Centre for International and 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

12.12pm Friday 15 January 2021

Latest news

04
Feb
2021
Australia Day protests at Parliament House
ANU public law scholars have supported a submission to the Federal Government urging the enshrinement of an Indigenous Voice in the Constitution.
28
Jan
2021
Professor Greg Weeks
A research article co-authored by Professor Greg Weeks and alumna Sarah Lim (BInfTech ’19, LLB (Hons) ’20) sheds new light on government schemes for extrajudicial compensation.
13
Jan
2021
Dr Cassandra Steer, ANU space law expert
Expert authors from around the world explore the legal framework for the law of war and peace in space.
05
Nov
2020
DECRA fellows
ANU has become the first Australian university to clinch three Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards in a single round within the Law and Legal Studies field of research.
27
Oct
2020
Australian Parliament
As the Australian Open Government Partnership (OGP) Forum prepares to adopt a third national action plan, there is a "transformative" opportunity for all levels of government to build on increased public trust brought about by COVID-19.

In the Media

25
Feb
2021

Building Australia's Space Industry

Cassandra Steer speaks to Cosmos Briefing podcast

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24
Feb
2021

Life on Mars—an international legal framework for the red planet?

Donald Rothwell quoted in LexisNexis

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19
Feb
2021

Late Breakfast with Jo Laverty and Adam Steer

Cassandra Steer interviewed by ABC Darwin Radio

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17
Feb
2021

Really Interesting Women

Cassandra Steer interviewed by Really Interesting Women podcast

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15
Feb
2021

Australia 'overreacting' to Chinese development plans on northern border

Donald Rothwell quoted in The Guardian

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07
Feb
2021

Military coup snatches away young democracy from people of Myanmar-Burma

Jonathan Liljeblad interviewed by The Scholars Circle

06
Feb
2021

Who gets which jab?

Cassandra Steer interviewed by ABC Radio National

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28
Jan
2021

What does privacy mean in a shareable world? Tarry a moment to consider, Justice Lee asks

Jelena Gligorijevic speaks to The Australian

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13
Jan
2021

'Wild West': Who regulates social media and what's Parler?

Jelena Gligorijevic quoted in The Age

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Upcoming events

05
Mar
-
14
May
2021

The Politics of International Law Seminar Series

China imperialism cartoon (Henri Meyer, 16 January 1898)
12.00PM to 1.00PM

This virtual webinar series is hosted by the Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL) at the ANU College of Law.

18
Mar
2021

Artemis and the Moon: An International Law Conundrum

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5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • Dr Cassandra Steer
  • Prof Melissa de Zwart
  • Prof Don Rothwell, FAAL

The Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL) at the ANU College of Law is proud to host this hybrid event (in-person and virtual) as part of its 2021 Monthly Talk series.

06
Dec
2021

Twenty-third Geoffrey Sawer Lecture

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6.00PM
  • Professor Philip Alston

NOTICE: This event has been postponed to 2021.

We are delighted to welcome back the inaugural director of the ANU Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL), Professor Philip Alston, NYU Law and United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, to deliver the annual Geoffrey Sawer Lecture in December 2021.

07-08
Dec
2021

ANU Law 60th Anniversary Conference: Public Law and Inequality

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9.00AM to 5.00PM

NOTICE: This event has been postponed to 2021.

To mark the 60th anniversary of ANU Law and the 30th anniversary of the Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL), a major public law conference will be held at the Australian National University in Canberra, on 7-8 December 2021. The conference theme is ‘Public Law and Inequality’.  

Past events

05
Mar
-
14
May
2021

The Politics of International Law Seminar Series

China imperialism cartoon (Henri Meyer, 16 January 1898)
12.00PM to 1.00PM

This virtual webinar series is hosted by the Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL) at the ANU College of Law.

04
Mar
2021

Law, Capitalism and Political Economy: Public and International Perspectives

Book launch event promo- law, capitalism and political economy
5.00PM to 7.00PM
  • Dr Will Bateman
  • Dr Ntina Tzouvala

Join us to help celebrate the recent works of Dr Will Bateman and Dr Ntina Tzouvala for the first CIPL Book Launch event of 2021.

14
Dec
2020

The Government's COVID-19 Response: Legal advising in the middle of a pandemic

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5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • Stephen Bouwhuis

Join Stephen Bouwhuis for an informal Q&A on his experience as one of the lead public servants working on the Government’s response to COVID-19.

12
Aug
2020

Freedom of Expression, Liberalism and Harmful Expression

Freedom of Expression, Liberalism and Harmful Expression
1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • Dr Jelena Gligorijevic

Join Dr Jelena Gligorijevic as she discusses freedom of expression, liberalism and harmful expression in this research seminar.

15
Jul
2020

Key principles in administrative law – some recent cases

Key principles in administrative law – some recent cases
5.30PM to 7.00PM

This free public online seminar will involve a range of speakers discussing recent cases on the basic features, and limits, of the Australian regime for challenging administrative decisions, and trends which emerge from them. 

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


Leighton McDonald
Professor

Staff


Ashley Rogge
Global Engagement & Partnerships Coordinator

Members


Will Bateman
Associate Professor

Pauline Bomball
Senior Lecturer

Henry Burmester
Honorary Professor

Peter Cane
Emeritus Professor

Moeen Cheema
Associate Professor

Anthony Connolly
Professor

Robin Creyke
Emeritus Professor

Dominique Dalla-Pozza
Senior Lecturer

Lynn DuMoulin
Associate Professor

Jeremy Farrall
Professor

Jolyon Ford
Professor

Associate Professor Ryan Goss
Associate Professor

Don Greig
Emeritus Professor

Sarah Heathcote
Associate Professor

Vivien Holmes
Associate Professor

Anthony Hopkins
Associate Professor

David Letts
Associate Professor

Ron Levy
Associate Professor

Jonathan Liljeblad
Senior Lecturer

Anne Macduff
Senior Lecturer

Justin McCaul
Associate Lecturer

Leighton McDonald
Professor

John McMillan
Emeritus Professor

Anne McNaughton
Senior Lecturer

Wayne Morgan
Associate Professor

Joshua Neoh
Associate Professor

Molly Townes O'Brien
Associate Professor

Kate Ogg
Associate Professor

Dennis Pearce
Emeritus Professor

Richard Refshauge
Distinguished Professor

Heather Roberts
Associate Professor

Donald Rothwell
Professor of Law

Kim Rubenstein
Honorary Professor

Imogen Saunders
Associate Professor

Esme Shirlow
Associate Professor

Amelia Simpson
Associate Professor

Cassandra Steer
Senior Lecturer

James Stellios
Professor

Daniel Stewart
Senior Lecturer

Margaret Thornton
Emerita Professor

Christopher Ward
Honorary Professor

Greg Weeks
Professor

Fiona Wheeler
Emerita Professor

Matthew Zagor
Associate Professor

Higher degree research students


Sarah Bishop
PhD Candidate

Katherine Lindsay
PhD Candidate

Kathleen McCarron
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


Camille Goodman
College Visitor

Advisory board

Louise Vardanega PSM
Chief Operating Officer
Australian Government Solicitor
Canberra, Australia
Senior Legal Adviser
‎Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Canberra, Australia
Chris Moraitis PSM
Secretary
Attorney General's Department
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

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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.

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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