Dr Glen Anderson

Dr Glen Anderson

Senior Lecturer

Newcastle Law School (Law)

Career Summary


Dr. Anderson (aka "Dr. G") completed his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Macq) in 2003 and 2005 respectively and was immediately awarded the Division of Law 30th Anniversary Law Scholarship, Macquarie University, to undertake a PhD. After graduating with his doctorate in 2009 he worked as an Associate Lecturer in Law at Macquarie University before being appointed in 2010 as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Newcastle.
Research Expertise
Dr. Anderson in 2003 completed his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) research thesis, The Superpowers and Angola: An Analysis of United States and Soviet Involvement in the Angolan War. This was followed in 2005 by his Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) research thesis, The Legality of Secession in International Law: An Analysis of United Nations Instruments and State Practice for which he was awarded the John Peden Memorial Prize for Best Legal Research Project. In 2009 he was awarded his PhD in law for his doctoral thesis, The Legality of Unilateral Non-Colonial Secession in International Law.
Since graduating from Macquarie University he has published lengthy sole authored articles in prestigious law journals such as the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy (26,000 words), Connecticut Journal of International Law(25,000 words), Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review (21,000 words), Property Law Review (17,000 words) and Brooklyn Journal of International Law (39,000 words), the latter respectively ranked first and ninth in the world (from 198) for case and journal citation in international law under the 2015 Washington and Lee Law Journal Rankings (W&LLJR). Brooklyn was ranked at tenth in the world (from 198) for combined score in international law under the 2016 W&LLJR.
Dr. Anderson has recently published sole authored articles with the University of Western Australia Law Review (13,000 words),Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law (29,000 words), and covetedVanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law  (36,000 words), the latter ranked fourth in the world (from 198) for combined score and journal citation in international law under the 2015 W&LLJR. Vanderbilt maintained its fourth in the world status (from 198) for combined score in international law, and moved to second in the world (from 198) for journal citation in international law under the 2016 W&LLJR.
Most recently, he has published a sole authored article on future property in the Deakin Law Review (13,900 words), and has forthcoming articles with the Tulane Law Review (19,700 words) - ranked 84 (from 1548) for combined score and 62 (from 1548) for journal citation under the 2016 W&LLJR - and DePaul Law Review (14,000 words) - ranked 73 (from 1548) for combined score and 67 (from 1548) for journal citation under the 2016 W&LLJR.
Dr. Anderson also has two sole authored book projects with Oxford University Press, arguably the world’s most prestigious publisher (approximately 500,000 words/800+ pp. each).
Teaching Expertise
Dr. Anderson has taught into a wide variety of university subjects – no fewer than twenty-four (24).
During his time at Macquarie he was invited to present lectures on aspects of the Australian constitution, international law and secessionism. He also taught postgraduate International Law, undergraduate Australian and International Politics, Political Theory and various undergraduate law courses such as Jurisprudence, Foundations of Law, Company Law, Property Law and Equity and Trusts.     
Whilst at Newcastle, he has been responsible for solely convening core and non-core aspects of the law syllabus at the undergraduate and juris doctorate (JD) level: 
LAWS4005 Company Law (core/Priestly 11)
LAWS4010 Equity and Trusts (core/Priestly 11)
LAWS4011 Property Law (core/Priestly 11)
LAWS6012 Equity and Trusts JD (core/Priestly 11)
LAWS6005 Property Law JD (core/Priestly 11)
LAWS5005 Advanced Legal Research Project
LAWS6043 Advanced Legal Research Project JD
Dr. Anderson has developed high quality graphically organized, colour coded and image-laced slides to stimulate eidetic memory and facilitate student learning in challenging core areas of the law curriculum. He has also authored detailed learning materials. These multifarious resources form the foundation for a high end virtual presence and blended learning.
His courses are suitable for internal and external (fully online) methods of delivery. 
Dr. Anderson has supervised numerous high quality honours theses: 2010 (1 Top Mark), 2011 (1 Top Mark), 2013 (2 Equal Top Marks), 2014 (1 Top Mark). 
Higher Degree Research Supervisions
Dr. Anderson is currently supervising a PhD thesis in the area of fiduciary law: Breaking Free from the Status Quo: The Way Forward for Fiduciary Duties in Australia
Looking to the future, he is interested in supervising Masters and PhD students in equity/property law. Of especial interest are subjects such as property jurisprudence, native title, the intersections of equity with the Torrens land system, the fusion fallacy, equitable priorities, fiduciary obligations (theory, scope, fusion, emerging trends – e.g. extension of fiduciary liability to politicians, crown, doctors, priests, arbitrators, etc) and charitable trusts.   
He is also interested in supervising Masters and PhD students in international law. Of particular interest is the use of force, including issues such as preemptive and anticipatory self-defence, proportionality, autonomous weapons systems, space warfare, and nuclear disarmament.
