International Law

Honorary Professor
Research interests:
General Human Rights Law and Policy, Anti-Discrimination Law and Policy
Honorary Professor
Research interests:
International Law, Constitutional Law
Grand Challenge Research Fellow
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
International Humanitarian Law
Emeritus Professor
Research interests:
Law of Obligations, Private International Law, Torts, Contracts, Commercial Law
Honorary Associate Professor
Research interests:
International Humanitarian Law, The Law of Naval Warfare, Maritime Security Law, Use of Force Law, Genocide, Chemical Weapons Law, United Nations Peace Operations Law, Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
Public International Law, State Responsibility, Law of Treaties, Human rights, Freedom of expression, Space law, Rule of Law
Honorary Professor
Associate Professor
Research interests:
Regulation of Corporate Responsibility, Business and Human Rights, Torts, Counter-Terrorism Law, Rule of Law Reform, Law and technology
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
International Security Law
College Visitor
Distinguished Professor
Research interests:
Law of Obligations, Private International Law
Postdoctoral Fellow
Research interests:
Socio-legal studies, Asylum and Refugee Law, Courts and Tribunals, Legal Geography, Borders, Lawyers and lawyering
Associate Professor
Research interests:
International Law, International Law and Development, International Security Law, Law of International Organisations, International Law in the South Pacific
Professor
Research interests:
International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, Use of force, Methodology of Public International Law, Comparative criminal law
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
International Environmental Law, Law of the Sea, Antarctic, Deep Seabed Mining
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Asia-Pacific Security, Pacific Law, Law and Politics, Public law, Constitutional Courts, Judiciary, Transformative Constitutionalism, Separation of Powers, Constitutional Reform, Law and Governance
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
Citizenship
Senior Lecturer
Research interests:
Human rights, Environmental Law, Comparative Law, International Law, Law and development, Rule of Law
Professor
Research interests:
Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, Business and Human Rights
Associate Professor
Research interests:
General Human Rights Law and Policy, Anti-Discrimination Law and Policy, Property Law, Sexuality, International trade, Critical legal theory, Gender, feminism, Feminist Legal Theory
Senior Lecturer
Research interests:
General Human Rights Law and Policy, International and European Human Rights, Refugee Law, Forced Migration and Movement of Peoples, Evidence and Procedure, Gender, feminism, Feminist Legal Theory
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
Asylum and Refugee Law, Public International Law, General Human Rights Law and Policy, Maritime
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
Law of the Sea
Manager - LRSJ
Research interests:
Law and Humanities, Refugee Law, Law and literature, Critical legal theory, Immigration
Professor of Law
Research interests:
International Law, International Environmental Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Security Law, Law of the Sea, International Law and Development, Asia-Pacific Security
Senior Lecturer
Research interests:
Public International Law, Legal History and Ethnology, Space law, International Trade Law
Senior Lecturer
Research interests:
Public International Law, Investment Arbitration, international dispute settlement
Lecturer
Research interests:
Space law, InSpace, Comparative Law, Comparative criminal law, Comparative Politics, Legal education, space policy, space security
Professor
Research interests:
Constitutional Rights, Federalism, Separation of Powers, The Judicial System, Private International Law, Administrative law, Constitutional Law
Senior Lecturer
Research interests:
Contracts, Intellectual Property Law
Senior Lecturer
Research interests:
History and Theory of International Law, Third World Approaches to International Law, Law and Political Economy, Critical legal theory, Feminist and Queer Legal Theory
Honorary Professor
Research interests:
Private International Law, International Law, International and European Human Rights, International Environmental Law, Law of the Sea, Environmental Law
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
Separation of Powers, Refugees, Constitutional Law, Chapter III of the Constitution, Human rights, Human Rights and the Law, Federal judicial system, Judiciary, Rule of Law
Visiting Fellow
Campus Visitor
Research interests:
Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Protective security, Intelligence, National security, Defence, International Security Law
Associate Professor
Research interests:
Refugee Law, Immigration, Human rights, Constitutional Law, Public law, international legal theory, recognition theory, narrative legal identities

Latest news

26
Jun
2020
Dr Bal Kama
From the remote highlands of Papua New Guinea to the heights of legal academia, Dr Bal Kama's scholarly success has been shaped by his determination to overcome challenges and deep commitment to the Pacific.
19
May
2020
Jeremy Farrall
Jeremy Farrall is an Associate Professor at ANU College of Law.
21
Apr
2020
Sophia Collins, a Bachelor of Languages/Laws (Hons) student
Customary international law has long interested Sophia Collins, who explored the topic last year in an award-winning supervised research paper.
21
Feb
2020
Daniel Wei-En Kang
ANU Bachelor of International Relations/Laws (Hons) student Daniel Wei-En Kang shares highlights of his in-country intensive in Geneva, Switzerland.
06
Feb
2020
Thitirat Thipsamritkul
Thammasat University lecturer Thitirat Thipsamritkul presented her research into Thailand's new data protection law as part of her seven-week fellowship at ANU College of Law.

