Henry Burmester AO, QC was appointed an Honorary Professor in the ANU College of Law in 2016. He was formerly Chief General Counsel in the Australian Government Solicitor from 1995 until 2009. During that period he on occasion acted as Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth. Before that he was head of the Office of International Law in the Attorney-General's Department.
Henry was a member of the ANU Faculty of Law between 1981 and 1985. He is a graduate of ANU (BA, LLB(Hons), and LLM (Virginia).
Henry's principal interests are international and constitutional law. He has written in both areas and appeared as counsel for Australia in international tribunals and in major Australian constitutional cases.
- Dr Cameron Moore, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong
- Henry Burmester AO, QC, ANU College of Law
The Australian Defence Force, together with military forces from a number of western democracies, have for some years been seeking out and killing Islamic militants in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, detaining asylum seekers for periods at sea or running the judicial systems of failed states.
- Henry Burmester AO, QC
- Dr Ryan Goss, ANU College of Law
On 24 January 2017, the UK Supreme Court decided that Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union could not be triggered by an exercise of prerogative power. Instead, an Act of Parliament is required.
This workshop explores how we see customary international law and its evolution in today’s uncertain times.
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