Cait Storr is Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Law Faculty. Her transdisciplinary research addresses the relationship between property, territory and jurisdiction in international law, with a particular focus on decolonial struggles for legal control over natural resources. She has published on the history of international administration, the concept of territory in international law, Australian imperialism in the Pacific, decolonisation, and international environmental law. Her doctoral thesis was awarded the Melbourne Law School Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis (2017), and the University of Melbourne Chancellor's Prize (2018), and is published as a monograph, International Status in the Shadow of Empire: Nauru and the Histories of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2020).
Cait's research is informed by her professional experience working in government and private legal practice. She is a qualified legal practitioner, with experience at Freehills in major projects, environment and planning, and corporate governance. Prior to studying law, Cait worked with Ombudsman Victoria and Aboriginal Affairs Victoria.
Member, Institute of Postcolonial Studies
Member, Australia and New Zealand Society for International Law
Junior faculty member, Institute for Global Law and Policy (Harvard Law School)
Associate member, Institute for International Law and the Humanities (Melbourne Law School)
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History and Theory of International Law
Imperial and Colonial History
Public International Law
Nauru is often figured as an anomaly in the international order. This book offers a new account of Nauru's imperial history and examines its significance to the histories of international law.
Storr, AC 2018, ''Imperium in Imperio': Sub-Imperialism and the Formation of Australia as a Subject of International Law', Melbourne Journal of International Law, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 335-368.
This article retraces the role of sub-imperialism in the formation of the Australian state as a subject of international law. The discourse of sub-imperialism developed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as a means of characterising the British self-governing Dominions' uncertain status in the international order, and drew explicitly on the United States Monroe Doctrine. The article revisits the significance of sub-imperialist posturing at two critical junctures in the historical formation of the Commonwealth of Australia. The first is the formalisation in the early 1880s of the movement toward federation of the Australasian colonies as a response to perceived British acquiescence to German imperialism in the Western Pacific. The second is the Commonwealth government's attempt during the Versailles negotiations of 1919 to annex to its territory the occupied German Pacific territories of New Guinea and Nauru. The principal argument made in this article is that attempts to establish an Australian subempire in the Western Pacific were fundamental both to the federation movement and the recognition of Australian sovereignty in international law. The article concludes that Australian sub-imperialism warrants greater attention both in accounts of the history of Australia's transition from self-governing Dominion to sovereign status in international law, and in accounts of contemporary Australian foreign policy in the Pacific region.
Storr, C 2016, 'Islands and the South: Framing the Relationship between International Law and Environmental Crisis', EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 519-540.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Storr, C 2009, 'The Aurukun Rape Case, Indigenous Sentencing and the Normalisation of Disadvantage', Australian Indigenous Law Review, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 107-113.
Storr, C 2020, 'Denaturalizing the Concept of Territory in International Law' in Dehm, J & Natarajan, U (eds), Locating Nature: Making and Unmaking International Law, Cambridge University Press.
Storr, C 2020, ''Space is the Only Way to Go': On the Evolution of the Extractivist Imaginary of International Law' in Pahuja, S & Chalmers, S (eds), Routledge Handbook of International Law and the Humanities.
This chapter first gives an overview of the Cold War-era space law regime, and of contemporary developments in space resources law. It then considers the analytical frameworks that might productively be brought to bear on these developments, with a focus on Marxian accounts of the spatial fix and of the neo-extractivist turn in global capitalism. The chapter then argues that these concepts will need supplementation with scholarship in the history of international law, if the significance of current negotiations over the legal framework that will apply to space resource extraction is to be fully grasped. That scholarship not only offers a means of understanding the evolution of the legal framework governing space resources. It offers a means of diagnosing the real stakes of the intensive commercial, political and legal activity currently underway.
Storr, C & Pahuja, S 2017, 'Rethinking Iran and International Law: The Anglo-Iranian Oil Case Revisited' in Crawford, J, Koroma, A, Mahmoudi, S & Pellet, A (eds), The International Legal Order: Current Needs and Possible Responses, pp. 53-74.
Storr, C 2019, 'Law unto Itself: On the Brutalism of the High Court of Australia', art+australia, Australia, pp. 34-39.
Storr, C 2020, 'Could Corporations Control Territory in Space? Under New US Rules, It Might Be Possible', The Conversation.
Storr, C 2019, 'Mandates in International Law', Oxford University Press.
Storr, C 2018, 'Deep Water', London Review of Books.
Storr, AC 2017, 'Nauru: International Status, Imperial Form and the Histories of International Law'.