Rigney, Sophie


  • Lecturer (Teaching and Research), Law
  • 6 Citations
  • 2 h-Index

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Personal profile


Sophie Rigney joined the University of Dundee as a Lecturer in Law in May 2017. Previously, Sophie had been appointed as a Senior Research Fellow at the Melbourne Law School (Australia) and co-appointed as a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. In that role, Sophie convened the international research collaboration between the Universities of Melbourne and London entitled ‘Transition and Nation: The United Kingdom and Indigenous Nations as a Meeting of Sovereigns’. Sophie has previously lectured at the Melbourne Law School, the University of Tasmania (Australia), and the University of Sussex.

Sophie has substantive research interests in Indigenous interactions with international law; international criminal law and procedure; feminist, critical and decolonial approaches to international law; human rights law; and post-conflict justice. Sophie is currently engaged in three main research projects:

  • first, she is working on a substantive research project on how Indigenous communities create and practice a distinctly Indigenous international law;
  • second, she is undertaking research into critical understandings of international criminal law, and particularly the place of defence lawyers and the accused in international criminal trials and narratives surrounding these trials; and
  • third, she is engaged with an examination of how international law is depicted in literature – particularly in children’s literature – as well as in film, and other narrative forms.

Sophie’s research has appeared in a number of international journals and books, and she has written for The Age, Inside Story, and The Conversation. Sophie is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Human Rights and a contributor to the Case Matrix Network for the International Criminal Court.

Sophie has a lengthy teaching record, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is particularly interested in building critical thinking skills into legal pedagogy. Sophie has taught a wide range of subjects, including foundational law subjects, contract law, and equity, and she has also coordinated ‘Human Rights and Global Justice' at Melbourne Law School, and ‘International Criminal Procedure’ at the University of Tasmania.

Prior to her academic career, Sophie was a Defence Legal Assistant and Case Manager at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, in The Hague (2009-2011). There, she worked for the defence of Radovan Karadžić and of Lahi Brahimaj. Sophie has previously served as the Chair of the London Board of Trustees of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (2016-7), and as a Director of Amnesty International Australia (2004-6). Sophie holds a PhD from the Melbourne Law School (2016), and first-class honours degrees in Law and Political Science from the University of Tasmania (2008).

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Laws, University of Melbourne

Feb 2012Oct 2015

Award Date: 29 Jul 2016

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Postcard from the ICTY

Rigney, S., 15 Apr 2018, International Law's Objects: Emergence, Encounter and Erasure Through Object and Image. Hohmann, J. & Joyce, D. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press

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    Race, reconciliation and justice in Australia: from denial to acknowledgment

    McMillan, M. & Rigney, S., 16 Mar 2018, In : Ethnic and Racial Studies. 41, 4, p. 759-777 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
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  • The Hopes and Discontents of Indigenous-Settler Reconciliation

    Rigney, S., Jul 2017, In : International Journal of Transitional Justice. 11, 2, p. 359-368 10 p.

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    Carsten Stahn (ed.), The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court

    Rigney, S., 27 Jun 2016, In : Journal of International Criminal Justice. 14, 3, p. 742-744 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review