Dr. Anderson is also interested in the law of secessionist self-determination, specifically, its ambit under customary international law (textual scope of UN declaratory General Assembly resolutions and state practice in terms of physical acts and omissions). Secessionist case studies such as Katanga, Bangladesh, Biafra, The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Tibet, Croatia, Kosovo, Quebec, Chechnya, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Catalonia, Transnistria, etc, are of particular interest. He is also interested in whether (remedial) secessionist self-determination is a peremptory (jus cogens) norm of international law, and if so, what its scope might be, and how it might intersect with other peremptory norms, such as the prohibition on the illegal use of force, or the prohibition on systematic racial discrimination and apartheid. 
Teaching Philosophy
Dr. Anderson has developed the Seven Principles Teaching Philosophy (tapestry, adaptation, normative analysis, effectiveness, simplicity, tradition and responsibility principles). The philosophy draws upon timeless intellects such as Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Confucius and Einstein, and is made available to students to inform their overall expectations of teaching and learning at law school.
Other Teaching Presentations
Dr. Anderson has authored Embracing the Age of Digital Disruption Without Disrupting Law School Fundamentals, which explores the strengths of digital teaching technology, but argues for an ongoing emphasis on reading, listening, note-making, writing, human engagement, role-modelling, spontaneous questioning, and rhetoric.
He has also authored The Importance of The Tertiary Digression, which argues that although law classes must remain focused, there should be scope for (spontaneous) discussion lateral to the subject being taught to ensure classes are more than narrowly teaching to (fetishizing) the final examination. This ensures a richer and more enlightening law school experience.
Administrative Expertise
Dr. Anderson has successfully overseen twenty-seven (27) unit convenorships at Newcastle Law School. This has entailed the redesign and implementation of five core and two non-core courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
He was a member of the School's 2014-2015 and 2017-2018 ERA Advisory Committees and contributed to the selection and authorship of materials for both submission rounds.
He has also designed and overseen changes to LAWS5005 and LAWS6043 to comport with the School's strategic emphasis on research and higher degree enrolments.
Dr. Anderson was appointed as the Law School's HDR Convenor in 2018. 
Dr. Anderson has written on a variety of topical subjects published in Online Opinion which have been amongst the most highly read in their daily and weekly cycles: see, for example:
Does Trump v Cruz Foreshadow Irreversible Republican Divisions?
Lessons for Australia's Political Class from Donald Trump
Turnbull’s 'Caretaker' Prime Ministership: A Looming Electoral Defeat?
Is Turnbull's Election Strategy Too Little, Too Late?
Could Turnbull's Lack of Nuance Lose the Election?
Turnbull Sworn in as PM but Election Victory Remains Pyrrhic.
Why Australia's Housing Prognosis is Grim.
Should We Step Back From the Marketing and Data-Mining Phenomenon that is Social Media?
Have We Lost Our Way When it Comes to Sport?
He has also published with the Huffington Post, simultaneously making the lead story on the front cover, politics section and blog sections:
Why the Government Isn't Interested in Making Housing Affordable.
Australia, The Land of Opportunity Until it Comes to Housing Affordability.
How Trump Could Burst Australia's Property Bubble.
The Clock is Ticking on Turnbull's Prime Ministership.
Trump's Cabinet is Unlikely to be Worth its Weight in Gold.
Why Turnbull Could Become One of Australia's Shortest Serving Prime Ministers
Pollies' Follies: Who Made The Biggest Campaign Blunders?
He has also published with the New Matilda:
Free Your Mind and Your Time: Step Away From Social Media.
Explainer: A Pyrrhic Election Victory.
It's in Everyone's Interest to Tackle Australia's Housing Affordability Crisis.
The above article was directly linked into the ABC's Q&A Facebook Page on 24 March 2017 for audience consideration. It was also tweeted by the ABC's Q&A Twitter Feed on 25 March 2017.  
The article was also discussed and heavily quoted by Michael Mata, in his article The Social and Economic Impact of the Housing Affordability Crisis for the independent Australian mortgage website, Your Mortgage.
Dr. Anderson has also published with Independent Australia:
Bubble or Burst: Young Australians Face Losing Battle to Own Property.
The Spirit of Competition: Australia is Losing its Way.
Motivational Speaking
Dr. Anderson has developed the presentation, Why Preparing for a Law Examination is Like Preparing for a Running Race, which discusses defeat (and its honest embrace), self-belief, visualization, planning for success, and the power of the mind. Drawing upon his own experiences, and the wisdom/mental fortitude of world class athletes, it analogically articulates a framework for examination and life success.
Research Impact
Dr. Anderson's research has already achieved significant impacts. Some of his publications have (individually) been downloaded over 3300 times.
The theoretical implications of his research have been recognised by the Legal Theory Blog.
His  secessionist scholarship has been cited with approval in the Court of Appeal of Kenya: Attorney General v Randu Nzai Ruwa [2016] eKLR.
His work on the Trendtex principle has been cited by the Supreme Court of Western Australia: Coal Hub Pty Ltd v NSL Consolidated Ltd [No 4] [2018] WASC 41.
His research has been utilized in reports such as Normas de derechos humanos para la conservacion, generated by the Instituto Internacional para el Medio Ambiente y el Desarrollo (International Institute for Environment and Development).
His scholarship has been cited in the Euborders Working Papers Series (08): Nicolas Levrat, The Right to National Self-Determination Within the EU: A Legal Investigation (coordinated by the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies (University of Leuven) and the Centre on Constitutional Change (CCC, Edinburgh)).

