Interpreting international law with a special focus on international trade and investment schedules

Date & time

12.30–1.30pm Tuesday 10 April 2018


DFAT Diplomatic Academy

1.06 Academy Training Room
44 Sydney Avenue, Forrest


Associate Professor Sarah Heathcote, Deputy Director, Centre for International and Public Law
Simon Brinsmead, Senior Legal Officer, Office of International Law, Attorney-General’s Department


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Nicole Harman

Presented by The Centre for International & Public Law

CIPL International Law Lunchtime Seminar

Interpreting international law with a special focus on international trade and investment schedules

Join a group of 20–25 CIPL members at a monthly brown bag (BYO) lunch to hear short presentations by specialists on recent developments in international law, followed by general discussion.

After a survey by Sarah Heathcote of the various methods of interpretation, whether of treaty instruments or different types of unilateral acts, Simon Brinsmead will discuss interpretation within the context of International Trade and Investment Law, focussing on the interpretation of services commitments in the WTO Agreement and of investment and services commitments in preferential trade agreements. Whilst the cases reveal a painstaking application of the general interpretive principles outlined in Articles 31 and 32 of the 1969 Vienna Convention, broader normative insights may also be warranted from customary international law principles concerning the interpretation of unilateral acts. 

Should people register and then be unable to attend, they are kindly asked to cancel their booking so that others can attend.


  • Sarah Heathcote »

    Sarah Heathcote teaches and researches in the core areas of international law and international organisations at the ANU Law School. She holds a PhD from Geneva, where she also taught for a decade, before returning to Australia and the ANU in 2008. 

  • Simon Brinsmead »

    Simon Brinsmead is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Bern, Switzerland. His doctoral thesis examines the case for an international agreement to address concerns associated with access to interoperability standards and standards-essential intellectual property. 

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