Holly Cullen


  • The University of Western Australia (M253), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


Personal profile


Holly Cullen is an Adjunct Professor of Law. She was previously Professor in the Faculty of Law from 2010-16. Before joining the University of Western Australia, she was Reader in Law at Durham University in the United Kingdom, having previously held the posts of lecturer and senior lecturer. From 1998 to 2006, she was Deputy Director of the Durham European Law Institute, and Acting Director in 2003-04. She began her academic career as a lecturer at the University of Hull (UK). She holds the degrees of LLB and BCL from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex.

Roles and responsibilities

Associate Dean (Students), 2016
Director of Higher Degrees by Research, 2011-15
Equity and Diversity Advisor, 2011-13

Future research

Holly Cullen, Joanna Harrington and Catherine Renshaw, editors, Experts, Networks and International Law (Cambridge University Press)

Funding overview

Professor Andrew Mowbray, Professor Graham Greenleaf, Professor Andrew Byrnes, Prof Erika Techera, Professor Donald Rothwell, Professor Chester Brown, Associate Professor Anthony Cassimatis, Associate Professor Dan Svantesson, Prof Michael Blakeney, Prof Holly Cullen 2014, 'The International Law Library on WorldLII - New Content & Facilities for the Leading Repository & Citator for International Law', University of Technology Sydney ex ARC LIEF.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK): £21,620 to support additional term of research leave: ‘Legal Reasoning in Economic and Social Rights Cases’

Arts and Humanities Research Board (UK): £9,000 to support additional term of research leave: ‘The Role of International Law in the Regulation of Child Labour’

British Council Regional Academic Partnerships (REAP) scheme, principal applicant and grant-holder for a £30,000 grant, for development of European Union law teaching at the Economics and Law Faculty, Donetsk National University, Ukraine.

Previous positions

Reader in Law, Durham University, 2003-2010
Jean Monnet Senior Lecturer in European Law, Durham University,1998-2003
Lecturer in Law, Durham University, 1995-1998
Lecturer in Law, University of Hull, 1990-1994

Current projects

The nature of the corporate duty to respect human rights and the development of the idea of human rights due diligence, with a particular focus on the dispute resolution process of the OECD

The Politics of International Criminal Law, with Assistant Professor Phillip Kastner and Assistant Professor Sean Richmond

Industrial relevance

Business and Human Rights: I have provided training, via the International for Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC), on the governance processes in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme for Conflict Diamonds, for government and civil society representatives from Africa (2014).

International Law: I have given training lectures for continuing professional development courses offered by the Australian Red Cross, on the issue of the relationship between international humanitarian law and human rights (2016).


Main research areas: business and human rights; human trafficking, slavery and child labour; rights of the child

I also have research expertise in broad areas of international human rights, non-state actors in international law and international organisations

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • Corporate social responsibility, including in resources industries
  • Conflict minerals
  • People trafficking
  • Public international law
  • Human rights, particularly economic and social rights
  • Children's rights, including child labour and child soldiers
  • Theory of international law
  • European Union law


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