His research has been cited in policy papers: Samuel Rosin, The Legality of Catalan Secession June 2018, published by the Institut pro politiku a společnost (Institute for Politics and Society (Prague, Czech Republic)).
His scholarship has been cited in prestigious law journals: Benjamin Levites, "The Scottish Independence Referendum and the Principle of Democratic Secession", Brooklyn Journal of International Law; Victor Ferreres Comella, "Does Brexit Normalize Secession", 
Texas International Law JournalMatthew Gonnella, "If You Are Not at the Table You Are Probably on the Menu: Indigenous Peoples' Participatory Status at the United Nations", Suffolk Transnational Law ReviewN. Micheli Quadros, "Secession: The Contradicting Provisions of the United Nations Charter - A Direct Threat to the Current World Order", Santa Clara Journal of International Law; Josephat Ezenwajiaku, "Territorial Integrity and Russia's Annexation of Crimea Under International Law", State Practice and International Law Journal; Fatma Tasdemir, "Uluslararasi Hukukta Toprak Butunlugu Ilkesi, Tanima Doktrini ve bir Norm Olarak Ayrilma Hakki", Iktisadi ve Idari Bilimler Fakültesi Dergisi; Munafrizal Manan, "The Right to Self-Determination: Its Emergence, Development and Controversy"Jurnal Konstitusi; Rifat Aydin, "self – determınasyon ve ayrılma hakkı çerçevesinde katalonya`nın", Gazi Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi; Semin Töner Şen, "Katalonya'nin Bagimsizlik Talebinin Uluslarasi Hukukta Self-Determinasyon ve Ayrilma Hakki Kapsaminda Degerlendirilmesi", Yeditepe Üniversitesi Hukuk Fakültesi Dergisi; Joshua Castellino, "Referencing Boundaries: Why the World Needs the World Court", Wisconsin International Law Journal; Vesna Stefanovska "The Impact of Separation of States to the Map of Europe: The Cases of Scotland and Catalonia" International Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research; Robert Barnidge Jr., "Anti-Zionism, Jus Cogens, and International Law: The Case of the Banjul Charter and Arab Charter", The Journal of the Middle East and Africa; Sanford Levinson, "The Twenty-First Century Rediscovery of Nullification and Secession in American Political Rhetoric: Frivolous Incarnate or Serious Arguments to be Wrestled With?" Arkansas Law Review; David Lefkowitz, "International Law, Institutional Moral Reasoning, and Secession", Law and Philosophy.

