academy of Law Australia - 2016 Teaching Award Executive Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching Adelaide University - - 2016 Teaching Award Distinguished Practice in Teaching Adelaide University - - 2009 Award Bronze Star U.S. Government United States - 2004 Award Meritorious Service Medal U.S. Navy United States - 2003 Award Conspicuous Service Medal Australian Government Australia - 2002 Award Maritime Commander Commendation Royal Australian Navy Australia - 2001 Award Commendation United Nations Australia -
Date Institution name Country Title 2009 - 2014 Harvard University United States SJD 2003 - 2004 Harvard University United States LL.M 1997 - 2003 University of Melbourne Australia LL.M 1989 - 1989 University of South Australia Australia GDLP 1985 - 1988 University of Adelaide Australia LL.B (Hons) 1982 - 1984 Flinders University Australia B.A.
Date Title Institution name Country 2011 Commonwealth Basic Procurement Course Australian Government, Canberra Australia 1997 NBCD Course Australian Government, Canberra Australia 1997 Austeyr F88 Conversion Course Australian Defence Force Australia 1990 RAN Swimming Test Australian Government, Canberra Australia
Year Citation 2021 Stephens, D. (2021). The Woomera Manual Project. NATO Legal Gazette, 42, 4-6. 2021 Stephens, D., & Blake, L. (2021). Good fences make good (space) neighbours. Griffith Journal of Law and Human Dignity, 8(2), 212-236. 2020 Stephens, D. G. (2020). Legal regulation of military activities in space. Law Society Bulletin, 42(3), 6-7. 2020 Stephens, D., & Crawford, E. (2020). Emerging Technologies and Areas of Operations in Cyber and Outer Space by Professor Dale Stephens and Emily Crawford. 2020 Stephens, D. (2020). International Criminal Law and the ADF by Professor Dale Stephens and Mark Giddings. U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper, (2020). 2020 Stephens, D. G. (2020). Influence Operations and International Law. Journal of Information Warfare, 19(4), 1-16. 2020 Stephens, D., & Stubbs, M. (2020). 'Professor Ivan Shearer AM RFD FAAL RAN (Rtd) 1938 - 2019' (2019) 40(2) Adelaide Law Review 389-92.. U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper, (2020). 2019 Stephens, D. (2019). Book Review: Redefining the Modern Military - The Intersection of Profession and Ethics. Adelaide Law Review, 40(3), 911-914. 2019 Stephens, D. G., & Stubbs, M. (2019). Professor Ivan Shearer AM RFD FAAL RAN (Rtd) 1938-2019. Adelaide Law Review, 40(2), 389-392. 2019 Stephens, D., & Stubbs, M. (2019). Law, war, ethics and conscience: An enduring conundrum. Adelaide Law Review, 40(2), 419-426. 2019 de Zwart, M., & Stephens, D. (2019). The Space (Innovation) Race: The Inevitable Relationship between Military Technology and Innovation. Melbourne Journal of International Law, 20(1), 1-28. 2019 Stephens, D. G. (2019). Roots of Restraint in War: The Capacities and Limits of Law and the Critical Role of Social Agency in Ameliorating Violence in Armed Conflict. Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, 10(1), 1-18.
2018 Stephens, D. (2018). War Crimes: Increasing Compliance with International Humanitarian Law through International Criminal Law? Authors: Dale Stephens and Thomas Wooden. 2018 Stephens, D. (2018). The international legal implications of military space operations: examining the interplay between international humanitarian law and the outer space regime. International Law Studies, 94, 75-101. 2018 Stephens, D. (2018). Law and War in Outer Space. RUMLAE Research Paper, (18). 2017 Babie, P. T., & Stephens, D. (2017). Seeing Further Over the Horizon: A World of Limitless Possibilities. U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper, (2017). 2017 Stephens, D. (2017). Autonomous weapon systems, the Law of Armed Conflict and the exercise of responsible judgment. Pandora's Box, 24(2019), 1-13. 2017 de Zwart, M., & Stephens, D. G. (2017). Non-Military Space Testing in the Woomera Prohibited Area: Opportunities for the Australian Space industry. Federal Law Review, 45(1), 39-64.
