Rohan Watt

BA (Hons) LLB UQ, GDLP ANU, MPhil Oxon

International Relations Network
Pembroke College
DPhil International Relations

Inken von Borzyskowski (Oxford)

Rohan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia completing a Bachelor of Arts with an extended major in political science and a Bachelor of Laws. He is an admitted lawyer who, prior to postgraduate studies, worked as an adviser to an Australian cabinet minister, working on legal, constitutional, parliamentary, and security policy issues. He has also worked as a Special Adviser in the 10 Downing Street Policy Unit. His previous research examined Australia's 'hyper-legislative' response to contemporary security challenges and the growth of the role of the UN Security Council as legislator and its efficacy in addressing contemporary security threats.

Rohan's DPhil thesis extends his MPhil research and examines the conditions under which states are likely to comply with UN Security Council directions made under its Chapter VII authority.


  • Ramsay Postgraduate Scholar, 2020-2023

  • Governor Phillip Scholar, 2019-2021

  • Dean of Graduates Fund, Pembroke College, 2020


Rohan's research interests include:

  • Law and International law,

  • Norms, legitimacy and justification,

  • Global governance,

  • International law,

  • International cooperation,

  • International relations,

  • Violence security and conflict,

  • Normative theory

Rohan Watt