Genevieve Quirk MEL (ANU), DULF (Paris III), Bsc (UQ) is a PhD candidate in Law at the Australian National Center for Ocean Resources and Security and recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award and the Global Challenges PhD Scholarship. Genevieve examines how the integration of regional oceans governance in Oceania contributes to the evolution of the law of the sea. Professionally, Genevieve has worked internationally in policy advising for oceans governance reform in the South Pacific, European Union (EU), Antarctica and Australia.

In her most recent professional role she was based in Brussels coordinating campaigns and advocating for fisheries governance reform to the officials of the EU Commission, Council and Parliament. Genevieve is an Earth System Governance Project Research Fellow and Member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law. In 2016 Genevieve was a visiting scholar at the East West Center in Hawaii and in 2017 joined the Australian delegation to the United Nations on oceans governance relating to Sustainable Development Goal 14 on Oceans and Seas and Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction.


  • Genevieve Quirk and Harriet Harden-Davies ‘Cooperation, Competence and Coherence: The Role of Regional Oceans Governance in The South West Pacific for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction’ International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law vol. 32, no. 4 (2017) 672-708.
  • Genevieve Quirk and Quentin Hanich ‘Ocean diplomacy: the Pacific Island Countries’ campaign to the UN for an ocean Sustainable Development Goal’ Asia Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and Policy vol. 1, no. 1 (2016) 68-95.
  • Genevieve Quirk ‘Does Oceania have the institutional capacity to meet marine spatial protection targets under the Convention on Biological Diversity?’ Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs vol. 5, no. 3 (2013) 97-103.
  • Michelle Voyer, Clive Schofield, Kamal Azmi, Robin Warner, Alistair McIlgorm, Genevieve Quirk, ‘Maritime security and the Blue Economy: intersections and interdependencies in the Indian Ocean’ Journal of the Indian Ocean Region vol. 14, no. 1 (2018) 1-21.

    Associated Crosscutting Themes

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