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Holly Cullen

Adj/Prof Holly Cullen

Adjunct Professor
Adjunct and Honorary Staff (Law School)

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Adjunct and Honorary Staff (Law School)
The University of Western Australia (M253)
35 Stirling Highway
DipSocSc Marian. Coll., BCL LLB McG., LLM Essex
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.
Key research
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

Holly Cullen, Joanna Harrington and Catherine Renshaw, editors, Experts, Networks and International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2017) 298 pp.

The Role of International Law in the Elimination of Child Labour, Procedural Aspects of International Law Series, (Brill Publishing, Martinus Nijhoff, 2007), 300 pp.

Andrew Charlesworth and Holly Cullen, European Community Law, (Pitman, 1994) 474 pp.
Holly Cullen, Dino Kritsiotis and Nicholas Wheeler, editors, Politics and Law of Former Yugoslavia, European Community Research Unit Paper 3/93, (University of Hull, 1993) 90 pp.

Chapters in Edited Books:

[in press] With Joanna Harrington and Catherine Renshaw, ‘Experts, Networks and International Law’ in Holly Cullen, Joanna Harrington and Catherine Renshaw, editors, Experts, Networks and International Law (Cambridge University Press)

[under review] ‘The Evolving Concept of the Worst Forms of Child Labor’ in Jennifer Bryson Clark and Sasha Poucki, editors, The Sage Handbook of Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery (Sage)

‘Contemporary International Legal Norms on Slavery: Problems of Judicial Interpretation and Application’ in Allain, ed., The Legal Understanding of Slavery: From the Historical to the Contemporary (Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 304-321

‘The EU and Human Trafficking: Framing a Regional Response to a Global Emergency’ in Antoniadis et al., eds., The EU and Global Emergencies, (Hart Publishing, 2011), pp. 225-243.

Commentary on R (Begum) v Governors of Denbigh High School in Hunter, McGlynn and Rackley, eds., Feminist Judgments, From Theory to Practice, (Hart Publishing, 2010), pp. 329-335.

‘The Nature of State Obligations in Relation to Child Labour: Choosing Prosecution over Protection’, in Kaikobad and Bohlander, eds. International Law and Power: Perspectives on Legal Order and Justice – Essays in Honour of Colin Warbrick, (Martinus Nijhoff, 2009), pp. 99-123.

‘Comparing Attitudes to International Human Rights Petition Systems’, in Waters, ed., British and Canadian Perspectives on International Law, (Martinus Nijhoff, 2006), pp. 131-148.

‘Child Labor Standards: From Treaties to Labels’, in Weston, ed., Child Labor and Human Rights: Making Children Matter, (Lynne Reinner Publishers, 2005), pp. 87-115.

‘Children’s Rights’ in Ward and Peers, eds., The European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights, (Hart Publishing, 2004), pp. 323-346.

‘The Interaction of Forms of Regulation in International Labour Law’ in Collins et al., eds., Legal Regulation of the Employment Relation, (Kluwer, 2000), pp. 461-480.

'The Right of Child Workers to Protection from Environmental Hazards', in Fitzmaurice and Fijalkowski, eds., The Right of a Child to a Clean Environment, (Ashgate, 2000), pp. 35-59.

with Elinor Campbell, 'The Future of Social Policy-Making in the European Union', in Craig and Harlow, eds., Law-Making in the European Union, (Kluwer, 1998), pp. 262-284.

'The Feminisation of the "Civilian" - The Case of Conscientious Objection to Military Service', in Annerl and Panteliadou eds., Krieg/War: A Philosophical Treatise from the Feminist Point of View, (Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 1997), pp. 91-103.

'Between Two Worlds: The Education of Migrants' Children', in Lowe and Douglas, eds., Families across Frontiers, (Martinus Nijhoff, 1996), pp. 523-538.

‘Concluding Comments’ in Kritsiotis, ed., Self-Determination: Cases of Crisis, (University of Hull Studies in Law, 1994), pp. 114-119.

‘Comment’ to William Lawton, ‘Quebec and the Crisis of Canadian Federalism’, in Kritsiotis, ed., Self-Determination: Cases of Crisis, (University of Hull Studies in Law, 1994), pp. 34-39.

'State Succession to Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Treaties' in Cullen, Kritsiotis and Wheeler, eds., Politics and Law of Former Yugoslavia, European Community Research Unit Paper 3/93 (University of Hull, 1993), pp. 55-62.

