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Jean Allain is a professor of international law.

   At Monash Law he has held the position of Associate Dean, Research (2018-2020) and Associate Dean, International (2021-2023)

   He is Leverhulme Visiting Professor at University of Notthingham Rights Lab for a semester for 2023 and 2024.

     Prof Allain received his Doctorate from the Graduate Institute for International Studies, University of Geneva. During his graduate studies he clerked for the first President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Antonio Cassese. He wrote his Masters thesis at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, in Costa Rica, as a Fellow of the Organization of American States; and his Doctorate at the Peace Palace Library in The Hague as a Grotius Research Fellow with the Asser Institute. 

     Prof Allain joined the Faculty of Law of Monash University in 2017. From 2017-2021, Prof Allain also held a concurrent appointment Professor of International Law at the Wilberforce Institute (WISE) at the University of Hull, UK; and from 2015-2019, was  Special Adviser to Anti-Slavery International, the world's oldest international human rights organisation.

     Prof Allain has been, since 2008, Extraordinary Professor with the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa; and was, from 2017 to 2020, Visiting Professor with the Law School, Beijing Normal University where he remains at Research Fellow with its Centre for Disaster and Human Rights.

     Prof Allain welcomes PhD supervisons in, generally, public international law, and more specificially, international human rights law (including slavery, forced labour, trafficking) the history of international law, international humanitrian law, international criminal law, and Law of the Sea. He would especially welcome students from Asia and the global south.

     Prof Allain's most recent book is: The Last Waltz of the Law of Nations: A Translation of The 1803 Edition of de Rayneval's The Institutions of Natural Law and the Law of Nations (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Research Gat 


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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Public International Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Humanitarian Law
  • Slavery
  • Forced Labour
  • Law of the Sea
  • Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
  • Legal history
  • Right to Food
  • Right to Housing
  • Right to Health