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

6.48pm Tuesday 26 July 2016

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


Lisa O'Farrell
Business Administrator

Members


James Stellios
Associate Professor

Peter Bailey
Adjunct Professor

Pauline Bomball
Lecturer

Kevin Boreham
Lecturer

Lauren Butterly
Lecturer

Moeen Cheema
Lecturer

Anthony Connolly
Associate Professor

Michael Coper
Professor

Lynn DuMoulin
Senior Lecturer

Thomas Faunce
Professor

Jolyon Ford
Associate Professor

Miriam Gani
Associate Professor

Camille Goodman
PhD Candidate

Ryan Goss
Senior Lecturer

Dorota Gozdecka
Senior Lecturer

Don Greig
Emeritus Professor

Kath Hall
Associate Professor

Sarah Heathcote
Associate Professor

Anthony Hopkins
Senior Lecturer

Ann Kent
Visiting Fellow

David Letts
Associate Professor

Ron Levy
Senior Lecturer

Anne Macduff
Lecturer

Leighton McDonald
Associate Professor

Anne McNaughton
Senior Lecturer

Cameron Moore
Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Wayne Morgan
Associate Professor

Hitoshi Nasu
Associate Professor

Joshua Neoh
Lecturer

Mark Nolan
Associate Professor

Molly Townes O'Brien
Associate Professor

Kate Ogg
Lecturer

Dennis Pearce
Emeritus Professor

Simon Rice
Professor

Heather Roberts
Senior Lecturer

Donald Rothwell
Professor of Law

Kim Rubenstein
Professor

Imogen Saunders
Lecturer

Amelia Simpson
Sub-Dean LLB and JD Program

Daniel Stewart
Senior Lecturer

Peter Sutherland
Visiting Fellow

Margaret Thornton
Professor

Fiona Wheeler
Professor

Ernst Willheim
Visiting Fellow

Asmi Wood
Senior Lecturer

Matthew Zagor
Associate Professor

Higher degree research students


John Abrahamson
PhD Candidate

Louise Baker
PhD Candidate

Naomi Carde
SJD Candidate

Moeen Cheema
Lecturer

Camille Goodman
PhD Candidate

Szabina Horvath
PhD Candidate

Shay Keinan
PhD Candidate

Carol Lawson
PhD Candidate

Katherine Lindsay
PhD Candidate

Justine Poon
Manager - LRSJ

Affiliates

Richard Rowe PSM
Honorary Professor
ANU College of Law
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
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
Alice Rumble
Alice Rumble (2011)
Citizenship issues surrounding deportation of British subjects from Australia; & a submission to the Inquiry into Multiculturalism
Anna Aidman
Anna Aidman (2011)
Inter-governmental relations and the structure and function of the Council of Australian Governments
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

Katrina Cooper
Senior Legal Adviser
Legal Division
Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Canberra, Australia
Dr Karl Alderson
Deputy Director-General
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
ACT Government
Canberra, Australia
Richard Rowe PSM
Honorary Professor
ANU College of Law
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Professor William Maley
Professor William Maley AM
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
The Hon Justice Melissa Perry
Judge
Federal Court of Australia
Sydney, Australia
The Hon Justice Richard Refshauge
The Hon Justice Richard Refshauge
Judge
The Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory
Canberra, Australia
Professor Stephen Bottomley
Dean
ANU College of Law
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia

Latest news

10
Aug
2016
Associate Professors Rob McLaughlin and Hitoshi Nasu, Professor Donald Rothwell and Associate Professor David Letts

Five senior academics from the ANU College of Law will represent Australia this week at the 77th Biennial Conference of the International Law Association.

10
Aug
2016
ANU Collge of Law

Three ANU experts examine the key legal steps Britain must go through to exit the European Union.

28
Jul
2016
CEO of the Sony Foundation Sophie Ryan

ANU alumnus and CEO of Sony Foundation Australia, Sophie Ryan, shared the challenges and lessons of her legal career with ANU Law graduates at the mid-year graduation ceremony.

