Centre for International & Public Law

The Centre for International and Public Law seeks to enrich legal research into the relationship between governments, and between governments and their citizens from both domestic and international perspectives.

Last updated date

3.23pm Friday 11 May 2018

Latest news

07
Mar
2018
Australia and Timor-Leste settle maritime boundary
After nearly two years of a facilitated conciliation process initiated under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Australia and Timor Leste have finally reached agreement on a maritime boundary in the Timor Sea.
02
Mar
2018
ANU students studying
The Australian National University (ANU) has reaffirmed its position as a leading global university with the latest rankings listing four subjects in the world's top 10, and 13 subjects listed in the top 20 in the world.
22
Feb
2018
An anti-terrorism bollard on the corner of Bourke and Elizabeth streets. Photo: James Ross
This year could see China and Russia with a counterterrorism capability to deploy smart killer drones using facial-recognition technology to eliminate persons deemed to be "terrorists". Many such persons would be considered by Australians to be activists, separatists or insurgents - rather than "terrorists".
13
Feb
2018
Jessup team 2018
The 2018 ANU Jessup mooting team succeeded in reaching the quarter-finals before they were defeated on Friday afternoon.
12
Feb
2018
Camilla Pondell
ANU Law graduate Camilla Pondel (BMus LLB (Hons) ’16) will spend one year working as Assistant Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague after she was awarded the ANU College of Law PCA Scholarship for 2018.

In the Media

16
May
2018

Bombardement de la Syrie: le droit international bafoué

Etienne Henry writes in Le Temps

Research theme:
11
Apr
2018

Factoring the Pacific into Australia’s approach to China

Bal Kama writes in Devpolicy Blog

15
Mar
2018

Who are South Africa's 'persecuted' white farmers?

Jolyon Ford interviewed by SBS News

05
Mar
2018

George Pell due in court to fight historical sexual offence charges

Donald Rothwell quoted in ABC News

Research theme:
20
Feb
2018

Bruising for a cruising – Carnival cruise brawl raises sea law queries

Donald Rothwell interviewed by The Wire radio

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Upcoming events

30
May
2018

Some reflections on regional maritime confidence building activities

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12.00PM to 1.00PM
  • Associate Professor David Letts, ANU College of Law

At present there are a number of confidence building measures underway, led by different organisations, that seek to address regional tensions in the maritime domain in South East Asia. 

07
Jun
2018

Encounters with Constitutional Interpretation and Legal Education: Essays in Honour of Michael Coper

Coper book launch
5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • The Honourable Robert French AC, Distinguished Honorary Professor at ANU College of Law and former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia

What do constitutional interpretation and legal education have in common?

19
Jun
2018

Defining ‘disaster’: Exploring the boundaries of international disaster law

Marie Aronsson-Storrier
1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • Dr Marie Aronsson-Storrier, University of Reading

As international disaster law is developing into a specific area of international law, debates around its scope are intensifying. 

02
Nov
2018

Public Law Weekend 2018

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9.00AM to 5.00PM

The Public Law Weekend is one of Australia’s pre-eminent public law conferences. Over two days, this year’s program will focus primarily on administrative law issues and developments.

Past events

23
May
2018

Budget and policy analysis for gender equality

Miranda Stewart
5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • Professor Miranda Stewart, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

Miranda Stewart will present on the effects of budgets and public policy for gender equality, with a particular focus on tax and social policy and the impact on wellbeing of women and families. 

21
May
2018

Syria, chemical weapons and international law

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5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • A/Prof Jeremy Farrall, ANU College of Law
  • A/Prof Phillip Drew, ANU College of Law

The 14 April 2018 military strikes against Syria by France, the United Kingdom and the United States in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime raise a number of issues of international law. 

14
May
2018

The Timor Sea conciliation

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5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • H.E. Abel Guterres, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Timor-Leste
  • Amelia Telec, Senior Lawyer, Australian Government Solicitor
  • Justin Whyatt, Assistant Secretary, Transnational and Sea Law Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

On 6 March 2018, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, and Timor-Leste’s Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister for the Delimitation of Borders and the Agent in the Conciliation, His Excellency Mr Hermenegildo Pereira, signed the Treaty Between Australia and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste establishing their maritime boundaries in the Timor Sea. 

