- Professor Donald R Rothwell
The status of islands and their peoples has raised a series of issues for international law over time. From the 1921 Aaland Islands case to the current Chagos Archipelago Advisory Opinion, islands and their peoples have occupied governments, the League of Nations, the United Nations, and international courts and tribunals.
- Dr Sarah Holcombe, Senior Fellow, University of Queensland, and Visiting Fellow at ANU
The criminalisation of gender violence, though enormously important in validating women’s rights as human rights, has had particular and unintended effects in Aboriginal communities.
- Frances Adamson, Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Frances Adamson, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will discuss the need to extend the rules-based international order to Space.
- Justice Melissa Perry, Federal Court of Australia
Water is key to the existence of life. From the nourishment of our physical selves, to sanitation, health, agriculture, and energy production our existence and way of life depends upon access to adequate and reliable supplies of fresh-water.
- Dr Annemarie Devereux
Ensuring accountability for human rights violations is a central tenet of the international human rights framework.
- Catherine Kessedjian, Professor Emerita, University Panthéon-Assas Paris II
The UNCITRAL has launched negotiations for the reform of investor-state dispute resolution to address states' concerns over a process that they feel has gotten out of hand. Professor Kessedjian will reflect on some of the criticism and discuss what solutions could be crafted to address them.
- Dr Craig Reynolds, Honorary Professor, School of Culture, History & Language, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
- Professor Anthony Connolly, ANU College of Law and ANU Academic Board
- Sarah Bishop, PhD candidate, ANU College of Law
The criminal trial of a senior Thai academic along with four others that commenced this July 2018 has thrown a sharp spotlight on conditions in Thailand’s universities since the military seized government there in 2014.
- Sean Murphy, Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law, George Washington University Law School
In 2014, the UN International Law Commission embarked on the drafting of articles for what may become a new Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Humanity. In 2017, the Commission completed a first draft of the project, consisting of a preamble, fifteen articles, and an annex, with commentary.
- Dr Julia Powles, New York University School of Law
- Mr Will Bateman, ANU College of Law
Artificial intelligence and automation have been spruiked as critical parts of public sector reform.
- Professor Rosalind Dixon, UNSW
Much recent work has focused on the ways in which liberal democratic constitutionalism can be eroded from within, including by manipulating law and the tools of constitutional change. Courts are often seen as an indispensable protection for a democratic constitutional order, and there are indeed examples of courts guarding against abusive forms of constitutional and legal change.