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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.


Imogen Saunders

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Research themes

  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law and Theory
  • Criminal Law
  • Human Rights Law and Policy
  • Indigenous Peoples and the Law
  • International Law
  • Law and Gender
  • Law, Governance and Development
  • Migration and Movement of Peoples
  • Regulatory Law and Policy

Our members

Matthew Neuhaus
Emma Aisbett
Clement Yongxi Chen
Stephen Thomson
Anton Moiseienko
Akshaya Kamalnath
Faith Gordon
Ntina Tzouvala
Damian Clifford
Jessica Hambly
Jelena Gligorijevic
Justin McCaul
Jonathan Liljeblad
Esme Shirlow
Jeremy Farrall
Will Bateman
Greg Weeks
Vivien Holmes
Heather Roberts
Imogen Saunders
Joshua Neoh
Kate Ogg
Leighton McDonald
Margaret Thornton
Matthew Zagor
Moeen Cheema
Rebecca Monson
Ron Levy
Ryan Goss
Wayne Morgan
Dennis Pearce
John McMillan
Robin Creyke
Andrew Macintosh
Anne Macduff
Anne McNaughton
Anthony Connolly
Anthony Hopkins
Asmi Wood
David Letts
Dominique Dalla-Pozza
Donald Rothwell
Fiona Wheeler
Christopher Ward
James Stellios
Pauline Bomball
Jolyon Ford

Higher degree research students

Sarah Bishop
Gemmo Fernandez
James Gaetani
Amy Hamilton
David Healey
Likim Ng
Isaiah Okorie
Micheil Paton
Justine Poon
Sarouche Razi
Alice Taylor

About CIPL

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. 


Thitirat Thipsamritkul

Thailand’s new Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) will take effect in May 2020, subjecting organisations to new rules that safeguard the personal data of individuals. The law is modelled on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and borrows many of its rules and requirements.

But how will it affect civil society? What does it tell us about legal reception? And can a market-driven law become a tool for human rights and democratisation?

Professor Miho Aoi

The Australian National University (ANU) has held a special place in Professor Miho Aoi’s heart for many years. It was, after all, the university where her late mentor, Professor Yasuhiro Okudaira, was a visiting fellow nearly 50 years ago.

Likim Ng

Likim Ng is a PhD candidate at ANU College of Law.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself including what brought you to ANU.

Writing my PhD thesis on the exclusion of refugees through the law under the supervision of Associate Professor Dorota Gozdecka brought me to ANU

2. What do you enjoy most about the ANU College of Law?

Dr Will Bateman

Dr Will Bateman, a senior lecturer and expert on law and technology, has been appointed a chief investigator of the Humanising Machine Intelligence (HMI) project funded by The Australian National University (ANU) Grand Challenges scheme.  

Associate Professor Kath Hall

An international, interdisciplinary research project into sport integrity led by Associate Professor Kath Hall from The Australian National University (ANU) College of Law has contributed to the design of a new government agency to clamp down on match-fixing, doping and corruption.


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The Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Law will be launched by Professor Simon Bronitt, Head of School and Dean of Sydney Law School, University of Sydney. 

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This free public online seminar will involve a range of speakers discussing recent cases on the basic features, and limits, of the Australian regime for challenging administrative decisions, and trends which emerge from them. 

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Join Dr Jelena Gligorijevic as she discusses freedom of expression, liberalism and harmful expression in this research seminar.

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Join Stephen Bouwhuis for an informal Q&A on his experience as one of the lead public servants working on the Government’s response to COVID-19.

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Join us to help celebrate the recent works of Dr Will Bateman and Dr Ntina Tzouvala for the first CIPL Book Launch event of 2021.


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, theAustralian 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



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.

Visitors program

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.