10
May
2018

POSTPONED: Australia’s role within the international refugee protection system: Lessons, challenges and opportunities

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5.00PM to 6.00PM
  • Thomas Albrecht, Regional Representative, UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra

POSTPONED: Australia was a founding signatory of the 1951 Refugee Convention which remains the cornerstone of international protection for displaced persons. Almost 70 years later, while the Convention has proved adaptable to modern conflicts and challenges, there remains an imperative for Australia to also uphold these principles and standards domestically. 

26
Apr
2018

Gender dilemmas in stabilisation missions: The NATO ISAF mission and the practice of bacha bazi

Susan Harris-Rimmer
5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • Associate Professor Susan Harris-Rimmer, Griffith Law School

This paper analyses the layers of legal protection in post-conflict Afghanistan for sexual assault by Afghan armed forces, with a focus on US, Canada, The Netherlands and Australian forces as part of ISAF.

Since its establishment in 1990, the Centre for International and Public Law has been advancing the understanding of international and public law. The Centre’s members are leading experts in their fields of international and public law, and their research has had considerable impact on public policy at the local, national and international levels.

Capitalising on its proximity to the seat of our national government, the Centre has built strong connections within and across the federal government, including the Attorney General’s Department and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as other key national institutions, including the High Court.

The Centre runs two annual lectures – the Geoffrey Sawer lecture and the Kirby lecture in International Law and organises two major annual conferences - the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law Conference and the Public Law Weekend. The Centre also runs a monthly talk series, in conjunction with Attorney General's Department and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

The Centre is also home to the leading journal, the Australian Yearbook of International Law.

Through its visitor program, the Centre hosts international and domestic scholars, judges and government lawyers. 

Directors


James Stellios
Professor

Staff


Sarah Parker
Secretariat Coordinator

Members


Peter Bailey
Adjunct Professor

Pauline Bomball
Lecturer

Alex Bruce
Associate Professor

Peter Cane
Emeritus Professor

Moeen Cheema
Senior Lecturer

Anthony Connolly
Professor

Michael Coper
Emeritus Professor

Dominique Dalla-Pozza
Senior Lecturer

Lynn DuMoulin
Associate Professor

Jeremy Farrall
Associate Professor

Thomas Faunce
Professor

Jolyon Ford
Associate Professor

Miriam Gani
Associate Professor

Ryan Goss
Senior Lecturer

Dorota Anna Gozdecka
Senior Lecturer

Don Greig
Emeritus Professor

Kath Hall
Associate Professor

Judy Harrison
Senior Lecturer

Sarah Heathcote
Associate Professor

Vivien Holmes
Associate Professor

Anthony Hopkins
Senior Lecturer

Ann Kent
Visiting Fellow

Linda Kirk
Senior Lecturer

David Letts
Associate Professor

Ron Levy
Associate Professor

Anne Macduff
Senior Lecturer

Leighton McDonald
Associate Professor

Anne McNaughton
Senior Lecturer

Cameron Moore
Associate Professor

Wayne Morgan
Associate Professor

Joshua Neoh
Senior Lecturer

Mark Nolan
Professor

Molly Townes O'Brien
Associate Professor

Kate Ogg
Senior Lecturer

Dennis Pearce
Emeritus Professor

Heather Roberts
Senior Lecturer

Donald Rothwell
Professor of Law

Kim Rubenstein
Professor

Imogen Saunders
Senior Lecturer

Amelia Simpson
Associate Professor

Daniel Stewart
Senior Lecturer

Peter Sutherland
Visiting Fellow

Margaret Thornton
Professor

Christopher Ward
Adjunct Professor

Greg Weeks
Associate Professor

Fiona Wheeler
Emeritus Professor

Matthew Zagor
Associate Professor

Higher degree research students


Louise Baker
PhD Candidate

Sarah Bishop
PhD Candidate

Naomi Carde
SJD Candidate

Moeen Cheema
Senior Lecturer

Camille Goodman
PhD Candidate

Scott Joblin
PhD Candidate

Bal Kama
PhD Candidate

Katherine Lindsay
PhD Candidate

Likim Ng
PhD Candidate

Justine Poon
Manager - LRSJ

Alice Taylor
PhD Candidate

Affiliates

Anthea Roberts
Associate Professor
Centre for International Governance and Global Governance, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Professor Penelope Mathew
Dean and Head of School
Griffith Law School
Griffith University
Brisbane, Australia
Susan Harris-Rimmer
Freilich Foundation Chair
ARC Future Fellow, Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Hilary Charlesworth
ARC Laureate Fellow and Director CIGJ
Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ), Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet)
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia

