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

03
May
2022
Associate Professor Moeen Cheema
Associate Professor Moeen Cheema's new book has been praised as a 'must-read' for anyone interested in constitutionalism in South Asia.
08
Mar
2022
Peter Cane
A book of essays honouring Emeritus Professor Peter Cane FBA FAAL FASSA has recently been published.
16
Feb
2022
Emerita Professor Robin Creyke AO FAAL, Emeritus Professor John McMillan AO FAAL and Emeritus Professor Dennis Pearce AO FAAL at the graduation ceremony at Llewellyn Hall.
ANU has awarded honorary doctorates to three of its legal scholars for their exceptional contributions across law, academia and public service.
08
Jan
2022
Professor Greg Weeks
For nearly 30 years, 'Judicial Review of Administrative Action and Government Liability' has been an institution in Australian legal circles.
07
Jan
2022
Prof Jeremy Farrall, Prof Jolyon Ford SFEA and A/Prof Imogen Saunders
An ANU College of Law research project that aims to reconceive states' engagement with the international legal order in the face of populism has secured nearly $620,000 in ARC funding.

In the Media

03
Feb
2022

Navigating the limits in the South China Sea

David Letts, Donald Rothwell writes in The Interpreter

Research theme:
12
Jan
2022

NSW govt could face RAT court challenge

Ron Levy interviewed by AAP

10
Jan
2022

Game, Set and Match for the Rule of Law

Jelena Gligorijevic writes in UK Constitutional Law Association

09
Jan
2022

Djokovic detained following vaccine visa scandal

Donald Rothwell speaks to Channel 7

06
Jan
2022

Djokovic fights deportation in court

Donald Rothwell interviewed by ABC News PM

02
Dec
2021

The Women Suing Qatar & Your Rights In An Airport

Donald Rothwell interviewed by Mamamia

28
Nov
2021

Urgent calls for Australia’s privacy laws to be updated

Kieran Pender interviewed by Channel 7

Research theme:

Upcoming events

05
Mar
-
01
Dec
2021

The Politics of International Law Seminar Series

Politics of Intl Law
12.00PM to 7.00PM

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

30
Jun
2022

The Annual Kirby Lecture in International Law: Why It’s Time to Terminate the TRIPS Agreement

Anne Orford
6.00PM to 7.00PM
  • Professor Anne Orford

The 2022 Annual Kirby Lecture in International Law, hosted by the Centre for Public and International Law, will be delivered by Professor Anne Orford (Melbourne Law School).

Past events

05
May
2022

Creative thinking: a tradition of international legal scholarship at ANU

International Legal Scholarships
5.00PM to 7.00PM
  • Judge Hilary Charlesworth
  • Professor Anthea Roberts
  • Dr Ntina Tzouvala

Join Judge Hilary Charlesworth, Professor Anthea Roberts and Dr Ntina Tzouvala for this event on creative legal scholarship.

26
Apr
2022

Pacific perspectives on the negotiations at UNCLOS III

Samoa. Credit: Francisco Blaha
5.00PM to 6.30PM
  • Dr Transform Aqorau
  • Judge Neroni Slade
  • Dr Manumatavai Tupou-Roosen

The second webinar of the series Looking Back to the Future in the Law of the Sea: UNCLOS III and the LOSC at 40, presented by the Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL, ANU) and the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL). 

17
Mar
2022

Book launch: Global Regulatory Standards in Environmental and Health Disputes

Caroline Foster book cover
5.00PM to 6.00PM
  • Dr Caroline Foster

Hosted by ANU Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL), join this online book launch with Professor Caroline Foster (University of Auckland) to discuss her latest book ‘Global Regulatory Standards in Environmental and Health Disputes: Regulatory Coherence, Due Regard, and Due Diligence’ (Oxford University Press, 2021).

24
Feb
2022

Australian and New Zealand perspectives on the negotiations at UNCLOS III

Map of Australasia
5.00PM to 6.30PM
  • Mr Henry Burmester AO QC
  • Mr Bill Mansfield
  • Dr Penny Ridings MNZM, University of Auckland
  • Mr Richard Rowe PSM, ANU College of Law
  • Dr Camille Goodman

The first webinar of the series Looking Back to the Future in the Law of the Sea: UNCLOS III and the LOSC at 40, presented by the Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL, ANU) and the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL). 

16
Feb
2022

Twenty-third Geoffrey Sawer Lecture: Modern Australian Federalism and the Uluṟu Statement

5.30PM to 7.00PM
  • Professor Megan Davis

Professor Megan Davis presents the 2022 Geoffrey Sawer Lecture, reflecting on the Uluṟu Statement from the Heart in the context of modern federalism and specifically the practice of Australian federalism.

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

Members


Will Bateman
Associate Professor

Pauline Bomball
Associate Professor

Peter Cane
Emeritus Professor

Moeen Cheema
Associate Professor

Anthony Connolly
Professor

Robin Creyke
Emeritus Professor

Dominique Dalla-Pozza
Senior Lecturer

Lynn DuMoulin
Honorary Associate Professor

Jeremy Farrall
Professor

Jolyon Ford
Professor

Jelena Gligorijevic
Senior Lecturer

Ryan Goss
Associate Professor

Don Greig
Emeritus Professor

Sarah Heathcote
Honorary Associate Professor

Vivien Holmes
Professor

Anthony Hopkins
Associate Professor

David Letts
Associate Professor

Ron Levy
Associate Professor

Jonathan Liljeblad
Associate Professor

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
Honorary Associate Professor

Kate Ogg
Associate Professor

Dennis Pearce
Emeritus Professor

Heather Roberts
Associate Professor

Donald Rothwell
Professor of Law

Kim Rubenstein
Honorary Professor

Imogen Saunders
Associate Professor

Esme Shirlow
Associate Professor

Amelia Simpson
Honorary Associate Professor

James Stellios
Professor

Daniel Stewart
Honorary 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
Visiting Fellow

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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