Legal expert Ben Saul awarded eminent visiting Professorship
Professor Ben Saul is a barrister and leading legal expert in public international law, focusing on human rights issues, terrorism and armed conflict. He has been appointed as the Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies for the 2017–2018 academic year at Harvard. Saul is also Challis Chair of International Law at the University of Sydney, one of the world’s oldest professorships in international law.
Prof Saul will be the first legal scholar to be named Harvard Chair of Australian Studies in a decade. The Harvard visiting professorship in Australian Studies was established in 1976, through a gift of the Australian Government to Harvard University, in recognition of the American Bicentennial, to further understanding of Australia in the United States.
In 2010, the Chair was renamed as the Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in recognition of the two prime ministers who, from opposite sides of politics, brought to fruition this important initiative. The Honourable Gough Whitlam AC QC was in College 1935-1942 and it is wonderful to see a fellow Pauline awarded an honour named after him.