Mr Henry Burmester

Honorary Professor

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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.

Past events

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5.30PM to 6.30PM Seminar
  • 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.

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1.15PM to 5.30PM Workshop

This workshop explores how we see customary international law and its evolution in today’s uncertain times.

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