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Teneille Elliott

PhD student

GDLP (UOW); LLB (Hons) (UOW); BA (UOW)

Teneille Elliott

Teneille Elliott commenced her doctoral candidacy at the National Security College in August 2014. Teneille previously worked in Australia’s national security community, where she held legal roles with various agencies including the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Attorney-General’s Department and Australian Crime Commission. Most recently, she was the Adviser to the former Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM), Bret Walker SC, from 2011 to 2014. Teneille advised the INSLM on the operation, effectiveness and implications of Australia’s counter-terrorism and national security legislation.

Teneille is admitted as a legal practitioner and holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, an Honours degree in Law, and an Arts degree (Industrial Relations and International Studies) from the University of Wollongong. She also holds a Diploma in Government and is an alumnus of the National Security College’s Executive Development program.

Research interests

  • Measuring the effectiveness of counter-terrorism interventions
  • Legislative frameworks and international obligations to counter terrorism
  • Counter-terrorism policy design and program implementation
  • Australia’s national counter-terrorism arrangements
  • Terrorist threats to Australia and Australian interests

Thesis topic

Teneille’s PhD research is on evaluating the effectiveness of Australia’s counter-terrorism laws, policies and programs. Her interdisciplinary research aims to develop an evidence-based evaluation framework for assessing Australia’s counter-terrorism laws, policies and programs. The framework is intended to enable better-informed policy-making and program management.


Elliott, Teneille. Applying Just War Theory as a Framework to Assess the Moral Legitimacy of Australia’s Counter-Terrorism Laws, 2014 Annual Meeting of the Australian Political Studies Association, Sydney

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