Articles in Journals:

‘The Irresistible Rise of Human Rights Due Diligence: Conflict Minerals and Beyond’ (2016) 48 George Washington International Law Review pp. 743-780

With Bethia Burgess, ‘Extradition from A to Z: Assange, Zentai and the Challenge of Interpreting International Obligations’ (2015) 39 University of Western Australia Law Review, pp. 208-238.

‘Is There a Future for the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme for Conflict Diamonds?’ (2013) 12 Macquarie Law Journal, pp. 61-79.

‘Does the ILO Have a Distinctive Role in the International Legal Protection of Child Soldiers?’ (2011) 5 Human Rights and International Legal Discourse, pp. 63-81.

‘The Collective Complaints System of the European Social Charter: Interpretative Methods of the European Committee of Social Rights’ (2009) 9 Human Rights Law Review, pp. 61-93. Reproduced in Ssenyonjo, ed., International Library of Essays on Rights: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Ashgate, 2011).

Case comment on Siliadin v. France, (2006) 6 Human Rights Law Review, pp. 585-592.

Case comment on R (Morris) v Westminster City Council and First Secretary of State, (2006) 18 Child and Family Law Quarterly (2006), pp. 113-123.

‘Is the European Social Charter a Charter for Children?’ [2005] XL Irish Jurist, pp.60-85.

Case comment on R. (Williamson) v. Secretary of State for Education and Employment, (2004) 16 Child and Family Law Quarterly, pp. 231-242.

‘The Role of History in Thomas Franck’s Fairness in International Law and Institutions’, (2002) 13 European Journal of International Law, pp. 927-940.

with Karen Morrow, ‘International Civil Society in International Law: The Growth of NGO Participation’, (2001) 1 Non-State Actors and International Law, pp. 7-39 (journal is now called International Community Law Review).

‘The Collective Complaints Protocol of the European Social Charter’, (2000) 25 European Law Review Human Rights Survey, pp. HR/18-30.

with Andrew Charlesworth, ‘Diplomacy by other means: The Use of Legal Basis Litigation as a Political Strategy by the European Parliament and Member States’, (1999) 36 Common Market Law Review, pp. 1243-1270.

‘Freedom of Association as a Political Right’ (1999) 24 European Law Review, pp. HR/30-42.

‘The Limits of International Trade Mechanisms in Enforcing Human Rights: The Case of Child Labour’, (1999) 7 International Journal of Children’s Rights, pp. 1-29.

'The Emerging Scope of Freedom of Conscience', (1997) 22 European Law Review, pp. HRC/32-44.

'Articles 9-11 ECHR in 1995: A "New Europe" Approach to Fundamental Freedoms', (1996) 21 European Law Review, pp. HRC/29-39.

with Andrew Charlesworth, 'Under My Wheels: Issues of Access and Social Exclusion on the Information Superhighway', (1996) 10 International Review of Law, Computing and Technology, pp. 27-40.

‘From Migrants to Citizens? European Community Policy on Intercultural Education’, (1996) 45 International and Comparative Law Quarterly, pp. 109-129.

with Andrew Charlesworth, ‘Portia’s Daughters: The Role of the Individual Litigant in Developing EC Sex Discrimination Law’, (1995) 97 West Virginia Law Review, pp. 751-771.

'The Subsidiary Woman' (1994) Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, pp. 407-421.

'Education Rights or Minority Rights?' (1993) 7 International Journal of Law and the Family, pp. 143-177.

Case note on R. v. Immigration Appeal Tribunal and Surinder Singh, (1993) Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, pp. 77-82.

'Nation and its Shadow: Quebec's Non-French Speakers and the Courts' (1992) 3 Law and Critique, pp. 29-240.

'The Rand Formula Re-examined: Union Security and Freedom of Association' (1987-88) 1 National Labour Review, pp. 2-8.


500-word entry on 'Economic and Social Rights' for The New Oxford Companion to Law, Cane and Conaghan, general editors (OUP, 2008)
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
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 received
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.
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).
International Law Association, Research Committee on Non-State Actors in International Law, 2007-16

Australia and New Zealand Society of International Law
Honours and awards
Joint Faculties Award for Excellence in Research Supervision, 2014
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
Useful links
International Law Research Hub:

My articles on The Conversation:
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
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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