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

9.58am Wednesday 16 January 2019

Latest news

14
Feb
2019
Japanese students and scholars on the roof of Australia's Parliament House
Aoyama Gakuin and Ritsumeikan Universities
31
Jan
2019
From left, Kim Rubenstein, Matthew Zagor, and Dominique Dalla-Pozza
Professor Kim Rubenstein, Associate Professor Matthew Zagor, and Dr Dominique Dalla-Pozza
23
Jan
2019
Professor Donald Rothwell is flanked by two rows of Australian Year Book of International Law
Joins major international publisher, Brill

In the Media

22
Jan
2019

The fate of three Canadians may now rest with Donald Trump

Donald Rothwell writes in Lowy Institute

05
Jan
2019

Unwanted man: Prakash decision a many-layered headache for Canberra

Kim Rubenstein interviewed by Sydney Morning Herald; Fairfax Media

Upcoming events

20
Feb
2019

Corporations and human rights regulations

Robert McCorquodale
12.45PM to 2.00PM
  • Professor Robert McCorquodale
22
Feb
2019

Current issues in international law: A view from an Australian in the United Kingdom

Trina Malone Robert McCorquodale
12.00PM to 1.00PM
  • Professor Robert McCorquodale
26
Feb
2019

Judicial method and what Judges do

Justice Robertson
5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • Justice Alan Robertson
27
Feb
2019

EEZ Pickings? The nature and extent of coastal State jurisdiction over living resources in the exclusive economic zone

Camille Goodman
12.00PM to 1.00PM
  • Camille Goodman, Attorney-General's Department
28
Feb
2019

What a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia and a Judge’s associate do in a typical week

Photo of Justice Alan Robertson and Will Randles
4.15PM to 6.00PM
  • The Hon Justice Alan Robertson
  • Will Randles
  • Associate Professor Heather Roberts

Have you ever wondered what a typical week’s work looks like for a Justice of the Federal Court of Australia? How do Judges prepare for court sittings, and what happens in chambers? What does an Associate do, and what skills are required to perform the role? 

Past events

23
Aug
2018

Whither academic freedom in Thailand? The criminal case against Dr Chayan and four others

Whither academic freedom in Thailand?
1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • Dr Craig Reynolds, Honorary Professor, School of Culture, History & Language, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
  • Professor Anthony Connolly, ANU College of Law and ANU Academic Board
  • Sarah Bishop, PhD candidate, ANU College of Law

The criminal trial of a senior Thai academic along with four others that commenced this July 2018 has thrown a sharp spotlight on conditions in Thailand’s universities since the military seized government there in 2014.

05
Jul
2018

The role of international human rights law in the prevention of ethnic conflicts

Fernand de Varennes
6.00PM to 7.15PM
  • Dr Fernand de Varennes, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues

It is sometimes forgotten that one of the premises of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights is that it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law. 

08
Mar
2018

International Law Workshop

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1.50PM to 4.20PM

The possible interactions between treaty and custom are generally considered by reference to the well-established framework set out by the International Court of Justice in the North Sea Continental Shelf Cases of 1969; namely, the declaratory, crystallising and generating effects of a treaty (as for a resolution) on a customary rule.

20
Nov
2017

Constitutional Protection for Political Protests: Brown v Tasmania

Bob Brown and Amelia Simpson
5.30PM to 7.00PM
  • Bob Brown, The Bob Brown Foundation
  • A/Prof Amelia Simpson, ANU College of Law

The Centre for International and Public Law and The Australia Institute are pleased to host a discussion of the High Court’s decision in Brown v Tasmania [2017] HCA 43. 

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

Staff


Sarah Parker
Secretariat Coordinator

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

Thomas Faunce
Professor

Jolyon Ford
Associate Professor

Ryan Goss
Associate Professor

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

Linda Kirk
Honorary Senior Lecturer

David Letts
Associate Professor

Ron Levy
Associate Professor

Anne Macduff
Senior 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
Lecturer

Amelia Simpson
Associate Professor

Daniel Stewart
Senior Lecturer

Paul Taylor
Visiting Fellow

Margaret Thornton
Emeritus Professor

Christopher Ward
Honorary Professor

Greg Weeks
Associate Professor

Fiona Wheeler
Emeritus 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

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


Susan Priest
Visiting Fellow

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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