Dr. Christopher Staker

Dr. Christopher Staker

  • Barrister, Thirty Nine Essex Street, London

Experienced counsel in cases before international courts (including the International Court of Justice, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Special Court for Sierra Leone, ICSID) and national courts (including the High Court of Australia, the highest Australian court).

Positions previously held include:

  • Deputy (Chief) Prosecutor, Special Court for Sierra Leone, Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • Principal Legal Secretary, International Court of Justice, The Hague, Netherlands
  • Senior Appeals Counsel, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), The Hague, Netherlands
  • Counsel Assisting the Solicitor-General of Australia, Canberra, Australia
  • Counsel, Office of International Law, Attorney-General’s Department, Canberra, Australia
  • Senior Legal Officer, General Counsel Division, Attorney-General’s Department, Canberra, Australia
  • Trained as a diplomat, Department of Foreign Affairs, Canberra, Australia

Experience/Practice areas:

Public international law (as applied in both international and national courts)
International criminal law
Public law (constitutional law, administrative law and regulatory law)
Human rights
Nationality, immigration and asylum law
European Community law


2003 (England and Wales)
(1987, barrister and solicitor, Australian Capital Territory)
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)


  • Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil), University of Oxford (public international law)
  • Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration (with distinction), Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
  • Legal Workshop Course, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (First Class), University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Adelaide, Australia (1984) (French and German)


English (native speaker), French (fluent), German (fluent), Dutch (passive knowledge)

Publications include:

  • The section on ‘Decisions of British Courts Involving Questions of Public International Law’ in the British Yearbook of International Law, 1990-1995 (volumes 61-66)
  • The section on ‘Australian Cases Involving Questions of Public International Law’ in the Australian Yearbook of International Law, 1992-1995 (volumes 14-15, 17)
  • ‘Public International Law and the Lex Situs Rule in Property Conflicts and Foreign Expropriations’ (1987) 58 British Yearbook of International Law 151
  • ‘Vienna Sales Convention takes effect in Australia next year’ (1988) 23 Australian Law News (No 5) 19 (with Ian Govey)
  • ‘Diplomatic Protection of Private Business Companies: Determining Corporate Personality for International Law Purposes’ (1990) 61 British Yearbook of International Law 155
  • ‘Section 92 of the Constitution and the European Court of Justice’ (1990) 19 Federal Law Review 322
  • ‘Free Movement of Goods in the EEC and Australia: A Comparative Study’ (1990) 10 Yearbook of European Law 209
  • The Laws of Australia (Law Book Company Ltd), Title 19, ‘Government’: contributed sections on Australian Constitution, section 51(x) (fisheries), (xxiv) (service and execution of process), (xxv) (recognition throughout Australia of laws, public acts and records, and judicial proceedings, of the States), (xxix) (external affairs) and (xxx) (relations with islands of the Pacific), and section 122 (federal territories)
  • ‘Will there be a role for other international criminal tribunals after the establishment of an ICC’ (1998) 0 International Law Forum/Forum du droit international 18
  • ‘The Jurisdiction and Merits Phases Distinguished’, in Laurence Boisson de Chazournes and Philippe Sands (eds.), International Law, The World Court and Nuclear Weapons (Cambridge University Press, 1999) (with G. Griffith)
  • Otto Triffterer (ed.), Commentary on the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (Nomos Verlag, Baden Baden, 1999): contributed section on “Part 8: Appeal and Revision” (Articles 81-85 of the ICC Statute), pp. 1015-1043
  • ‘The Prosecutors of the International Tribunals: The Cases of the Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunals, the ICTY and ICTR, and the ICC Compared’, in Louise Arbour, Albin Eser, Kai Ambos and Andrew Sanders (eds.), The Prosecutor of an International Criminal Court (Beiträge aus dem Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationals Strafrecht, Freiburg, Band S 81, 2000), pp. 121-154 (with M. Bergsmo and C. Cissé)
  • ‘The Definition of “Waste” in the Waste Framework Directive’, European Current Law March 2005, xi
  • ‘Defence of Superior Orders Revisited’ (2005) 79 Australian Law Journal 431
  • Otto Triffterer (ed.), Commentary on the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (second edition, CH Beck, Munich, 2008):  contributed updates of “Part 8: Appeal and Revision” (Articles 81-85 of the ICC Statute), and of Articles 38-40 and 52

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