Steven Freeland


  • Bond University, Faculty of Law

    4229 Gold Coast



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Steven Freeland is Emeritus Professor of International Law at Western Sydney University, where he was previously the Dean of the School of Law, and Professorial Fellow at Bond University. He also holds Visiting or Adjunct positions at various other Universities/Institutes in Copenhagen, Vienna, Toulouse, Hong Kong, Montreal, Kuala Lumpur, Vancouver, Mumbai and London. Prior to becoming an academic, he had a 20-year career as an international commercial lawyer and an investment banker. He is a government-appointed Member of the Australian Space Agency Advisory Board and has been an advisor to the Australian, New Zealand, Norwegian and several other Governments on issues relating to national space legislative frameworks and policy. He has represented the Australian Government at Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) meetings and, in June 2021, was appointed by UNCOPUOS as Vice-Chair of a 5-year Working Group addressing issues related to the exploration, exploitation and utilisation of space resources. He has also been a Visiting Professional within the Appeals Chamber at the International Criminal Court, and a Special Advisor to the Danish Foreign Ministry in matters related to the International Criminal Court. He is a co-Principal of specialised space law firm Azimuth Advisory and is also a Director of the International Institute of Space Law, a Member of the Space Law Committee of the International Law Association and a Member of the Space Law and War Crimes Committees of the International Bar Association. In addition to co-Editing the Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals book series, he also sits on the Editorial Board / Advisory Board of several internationally recognised academic journals.

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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

International Law, PhD, Addressing Crimes against the Environment during Warfare, Maastricht University


Law, LLM, University of New South Wales


Law, LLB, University of New South Wales


Commerce, BCom


External positions

Senior Fellow, London Institute of Space Policy and Law

2109 → …

Emeritus Professor, Western Sydney University

2020 → …

Senior Fellow, London Institute of Space Policy and Law

2019 → …

Adjunct Professor, The University of Hong Kong

2019 → …

Fellow, Australian Academy of Law

2018 → …

Associate Member, Centre for Research in Air and Space Law

2017 → …

Visiting Professor, Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées

2017 → …

Visiting Professor, Medical University of Vienna

2013 → …

Permanent Visiting Professor, iCourts Centre of Excellence for International Courts

2013 → …


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