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

11.29am Tuesday 31 July 2018

Latest news

17
Aug
2018
Alexandra Phelan Portrait
LLM graduate Alexandra Phelan
16
Aug
2018
Batzorig Enkhbold standing proudly outside the United Nations Office in Geneva
LLM graduate at top UN Human Rights body
15
Aug
2018
Image shows a satellite orbiting earth and the word 'Asgardia'
International law is clear on what makes a nation: Dr Saunders
16
Jul
2018
Composite image of George Duke and cover of Federal Law Review
Assoc Prof George Duke, Deakin University
26
Jun
2018
Image shows from left Dr Heather Roberts, student Christopher Skoglund, Prof James Stellios and Prof Michael Coper
Christopher Skoglund, 2018 Leslie Zines Scholar

In the Media

31
Jul
2018

Policy Forum Pod Extra - Pakistan election

Moeen Cheema interviewed by APPS Policy Forum

30
Jul
2018

Pakistan election and the winner is China?

Moeen Cheema speaks to ABC Radio National

27
Jul
2018

31 dead in Pakistan bomb attack

Kevin Boreham interviewed by The Daily: 2SER

Research theme:
17
Jul
2018

Iran takes its case of the Hague

Kevin Boreham interviewed by The Wire radio

Research theme:
12
Jul
2018

Japan seeking to adjust rules of International Whaling Convention

Donald Rothwell interviewed by ABC News 24

12
Jul
2018

Japan passes whaling bill with view to resume

Donald Rothwell interviewed by ABC News 24

29
Jun
2018

Driving ban lifted for Saudi women

Kevin Boreham speaks to The Daily: 2SER

29
Jun
2018

Are Policymakers Unethical?

Vivien Holmes interviewed by APPS Policy Forum

27
Jun
2018

US Supreme Court upholds controversial Muslim travel ban

Kevin Boreham interviewed by The Daily: 2SER

Upcoming events

21
Aug
2018

Abusive judicial review

Rosalind Dixon
1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • Professor Rosalind Dixon, UNSW

Much recent work has focused on the ways in which liberal democratic constitutionalism can be eroded from within, including by manipulating law and the tools of constitutional change. Courts are often seen as an indispensable protection for a democratic constitutional order, and there are indeed examples of courts guarding against abusive forms of constitutional and legal change.

21
Aug
2018

Tech and the public sector: Reality check

Julia Powles and Will Bateman
5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • Dr Julia Powles, New York University School of Law
  • Mr Will Bateman, ANU College of Law

Artificial intelligence and automation have been spruiked as critical parts of public sector reform.

23
Aug
2018

Prospects for a new convention on the prevention and punishment of crimes against humanity

Sean Murphy
11.00AM to 12.00PM
  • Sean Murphy, Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law, George Washington University Law School

In 2014, the UN International Law Commission embarked on the drafting of articles for what may become a new Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Humanity. In 2017, the Commission completed a first draft of the project, consisting of a preamble, fifteen articles, and an annex, with commentary.

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 Jacqueline Lo, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences; Chair, 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.

27
Aug
2018

The reform of investor-state dispute resolution: Challenges and prospects

Catherine Kessedjian
12.00PM to 1.00PM
  • Catherine Kessedjian, Professor Emerita, University Panthéon-Assas Paris II

The UNCITRAL has launched negotiations for the reform of investor-state dispute resolution to address states' concerns over a process that they feel has gotten out of hand. Professor Kessedjian will reflect on some of the criticism and discuss what solutions could be crafted to address them.

06
Sep
2018

Is the Refugee Convention a human rights treaty? Revisiting the High Court’s international law jurisprudence

Matthew Zagor
12.30PM to 1.30PM
  • Associate Professor Matthew Zagor, ANU College of Law

It is a truth almost universally acknowledged that the 1951 Refugee Convention merits a place in the pantheon of international human rights treaties.