In the Media

06
Aug
2020

For all Marape’s achievements in PNG, the biggest challenges await

Bal Kama writes in The Interpreter

Research theme:
31
Jul
2020

So, why the sudden rush to visit Mars?

Cassandra Steer writes in The Canberra Times

31
Jul
2020

An oil rig platform in the South China Sea

Donald Rothwell writes in The Canberra Times

Research theme:
30
Jul
2020

Laying down the law in the South China Sea

Donald Rothwell writes in East Asia Forum

22
Jul
2020

Espionage and the race for a coronavirus vaccine

Clive Williams writes in

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02
Jul
2020

Hong Kong national security law’s long-arm jurisdiction ‘extraordinary and chilling’

Donald Rothwell quoted in South China Morning Post

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Upcoming events

09
Sep
2020

Reading the tea leaves of China’s rule-of-law project

 Reading the tea leaves of China’s rule-of-law project
6.00PM to 7.15PM

Join us in this discussion as our panel of experts explore China's rule-of-law project under Xi Jinping's rule.

23
Sep
2020

The Pandemic Paradox in International Law

Pandemic Paradox
6.00PM to 7.30PM

This event will examine the contours and consequences COVID-19 had on the areas of patriotism, borders and equality and discuss how international law and legal institutions can navigate populist-driven threats.

Past events

04
Jul
2013

The Annual Kirby Lecture on International Law - Freedom of speech and giving offence: Can a balance be struck?

Gillian Triggs
6.30PM to 7.30PM
  • Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, President, Australian Human Rights Commission

Professor Triggs graduated in Law from the University of Melbourne in 1968 and gained a PhD in 1982. She has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and worked with governments and international organizations on human rights law. 

18
May
2010

20th Anniversary of the Centre for International and Public Law

CIPL 20th Anniversary
6.00PM to 9.00PM

The Centre for International and Public Law celebrated its twentieth anniversary at a special evening hosted by the ANU College of Law on 18 May 2010.

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.

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. 

14
Sep
2016

The laws of war today: challenges and developments

Destroyed Syrian tanks
5.30PM to 7.00PM
  • Ian Clark, NTU Singapore
  • Rob McLaughlin, ANU College of Law

The role of the laws of war remains central to issues of peace and justice in world politics. Combining legal, historical and policy expertise, the panel will consider what can be done in practical terms by governments, NGOs and individuals to build support for the laws of war and their effective implementation.

19
Oct
2016

Manual on International law applicable to military uses of outer space (MILAMOS) project

Satellite
11.00AM to 12.00PM
  • Professor Steven Freeland (Western Sydney University)
  • WCDR Duncan Blake (Royal Australian Air Force)
  • Michael Johnson (Attorney-General’s Department)

Launched in May 2016, the Project aims to develop a widely-accepted manual clarifying the international law rules applicable to the military use of outer space. 

27
Oct
2016

Prosecuting conflict-related sexual violence: Reflections from the ICTY

Michelle Jarvis
12.30PM to 1.30PM
  • Michelle Jarvis, Principal Legal Counsel and Deputy Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

DFAT is delighted to host Michelle Jarvis, Principal Legal Counsel and Deputy Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), for a roundtable discussion on the prosecution of conflict-related sexual violence at the ICTY. 

02
Nov
2016

Cyber and space: Can the law keep up with the technology?

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12.30PM
  • Professor Steven Freeland
  • Dr William Boothby
  • Mr Henry Fox

Technological developments in the cyber and space arenas are progressing at a rapid rate. While there is broad agreement that international law applies to State conduct in cyberspace, there is not yet consensus on how it applies. 

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.

13
Feb
2017

The explosive President: Donald Trump’s migration policy and its impact on international law and non-discrimination principles

Donald Trump
5.30PM to 7.00PM

Recent executive orders issues by President Donald Trump have shocked many and created an unprecedented travel crisis. 

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.

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. 

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. 

22
Aug
2017

The Law of the Sea in the Asia Pacific Region

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8.30AM to 5.00PM
  • Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN, Chief of Navy
  • Professor Wolff Heintschel Von Heinegg, European University Viadrina
2017 marks the 35th year since the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC) was finalised. With the majority of States party to the LOSC, and most non-signatory states recognising the customary international law status of nearly all of the LOSC’s key provisions, the LOSC can be considered an example of successful multi-lateral treaty making.
22
Jun
2017

CIPL International Law Lunches

CIPL law lunch
12.30PM to 1.30PM
  • Dr Etienne Henry, CIPL Visiting Fellow
  • Associate Professor Jolyon Ford, ANU College of Law

Join a group of 20-25 CIPL members at a monthly brown bag (BYO) lunch to hear short presentations by specialists on recent developments in international law, followed by general discussion.