His scholarship has been cited in numerous postgraduate theses: Ilya Berlin, Unilateral Non-Colonial Secessions: An Affirmation of the Right to Self-Determination and a Legal Exception to the Use of Force in International Law; Prince Charles Zimuto, An Analysis of the Concept of Self-Determination in International Law: The Case of South Sudan; Hulda Sólrún Bjarnadóttir, Um áhrif breytinga á ríkisyfirráðum samkvæmt reglum þjóðaréttar; Albano Agostinho Troco, Determinants of Successful Secessions in Post-Colonial Africa: Analyzing the Cases of Eritrea and South Sudan; Arne Cools, Toekomst van onafhankelijkheidsbewegingen en het recht op zelfbeschikking; Adem Özer, The Right of Secession: An International Law PerspectiveRokas Levinskas, Whether There is a Right to Remedial Secession Under International LawRosa Clarizio, Secessionist Wars and Movements of the Post-Colonial Era: Analysis and Classification; Kamaran Murad, Between Self-Determination and Pragmatism: Justification For, And Odds Against, A Kurdish State in Northern Iraq.
His research has been cited in various book chapters: Aleksander Pavkovic, Secession: A Much Contested Concept in Damien Kingsbury and Costas Laoutides (eds.) Territorial Separatism in GlobalPolitics; Jan Wouters and Anne Verhelst, Over Catalonie, onafhankelijkheidsreferenda, zelfbeschikking en de Europese Uniein Recht in Bewiging 25ste; Peter Radan, Secession in Damien Kingsbury and Costas Laoutides (eds.) Territorial Separatism in Global Politics; Eugina Lopez-Jacoiste, Autonomy and Self-Determination in Spain: Catalonia's Claims for Independence from the Perspective of International Law in Peter Hilpold (ed.) Autonomy and Self-Determination: Between Legal Assertion and Utopian Aspirations; Dragoljub Todić, The Right to Self-Determination and Sovereignty over Natural Resources in International Law: Ranges and Limitations in Dušan Proroković (ed.), Kosovo: Sui Generis or Precedent in International RelationsChristian Walter, Postscript: Self-Determination, Secession and the Crimean Crisis 2014 in Christian Walter, Antje von Ungern-Sternberg, Kavaus Abushov (eds.) Self-Determination in International Law.
His scholarship has been drawn upon to discuss events in Catalonia, Spain: see Ajay Ramanathan, Deconstructing Catalonia.
His work on equitable priorities has been cited in leading equity treatises: Peter Radan and Cameron Stewart, Principles of Australian Equity and Trusts. 
On 2 December 2016, his secessionist research was described as "thought-provoking", "exhaustively footnoted", "extremely well documented" and "excellent" by the Secession Blog.


