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Don Anton

Griffith Law School
+61 (0)7 5552 7274 (Work)
G36 3.90, Gold Coast Campus

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Don Anton is recognised as a leading international environmental law scholar and practitioner. He holds the Chair in International Law at Griffith University and is the Director of the University's Law Futures Centre. Previously, he was a Professor Law at the Australian National University and served as Acting-Director of the Australian Centre for Environmental Law for three years at The ANU. Anton's scholarship has focused on international environmental law, the law of the sea, and the polar regions and has had influence within and beyond the academe. Anton has taught across the environmental curriculum, including: Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, Marine and Coastal law, International Climate Law, International Trade and the Environmen, Environmental Protection and Human Rights, Environmental Dispute Resolution, and Federalism and the Environment. He has held a number of Visiting Professorships, including at: the University of Michigan Law School, the University of Alabama School of Law, and the University of Yangon Law Department. He has been an Open Society Foundations Fellow in Myanmar and a Professorial Fellow with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. Anton has also lectured in International Environmental Law and Trade and the Environment in the LL.M programs at the University of Sydney and the University of Adelaide, and has been a Course Instructor for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Anton maintains an active pro bono international law practice. In 2017, he appeared as Counsel for the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, arguing in favor of extraterritorial application of human rights obligations breached by environmental harm, in advisory proceedings before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights involving a Request by the Republic of Colombia for an advisory opinion from the Inter-American Court on Human Rights concerning the interpretation of Article 1(1), 4(1) and 5(1) of the American Convention on Human Rights, Advisory Proceeds before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Anton also twice appeared as Counsel for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Case No 17 (Responsibilities and obligations of States sponsoring persons and entities with respect to activities in the Area (Request for Advisory Opinion submitted to the Seabed Disputes Chamber)) and Case No 21 (Request for an advisory opinion submitted by the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC)). He has appeared as Attorney of Record for amicus curiae before the Supreme Court of the United States in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, where he was lead author of an Amici Curiae Brief of Australian International Law Professors in support of Nigerian Ogoni petitioners before the Supreme Court of the United State. Anton was also the lead author of two Amici Curiae appellate briefs for eminent International Law Professors around the world in support of indigenous and small farmer Ecuadorian defendants before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Chevron Corp. v. Donziger.


  • Director
    Law Futures Centre2015