Miriam Cullen LL.M.

Visiting researcher

  • Department:
    Former Visiting Research Fellows
  • Section: Public International Law/International Humanitarian Law/International Criminal Law


Ms Cullen is a PhD Fellow at the University of Copenhagen where she also teaches the graduate-level course on international criminal law and procedure. She joins Asser Institute having recently completed six months as a Visiting Professional in the Immediate Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court. The working title of her doctoral research is “Competing Imperatives: The UN Security Council and International Justice”. Her research examines the Security Council’s (real and perceived) role in international criminal justice. It incorporates, and moves beyond, analysis of the permanent five and also investigates the role of non-permanent members and the secretariat and how these actors subtly shape international justice as it is legally constructed and implemented. From the prism of the rule of law, the research interrogates the very practice and working methods of the Security Council in taking decisions that endorse, apply and interpret international criminal law.

Before joining the Faculty at Copenhagen University, Ms Cullen taught international humanitarian law on behalf of the Australian Red Cross as part of Macquarie University's "Global Leadership Programme" and oversaw Parliamentary Committee Inquiries in the Legislative Council of the New South Wales Parliament. She previously held positions in the International Legal Division, the International Security Division and the Afghanistan Desk of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Ms Cullen has been a consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and represented Australia in negotiations on the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (human rights) in New York. Before this, she assisted defence counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and was employed for several years at the Victorian Law Reform Commission and the Monash University Faculty of Law.

Ms Cullen is a member of the Research School on Peace and Conflict (Norway) and the International Association of Penal Law and sits on the Board of Directors of TraumAid International, a not-for-profit NGO which provides mental health services to traumatised communities in Uganda and the Congo.