27
Jul
2016
Military Law

ANU International Law expert Professor Donald Robertson explains how the international tribunal ruling on the South China Sea will reshape the legal discourse in the region.

27
Jul
2016
Professor Bill Andreen

The ANU-Alabama Joint Summer Program started as the brainchild of two mates and has grown to become one of the most sought after law student exchanges.

In the Media

10
Aug
2016

Key legal implications of UK withdrawal from the EU

Anne McNaughton writes in New South Wales Law Society Journal

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26
Jul
2016

International experts weigh in on East Sea issue

Donald Rothwell quoted in Vietnam News

Research theme:
14
Jul
2016

South China Sea dispute

Donald Rothwell interviewed by ABC Radio

11
Jul
2016

We need one nation, just not Pauline Hanson's nightmare vision

Kim Rubenstein interviewed by The Sydney Morning Herald

Research theme:
01
Jul
2016

Lebanon child abduction charges

Donald Rothwell interviewed by ABC Radio

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03
May
2016

ANU Law expert Ryan Goss discusses impact of a successful Brexit vote on Australia

Ryan Goss speaks to ABC Radio National

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07
Sep
2015

Stan Grant program, expert panel on Islamic State

Kevin Boreham speaks to Sky News

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Upcoming events

20
Sep
2016

Recent developments in investment agreements: The trend towards greater government control in investor-state disputes

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12.30PM to 1.30PM
  • Richard Braddock, Lexbridge Partners

In recent years there have been growing concerns about the potential risks of investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) in relation to legitimate government regulation.

28
Oct
2016

Public Law Weekend 2016

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9.00AM to 5.00PM

A leading administrative law conference will be held at the National Museum of Australia on Friday, 28 October 2016. The Public Law Weekend, run by the Centre for International and Public Law, is one of Australia’s preeminent public law conferences. 

Past events

24
Aug
2016

The High Court’s decisions in Williams v The Commonwealth: The principle of parliamentary control of public money

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5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • Will Bateman, University of Cambridge

The High Court’s decisions in the Williams v The Commonwealth cases wrought a radical change to the settled understanding of the constitutional allocation of financial power between the parliament and executive government — even where appropriation legislation exists, the Commonwealth cannot spend most public money without additional and specific authorising legislation.

17
Aug
2016

The South China Sea maritime dispute: The ruling of the Annex VII tribunal

CIPL Tuesday Talks
5.30PM to 7.00PM
  • Mr Bill Campbell QC
  • Ms Katrina Cooper
  • Associate Professor David Letts
  • Professor Donald R Rothwell

On 12 July 2016, the Annex VII Tribunal on the South China Sea maritime dispute unanimously decided that there was no legal foundation under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea for China's nine-dash line and that China had supported activities infringing the Philipines' fishing and maritime rights.

04
Aug
2016

Hidden power: The strategic logic of organised crime

James Cockayne
12.30PM to 2.00PM
  • Dr James Cockayne, United Nations University

In this meet-the-author book seminar, Dr James Cockayne will introduce his new book Hidden Power: The Strategic Logic of Organised Crime (Hurst/OUP, 2016).

27
Jul
2016

Iran's nuclear program and international law

Dan Joyner
5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • Dan Joyner

The lecture will provide background on the key legal questions that have been disputed among Iran, the West, and the International Atomic Energy Agency, concerning Iran's nuclear program since 2002.

12
Jul
2016

A comparative analysis of the deliberative quality of televised election debates in Europe

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2.00PM to 3.00PM
  • Stephen Elstub, Newcastle University

Televised debates have become a pre-eminent means of campaign communication in numerous countries and are becoming increasingly widespread in Europe.

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

The Australian Year Book of International Law, is the leading Australian academic journal on international law, publishing articles on a range of international law topics, including human rights, environmental law and legal theory.

Published annually since 1965, 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 is also valuable for students studying international law, international relations, human rights and international affairs.

Each issue contains a section on Australian practice in both private and public international law, a summary and analysis of Australian international law-related cases, and a lively book review section.

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

www.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 or T: +61 2 6125 0454.

Occasional papers

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.

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.

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?

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