Hilary Charlesworth is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice in the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at the Australian National University. She has held visiting appointments at various US and European universities.
Her research interests are in international law and international human rights law. She was joint winner of the American Society of International Law’s 2006 Goler T Butcher Medal in recognition of ‘outstanding contributions to the development or effective realization of international human rights law’.
She has worked with various non-governmental human rights organisations on ways to implement international human rights standards and was chair of the Australian Capital Territory government’s inquiry into an ACT bill of rights, which led to the adoption of the ACT Human Rights Act 2004. In 2011 she was appointed as judge ad hoc to the International Court of Justice in the Whaling in the Antarctic Case (Australia v Japan).