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

1.25pm Friday 22 September 2017

Latest news

15
Sep
2017
Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, Captain James Cook, c. 1775
Injustice is observable only under certain conditions. Getting better at being able to see injustice is a vocational issue for people working in law. After all, justice is what legal systems are for.
03
Sep
2017
Rainbow Flag
As the High Court of Australia hears challenges to the postal plebiscite, Dr Ron Levy debunks some of the myths around the marriage equality debate.
22
Aug
2017
Federal Court of Australia
To mark the Federal Court of Australia's milestone 40th year, the ANU Law School is hosting a conference to reflect on the Court’s contributions to Australian law.
11
Aug
2017
Coffee Beans
What are some factors in regulating corporate action and transparency on human rights risks across supply chains?
04
Aug
2017
Road Train
A level playing field must be established for TruckSafe to operate effectively.

In the Media

26
Sep
2017

Review of K. Rubenstein, Australian Citizenship Law, Lawbook Company of Australia/Thomson Reuters, Sydney, 2017 (2nd edition)

Kim Rubenstein cited in Eudo Citizenship (European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship)

19
Sep
2017

How does Australia decide to go to war?

Ernst Willheim speaks to ABC 666 Mornings

07
Sep
2017

Does section 44 affect Jewish MPs?

Kim Rubenstein writes in The Australian Jewish News

04
Sep
2017

Australia and Timor Leste strike deal to end maritime boundary dispute

Donald Rothwell speaks to ABC Radio National Breakfast

04
Sep
2017

College in focus – ANU College of Law

Stephen Bottomley On Campus

31
Aug
2017

Derryn Hinch wants Senate to refer his election to the High Court

Kim Rubenstein quoted in The Australian

29
Aug
2017

ANU wins more than $1.24 million in New Colombo Plan grants

Vivien Holmes, Margie Rowe ANU Newsroom

15
Aug
2017

Barnaby Joyce's New Zealand citizenship puts Gov't majority in doubt

Kim Rubenstein quoted in ABC's AM

15
Aug
2017

Nick Xenophon enters the dual citizenship mix

Kim Rubenstein quoted in The Australian

15
Aug
2017

Nick Xenophon enters the dual citizenship mix

Kim Rubenstein quoted in The Australian

Upcoming events

28
Sep
2017

Fair trial rights in the European Court of Human Rights: Recent cases

European Court of Human Rights
12.30PM to 1.30PM
  • Dr Ryan Goss, ANU College of Law

Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights protects the right to a fair trial in civil and criminal proceedings. The Article 6 rights are the most heavily-litigated Convention rights before the European Court of Human Rights, generating a large and complex body of case law. 

05
Oct
2017

Foreign bribery and corruption: Are we making a difference?

World currency
5.30PM to 7.00PM
  • International lawyer Stephane Brabant
  • AFP Commander Peter Crozier
  • Dr Kath Hall

Over recent years there has been a flurry of regulatory activity in relation to foreign bribery and corruption. Last year multi-national companies paid over $2.9 billion to resolve cases in the US, and Rolls Royce entered the largest deferred prosecution agreement in the UK for over $1.1 billion. 

12
Oct
2017

Twentieth Geoffrey Sawer lecture: The Hon Justice Stephen Gageler AC

Stephen Gageler AC
6.00PM to 7.30PM
  • Hon Justice Stephen Gageler AC

Past events

19
Sep
2017

Narratives of women in law: Then and now

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3.00PM to 5.00PM
  • Professor Rosemary Auchmuty, University of Reading
  • Professor Margaret Thornton, ANU College of Law
  • Dr Heather Roberts, ANU College of Law

Why does feminist legal biography matter? This sounds like an obvious question with an obvious answer – it matters in the same way that feminist legal history matters, because women and gender concerns have been largely left out of writing about the past, and we need to reclaim them

08
Sep
2017

40th Anniversary of the Federal Court of Australia

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9.00AM to 1.00PM

The ANU Centre for Commercial Law and Centre for International and Public Law are proud to announce a conference to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Federal Court of Australia. 

06
Sep
2017

Challenges of political party regulation in the EU: Corruption, hate crime and corporate liability

Aleksander Marsavelski
4.00PM to 5.00PM
  • Dr Aleksandar Marsavelski, Visiting Fellow, ANU Centre for European Studies

The political processes of most European countries today are dominated by one or more political parties. Political parties typically control two out of three branches of government: the legislative and the executive branch, leaving only the judiciary independent from their influence.

05
Sep
2017

Proportionality: Historical and comparative review

Iddo Porat
12.00PM to 1.00PM
  • Associate Professor Iddo Porat, College of Law and Business, Israel

Associate Professor Porat will give a historical and comparative review of proportionality. He will also consider some of the main lines on which the debate over proportionality has been drawn and their possible application to the Australian context.

29
Aug
2017

Evaluating Australia's national action plan for open government

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5.30PM to 7.00PM
  • Daniel Stewart, ANU College of Law

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) has 75 participating countries and 15 subnational governments committed to promoting transparency, empowering citizens, fighting corruption, and harnessing new technologies to strengthen governance.

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


Sarah Heathcote
Associate Professor

James Stellios
Professor

Staff


Sarah Parker
Secretariat Coordinator

Members


Peter Bailey
Adjunct Professor

Pauline Bomball
Lecturer

Kevin Boreham
Lecturer

Peter Cane
Emeritus Professor

Moeen Cheema
Senior Lecturer

Anthony Connolly
Associate Professor

Michael Coper
Emeritus Professor

Lynn DuMoulin
Senior Lecturer

Thomas Faunce
Professor

Jolyon Ford
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

Ann Kent
Visiting Fellow

Linda Kirk
Senior Lecturer

David Letts
Associate Professor

Ron Levy
Senior Lecturer

Anne Macduff
Senior Lecturer

Leighton McDonald
Associate Professor

Anne McNaughton
Senior Lecturer

Cameron Moore
Associate Professor

Wayne Morgan
Associate Professor

Hitoshi Nasu
Associate Professor

Joshua Neoh
Senior Lecturer

Molly Townes O'Brien
Associate Professor

Kate Ogg
Senior Lecturer

Dennis Pearce
Emeritus Professor

Heather Roberts
Senior Lecturer

Kim Rubenstein
Professor

Imogen Saunders
Lecturer

Amelia Simpson
Associate Professor

Daniel Stewart
Senior Lecturer

Peter Sutherland
Visiting Fellow

Margaret Thornton
Professor

Christopher Ward
Adjunct Professor

Fiona Wheeler
Emeritus Professor

Asmi Wood
Associate Professor

Matthew Zagor
Associate Professor

Higher degree research students


Louise Baker
PhD Candidate

Moeen Cheema
Senior Lecturer

Camille Goodman
PhD Candidate

Shay Keinan
PhD Candidate

Justine Poon
Manager - LRSJ

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
Jeremy Farrall
Fellow
Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, ANU College of Asia & 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
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@anu.edu.au or T: +61 2 6125 0454.

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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