Dr Damian Copeland

Adjunct Associate Professor

School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law


Damian Copeland is a Senior Research Fellow with the TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland in the Law and Future of War project. Damian’s research focuses on the application of export control, arms trade and sanctions regimes relevant to the export and brokering of trusted autonomous military systems and associated technology. His broader research and teaching interests include international humanitarian law and domestic counter-terrorism law.

Damian completed his Bachelor of Law (Hons) at the Queensland University of Technology and Masters in Law (Merit) at the Australian National University. He is completing a PhD at the Australian National University on the Article 36 weapon review of autonomous weapon systems.

Damian is serving member of the Australian Defence Force (Army Legal Corps) and has served in Iraq, Afghanistan, East Timor, Cambodia and Somalia.


  • Doctor of Philosophy of International Law, Australian National University
  • Masters (Coursework) of Law, Australian National University
  • Postgraduate Diploma, Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Law, Queensland University of Technology


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Book Chapter

  • Tattersall, Alec and Copeland, Damian (2021). Reviewing Autonomous Cyber Capabilities. Autonomous Cyber Capabilities under International Law. (pp. 205-257) edited by Rain Liivoja and Ann Väljataga. Tallinn, Estonia: NATO CCDCOE Publications.

  • Saultry, Penny and Copeland, Damian (2019). Domestic legal framework for operations. Military law in Australia . (pp. 161-171) edited by Robin Creyke, Dale Stephens and Peter Sutherland. Alexandria, NSW Australia: The Federation Press.

  • Copeland, Damian P. (2014). Legal review of new technology weapons. New Technologies and the Law of Armed Conflict. (pp. 43-55) The Hague, Netherlands: T.M.C. Asser Press. doi: 10.1007/978-90-6704-933-7_4

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