Sascha-Dominik Dov Bachmann

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Conflict Studies; Cyberwarfare; International Human Rights Law; Law of Armed Conflict; Terrorism


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Personal profile


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.  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). 



Student Projects and HDR supervision (recent):

 'A sunny place with shady people': An examination of approaches to regulation and their appropriateness for developing countries, with evidence from Vanuatu's anti-money laundering regulatory regimes' 

'An investigation of applicability of human rights norms in countries of Islamic tradition'

'Legislation Readiness for Renewable Energy Deployment in the Gulf Cooperation Council States: Limits and Opportunities'

'The role of international law in the protection of critical infrastructure in the Arabian Gulf against any potential threat'

'Decision making at the beginning of life: the interface between medical practice, regulation and the criminal law in the UK' 


Top Publications (recent):

  • ‘The African Union-ICC Controversy Before the ICJ: A Way Forward to Strengthen International Criminal Justice, with Naa A. Sowatey-Adjei 29 WASH. INT’L L.J. (2020)  247 
  • ‘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, (2019)  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) 


Current Projects

Cybrid threats and international law: from hybrid threats, greyzone to cyber threats- how new security challenges challenge international law

Quantifying Military Needs Against Resilience Base Requirements to Enable Operations Across NATO SACEUR’s AOR and Support Alliance Readiness 

Hybrid threats and the Asia – Pacific region: Hybrid warfare and cyber-attacks within the Australian – Pacific context

Operations Research Network: extending Feasible Scenario Spaces to incorporate Information Warfare

Strengthening Security Resiliency Through Partnerships and Alliances

Greyzone, Lawfare and Information Operations


Research/grant income

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 (








Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Liability for Gross Human Rights Violations: From Criminal to Civil Remedies, University of Johannesburg

Award Date: 6 Aug 2006

Master, Public International Law , Stellenbosch University

Award Date: 12 Dec 2002

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

External positions

Visiting Professor, Bournemouth University

7 Feb 2020 → …

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

Dec 2019 → …

Research Fellow, Stellenbosch University

Feb 2017 → …

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

May 2016 → …


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