Prof Rain Liivoja


Prof Rain Liivoja

Senior Fellow | Lieber
University of Queensland

Rain Liivoja is an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland Law School in Brisbane, Australia, and leads UQ’s Law and the Future of War research group. Rain also holds the title of Adjunct Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki, where he is affiliated with the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights.

Rain is the author of Criminal Jurisdiction over Armed Forces Abroad (Cambridge University Press 2017), and a co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of the Law of Armed Conflict (Routledge 2016) and International Law-making: Essays in Honour of Jan Klabbers (Routledge 2013). He is a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies (published by Brill/Nijhoff) and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War.

Before joining the University of Queensland, Rain held academic appointments at the Universities of Melbourne, Helsinki and Tartu. He has been a visiting scholar at Georgetown University, the University of Oxford and the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, and a visiting lecturer at the Estonian Military Academy and the Riga Graduate School of Law. He has served on Estonian delegations to multilateral meetings on humanitarian law and arms control. He has chaired Australian Red Cross’ International Humanitarian Law Advisory Committees in the states of Victoria and Queensland, and has been elected to the boards of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, and the Finnish Society of International Law.

Rain holds an undergraduate degree in law from the University of Tartu, and a masters and a doctorate in public international law from the University of Helsinki.