Former Deputy Director of The Australian Institute of International Affairs in Canberra and Counsel at The World Bank, Philip Hurst is a prominent Anglo-Australian international and constitutional lawyer, lecturer and writer. In the course of his 30-year legal career he practised in London, New York and Washington DC, culminating as a partner and Director of International and Public Law at Ashursts, a leading London international law firm. At Ashursts he also ran the “Beyond the Headlines” series of high-profile public seminars, achieving an award for outstanding innovation from the Financial Times. Philip was cited by the leading guides to the legal profession as the UK’s pre-eminent lawyer in his field; he was a visiting lecturer in law at Imperial College, London.
Born in England and educated in Australia at the Universities of New South Wales and Sydney, the Australian National University, and with post-graduate degrees from the University of Virginia, Philip travelled professionally to many of the world’s most remote and exotic countries, but has a particular interest in India (after 35 visits), East and South-East Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East (having made 16 visits to Iran since the Revolution); his experience in Argentina, Chile, Peru and Venezuela spans two decades. Philip advised governments, multilateral organisations, NGOs and private sector clients on structural adjustment programs, privatisations, energy, infrastructure and natural resources projects – especially for copper, gold and diamonds in sub-Saharan Africa. He was frequently consulted by governments on regional security issues. Philip has published numerous travel-related articles and reviews, and now travels, lectures and writes both fiction and journalism full-time. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London, and now lives near Seville, Spain.