2017 Stubbs, M., & Stephens, D. (2017). Dredge Your Way to China? The Legal Significance of Chinese Reclamation and Construction in the South China Sea. Asia-Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and Policy, 2, 25-51. 2016 Petrovic, J., Stephens, D., & Nastevski, V. (2016). To arrest or not arrest the incumbent head of state: the Bashir case and the interplay between law and politics. Monash University Law Review, 42(3), 740-782. 2016 Stephens, D. (2016). Naval power in the Indian Ocean: rising tension, maritime governance and the role of law. Adelaide Law Review, 37(2), 307-324. 2015 Stephens, D., & Steer, C. (2015). Conflicts in space: International humanitarian law and its application to space warfare. McGill Annals of Air and Space Law, 40, 1-33. 2015 Stephens, D. (2015). The age of the manual - The impact of the manual on international law applicable to air and missile warfare. Israel Yearbook of Human Rights, 45, 19-36. 2015 Stephens, D. (2015). Behaviour in war: the place of law, moral inquiry and self-identity. International Review of the Red Cross, 96(895-896), 751-773.
DOI Scopus7 WoS7
2015 Stephens, D., & Steer, C. (2015). Conflicts in Space: International Humanitarian Law and its Application to Space Warfare. U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper, (2016). 2013 Stephens, D. (2013). International Law: Cases and Materials with Australian Perspectives Donald R Rothwell, Stuart Kaye, Afshin Akhtarkhavari, Ruth Davis (eds) (Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, 2011, 719pp). Australian Yearbook of International law, 31, 128-131. 2010 Stephens, D. G. (2010). International law on peacekeeping - A study of article 40 of the UN charter. Hitoshi Nasu. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden, 2009 (322pp). Australian Yearbook of International Law, 29, 234-237. 2010 Stephens, D. (2010). Military involvement in law enforcement. International Review of the Red Cross, 92(878), 453-468.
2010 Stephens, D. G., & Gruber, S. (2010). Cooperation, friction, and safeguarding: Australia and Indonesia's security relationship. Harvard Asia Pacific Review, 11(1), 35-39. 2009 Stephens, D. (2009). Blurring the lines: The interpretation, discourse and application of the law of armed conflict. Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, 12, 85-118.
2007 Bronitt, S. H., & Stephens, D. (2007). 'Flying Under the Radar'. The Use of Lethal Force Against Hijacked Aircraft: Recent Australian Developments. 2006 Stephens, D., & Lewis, A. (2006). The targeting of civilian contractors in armed conflict. Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, 9, 25-64.
2005 Stephens, D. (2005). The lawful use of force by peacekeeping forces: The tactical imperative. International Peacekeeping, 12(2), 157-172.
Year Citation 2019 Creyke, R., Stephens, D., & Sutherland, P. (Eds.) (2019). Military Law in Australia. Alexandria, NSW; Australia: Federation Press. 2019 Stephens, D., & Stubbs, M. (2019). Law of Naval Warfare. Chatswood, NSW; Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths. 2016 Stephens, D., & Babie, P. (Eds.) (2016). Imagining law: Essays in conversation with Judith Gardam. Adelaide: Adelaide University Press.
2013 Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University. (2013). HPCR Manual on International Law Applicable to Air and Missile Warfare. Cambridge University Press.
Live Performance of Creative Works
Year Citation 2015 Stephens, D. G. (2015). Research 21 Public Lecture - Autonomous Weapons and the Role of Law (No. Of Pieces: 40 minutes) [Performance]. Adelaide University Web Site.
