Tim McCormack is a Professor of Law at the Melbourne Law School and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Tasmania Law School. He is the Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Law of Armed Conflict expert adviser to the ADF Director of Military Prosecutions in Canberra and a Director of World Vision Australia.
Tim has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to take up the position of Charles H Stockton Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the US Naval War College in Newport (July 2015-June 2016). He has also been appointed Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School to teach International Criminal Law in the Winter Term (January 2016).
Tim was the Foundation Australian Red Cross Professor of International Humanitarian Law (1996-2010) at the Melbourne Law School and also the Foundation Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law (2001-2010) – a collaborative initiative (established 2001) between the Melbourne Law School and The Australian Defence Force Legal Service.
Tim has developed an international reputation for his expertise in International Humanitarian Law and in International Criminal Law. From 2011-13 he served as one of two international observers for Phase 2 of the Turkel Commission of Enquiry into Israel’s Processes for Investigation of War Crimes in Jerusalem; from 2003-2007 he provided expert Law of War advice to Major Dan Mori for the defence of David Hicks before the US Military Commission in Guantanamo Bay; and from 2002-2006 he was the special adviser on international law issues to the judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yuigoslavia for the trial of Slobodan Milosevic in the Hague.
Tim was born in Launceston, grew up in Burnie and graduated with his LLB (hons) from University of Tasmania’s Law School in Hobart.