International Law

Research Theme

Opening the black box: Investigating private law and near-law phenomena from socio-legal perspectives

More open space: Voting rights and constitutional change in Taiwan

Trials and tribulations: Thinking about ASEAN law

The Role of the ILC & VCLT in International Investment Law

Since it was adopted in 1969, the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT) has come to be widely regarded as one of the International Law Commission’s (ILC’s) greatest successes. Indeed, the VCLT’s drafting history reflects that the ILC sought to create an enduring set of provisions constituting a law of treaties – regardless of the specific features of the individual treaties to which such rules might come to be applied.

Reconceiving engagement with international law in a populist era

This public lecture by Professor Peter Danchin (University of Maryland) and Professor Shruti Rana (Indiana University) with commentary from Professor Philip Alston (New York University) seeks to address the fundamental problem of how to reconceive engagement by states with the international legal order in the face of a sustained populist backlash.

The power to go to war

The Minister for Defence has referred to the parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Trade and Defence the question how Australia makes decisions to send service personnel into international armed conflict. The decision to go to war is arguably the most important decision any government can make. Yet it is the least regulated of any government decision. We have all observed the many hours of parliamentary debate and back room negotiation on controversial legislation.

AYBIL Highlights: An MH17 Roundtable Discussion

The Australian Year Book of International Law (AYBIL) uniquely combines scholarly commentary with contributions from Australian government officials. Consistent with this mission, this event will highlight recent work published in the Year Book focussed on the legal implications of the downing of MH17 in 2014.

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