20
Sep
2018

The Annual Kirby Lecture on International Law - The duality of water: Conflict or co-operation

Justice Melissa Perry
6.00PM to 7.15PM
  • Justice Melissa Perry, Federal Court of Australia

Water is key to the existence of life. From the nourishment of our physical selves, to sanitation, health, agriculture, and energy production our existence and way of life depends upon access to adequate and reliable supplies of fresh-water.

02-03
Nov
2018

Public Law Weekend 2018

Scales of justice
9.00AM to 5.30PM

The ANU Law School has a long tradition of excellence in administrative law scholarship and of engagement with government and the private profession in public law.

Past events

16
Aug
2018

Leveraging power and influence on the UN Security Council: The role of elected members

Jeremy Farrall
12.30PM to 1.30PM
  • Dr Jeremy Farrall, Associate Dean (Research) at the ANU College of Law

This seminar will present initial findings from a 5-year Australian Research Council Discovery Project on why and when non-permanent Security Council members have succeeded in influencing the Council’s decision-making process, despite lacking the veto power. 

08
Aug
2018

Conversations about: Becoming a Judge's Associate

Alumni speakers
6.00PM to 7.00PM
  • Will Bateman, ANU Law School
  • Pauline Bomball, ANU Law School
  • Radhika Chaudhri, ANU Law School
  • Jennifer Darmody, King & Wood Mallesons
  • Stephen Priest, Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Becoming an Associate to a Judge is very competitive and highly coveted. Hear five ANU Law alumni share their experiences of working as Associates at the High Court, Federal Court and the Supreme Courts of the ACT and NSW.

30
Jul
2018

Is the UN fit for purpose? The challenge of uniting nations in divisive times

David Malone
12.30PM to 1.30PM
  • David Malone, Rector of the United Nations University

In this Distinguished Visitor Public Conversation, David Malone, Rector of the United Nations University and renowned United Nations practitioner and analyst, will share his insights on the strengths and weaknesses of the UN system and the many challenges it currently faces.

26
Jul
2018

New respect for old rules: Turning traditional rules of warfare into modern law in PNG’s highlands

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4.15PM to 5.15PM
  • Ahmad Hallak Deputy Head of Mission Papua New Guinea, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Last month, 36 councillors from the Western Highlands Province of PNG signed agreements to respect and implement 15 traditional rules of fighting, transforming these documents in local Government laws.

24
Jul
2018

Australia’s role within the international refugee protection system: Lessons, challenges and opportunities

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5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • Thomas Albrecht, Regional Representative, UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra

Australia was a founding signatory of the 1951 Refugee Convention which remains the cornerstone of international protection for displaced persons. Almost 70 years later, while the Convention has proved adaptable to modern conflicts and challenges, there remains an imperative for Australia to also uphold these principles and standards domestically. 

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


James Stellios
Professor

Associate Directors


Sarah Heathcote
Associate Professor

Staff


Sarah Parker
Secretariat Coordinator

Members


Peter Bailey
Honorary Professor

Will Bateman
Senior Lecturer

Pauline Bomball
Lecturer

Alex Bruce
Associate Professor

Peter Cane
Emeritus Professor

Moeen Cheema
Senior Lecturer

Anthony Connolly
Professor

Michael Coper
Emeritus Professor

Dominique Dalla-Pozza
Senior Lecturer

Lynn DuMoulin
Associate Professor

Jeremy Farrall
Associate Professor

Thomas Faunce
Professor

Jolyon Ford
Associate Professor

Miriam Gani
Associate Professor

Ryan Goss
Senior Lecturer

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

Anne McNaughton
Senior Lecturer

Cameron Moore
Associate Professor

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

Heather Roberts
Senior Lecturer

Donald Rothwell
Professor of Law

Kim Rubenstein
Professor

Imogen Saunders
Senior Lecturer

Amelia Simpson
Associate Professor

Daniel Stewart
Senior Lecturer

Margaret Thornton
Professor

Christopher Ward
Honorary Professor

Greg Weeks
Associate Professor

Fiona Wheeler
Emeritus Professor

Matthew Zagor
Associate Professor

Higher degree research students


Louise Baker
PhD Candidate

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

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

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
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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