Sascha-Dominik Dov Bachmann

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Professor in Law at Canberra Law School - University of Canberra
Extraordinary Reader (Docent) in War Studies – Swedish Defence University (FHS) Stockholm
Fellow - NATO SHAPE, Hybrid War and Lawfare Pacific
Visiting Professor - Bournemouth University, United Kingdom
Research Fellow - CEMIS, Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University
State Exam (Ludwig Maximillians Universität, Germany), Ass Juris, LLM (Stell, RSA), LLD (UJ, RSA) Attorney (Munich High Court)
Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (UK)

I am an international scholar, former Lieutenant Colonel (GER Army Res- with operational experience in the Balkans and as exchange officer with the US Marines) and a career professional in law and higher education. In the last 20 years I worked in various capacities and functions in the USA, the Middle East, South Africa and various European countries. I joined Canberra Law School in September 2019. The University of Canberra is ranked among the top 2 per cent of universities in the world, top 10 in Australia and 34th among the THE young university group. Before then I worked as an Associate Professor/Reader at Bournemouth University and the University of Lincoln in the UK after having taught as a Senior Lecture at the University of Portsmouth. I was appointed (eo) Docent (Reader) in War Studies at the Swedish Defence University in 2016. In November 2017 I was appointed (Professorial) Research Fellow at CEMIS, Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University. I was educated in Germany (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München), South Africa (Stellenbosch University and University of Johannesburg) and the United Kingdom (University of Portsmouth). I worked with and presented to NATO, US CENTCOM, US AFRICOM, the Austrian Ministry of Defence, the Swedish Defence University, the Royal Danish Defence College, the South African National Defence Force and the Australian Defence College on the subjects of Hybrid War/Threats, Lawfare, InfoOps and Targeting. My research (more than 70 academic outputs) is interdisciplinary and discusses topical issues arising from new Security Challenges of the 21st Century such as Hybrid Warfare, Information Operations, the use of Lawfare, Cyber enhanced Hybrid Warfare alongside other law topics such as International Criminal Justice, HumRts Litigation.I am a regular contributor to NATO’s Legal Advisor Web (LAWFAS) with my publications often being used as NATO reference documents. I am a Fellow of NATO SHAPE for the Asia Pacific (Hybrid Threats and Lawfare). 



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Top Publications (recent):

  • ‘The Status Of Unrecognised Quasi-States and Their Responsibilities Under The Montevideo Convention’, with Prazauskas A, 52 The International Lawyer (2019)
  • ‘Competition short of war – how Russia’s Hybrid and Grey Zone Warfare are a blueprint for China’s global power ambitions’, with A Dowse and H Gunneriusson, 1 (1) Australian Journal of Defence and Strategic Studies, 41- 60.

  • Reconciling Quasi-States with the Crimes of Aggression Under the ICC Statute’, with Ekader Y. 33 EMORY INT’L L. REV (2019) 
  • ‘Pull and Push-Implementing The Complementarity Principle of the Rome Statute of the ICC Within the African Union: Opportunities and Challenges’with Eda Luke 43:2 BROOK. J. INT’L L. (2018) 
  • ‘Lawfare in Hybrid Wars: The 21st Century Warfare’, with Mosquera A (NATO), Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies (2017) 
  • ‘The Panopticon of International Law: B’Tselem’s Camera Project and the enforcement of International Law in a Transitional Society’, with Miretski P (Hebrew University, Israel), 52 (1) Osgoode Hall Law Journal (2015)  
  •  ‘Syria: A Legacy of Western Foreign-Policy Failure’, with Paphiti A (UK Army), MIDDLE EAST POLICY, A. Vol. XXV, No.2, 136-162 (2018)
  • ‘Russia’s Hybrid Warfare in the East – The Integral Nature of the Informationsphere’ with Gunnariusson H (Swedish Defence U), Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, (2015)


Current Projects



Research/grant income

I have had direct funding from various hosts (including NATO, the South African Department of Defence, US DoD) to participate in research projects. I was also the co-investigator for a 200.000 SKR Research grant jointly with colleagues from FHS, Sweden, from Rijksbanken Sweden (








Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Johannesburg

Master, Universiteit Stellenbosch

Reader (oavlönad docent) in War Studies The Swedish Defense University

External positions

Visiting Professor, Department of Law, Bournemouth University

7 Feb 2020 → …

Fellow NATO SHAPE Asia Pacific (Hybrid Threats and Lawfare), NATO SHAPE

Dec 2019 → …

Research Fellow, Universiteit Stellenbosch

Feb 2017 → …

Extraordinary Reader (Docent) in War Studies/Krigsvetenskap, Swedish Defence University

May 2016 → …

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Research Output

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  • Hybrid warfare and the legal domain

    Mosquera, A. B. M., Bachmann, S. D. & Abraham Munoz Bravo, J., 2019, In : Terrorism and Political Violence. 31, 1, p. 98-104 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

  • Reconciling Quasi-States with the Crimes of Aggression Under the ICC Statute

    Bachmann, S-D. & Abdelkader, Y., 2019, In : Emory International Law Review. 33, 1, p. 92-131 41 p., 33.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Syria: A Legacy of Western Foreign-Policy Failure

    Paphiti, A. & Bachmann, S-D. D., 2018, In : Middle East Policy. 25, 2, p. 136-162 27 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

    2 Citations (Scopus)