Dr Alison Pert is a lawyer with extensive experience in commercial contracts, litigation, insurance and public international law. Her career has spanned the government, private and academic sectors, both in Australia and overseas. Alison has worked for the governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia, representing the latter in treaty negotiations. She has worked in private practice and as in-house counsel, and currently lectures in public international law at the University of Sydney. She is the author of two books and many articles and papers; she also gives media interviews on the issues of public international law arising from current events. She is a passionate supporter of opera.