Visitors


Etienne Henry
Visiting Fellow

Interns

Kieran Pender
Kieran Pender (2017)
Moralising Costs: The High Court, Conditional Grants of Special Leave and Costs Orders in Public Interest Litigation
Lip Yi Chong (2014)
Citizenship and changes to the Australian Passport Law
Katelyn Ewart
Katelyn Ewart (2013)
The availability of Habeus Corpus under s75(v) of the Constitution
Rui Lam
Rui Lam (2013)
The relationship between the law, religion and the culture of public debate in Australia.
Kaushik Ramesh
Kaushik Ramesh (2013)
The impact of the landmark Tasmanian Dams case - 30 years on
Anna Aidman
Anna Aidman (2011)
Inter-governmental relations and the structure and function of the Council of Australian Governments
Alice Rumble
Alice Rumble (2011)
Citizenship issues surrounding deportation of British subjects from Australia; & a submission to the Inquiry into Multiculturalism
Jacqui Field
Jacqui Field (2010)
Allegiance and Identity in a Globalised World
Sarah Bishop (2010)
A state’s extraterritorial obligations to citizens - the impacts of determinations in the United Kingdom (UK) and Canadian courts
Gabrielle Zimnoch (2010)
Facebook: Freedom of Speech and Regulation of Social Networking
Diana Zeleny
Diana Zeleny (2010)
Trailblazing Women and the Law Project

Advisory board

Vicki Parker
Vicki Parker
Deputy Director-General
Justice and Community Safety Directorate
ACT Government
Canberra, Australia
First Assistant Secretary
Attorney General's Department
Canberra, Australia
Senior Legal Adviser
Legal Division
Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Canberra, Australia
Honorary Professor
ANU College of Law
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Professor William Maley
Professor of Diplomacy
Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
The Hon Justice Melissa Perry
Judge
Federal Court of Australia
Sydney, Australia
The Hon Justice Richard Refshauge
Judge
The Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory
Canberra, Australia
Sally Wheeler
Dean
ANU College of Law
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia

The Centre for International and Public Law produces a range of publications, including an annual yearbook, and a newsletter. Its members also regularly produce publications in the field of international law.

Australian Year Book of International Law

Published since 1965, the Australian Year Book of International  Law is the leading Australian academic journal on international law. It publishes articles on a range of international law topics, including human rights, environmental law and legal theory.

Each volume contains a section on Australian practice in both private and public international law, a summary and analysis of Australian cases in which international law is an issue, as well as a lively book review section.

The Year Book is valuable for those working in the field of international law, including government officials, international organisation officials, non-government and community organisations, legal practitioners, academics and other researchers. It will also be valuable to students studying international law, international relations, human rights and international affairs.

Cambridge University Press Series: Connecting International Law with Public Law

This six book series is a key output from the Centre for International and Public Law. It grew out of a series of workshops that brought together public and international lawyers and policy makers for interdisciplinary discussion on selected topics and themes. 

  • Vol 1: Kim Rubenstein and Jeremy Farrall (eds), Sanctions Accountability and Governance in a Globalised World.
  • Vol 2: Thomas Pogge, Matthew Rimmer and Kim Rubenstein (eds) Incentives for Global Public Health:Patent Law and Access to Essential Medicines.
  • Vol 3: Brad Jessup and Kim Rubenstein (eds) Environmental Discourses in Public & International Law.
  • Vol 4: Mark Nolan, Fiona Jenkins and Kim Rubenstein (eds) Allegiance and Identity in a Globalised World.
  • Vol 5: Hitoshi Nasu and Kim Rubenstein (eds) Legal Perspectives on Security Institutions.
  • Vol 6: Katharine G Young and Kim Rubenstein (eds) The Public Law of Gender: From the Local to the Global.

This series Connecting International Law with Public Law can be purchased from Cambridge University Press.

Federation Press: Law and Policy Papers series

A regular series of papers published co-published with Federation Press that contribute to public understanding and discussion on issues of law and public policy, especially those that are the subject of contemporary public debate. Three papers are published each year, one each on administrative law, constitutional law and international law, written by experts in academia, government, the judiciary and the private legal profession.

