Rain Liivoja

Born in: Estonia
Primary research category: International Law
Research location / employer: University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Fellowship dates: 2014-2019

Academic Career

  • Graduate Certificate in University Teaching, University of Melbourne, Australia 2013
  • Doctor of Laws, University of Helsinki, Finland 2011
  • Licentiate of Laws, University of Helsinki, Finland 2009
  • Master of Laws in Public International Law, University of Helsinki, Finland 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts in Law, University of Tartu, Estonia 2003

Fellowship Research

This research project will first map the relevant international regulatory framework for military bioscience, encompassing the law of armed conflict, human rights law, public health law, environmental law and international criminal law. It will then identify the foreseeable performance enhancement and degradation techniques that are likely to put strains on that regulatory framework. The next phase of the project will entail an in-depth assessment of the regulatory challenges created by the particular techniques – whether such techniques might generally or under some circumstances directly contravene the law, whether they might create challenges in allocating responsibility for compliance with the law, and so forth. The final stage of the project will involve an assessment of the adequacy of the existing law and will lead to the development of proposals for amendments and revisions to the regulatory framework.

Major Awards

  • Program on Ethics and Law, Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence Cooperative Research Centre 2019–2024
  • Research Agreement under the Defence Science Partnering Deed between the Australian Department of Defence and the University of Melbourne 2015
  • Australian Research Council Discovery Project (with Tim McCormack and Bob Mathews) 2013–2016
  • University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher Grant 2013–2014
  • University of Melbourne Collaboration Grant (with Tim McCormack) 2011–2012
  • Finnish National Graduate School ‘Law in a Changing World’ Doctoral Fellowship 2008–2010

Collaborative Projects with other Branco Weiss Fellows