Dr Binoy Kampmark



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Work Unit

Global, Urban and Social Studies

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+61 3 9925 2174



Building: 37
Level: 2
Room: 24

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Key activities

Dr. Binoy Kampmark teaches core legal courses within the Legal and Dispute Studies program for the Bachelor of Social Science at RMIT University. He has research interests in the institution of war, diplomacy, international relations, 20th Century History and law. He has written extensively on these topics in both refereed journals and more popular media.


BA(Hons), LLB(Hons), MPhil, UQ, PhD, Cambridge

Binoy holds a PhD in history from the University of Cambridge. He also holds a Masters degree in history, and honours degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Queensland.

Professional interests and links to industry

Binoy is a member of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, the American Historical Association and the British Association for American Studies.

Research and scholarship

Binoy’s research and teaching interests lie in the intersections of law, international relations and history. Much of this involves the examination of conflict, diplomacy, and the various crises confronting international society (refugees, terrorism, ‘rogue’ states, undocumented citizens). He is currently finishing a manuscript for publication on the evolution of the rogue state in American political debate. He is also engaged in a project on the origins of neoconservatism in the United States, notably in attitudes to international institutions and law.

The quality of his research has been acknowledged in awards made by the US-based International Association for the Study of Forced Migration and Limina, journal of the History Department of the University of Western Australia.


  • 2009 - $3000 RMIT early research grant
  • 2005-6 Worts Travel Funds, Old Schools, University of Cambridge.
  • 2005-6 Prince Consort and Thirwall Fund, History Faculty, University of Cambridge.
  • 2005 - John Plumb Charitable Trust, University of Cambridge

Book chapters

  • ‘The Greeks of Old: Modelling the British Empire for Twenty-First Century America’, in Kenneth Christie, ed., United States and Foreign Policy and National Identity in the 21st Century (London: Routledge, 2008), pp. 101-111.
  • ‘A Matter of Necessity: The Minnow and World Cricket’, in Jon Gemmell and Boria Majumdar, eds., Cricket, Race and the 2007 World Cup (London: Routledge, 2008), pp. 172-184.
  • ‘Australia and the Cricket World Cup’, in Boria Majumdar and J. A. Mangan, eds., Cricketing Cultures in Conflict: World Cup 2003 (London: Routledge, 2004), pp. 99-115.

Book reviews

  • Lyndon Johnson's Foreign Policy, Contemporary Review (Oxford), vol. 293 (Sept, 2011): 376-378.
  • Anti-Americanism: History, Causes, Themes, 4 volumes. Ed. Brendan O’Connor, Oxford and Westport, Connecticut, 2007, reviewed in Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 54, no. 3 (September, 2008), pp. 495-499.
  • ‘The Struggle for Europe” The History of the Continent Since 1945, by William I. Hitchcock; and ‘Europe in the Twentieth Century’ by Eric Dorne, English Historical Review (Oxford University Press) vol. 122, no. 495 (February, 2007), pp. 222-224, solicited.
  • ‘Amongst the Dead Cities’ by A.C. Grayling, in Journal of Military History (Society for Military History) vol. 71, no. 1 (2006), pp. 269-271, solicited.
  • ‘The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib’, in Ethics (University of Chicago), vol. 116, 2 (January, 2006), pp. 421-5.
  • ‘Overconfidence and War’, Journal of American Studies (Cambridge University Press), vol. 40, April, 2006, pp. 178-9.
  • ‘A Failure of American Progressivism: Debating the Role of the State in the Early Cold War,’ Reviews in American History, (Johns Hopkins University Press), vol. 33, no 4 (December, 2005), 587-593.
  • The President of Good and Evil, Ethics and International Affairs (journal of the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace), vol. 18, no 3 (2004/5), pp. 116-7.
  • The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks, Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 40, no. 1 (March, 2005), p. 154.
  • Twilight of the Elites, Australian Journal of Political Science vol. 39, 3 (November, 2004), p. 663.
  • A Problem From Hell: America in the Age of Genocide Australian Journal of Politics and History vol. 50, no. 3 (September 2004), pp. 459-60 (solicited).
  • Strike Terror No More Australian Journal of Political Science vol. 39, no. 1 (March 2004), p. 231 (solicited).


  • The Sacred Child: The Politics of Child Abuse and Abusers in theTwenty-First Century (New York: Nova Publishers, 2012).

