Dale Stephens

Professor Dale Stephens


Adelaide Law School

Faculty of the Professions

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

International Law, Law of Armed Conflict, Use of Force, International Space Law, Law of the Sea and Naval Operations, National Security Law.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 Professor The University of Adelaide
    2013 - 2016 Associate Professor The University of Adelaide
    2013 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
    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
    2003 Award Conspicuous Service Medal Australian Government Australia
  • Education

    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.
  • Certifications

    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
  • Research Interests

Dec 2016 - $A 120,000 - Department of Defence (Cth) Grant for Space Military Activities and Law Project. 

April 2016 - $CA 190,450 - 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
    2019 Co-Supervisor Legislating for Emerging Areas of Commercial Activity in Outer Space Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Joel Willis Lisk
    2019 Co-Supervisor Best Practices in Leveraging the AI Commercial Sector for US / Australia Defence Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time APrf Andrew Scott Bowne
    2019 Principal Supervisor Reforming American Military Justice: A Sensible Approach to Civilianize it Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Prof John Loran Kiel
    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
    2016 Co-Supervisor Space Debris A New Can: Toward long-term sustainability of the use an enjoyment of outerspace for all humankind Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Caitlin Marshall
    2015 Co-Supervisor Legal and Political Economy of Corruption and Foreign Bribery Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Mr Matt Lady
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    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
  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2015 - ongoing Director Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics (RUMLAE) Adelaide University Australia
    2012 - ongoing Board Member Woodcroft College Council Woodcroft College Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2013 - ongoing Chair SA Red Cross IHL Committee Red Cross Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2019 - ongoing Member Australian Academy of Law Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    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
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2013 - ongoing Head SA/NT/Northern WA Navy Legal Panel Royal Australian Navy Australia
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83135937
  • Email: dale.stephens@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4344
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ligertwood Building, floor 2
  • Room: 2 17
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Law School

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