Joseph Camilleri, Ph.D.

Professor and Director
Centre for Dialogue
La Trobe University
Melbourne, Australia

Joseph A. Camilleri, Ph.D., holds the Personal Chair in Politics (Professor of International Relations) in the School of Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Australia. He was Senior Teaching Fellow in Politics at Monash University from 1969 to 1972, the Noel Buxton Fellow at the London School of Economics from 1969-1972, and a Teaching Fellow at Monash University, 1967-68. Prof. Camilleri has taught over 30 different subjects at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in a wide range of areas such as Theories of World Politics, Introduction to International Relations, Conflict Analysis and Peace Research, International Law and International Organisation, International Political Economy, Foreign Policies of the United States, Australian Foreign Policy, Security Studies, Politics of the Asia‑Pacific Region, International Relations of the Third World, Theories of International Development, Culture and Civilisation in International Relations, Nuclear Weapons in International Relations, and Oil and the Politics of the Middle East.

Over the past 30 years, Prof. Camilleri has pursued a wide range of scholarly projects including governance and the development of multilateral institutions, global and regional security, conflict analysis and world order, political economy of Asia Pacific, Australian foreign policy, foreign policies of China, Japan, and the United States, nuclear power and nuclear weapons, and the role of religion and culture in international relations. He also initiated the five-year international research project on Global Governance Reform, which attracted over $400,000 in external grants and included advisory board members such as Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the former UN Secretary-General, Prof. Richard Falk of Princeton University, and Dr. Javad Zarif, the current Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister.

Prof. Camilleri has written a number of important books on international relations, the role of culture, race and religion in international relations, peace and security, human rights, the United Nations, and the Asia-Pacific region. Among his most recent publications are:

  • Co-edited Asia-Pacific Geopolitics: Hegemony vs. Human Security (Edward Elgar 2007)
  • Regionalism in the New Asia Pacific Order (Edward Elgar 2003)
  • Co-edited Democratizing Global Governance (Palgrave Macmillan 2002)
  • Edited Religion and Culture in Asia Pacific: Violence or Healing? (Vista 2001)
  • States, Markets and Civil Society in Asia Pacific (Edward Elgar 2000)

Prof. Camilleri has also organized and convened three major international conferences: The United Nations: Between Sovereignty and Global Governance, in July 1995; Globalization: The Experiences and Perspectives of the Religious Traditions of Asia Pacific, in July 1997; and Religion and Culture in Asia Pacific: Violence or Healing?, in October 2000. Professor Camilleri’s current conference activity includes Central Asia: Between Islam and the Great Powers since September 11 and Globalisation and Governance: A Study of Patterns and Thresholds; he is also examining Australia’s management of tensions between Islam and the West since the terrorist attacks of September 11 in the United States.

A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, Prof. Camilleri has lectured extensively in Australia and overseas on human rights, cultural and religious dialogue, development, environment, and security. He has given evidence to several government enquiries and participated in numerous national and international conferences. He has been actively involved in a wide range of community projects and is the recipient of several awards, including St. Michael’s Award for distinguished service to the community.