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About Donald K Anton

Anton teaches, researches, and advises in core areas of international law and organisation. He has been a member of the faculty at the Australian National University College of Law (ANU) since 2000. He served as Acting-Director of the Australian Centre for Environmental Law and Convener of all Environmental Law Programs at the ANU until July 2003. He has taught across a wide range of subjects including International Law, Human Rights, International Environmental Law, Human Rights and the Environment, International Climate Change Law, Marine and Coastal Law, International Trade and the Environment, International Procedure and Advocacy, Federalism and the Environment, Environmental Dispute Settlement, Property and Torts.
Anton has an active international law practice. In 2010 he appeared as Counsel on behalf of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the Seabed Disputes Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Case No. 17, Responsibilities and Obligations of States Sponsoring Persons and Entitities with Respect to Activities in the Area. In 2011, Anton is serving as Counsel and Attorney of Record for thrity eminent amici curiae international law professors on issues of public international law in Chevron v. Donziger -- an appeal in the U.S. involving a US$8.4 billion dollar judgment in Ecuador against Chevron. Amici include Stephen McCaffery, Martii Koskenneimi, Manfred Lachs, Linda Malone, Christopher McCrudden, Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Cesare Romano, Gerry Simpson, Karl Wellens, and Burns Weston.
Anton consults regularly with government and international organizations on matters of international law. He has been a consultant to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, and the Australian Senate Committee on Environment. He has also taught for the United Nations Environment Programme and currently works with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.
Anton is active with various international law bodies. He is currently a Member of the International Law Association's Committee on International Law on Sustainable Development. He is the Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law International Environmental Law Interest Group. Anton has also been a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law since 1997 and recently was invited to become part of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment. Anton served on the Executive Council of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law in 2007 and 2008. He was also part of the 2008-2009 American Society of International Law/American Bar Association Joint Taskforce on Treaties in U.S. Law. The Taskforce Report was adopted by the American Bar Assocition in 2010.
Anton also holds a number of international law editorial positions. He currently serves as an Associate Editor on the Australian International Law Journal and as a Corresponding Editor with International Legal Materials published by the American Society of International Law.
Anton has taught the pathbreaking compulsory Transnational Law subject and International Environmental Law as a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan (2008-09; 2003) and International Human Rights as a Visiting Professor at the University of Alabama (2007). He also served as a Visiting Lecturer teaching international law subjects at University of Sydney (1997-1999) and the University of Adelaide (1995-96). He served as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Melbourne from 1994-1997. From 1992-1993, Anton was employed as a Research Associate in International Law at Columbia University Law School in New York working with Professors Louis Henkin and Oscar Schachter.
Anton is an Australian Research Council Expert of International Standing in international law. He was the Chairperson of the ACT Fulbright Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Awards Selection Committee from 2006-2008. While in practice in the U.S. he served as an Idaho Bar Examiner.
Anton is admitted to practice law in the United States and Australia. He has a law degree from St. Louis University and a B.S. in political science from Central Missouri State University.
In "former" lives, Anton has worked as a firefighter at the Pattonville-Bridgeton Terrace Fire District in St. Louis (1978-80) and as an air disaster litigation attorney in Boise (1988-91).


Present Associated Fellow and Professor of International Law, International Law Programme, United Nations Insitute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Present Associate Professor in International Law, Australian National University College of Law

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

International Law, International Environmental Law, Law of the Sea, and Human Rights

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  • International Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Advocacy & Procedure
  • Environmental Protection and Human Rights

Contact Information

The ANU College of Law
Bldg. 5, Fellows Road
Canberra ACT 0200


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