Journal articles (refereed)

  • ‘“No Peace with the Hohenzollerns”: The Wilson Administration and the principle of political legitimacy’, Diplomatic History (Journal of Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations), vol. 34, no. 5 (2010), pp. 769-791.
  • “Fearing Union and Imperialism: American Publicists and the Campaign against Aiding Britain,” Australasian Journal of American Studies (Ipswich), 29 (July 2010), 1–14
  • ‘The Historian of Protest: William Appleman Williams’s Tragedy Fifty Years On,’ The Historical Journal (Cambridge), vol. 52, no 3 (2010), pp. 783-794.
  • ‘Sovereign Immunity, War Crimes and the failed trial of Kaiser Wilhelm II’, Australian Journal of Politics and History (Oxford: Blackwell Press), vol. 53. no. 4 (2008), pp. 519-537.
  • ‘A Matter of Necessity: The Minnow and World Cricket’, Sport in Society,vol. 10, no. 1, (January, 2007), pp. 182-194.
  • ‘The Cartoon Riots: A New Diplomacy’, Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations (Seton Hall University), vol. 7, no. 2 (Summer/Fall, 2006), pp. 69-77.
  • ‘Spying for Hitler and Working with Bin Laden: Comparative Australian discourses on Refugees’, Journal of Refugee Studies (Oxford University Press), vol. 19, no. 1 (2006), pp. 1-21.
  • ‘A Wowseristic Affair: History and Politics behind the banning of Ken Park, Baise-Moi and other Like Depravities’, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 20, 3 (Routledge: Taylor and Francis) (September 2006), pp. 345-362.
  • ‘One Hanson Too Many: Pauline Hanson in the Australian Academy’, Australian Studies (British Association for Australian Studies), vol. 18, no. 1 (Summer 2003 published 2005), pp. 159-185.
  • ‘Hanan Ashrawi and the Peace Prize Debate’, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (Routledge: Taylor and Francis), vol. 25, no. 3 (December, 2005), pp. 49-63.
  • ‘Constructing Holocaust Consciousness: Early American Political Debates on the Genocide Convention,’ Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies (University of Western Australia History Department) vol. 11 (2005), pp. 7-16 (winner of the Iain Brash Prize).
  • ‘Shaping the Holocaust: the Final Solution in US Political Discourses on the Genocide Convention, 1948-1956,’ Journal of Genocide Research (Routledge: Taylor and Francis) vol. 7, no. 1 (March 2005), pp. 85-100.
  • ‘How to Read an Anti-Terrorist Kit: LOFA and its implications for Australian identity and security’, Journal of Intercultural Studies (Routledge: Taylor and Francis), vol 25, no. 3 (2004), pp. 287-301.
  • ‘Empire, Force and Liberty: The American Left and 9/11’, Social Alternatives (University of Queensland) vol. 23, no.2, Second quarter 2004, pp. 65-69.
  • ‘From Security to Liberation: Shifting Pro-war Discourses on the Iraq War’, Electronic Journal of Australian and New Zealand History (JCU, Queensland) (November 2004) available at http://www.jcu.edu.au/aff/hist
  • ‘David Hicks, Mamdouh Habib, and the Limits of Citizenship’, Borderlands (University of Adelaide), vol. 2, no. 3, 2003, available at http://www.borderlandsejournal.adelaide.edu.au/vol2no3_2003/kampmark_hicks.htm
  • ‘Islam, Women, and Australias Cultural Discourse of Terror’, Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Womens Liberation, vol. 29, no. 1, 2003, pp. 86-105.
  • ‘Wars that never take place: Non-events, 9/11 and Wars on Terrorism’, Australian Humanities Review (La Trobe University, Melbourne), vol 29 (May-June), 2003, http://www.lib.latrobe.edu.au/AHR/archive/Issue-May-2003/kampmark.html.
  • ‘James W. Gerard: His Image of Imperial Germany’, 1913-1918, American Diplomacy: Foreign Service Dispatches and Periodic Reports on American Foreign Policy (Publication of the University of Northern Carolina), vol. 8, Jan-Mar 2003, available at http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/archives_roll/2003_01-03/kempmark_gerard/kampmark_gerard.html
  • ‘The Spectre of Bin Laden in the Age of Terrorism’, CTheory: Journal of Theory, Technology and Culture, (Canada, Concordia University) vol. 25, no. 3 2002, available at http://collection.nlc-bnc.ca/100/201/300/ctheory/articles/2002/no116.txt
  • ‘Fukuyama Down Under: Revising the end of the history after 9-11’, AQ: Journal of Contemporary Political Analysis (Publication of the Australian Institute of Political Science), vol. 74, no. 6 (Nov-Dec, 2002), pp. 33-6, 40.
  • ‘John Lewis Gaddis and Knowing Now: The Origins of the Cold War and the New History’, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Newsletter, vol. 33 (June 2002), pp. 20-40, available at http://www.ohiou.edu/shafr/NEWS/2002/JUN/GADDIS.HTM.
  • ‘Refugee Identities and the MV Tampa’, Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature (N.Y, Brooklyn: American Association of Australian Literary Studies), vol. 16, no. 1 (June, 2002), pp. 66-71.
  • ‘John Lewis Gaddis and Knowing Now: The Origins of the Cold War and the New History’, Flinders Journal of History and Politics, vol. 22, 2001/2, pp. 124-40 (longer version of the SHAFR Newsletter item).
  • ‘Macquarie v Berg: A Private International Law Critique’, Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law, vol 8, no 3 (September 2001).

