Running an ICJ case: a practitioner’s perspective

Date & time
5.30–7pm Tuesday 5 August 2014
Law Theatre, ANU College of Law, Building 5, Fellows Rd, The Australian National University
Bill Campbell PSM QC, Attorney-General’s DepartmentDr Greg French, Department of Foreign Affairs and TradeAnne Sheehan, Attorney-General’s Department


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VENUE CHANGE: Due to over-subscription to this event, it will now be held in the Law Theatre at the ANU College of Law

Three government lawyers involved with the Whaling case will share their expertise on the legal, diplomatic and practical aspects of running a case before the International Court of Justice.

Bill Campbell PSM QC is General Counsel (International Law), Office of International Law, Attorney-General’s Department. He has advised the Australian Government on international law for a period of over thirty years. He was Agent and Counsel for Australia in the Southern Bluefin Tuna and Volga Cases before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and in the recent Whaling in the Antarctic Case before the International Court of Justice. He is currently a counsel for Australia in the Questions Relating to the Seizure and the Detention of Certain Documents and Data Case before the ICJ.

Dr Greg French is Legal Adviser and Head of the International Legal Branch in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has led Australian delegations at meetings of the International Criminal Court Assembly of States Parties and Antarctic Treaty Parties, as well as in negotiations on the Law of the Sea Convention, biosafety and biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction. He also led the Australian delegation that negotiated the Australia-New Zealand maritime boundary. He participated in the Australian delegation to the ICJ whaling case hearing. He chaired a UN Commission on seabed mining and was rapporteur for the negotiation of the 1994 Implementing Agreement to the Law of the Sea Convention. 

Anne Sheehan is Acting Assistant Secretary, International Law, Trade and Security Branch of the Office of International Law, Attorney-General’s Department. Anne has worked in the Office of International Law since 2005 during which time she has worked on a range of matters, including law of the sea, human rights and trade. Most recently Anne has worked on Australia’s International Court of Justice case against Japan. 

Please note, this lecture will now be held in the Law Theatre.

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