The Annual Kirby Lecture on International Law - Australia’s increasing enmeshment in international law dispute resolution

Date & time
6.30–7.30pm Thursday 30 June 2016

Finkel Theatre John Curtin School of Medical Research, 131 Garran Road, The Australian National University

Justin Gleeson SC, Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.


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Part of the Annual Kirby Lecture on International Law series

Justin Gleeson

In this lecture, Justin Gleeson SC, explores some of the ways in which Australia is increasingly being drawn into the public international law space via domestic and international dispute resolution, as well as the domestic consequences of such involvement.

He will focus on seven forms of dispute resolution mechanisms in which Australia has a particular interest: dispute resolution by the International Court of Justice (ICJ); inter State arbitration; dispute resolution under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS);Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms; advisory, non-binding opinions of other international, particularly UN, bodies; the ‘constitutionalisation’ of public international law issues by the High Court of Australia; and domestic litigation, more broadly, around international treatyand customary international law questions.

Specifically, he will examine the ways in which each mechanism impacts upon or reflects Australia’s sovereignty.

Justin Gleeson SC is the Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. He was formerly a barrister practising at the NSW Bar and founding head of Banco Chambers in Sydney. He is an Australian member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague.

As Solicitor-General, he appears as counsel for the Commonwealth and related entities, and provides opinions on questions of law on referral from the Attorney-General

Refreshments will be served before the lecture from 6:00pm - 6:30pm

This is a free event. Please RSVP by Tuesday 28 June 2016 

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