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Dr Lowell BautistaLowell Bautista

Position: Senior Lecturer and Head of Students
Qualifications: BA, LLB, LLM, PhD

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Office: 67.205A
Phone: +61 4221 4719


Lowell Bautista is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law and a Staff Member at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong. Dr Bautista is recognised for his expertise in the law of the sea, particularly for his contributions in the area of territorial and maritime disputes in the Asia-Pacific, especially on the South China Sea. He has an established and solid track record of research publication and active research collaborations with government and academic institutions and scholars regionally and globally.

He is a lawyer with over ten years of experience in legal and policy research, litigation and consultancy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (cum laude) and a Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of the Philippines, a Master of Laws (Marine and Environmental Law) degree from Dalhousie University in Canada and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in law from the University of Wollongong. His areas of research include territorial and maritime boundary issues in the Asia-Pacific, the South China Sea, Philippine maritime and territorial issues, maritime piracy and terrorism, international humanitarian law, underwater cultural heritage, and international environmental law, on which topics he has also published.

Dr Bautista has participated in numerous research and consultancies, as well as in the preparation of submissions, opinions, and reports for government department and agencies in Australia and in the Philippines, as well as for regional and international organisations. On numerous occasions, Dr Bautista has provided confidential advice and opinions on matters pertaining to offshore oil and gas resources, the law of the sea, the South China Sea, maritime boundary delimitation and public international law to the Philippine Government as well as to private companies in the Philippines and in Australia.

Dr Bautista was among the recipients of the highly-competitive UOW 2012 Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, for his project “Diffusing tensions in the South China Sea: The role of regional institutions and mechanisms in managing conflicts over territorial and maritime boundary disputes.” In 2015, he secured a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant for the Asian Legal Systems Field Study which funded 18 UOW law students to study in Taiwan and Indonesia.

Dr Bautista is part of the First Year Teaching Team, teaching core law subjects of Legal Research and Writing (LLB 110), the Law of Contract A and B (LLB 120 and LLB 170) and Foundations of Law B (LLB 160). He also teaches the Law of the Sea (LLB 3923) and the Law of Torts (LLB 240). In 2016, he developed the School of Law's first offshore elective, Asian Legal Systems Field Study (LLB 398), which followed a comparative yet practical and contextual approach to the study of law in Asian countries. At ANCORS, Dr Bautista was the Subject Coordinator for the following postgraduate courses: CMP 907 (Maritime Security Law and Policy) and CMP 908 (Contemporary Maritime Issues in the Asia-Pacific Region).

At the School of Law, he is also a Primary Investigation Officer (since 2014), which investigates cases of student academic misconduct, the Study Abroad and International Exchange Adviser (since 2015), the Asian Law Forum (since 2014, and a member of the School of Law Southwestern Sydney Law Working Group (since 2016), which works closely with the Faculty and the University to provide input for the design and delivery of the LLB program at UOW’s new campus at Liverpool.

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Last reviewed: 10 April, 2018