  • PhD, Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Macquarie University


  • Assignments
  • Choses in Action
  • Company Law
  • Equitable Priorities
  • Equity and Trusts Law
  • Fiduciary Obligations
  • Future Property
  • International Law
  • Peremptory Norms
  • Politics (Australian/International)
  • Property Law
  • Secessionism
  • Self-Determination
  • State Creation
  • Trendtex Principle

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
480405 Law and society and socio-legal research 60
451899 Pacific Peoples, society and community not elsewhere classified 40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Law School

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/1/2009 - 31/12/2009 Associate Lecturer in Law Macquarie University
Business and Law



Year Award
2005 Division of Law 30th Anniversary Law Scholarship
Macquarie University


Year Award
2010 University of Newcastle Student Nominated Teaching Award
2004 Macquarie Law Journal Essay Prize 2004
Macquarie University


Year Award
2004 John Peden Memorial Prize for the Best Legal Research Project
Macquarie University


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Anderson GP, 'Towards and Essentialist Legal Definition of Property', DePaul Law Review, 68 481-515 (2019) [C1]
2018 Sobel-Read KB, Anderson G, Salminen J, 'Recalibrating Contract Law: Choses in Action, Global Value Chains, and the Enforcement of Obligations Outside of Privity', Tulane Law Review, 93 1-46 (2018) [C1]
Co-authors Kevin Sobel-Read
2017 Anderson GP, 'Future Property and the Torrens System', Deakin Law Review, 22 1-25 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.21153/dlr2017vol22no1art726
2016 Anderson GP, 'The Trendtex Principle in Australian Law: Context and Recent Developments', University of Western Australia Law Review, 40 85-112 (2016) [C1]
Citations Web of Science - 1
2016 Anderson GP, 'A Post Millennial Inquiry into the United Nations Law of Self-Determination: A Right to Unilateral Non-Colonial Secession', Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 49 1183-1254 (2016) [C1]
2016 Anderson GP, 'Unilateral Non-Colonial Secession and Internal Self-Determination: A Right of Newly Seceded Peoples to Democracy?', Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, 34 1-64 (2016) [C1]
2015 Anderson GP, 'Unilateral Non-Colonial Secession and the Criteria for Statehood in International Law', Brooklyn Journal of International Law, 41 1-98 (2015) [C1]
2014 Anderson GP, 'Old Meets New: The Rule in Shropshire's Case and the Torrens System', Property Law Review, 4 95-114 (2014) [C1]
2013 Anderson GP, 'Unilateral Non-Colonial Secession in International Law and Declaratory General Assembly Resolutions: Textual Content and Legal Effects', Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, 41 345-396 (2013) [C1]
2013 Anderson GP, 'Unilateral Non-Colonial Secession in International Law and the Use of Force: Effect on Claims to Statehood in International Law', Connecticut Journal of International Law, 28 197-240 (2013) [C1]
2013 Anderson GP, 'Secession in International Law and Relations: What Are We Talking About?', Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review, 35 343-388 (2013) [C1]
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants 2
Total funding $7,500

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.

20211 grants / $2,500

Research Output Scheme Funding$2,500

Funding body: College of Human and Social Futures, University of Newcastle

Funding body College of Human and Social Futures, University of Newcastle
Scheme 2021 CHSF Research Output Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2021
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

20111 grants / $5,000

Unilateral Non-Colonial Secession in International Law$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Glen Anderson
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1001079
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2021 PhD The Racist Overtones of Native Title in Australia and Abroad PhD (Law), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2021 PhD Food Security, Farmers' Rights and the Governance of Local Knowledge in India: An Equitable Approach PhD (Law), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2019 PhD Implementing Change in a Conservative Australian Legal Context by Assessing the Value of Novel Fiduciary Relationships with Approaches in Foreign Jurisdictions. Will the Judiciary or Legislature be Persuaded? PhD (Law), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2019 PhD A Comparative Analysis of Fiduciary Law's Future: Evolving Relationships and Fusionist Tendencies PhD (Law), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Dr Glen Anderson


Senior Lecturer
Newcastle Law School
College of Human and Social Futures

Focus area


Contact Details

Email glen.anderson@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 02 49215980
Fax 02 49216931


Room X-545
Building NeW Space
Location City Campus