Elizabeth Sheargold


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Elizabeth Sheargold is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law. Her research is primarily in the field of international economic law, with a particular interest in the intersection between international trade and investment agreements and environmental policy, including climate policy and natural resource management. In addition, she is currently working on a project funded by the Department of Defence titled Australia and Weaponised Trade: Threats and Responses.

Her previous academic roles include being a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong, a research fellow with the Global Economic Law Network at the University of Melbourne and an Associate Director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University. She has also practised law in the Melbourne office of Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters) and as a Legal Adviser to Judge O. Thomas Johnson at the Iran – United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague. She completed her BA/LLB (Hons) and PhD at the University of Melbourne, and her LLM at Columbia University.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Melbourne

Sept 2013Aug 2018

Award Date: 6 Dec 2018

Master of Laws (LLM), Columbia University

Award Date: 16 May 2012

BA / LLB (Hons)

Feb 2002Feb 2008

Award Date: 23 May 2009

External positions

Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Wollongong

1 Apr 20194 Jan 2023

Legal Advisor, Iran–United States Claims Tribunal

Nov 2016Dec 2017

Senior Fellow, Melbourne Law Masters and Research Fellow, University of Melbourne


Associate Director, Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia University

Aug 2012

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