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

2.52pm Wednesday 5 April 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


Sarah Parker
Secretariat Coordinator

Members


James Stellios
Professor

Peter Bailey
Adjunct Professor

Pauline Bomball
Lecturer

Kevin Boreham
Lecturer

Peter Cane
Emeritus Professor

Moeen Cheema
Senior Lecturer

Anthony Connolly
Associate Professor

Michael Coper
Emeritus Professor

Lynn DuMoulin
Senior Lecturer

Thomas Faunce
Professor

Jolyon Ford
Associate Professor

Ryan Goss
Senior Lecturer

Dorota Gozdecka
Senior Lecturer

Don Greig
Emeritus Professor

Kath Hall
Associate Professor

Sarah Heathcote
Associate Professor

Vivien Holmes
Associate Professor

Ann Kent
Visiting Fellow

Linda Kirk
Senior Lecturer

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

Molly Townes O'Brien
Associate Professor

Kate Ogg
Senior Lecturer

Dennis Pearce
Emeritus Professor

Simon Rice
Professor

Heather Roberts
Senior Lecturer

Kim Rubenstein
Professor

Imogen Saunders
Lecturer

Amelia Simpson
Associate Professor

Daniel Stewart
Senior Lecturer

Peter Sutherland
Visiting Fellow

Christopher Ward
Adjunct Professor

Fiona Wheeler
Emeritus Professor

Asmi Wood
Associate Professor

Matthew Zagor
Associate Professor

Higher degree research students


Louise Baker
PhD Candidate

Moeen Cheema
Senior Lecturer

Camille Goodman
PhD Candidate

Shay Keinan
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

10
Apr
2017
Driven by emotion? US president Donald Trump. Alex Brandon/AP Photo

Without a clear strategy, the American strike on a Syrian airfield lacked both legality and effectiveness.

07
Apr
2017
Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act

The Conversation is running a series of explainers on key moments in Australian political history, looking at what happened, its impact then, and its relevance to politics today.

31
Mar
2017
David Marr

Australia needs to have a ‘difficult’ conversation about the effect of race in its politics, says writer and journalist David Marr, who spoke at ANU College of Law this week about his new Quarterly Essay.

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.

In the Media

13
Apr
2017

MiVote wants to bring remote control politicians to the Senate

Ryan Goss quoted in Australian Financial Review

02
Apr
2017

Return of Professor Chongyi Feng to Australia

Donald Rothwell quoted in ABC Online

Research theme:
28
Mar
2017

Explainer: why the government 'pulled' Australia's extradition treaty with China

Kevin Boreham writes in The Conversation

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27
Mar
2017

‘Elusive’ Clive II courting arrest warrant for contempt

Kevin Boreham quoted in The Weekend Australian

26
Mar
2017

Three medical experts agree modern medicine isn't living up to expectation

Thomas Faunce quoted in The Canberra Times

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22
Mar
2017

Everything you need to know about changes to the Racial Discrimination Act

Simon Rice, Dilan Thampapillai, Margaret Thornton speaks to News.com.au

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Upcoming events

27
Apr
2017

International law and security in the Trumpocene

US flag
11.00AM to 12.00PM
  • AIRCDRE Chris Hanna
  • Michael Bliss
  • Professor Greg Austin

Following the executive orders and twitter posts issued by President Donald Trump, we are all waiting to see what is next on the President’s agenda. 

27
Apr
2017

Pub Law forum

Pub Law forum
5.00PM to 7.00PM
  • Dr Greg Weeks, ANU College of Law
  • Will Sharpe, MinterEllison

MinterEllison's Administrative Law team and the ANU Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL) are holding a Pub Law Forum. 

10
May
2017

Regulating Westminster Parliaments: The sharp end

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5.30PM to 7.00PM
  • Andrew McDonald, Scope UK

In this lecture, Andrew McDonald will consider the story of the UK's Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and reflect on its new Australian namesake. 

11
May
2017

Changing states, changing nations: National identity and constitutional reform in liberal democracies

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1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • Andrew McDonald, Scope UK

Over the last 40 years, a number of liberal democracies have sought to use constitutional reform to re-imagine not just the state, but also the nation. Why?  And with what effect?  

17
May
2017

Law Week 2017: ANU Law explains...

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10.00AM to 7.00PM

Learn about the legal issues impacting counter-terrorism, citizenship, race relations, climbing imprisonment rates and the South China Sea.

Past events

19
Apr
2017

Cold War International Law

Gerry Simpson
5.30PM to 7.00PM
  • Professor Gerry Simpson, London School of Economics

For two decades now, I have been reading books and listening to lectures in which (and working among international lawyers for whom) the Cold War is configured as absence or gap or excuse.

22
Mar
2017

Implications of the Brexit Supreme Court decision

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5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • Henry Burmester AO, QC
  • Dr Ryan Goss, ANU College of Law

On 24 January 2017, the UK Supreme Court decided that Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union could not be triggered by an exercise of prerogative power. Instead, an Act of Parliament is required.

17
Mar
2017

International law in uncertain times: Contemporary challenges

Harold Koh
10.30AM to 11.30AM
  • Professor Harold Koh

Professor Harold Koh is an international lawyer and legal scholar. 

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.

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).

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

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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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