Australia and the International Dispute Settlement System: The last 30 years

Date & time
4.15–6pm Thursday 28 November 2019

Attorney-General's Department, 3-5 National Circuit, Barton, ACT 2600

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Presented by Centre for International & Public Law (CIPL) and Attorney-General's Department

CIPL Seminar
Australia & the International Dispute Settlement System: The last 30 years

Join this panel discussion as we look back on the last 30 years of Australia’s engagement with the International Dispute Settlement System.

Note: Please arrive at 4.15pm for a 4.30pm start. There will be light refreshments following the formal presentation.

Chair: Dr Camille Goodman

Panel members: Henry Burmester AO, QC, Bill Campbell PSM QC, Anne Sheehan and Richard Rowe PSM


  • Dr Camille Goodman »

    Dr Camille Goodman has worked in the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department since 2005, providing advice to Government on a wide range of public international law issues, with a particular focus on maritime law and international fisheries law. She has been the Australian Government legal adviser at international meetings and negotiations, and managed litigation before international courts and tribunals. Camille completed her PhD at the ANU College of Law in 2019, focusing on the nature and extent of coastal State jurisdiction over living resources in the exclusive economic zone. Since completing her PhD, Camille has worked in various roles at the Attorney-General’s Department, including leading the Department’s Incoming Government Brief Taskforce during the 2019 election period. She is currently the Director of the Cabinet, Legislation and Estimates Section in the Strategy and Governance Branch.

  • Henry Burmester AO, QC »

    Henry Burmester AO, QC was appointed an Honorary Professor in the ANU College of Law in 2016. He was formerly Chief General Counsel in the Australian Government Solicitor from 1995 until 2009. During that period he on occasion acted as Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth. Before that, he was head of the Office of International Law in the Attorney-General's Department (Cth). Henry's principal interests are international and constitutional law. He has written in both areas and appeared as counsel for Australia in international tribunals and in major Australian constitutional cases.

  • Bill Campbell PSM QC »

    Bill Campbell PSM QC was variously General Counsel (International Law) and head of the Office of International Law in the Attorney-General’s Department (Cth) from 1996-2018. In those capacities, Bill advised successive Australian Governments on all areas of international law and its implementation in Australia. He was also responsible for the conduct of, and appeared in, cases involving Australia before international courts and tribunals. His principal interest is public international law, particularly matters concerning its implementation in domestic law, the law of the sea and the conduct of litigation before international courts and tribunals. He was appointed an Honorary Professor in the ANU College of Law in 2019.

  • Anne Sheehan »

    Anne Sheehan is currently Assistant Secretary, Office of International Law in the Attorney-General’s Department. Since 2005 Anne has worked in various roles in the Attorney-General’s Department (Cth), including in the Office of International Law, during which time she worked on a range of matters, including law of the sea, international humanitarian law, human rights law and trade law. Anne worked on Australia’s International Court of Justice case against Japan in relation to whaling as well as a number of WTO disputes involving Australia. Prior to commencing in the Attorney-General’s Department, Anne worked in the Department of Defence and has also held positions in the United Kingdom’s Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and worked as a visiting fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Anne has a Master of Laws specialising in international law from the University of Queensland and Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology.

  • Richard Rowe PSM »

    Richard Rowe PSM is a former Senior Legal Adviser in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). During his career he was closely involved in the development and codification of international law in a number of fields, including multilateral and bilateral agreements and processes on: the Law of the Sea; International Criminal Law (particularly the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court); International Humanitarian Law; Arms Control; International Security; and Resource Sharing. He has been the head of the Australian Delegation to many international negotiations. He has held senior positions, including as Ambassador, in Australian missions overseas. Richard is an Honorary Professor in the ANU College of Law.

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