Year Citation 2016 Stephens, D. (2016). Naval Power in the Indian Ocean: 21st Century Opportunities and Challenges: Maritime Governance and the Indian Ocean. 2012 Stephens, D. G. (2012). The Accommodation, disjunction and felt experience of law in military operations. ANU Centre for International Governance and Justice.
Year Citation 2021 Stephens, D., & Massingham, E. (2021). Military Partners and the Obligation to "Ensure Respect" for IHL. Lieber Institute West Point. 2017 Stephens, D. G., & Gutman, T. (2017). Destruction of Mosul's Great Mosque Holds a Heritage Lesson for Australia.
March 2020 - A$50,000 - Department of Defence (Cth) Grant for Influence Operations Research project.
Dec 2016 - $A120,000 - Department of Defence (Cth) Grant for Space Military Activities and Law Project.
April 2016 - $CA190,450 - Co-Investigator on Category 1 Partnership Development Grant Application for the MILAMOS project from the Canadian Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
Dec 2015 - $2000 - Cat 1 Support Funding (Faculty)
Dec 2014 - $10,000 - Cluster Evolution Grant (Faculty)
Dec 2007 (start date 2008) - $220,593 over three years ARC Linkage: LP 0882300, 'Australia's War Crimes Trials Law Report Series' PI Dale Stephens.
International law, Law of Armed Conflict, International Criminal law, Law of the Sea, National Security Law.
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2022 Principal Supervisor Whether the application of certain principles in the law of naval warfare can extend to space warfare. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Lt Marina Sammy William 2022 Principal Supervisor The Stories We Tell Ourselves: National Memories and Historical Narratives in International Legal Claims Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xuan Tay 2022 Principal Supervisor In the context of enhanced technologies and increased regional strategic competition, do international and domestic electromagnetic spectrum laws justly balance civilian interests with Defence’s mandate to deter actions against Australia’s interests Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Karina Galliford 2021 Principal Supervisor How long the shadow? Command responsibility for war crimes in Australian law. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Glenn Raymond Kolomeitz 2020 Principal Supervisor Law of the sea is an inspiration by analogy to the development of space law. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Tracy Lynn Reynolds 2020 Principal Supervisor Countering Influence Operations - International and Domestic Law Remedies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Samuel White 2019 Principal Supervisor Attracting Commercial Artificial Intelligence Firms to Support National Security Through Collaborative Contracts Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time APrf Andrew Scott Bowne 2017 Principal Supervisor Reconciling conflicts in the application of disparate and fragmented International legal regimes to military uses outer space Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Duncan Blake
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2015 - 2022 Co-Supervisor The United States’ Global Campaign Against Foreign Bribery: Bound to Fail Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Mr Matt Lady 2014 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Petulant and Contrary: Approaches by the Permanent Five Members of the Security Council to the Concept of 'Threat to the Peace' under Article 39 of the UN Charter Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Tamsin Phillipa Paige 2013 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Permission to Intercede or Sovereignty Supreme?: The Influence of R2P on Non-Forceful Responses to Atrocity Crimes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Stacey Henderson 2011 - 2014 Co-Supervisor A Proposal for the Implementation of Human Rights Treaty Obligations in Armed Conflict Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Samaneh Hassanli
Date Role Board name Institution name Country 2021 - ongoing Chair Woomera Manual Governance Board University of Adelaide Australia 2015 - ongoing Director Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics (RUMLAE) Adelaide University Australia 2012 - ongoing Board Member Woodcroft College Council Woodcroft College Australia 2012 - ongoing Chair SA Red Cross IHL Committee Australian Red Cross Australia
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2013 - ongoing Chair SA Red Cross IHL Committee Red Cross Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2019 - ongoing Member Australian Academy of Law Australia
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2018 - ongoing Editor The Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations Adelaide University, Exeter University, Nebraska University, UNSW (Canberra) Australia 2009 - ongoing Board Member Australian Yearbook of International Law - Australia
Date Office Name Institution Country 2013 - ongoing Head SA/NT/Northern WA Navy Legal Panel Royal Australian Navy Australia
Connect With Me