Selected journal articles (non-refereed)

  • ‘Trembling on the Nuclear Trigger: Exaggerating the Soviet Threat,’ NewZealand International Review, vol. 35, no. 2 (Mar/Apr, 2010): 7-9.
  • History Wars and School Curricula: The New History Curriculum in Australia, World History Bulletin (World History Association) 25, 2 (Fall, 2008), 53.
  • ‘Dreaming of an Asian EU’, The Diplomat, 1 August 2008, Special Web Feature, http://www.the-diplomat.com/article.aspx?aeid=8445.
  • ‘“Bumbling” Karadzic faces political justice’, Eureka Street, 18, 15 (24 July 2008), http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=8223.
  • Art and Obscenity in Oz, Index on Censorship, May 28, 2008, http://www.indexoncensorship.org/?p=392.
  • ‘Cyberwarfare between Estonia and Russia’, Contemporary Review, vol. 289, no. 1686 (Autumn, 2007), 288-293.
  • ‘America’s Dilemma: the Iraq Study Group or “Choosing Victory”?’ Contemporary Review, vol. 289, no. 1684 (Spring, 2007), pp. 20-26.
  • ‘Irwin Professorship a Sign of Trivial Times’, Sydney Morning Herald, 30 November 2007, http://www.smh.com.au/news/opinion/steve-irwins-posthumous-professorship-a-sign-of-trivia.
  • ‘The Trial of Saddam Hussein: Limits and Prospects’, Contemporary Review, vol. 288, vol. 1681 (Summer 2006), pp. 192-200.
  • ‘The Solomons: The Limits of Intervention’, New Zealand International Review, vol. 28, no. 6 (Nov-Dec. 2003), pp. 6-9.
  • Americas Nuclear Deterrence in the Age of Terrorism, Contemporary Review, vol. 282, No. 1647, April, 2003, pp. 206-10.
  • September 11: A Moral Reading, Zadok Publications (Melbourne), Paper 121 (2003).

Case notes

  • Advisory Opinion of the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: Terrorism, Jurisdiction and the Application of International Law, Australian International Law Journal, vol. 11, 2004, pp. 158-167.

Conference papers (delivered)

  • World Against Conflict: The Transnational Effort to Punish and Abolish War, 1919-1929, Society for Americans of Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Conference, Falls Church, Virginia, June 25-27, 2009.
  • ‘How the British can Save the American Empire’, American Identity in the Twenty-First Century Conference, Rothermere Institute of American Studies, University of Oxford, November 9-11, 2006.
  • ‘One Hanson Too Many: Interpretations of the role of Pauline Hanson’, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, October 26, 2005, King’s College, London.
  • ‘The Banning of Ken Park and Baise-Moi: Australia and Censorship’, University of Debrecen, Revisions Conference, Hungary, September 24-28, 2005.
  • ‘Placing the Torture Papers in Historical Context’, Barbarisation of Warfare Conference, University of Wolverhampton June 27-8, 2005.
  • ‘Nuremberg and the Cold War Legacy’, Cambridge, Cold War Workshop organised between Cambridge and LSE, May 20-21, 2005.
  • ‘The United States and the refusal to Ratify the ICC Protocol: Historically consistent trends’, British Association for American Studies Conference, Robinson College, Cambridge, April 14-17, 2005.
  • ‘U.S. Debates on the Genocide Convention’, Invited Lecture, Genocide Studies Course, University of Queensland, August, 2004.

Accomplishments and achievements

  • 2001 – University medallist at the University of Queensland
  • 2001 – Warden’s Medal for Academic Excellence, St. John’s College, University of Queensland.
  • 2002 – Australian Postgraduate Award
  • 2004 – Winner of the United Kingdom Commonwealth Scholarship.
  • 2005 – Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust
  • 2004-5 – Corfield Scholarship, Selwyn College, Cambridge.
  • 2005 – Iain Brash Prize for best article in Limina, History Department, University of Western Australia
  • 2007 – Lisa Gilad Prize from the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration for best article by a young scholar in the field of migration studies, Journal of Refugee Studies (Oxford).

Media experience

Binoy does interviews for the media. He has been interviewed for National Public Radio in the United States, Radio National in Australia, and radio stations in South Africa. He also writes regularly for an assortment of magazines: CounterPunch (US); Scoop (NZ); Online Opinion and Eureka Street (Australia).

Binoy was also commissioned by the UK History Channel in December 2007 to January 2008 to write package descriptions and for the American Civil War, and in March 2006 to write a package on World War II: The War in the West, 1943-1945.