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Travers McLeod

Expertise: Law, International relations, Public policy, Governance, Public sector, International law, Climate change, Forced migration

Travers joined the Brotherhood of St. Laurence (BSL) as its Executive Director in April 2022. Prior to that, he led the Centre for Policy Development as CEO for eight years

Travers began his career in public law, working for the State Solicitor’s Office in Western Australia and for Justice Michael Kirby in the High Court of Australia.

He holds a DPhil and MPhil (Dist) in International Relations from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes scholar and was a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations.

He worked as a Policy Adviser for the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, playing a lead role in their 2013 report Now for the Long Term. Travers’ first book, Rule of Law in War, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. He remains an Associate of the Oxford Martin School and holds adjunct positions at the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Australia.


The seventh Climate & Recovery Initiative roundtable, on Friday 19 November 2021, was held directly
Starting Better is a landmark 2021 report charting a decade of holistic reform to make
On Friday 6 August 2021, CPD’s CEO Travers McLeod, CPD Chairperson Terry Moran AC and
On Wednesday 28 July 2021, CPD’s CEO Travers McLeod and Sustainable Economy Program Director Toby
On 23 November, CPD and our partners convened the stakeholders in our Third Climate and

In the media

The report of the inquiry into Workforce Australia is a significant and timely recognition that our employment services system requires substantial reform. 
Investors are demanding greater certainty about the path to 2050 net zero emissions
Starting Better report proposes a decade of reforms to create a Guarantee for Young Children and Families
Companies and their directors could be sued for “greenwashing” their commitments to achieve their net zero carbon pledges or emissions reductions targets, according to a legal opinion backed by some of Australia’s top business leaders.
Company directors that rush to make net zero pledges without fully examining the firm’s ability to meet the goals could be guilty of “misleading or deceptive conduct” and vulnerable to regulatory or legal penalties.
Research by the Centre for Policy Development found imprisonment rates were higher than the global average in every Australian state and territory except the ACT.