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

4.32pm Monday 15 July 2019

Latest news

20
Nov
2019
Modern Slavery Act
Have well do hotel-sector businesses live up to their corporate social responsibility statements? ANU Law students teamed up with international NGOs to find out in a global research report.
13
Nov
2019
Emeritus Professor Dennis Pearce AO, FAAL
One of the most cited texts on Australian law, "Statutory Interpretation in Australia" has come a long way since its first edition was published in 1974.
11
Nov
2019
Ben Battcock, David Catanziriti
ANU School of Legal Practice scholars Ben Battcock (left) and David Catanziriti presented three background working papers at the Harvard Law School workshop.
08
Nov
2019
Rachel Kirk (BA/Laws (Hons) ’17)
Rachel Kirk (BA/LLB (Hons) ’17) is looking forward to exploring her interest in international law during her 12-month fellowship at the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
23
Oct
2019
Emeritus Professor Terry Carney AO, FAAL.
Presented by the ANU Centre for International and Public Law, “Technology, public law and public administration” is a conference that brings together more than a dozen law technology experts.

In the Media

27
Nov
2019

Drive

Donald Rothwell speaks with ABC

14
Nov
2019

ASIO officers broke law on warrant

Dominique Dalla-Pozza cited in The Saturday Paper

08
Oct
2019

Australia mum on possible swap of detainees with Iran

Donald Rothwell quoted in The Washington Post

Research theme:
06
Oct
2019

Local government elections undemocratic for some, fair and reasonable for others

Associate Professor Ryan Goss speaks to ABC

Upcoming events

12
Dec
2019

The UK Supreme Court and Brexit

The UK Supreme Court and Brexit
6.00PM to 7.00PM
  • Ryan Goss
  • Andrew Chapman

Join Dr Ryan Goss, ANU Law Associate Professor, and Andrew Chapman, Senior General Counsel, Office of General Counsel at Australian Government Solicitor, as they discuss what the UK Supreme Court ruling means for Brexit.

20
Feb
2020

Transnational counter-terrorism—Australian perspectives

Transnational counter-terrorism—Australian perspectives
9.00AM to 6.00PM

Countering terrorism is an increasingly transnational activity, with cooperation in intelligence and security, the proliferation of international laws on countering terrorism, the development of regional and sectoral organisations involved in counter terrorism, and the continued penetration of domestic law and policy by transnationally-determined priorities and approaches.

07
Dec
2020

Twenty third Geoffrey Sawer Lecture

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6.00PM
  • Professor Philip Alston

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 2020.

Past events

28
Nov
2019

Australia and the International Dispute Settlement System: The last 30 years

Australia & the International Dispute Settlement System: The last 30 years
4.15PM to 6.00PM

Join this panel discussion as we look back on the last 30 years of Australia’s engagement with the International Dispute Settlement System.

27
Nov
2019

Twenty second Geoffrey Sawer Lecture: The reserve powers in times of political crisis

Anne Twomey
6.00PM to 7.00PM
  • Professor Anne Twomey

Join Professor Anne Twomey as she discusses how Brexit and the Turnbull/Dutton leadership challenge have given rise to serious consideration about how a Prime Minister might advise the Queen or Governor-General in this year's Geoffrey Sawer Lecture.

22
Nov
2019

The International Criminal Court at 21 years: Activities, successes and challenges ahead

The ICC at 21 years: activities, successes and challenges ahead
1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • Helen Brady

Join Helen Brady from the International Criminal Court (ICC) as she discusses what is ahead for the organisation.

12
Nov
2019

Citizenship Stripping and the ICCPR

5.30PM to 6.30PM

Join Professor Kim Rubenstein and Dr Paul Taylor as they examine citizen stripping and the ICCPR.

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
Associate Professor

Members


Peter Bailey
Honorary Professor

Will Bateman
Senior Lecturer

Pauline Bomball
Senior Lecturer

Alex Bruce
Associate Professor

Henry Burmester
Honorary Professor

Peter Cane
Emeritus Professor

Moeen Cheema
Senior Lecturer

Anthony Connolly
Professor

Michael Coper
Emeritus Professor

Robin Creyke
Emeritus Professor

Dominique Dalla-Pozza
Senior Lecturer

Lynn DuMoulin
Associate Professor

Jeremy Farrall
Associate Professor

Jolyon Ford
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Ryan Goss
Associate Professor

Don Greig
Emeritus Professor

Kath Hall
Associate Professor

Judy Harrison
Senior Lecturer

Sarah Heathcote
Associate Professor

Vivien Holmes
Associate Professor

Anthony Hopkins
Senior Lecturer

David Letts
Associate Professor

Ron Levy
Associate Professor

Jonathan Liljeblad
Senior Lecturer

Anne Macduff
Senior Lecturer

Justin McCaul
Associate Lecturer

Leighton McDonald
Associate Professor

John McMillan
Emeritus Professor

Anne McNaughton
Senior Lecturer

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

Richard Refshauge
Distinguished Professor

Heather Roberts
Associate Professor

Donald Rothwell
Professor of Law

Kim Rubenstein
Professor

Imogen Saunders
Senior Lecturer

Esme Shirlow
Senior Lecturer

Amelia Simpson
Associate Professor

James Stellios
Professor

Daniel Stewart
Senior Lecturer

Paul Taylor
Visiting Fellow

Margaret Thornton
Emerita Professor

Christopher Ward
Honorary Professor

Greg Weeks
Associate Professor

Fiona Wheeler
Emerita Professor

Matthew Zagor
Associate Professor

Higher degree research students


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

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


Paul Taylor
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

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

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.

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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