A Strategic Research Partnership Grant has given scholars from The Australian National University (ANU) College of Law “an extraordinary opportunity to develop new skills” at an event jointly organised with Harvard University.
The Strategic Research Partnership Grant provides two awards of up to $25,000 to ANU College of Law academic staff to support the development of new collaborative research projects with strategic national and international partner universities. Each project must have at least two College investigators.
The grant recently helped fund a workshop at the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (HLS PILAC) jointly convened by the ANU Centre for Military and Security Law (CMSL).
“Workshop on the Resort to Force by Australia and the United States” invited experts to discuss international legal aspects concerning both countries in relation to six contexts/situations: Vietnam, Iraq 1991, Afghanistan 2001, Iraq 2003, ISIS, and Combined Maritime Forces.
Under the supervision of Professor Donald Rothwell FAAL and Associate Professor David Letts AM, CSM, ANU School of Legal Practice lecturers David Catanzariti and Ben Battcock presented three background working papers at the workshop. Their research was supported by an ANU College of Law internal Strategic Research Partnership Grant and by Mier (Marc) Itzchaki, a research assistant and ANU Juris Doctor student.
“These papers, along with three papers prepared by HLS-PILAC, were the basis for lively and informative discussions, seeking to analyse and contextualise the elements of international law underpinning significant joint military operations involving Australia and the United States since the mid-1960s,” said Mr Catanzariti.
Joining the ANU delegation was Squadron Leader Anthony Erman, an ANU Master of Military Law student and legal officer with the Royal Australian Air Force. He is currently serving on an exchange posting with the United States Air Force Office of International Law at the Pentagon in Washington DC.
“(The workshop) has allowed us to develop fresh perspectives into legal doctrines, principles, and application of international law, particularly as to how Australia and the United States, as coalition partners, have applied such law to justify intervening into various conflicts,” Mr Catanzariti added.