Centre for International & Public Law

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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

3.06pm Thursday 12 January 2017

Since its establishment in1990, 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. 

Staff


Alice Richardson
PhD Candidate

Members


James Stellios
Professor

Peter Bailey
Adjunct Professor

Pauline Bomball
Lecturer

Kevin Boreham
Lecturer

Henry Burmester
Honorary Professor

Moeen Cheema
Senior Lecturer

Anthony Connolly
Associate Professor

Michael Coper
Professor

Lynn DuMoulin
Senior Lecturer

Thomas Faunce
Professor

Jolyon Ford
Associate Professor

Miriam Gani
Associate Professor

Camille Goodman
PhD Candidate

Ryan Goss
Senior Lecturer

Dorota Gozdecka
Senior Lecturer

Don Greig
Emeritus Professor

Kath Hall
Associate Professor

Judy Harrison
Senior Lecturer

Sarah Heathcote
Associate Professor

Anthony Hopkins
Senior Lecturer

Ann Kent
Visiting Fellow

Akira Kurata
Visiting Fellow

David Letts
Associate Professor

Ron Levy
Senior Lecturer

Anne Macduff
Senior Lecturer

Leighton McDonald
Associate Professor

Anne McNaughton
Senior Lecturer

Cameron Moore
Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Wayne Morgan
Associate Professor

Hitoshi Nasu
Associate Professor

Joshua Neoh
Senior Lecturer

Mark Nolan
Associate Professor

Molly Townes O'Brien
Associate Professor

Kate Ogg
Senior Lecturer

Dennis Pearce
Emeritus Professor

Simon Rice
Professor

Alice Richardson
PhD Candidate

Heather Roberts
Senior Lecturer

Donald Rothwell
Professor of Law

Richard Rowe
Adjunct Professor

Kim Rubenstein
Professor

Imogen Saunders
Lecturer

Amelia Simpson
Associate Professor

Daniel Stewart
Senior Lecturer

Peter Sutherland
Visiting Fellow

Margaret Thornton
Professor

Fiona Wheeler
Professor

Ernst Willheim
Visiting Fellow

Asmi Wood
Associate Professor

Matthew Zagor
Associate Professor

Higher degree research students


Louise Baker
PhD Candidate

Naomi Carde
SJD Candidate

Moeen Cheema
Senior Lecturer

Camille Goodman
PhD Candidate

Szabina Horvath
PhD Candidate

Shay Keinan
PhD Candidate

Carol Lawson
PhD Candidate

Katherine Lindsay
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

Interns

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

Latest news

13
Feb
2017
ANU College of Law

Three members of the ANU Law Jessup team have received individual awards after a superb effort that saw the team make it to the quarter-finals in the most highly regarded competition between law schools from across Australia.

13
Feb
2017
Dorota Gozdecka

An international law researcher at The Australian National University (ANU) believes US President Donald Trump's executive order into travel restrictions will likely end up before the US Supreme Court, where it could be a win-win situation for President Trump.

10
Feb
2017
Image courtesy of Flickr user Geoff Whalan.

The Timor Sea conciliation between Australia and Timor-Leste has already been the subject of some significant developments in 2017. Following a contentious period last year when Australia actively contested the competency of the Conciliation Commission, recent indications are that the conciliation process is going well and may result in a permanent maritime boundary being concluded.

09
Feb
2017
The High Court of Australia

“How does the personal identity of a judge make a difference to law and legal systems?” That was the lingering question that sparked Dr Heather Roberts’ return to academia and one she seeks to answer in an upcoming research project.

08
Feb
2017
Blurred Crowd

How might the Trump era affect trends in responsible business (and its regulation)? Associate Professor Jolyon Ford' returns to his blog Private Sector - Public World for the first post of 2017.

In the Media

20
Feb
2017

Changes to citizenship to also reopen debate on Australian identity

Kim Rubenstein speaks to The Saturday Paper

14
Feb
2017

What Pakistan can teach us about the law

Haya Zahid; Omar Maniar interviewed by ABC Radio Canberra

Research theme:
09
Feb
2017

Australian man Antonio Bagnato gets death penalty in Thailand

Donald Rothwell speaks to ABC's PM Program

Research theme:
24
Jan
2017

Trans Pacific Partnership could be reworked without Donald Trump's support, expert says

Donald Rothwell speaks to ABC News; The Australian

Research theme:
17
Jan
2017

Greens call on Govt to monitor Japanese whaling in Southern Ocean

Donald Rothwell speaks to ABC Current Affairs

Research theme:
11
Jan
2017

Loyal public servant to 7 prime ministers rides into the sunset

Peter Bailey interviewed by The Canberra Times

Research theme:
09
Jan
2017

East Timor tears up oil and gas treaty with Australia after Hague dispute

Donald Rothwell speaks to AAP

Research theme:
03
Jan
2017

Dutton keen to overhaul citizenship test

Linda Kirk speaks to SBS News

Upcoming events

21
Feb
2017

Citizenship stripping, children and citizenship

Australian Citizenship Law
5.30PM to 7.00PM
  • Professor Kim Rubenstein, ANU College of Law
  • Jacqueline Field
  • Dr Suzanne Akila, Assistant Director, Legal, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

With the first announced instance of an Australian dual citizen, Khaled Sharrouf, having his citizenship stripped, CIPL invites you to a seminar around the recent release of Kim Rubenstein’s 2nd edition of Australian Citizenship Law (Thomson Reuters, December 2016).

16
Mar
2017

Customary International Law Workshop

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1.15PM to 5.30PM

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

Past events

13
Feb
2017

The explosive President: Donald Trump’s migration policy and its impact on international law and non-discrimination principles

Donald Trump
5.30PM to 7.00PM

Recent executive orders issues by President Donald Trump have shocked many and created an unprecedented travel crisis. 

21
Dec
2016

Extremist violence risk assessment: Current developments – future challenges

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6.30PM to 7.30PM
  • John Flockton, Corrective Services NSW

Since 2007 John Flockton has worked with Corrective Services NSW as Clinical Director/Senior Specialist (Forensic) Psychologist at the High Risk Management Correctional Centre in Goulburn which houses extreme high security inmates including those convicted or remanded under Commonwealth and NSW anti-terrorism legislation.

06
Dec
2016

David and Goliath battle in the Timor Sea

Janelle Saffin
5.00PM to 6.00PM
  • Janelle Saffin

Despite being close neighbours with deep personal friendships, few Australians know of the David and Goliath battle between Australia and Timor-Leste in the Timor Sea.

29
Nov
2016

An alternative to the removal of Aboriginal children into care: The work of the Federal Circuit Court

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5.00PM to 6.00PM
  • His Honour Judge Matthew Myers AM

His Honour Judge Matthew Myers AM was appointed to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in 2011 and is Australia’s first and only Indigenous Commonwealth judicial officer. 

22
Nov
2016

Global protection challenges and the New York declaration

Volker Turk
6.00PM to 7.30PM
  • Assistant High Commissioner (Protection), Volker Türk

This year, the UN General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration – the first of its kind in 65 years – which affirms the core principles of refugee protection and sets the stage for sharing responsibilities for protection more equitably and widely from the outset of refugee situations. 

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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