The Centre has published 29 papers in this series between 1994 and 2015. For a full list of titles and to access the papers by subscription or individual purchase, see the Federation Press site.

Federation Press: Books

federationpress.com.au T +61 2 9552 2200 marketing@federationpress.com.au

Publications available from CIPL

  • John McMillan and Judith Jones (eds), Public Law Intersections, paper presented at the Public Law Weekend 2000 and 2001, (2003).
  • John McMillan (ed), The AAT: Twenty Years Forward, (1998).
  • Robin Creyke and John McMillan (eds), The Kerr Vision of Australian Administrative Law - At the Twenty-Five Year Mark, (1998).
  • Robin Creyke and Michael Sassella (eds), Targeting, Accountability and Review: Current Issues in Income Support Law, (1998).

If you would like a copy, please contact our administrator on cipl.law@anu.edu.au.

Occasional papers

Under the ANU College of Law’s Visiting Scholar Program, the Centre offers two visiting opportunities – one for Judges, and the other for Government visitors.

Judge-In-Residence program

The Judge-in-Residence Program provides an opportunity for judges to enjoy a research intensive period at the College. Judges-in-Residence have the opportunity to be part of the research community, benefitting from, and contributing to, the vibrancy of the College’s research culture.

Government Visitor program

The Centre offers the opportunity for a government officer to enjoy a research intensive period at the College. Government Visitors will pursue a research project while at the College and be willing to draw from, and add to, the intellectual life of the College.

16
Dec
2016
Author(s): Jolyon Ford

Blockbuster movies such as Blood Diamond or Avatar explore corporate responsibility themes in various ways. How might such popular culture products affect the emerging regulatory landscape on business-related human rights impacts and conflict-sensitive business practices? What role might popular culture -- in particular ‘big screen’ movies -- have to play in fostering greater awareness of, and business respect for, these norms and standards? Most scholarship on addressing the governance gap in these areas is directed to ‘supply-side’ factors -- how to design or improve legal, regulatory and policy initiatives. Scholars in the ‘business and human rights’ and ‘business for peace’ fields have focussed relatively little on insights as to the ‘demand side’ -- whether, how and to what extent consumer behaviour may be relevant in driving shifts in business practices or in complementing or demanding governmental action. This working paper explores a possible research agenda on how the nexus of business, human rights and peace is treated in pop culture, and what (if any) significance this might have to the universe of regulatory and other activity in this field. It asks how important pop culture might be in shaping a critical mass of informed consumers, a potentially relevant regulatory resource.

Centre: CIPL
Research theme: Human Rights Law and Policy
04
Jan
2016
Author(s): Kath Hall, Milton C Regan Jr, Georgetown University

This paper examines the growth of transnational governance, and what it means for business lawyers advising multinational corporate clients. The term “governance” incorporates the network of actors, instruments and mechanisms that now govern transnational corporations, separate from the nation state. It is reasonable to expect that lawyers play an important role in advising business clients on how to effectively operate within this system. Indeed, many transnational legal instruments are intended to enhance clients’ business goals by enabling them to engage more efficiently in cross-border commerce. Other forms of regulation, such as human rights regulation, purports to impose requirements on companies that go beyond what is necessary to enhance cross-border commerce. 

In this paper we discuss the transnational governance regime that has arisen to address the adverse human rights impacts of business activities. We focus in particular on the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which were adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011. We ask what if any role is there for lawyers in fostering acknowledgment and fulfilment of these responsibilities among clients? Is the duty to respect human rights a “legal” obligation in any sense? If a lawyer does provide advice, should it encompass only legal risks to the company that fall within the lawyer’s traditionally defined specialized expertise? Or should it go beyond that to include other concerns?

Centre: CIPL

The Centre for International and Public Law offers undergraduate students the opportunity to undertake an internship as part of LAWS4230, a subject which offers selected high achieving students an unparalleled opportunity to carry out a law-based research project in a legal professional workplace. This elective course develops both legal knowledge and a lawyer’s approach to problem identification, analysis and recommendations.

Students should contact the Centre Director to discuss the possibility of undertaking an internship with the Centre. 

Previous interns are listed in our People section, and if you click on their name you can read accounts of their experiences as a CIPL intern.

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