Syria, chemical weapons and international law

Date & time

5.30–6.30pm Monday 21 May 2018


Law Link Theatre

ANU College of Law, 5 Fellows Road, The Australian National University


A/Prof Jeremy Farrall, ANU College of Law
A/Prof Phillip Drew, ANU College of Law


For interstate visitors, we offer suggestions for accommodation near ANU.


Nicole Harman
02 6125 0454

Presented by The Centre for International & Public Law

CIPL Seminar
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The 14 April 2018 military strikes against Syria by France, the United Kingdom and the United States in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime raise a number of issues of international law. This panel of international law specialists will consider some of these; specifically, the roles of both the United Nations Security Council and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), as well as issues of international criminal law, and the prohibition on the use of force and its exceptions.


  • Jeremy Farrall »

    Dr Jeremy Farrall is Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Research) at the ANU College of Law. He is Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council Discovery Project ‘Leveraging Power and Influence on the UN Security Council’.

  • Phillip Drew »

    Dr Phillip Drew is Associate Professor at the ANU College of Law. Before joining the ANU he spent 30 years in the Canadian Military, amongst his many roles, he was the Legal Advisor to the Canadian Pacific Fleet from 2004–09 and is currently the only lawyer certified as a Qualified Expert by the OPCW. His expertise is in the field of international humanitarian law.

  • Jane McCosker »

    Jane McCosker is a Senior Legal Officer in the Office of International Law at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. The principal fields on which she has advised in this role are international humanitarian, criminal, security and human rights law.

  • Etienne Henry »

    Dr Etienne Henry is Visiting Fellow at the ANU College of Law’s Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL). He is currently in Australia on a Swiss National Science Foundation grant to work on a monograph on the jus ad bellum.



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