The Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL) at the ANU College of Law has announced Professor Kim Rubenstein will step down from her role as Director, a position she has held since February 2006.
Dean of the ANU College of Law, Professor Stephen Bottomley, said Professor Rubenstein had made an immense contribution to the development and growth of CIPL over the past decade.
“Professor Rubenstein has played a remarkable role in strengthening CIPL’s reputation as one of Australia’s most respected centres for research into international, administrative and public law.
“Through her endless energy, Professor Rubenstein has brought together legal experts from a diverse range of backgrounds to help maintain CIPL’s standing as a truly world-class centre.
“In stepping down from her role as Director, Professor Rubenstein leaves CIPL in a very strong position to capture and capitalise on the many opportunities that lie ahead,” said Professor Bottomley.
Since 1990, CIPL has focused on developing expertise on the laws that define relationships between governments – and between governments and their citizens – from both a domestic and international perspective.
In particular, this has seen Professor Rubenstein place a research emphasis on the linking of public law and international law, working with over 100 academics and practitioners – from public and international, law, government, public policy, politics, philosophy, psychology, sociology and gender studies – and publishing the six-volume series, Connecting international law with public law (Cambridge University Press).
Under the stewardship of Professor Rubenstein, CIPL has built on its location in Canberra, using its proximity to government agencies such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Attorney-General’s Department to better observe and explore aspects of public law in action.
“The efforts of Professor Rubenstein to better connect CIPL – and through it, the wider university – to Australia’s key law making and legislative bodies have been especially valuable in strengthening the Centre’s role, and the research produced by it,” said Professor Bottomley.
In addition to its own research outputs, CIPL acts as the Secretariat to the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANSZIL) and manages an extensive public outreach program, including hosting many of Australia’s most prestigious legal events, including the Public Law Weekend, the Sawer Lecture in Public Law, and the Kirby Lecture in International Law.
Professor Rubenstein remains with the ANU College of Law as a permanent professor of law, with Associate Professor James Stellios to commence as Director of CIPL from January 2016.
BY TIM GRAINGER