ANZSIL 21st Annual Conference - Accountability and international law

Date & time
8.30am Thursday 4 July – 1.30pm Saturday 6 July 2013

University House

1 Balmain Crescent
The Australian National University
Acton, Canberra, ACT

Professor Harold Hongju Koh


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Part of the ANZSIL Annual Conference series


The 21st Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law  will take place from Thursday, 4 July 2013 to Saturday, 6 July 2013 at The Australian National University, Canberra. The conference will be hosted by the Centre for International and Public Law, ANU College of Law.

Central to many understandings of international law is the concept of accountability. While the concept takes traditional forms in the context of the law of State responsibility and the responsibility of international organisations, the notion is much broader in scope. The accountability of international law-makers to their communities and to a broader international community for their acts and failures to act; of the State to its citizens in the fields of diplomatic protection and human rights; the evolving law in relation to responsibilities of non-State actors including corporations; global administrative law; the accountability of arbitral tribunals; the accountability of international and national NGOs for their activities; and the role played by civil society institutions in filling lacunae in the international systems of accountability. All these are aspects of the operation of international law that might be fruitfully explored from the perspective of accountability (or its absence).


  • Professor Harold Hongju Koh »

    Sterling Professor of International Law

    Harold Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School. He returned to Yale Law School in January 2013 after serving for nearly four years as the 22nd Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State. 

    Professor Koh is one of the country’s leading experts in public and private international law, national security law, and human rights. He first began teaching at Yale Law School in 1985 and served as its fifteenth Dean from 2004 until 2009. From 2009 to 2013, he took leave as the Martin R. Flug ’55 Professor of International Law to join the State Department as Legal Adviser, service for which he received the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award. From 1993 to 2009, he was the Gerard C. & Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School, and from 1998 to 2001, he served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. 

  • Mr Ralph Zacklin CMG »

    Ralph Zacklin served as Assistant Secretary General for Legal Affairs of the United Nations between 1998 and 2005. In a UN career spanning more than thirty years he worked closely with Secretaries-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Kofi Annan. In recent years he has been a member or chairperson of several Commissions of Inquiry on human rights and accountability. His most recent publication is The United Nations Secretariat and the Use of Force: Power vs. Principle (Cambridge University Press, 2010), an expanded version of his 2008 Sir Hersch Lauterpacht Memorial Lectures.

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