International law and security in the Trumpocene

Date & time
11am–12pm Thursday 27 April 2017

Dialogue Conference Centre

4 National Circuit, Barton, Canberra

AIRCDRE Chris Hanna
Michael Bliss
Professor Greg Austin


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Nicole Harman

Presented by The Attorney-General's Department, supported by the Centre for International & Public Law and the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

CIPL Monthly Seminar

Part of the CIPL Monthly Talk series series

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Following the executive orders and twitter posts issued by President Donald Trump, we are all waiting to see what is next on the President’s agenda. Where does international law and security fit into his agenda and how can we prepare for what lies ahead? During this panel discussion, Senior Executives from across government will discuss the potential implications of a Trump presidency for international law. 

Chaired by Sue Robertson (Office of International Law, Attorney-General's Department)


  • AIRCDRE Chris Hanna »

    Air Commodore Chris Hanna joined the RAAF in 1990 as an undergraduate while studying law at the University of Tasmania. He was admitted to practice law in Victoria in November 1992 and since then has completed a range of postings as a RAAF Legal Officer. His postings have included Strategic Operations Division, Headquarters Air Command, Defence Counsel Services, Headquarters Joint Operations Command and the Directorate of Operations and International Law. He has also been an exchange officer with the United States Air Force, Operations and International Law directorate, at the Pentagon.

    Air Commodore Hanna holds a Master of International Law degree from the University of Sydney and a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies) degree from Deakin University. In 2003 Air Commodore Hanna was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for his work at Strategic Operations Division for OP FALCONER. In 2013, he was awarded a Bar to the CSC for his wider work as an ADF Legal Officer. Air Commodore Hanna was the Director of Air Force Legal Services from June 2006 to February 2008 (and assumed this role again in 2013). In 2014, the then Group Captain Hanna was promoted to Air Commodore and posted into the position of Director General ADF Legal Service.

  • Michael Bliss »

    Michael Bliss is currently the Legal Adviser (International) and Assistant Secretary of the International Legal Branch at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra, and is concurrently a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University’s Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy.

    Prior to taking up his role as Legal Adviser Michael served as Assistant Secretary and head of the International Organisations Branch. Michael served as Political Coordinator for Australia’s Security Council team during Australia’s 2013-14 term on the Council. This was his second posting to New York; he previously served as Legal Adviser at the Australian Permanent Mission to the UN from 2001-2004. Michael has served in a range of international law roles in Canberra, and as Minister Counsellor in Jakarta for four years (2008-12), heading the Embassy’s Political and Economic Branch.

    He has a bachelor’s degree in law from UNSW and an LLM from Columbia University, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar. He has also taught as an adjunct lecturer at Columbia University School of Law.

  • Professor Greg Austin »

    Dr Austin is a Professor in the Australian Centre for Cyber Security at the University of New South Wales (Canberra). He concurrently serves as a Professorial Fellow with the EastWest Institute (EWI) in New York.  He has a career of achievement in international security affairs and has published numerous books  on Asian security affairs (five are on China), each with a strong interdisciplinary focus. His current research interests in cyber strategy and diplomacy, security policies of China and Russia, countering violent extremism, and national security ethics. Professor Austin has held posts in Australian security policy as Ministerial adviser, parliamentary committee secretary, international intelligence liaison officer and intelligence analyst and held research leadership roles in globally prominent NGOs, including as Vice President of the EastWest Institute and Asia Program Director in the International Crisis Group.


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