21
Jun
2017

Constitutional rights recognition, litigation and adjudication in Thailand under Thai Constitutions 1997–2014

Sarah Bishop
1.00PM to 2.00PM

Sarah's thesis examines Thailand’s experience with rights recognition, litigation and adjudication. 

06
Jul
2017

An International Investment Court: Necessary and Feasible

An International Investment Court: Necessary and Feasible?
5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • Professor Steven R Ratner, Michigan Law School
In light of growing dissatisfaction with investor-state arbitration, there are now growing calls by some states to establish an international investment court.
26
Oct
2017

The future of feminist international legal scholarship in a neoliberal university: Doing law differently?

1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • Ntina Tzouvala,Laureate Post-Doctoral Fellow, Melbourne Law School

Institutional and material conditions matter for the production of feminist international legal scholarship as well as for the future of women’s engagement with international law. 

14
Aug
2017

Saving the sum of things for pay

David Mason
10.00AM to 11.30AM
  • David Mason, ANU College of Law

David's thesis asks “Is the use of mercenaries in international armed conflict lawful under International Humanitarian Law?”

28
Sep
2017

Fair trial rights in the European Court of Human Rights: Recent cases

European Court of Human Rights
12.30PM to 1.30PM
  • Dr Ryan Goss, ANU College of Law

Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights protects the right to a fair trial in civil and criminal proceedings. The Article 6 rights are the most heavily-litigated Convention rights before the European Court of Human Rights, generating a large and complex body of case law. 

06
Sep
2017

Challenges of political party regulation in the EU: Corruption, hate crime and corporate liability

Aleksander Marsavelski
4.00PM to 5.00PM
  • Dr Aleksandar Marsavelski, Visiting Fellow, ANU Centre for European Studies

The political processes of most European countries today are dominated by one or more political parties. Political parties typically control two out of three branches of government: the legislative and the executive branch, leaving only the judiciary independent from their influence.

31
Oct
2017

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

United Nations
12.30PM to 1.30PM
  • Dr Jeremy Farrall, Fellow, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, The Australian National University

This seminar will present early findings from a 4-year ARC 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. 

25
Oct
2017

Coastal State jurisdiction over living resources in the exclusive economic zone

Camille Goodman
2.00PM to 4.00PM
  • Camille Goodman, ANU College of Law

This doctoral research examines the nature and extent of coastal State jurisdiction over living resources in the exclusive economic zone under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

10
Nov
2017

Combatting impunity in grand corruption: the case for an International Anti-Corruption Court

Go to jail
12.30PM to 1.30PM
  • Mark L Wolf, Senior United States District Judge

Public corruption is endemic at the highest levels of government in many nations. Such ‘grand corruption’ is costly, closely correlated with the most serious abuses of human rights, and threatens the stability of many nations and the world. An International Anti-Corruption Court (IACC), similar to the ICC or as part of it, should now be established to provide a forum for the criminal enforcement of the laws prohibiting grand corruption that exist in virtually every country, and the undertakings that are requirements of various treaties and international organisations.

08
Mar
2018

International Law Workshop

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1.50PM to 4.20PM

The possible interactions between treaty and custom are generally considered by reference to the well-established framework set out by the International Court of Justice in the North Sea Continental Shelf Cases of 1969; namely, the declaratory, crystallising and generating effects of a treaty (as for a resolution) on a customary rule.

05
Jul
2018

26th ANZSIL Conference: From the local to the global

26th Annual ANZSIL Conference
9.00AM to 1.00PM
  • Vincent Bernard, editor in chief of the International Review of the Red Cross and head, ICRC Law and Policy Forum
  • Hon Robert French AC, former Chief Justice of Australia and Chancellor, University of Western Australia
  • Professor Campbell McLachlan QC, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Professor Anne Orford, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor; Michael D Kirby Professor of International Law; and ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Yun Zhao, Head of Department of Law, University of Hong Kong

The international setting is transforming rapidly, with significant changes in the national political scene of many countries creating new challenges and opportunities for international law.

26
Apr
2018

Is sovereignty necessary? The role of sovereignty in Indigenous child protection

Marcia Zug
1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • Professor Marcia Zug

This research seminar will examine whether a national law, similar to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), could be enacted in Australia. The ICWA was passed in response to the long history of government removals of Indian children from their families and tribes

05
Jul
2018

The role of international human rights law in the prevention of ethnic conflicts

Fernand de Varennes
6.00PM to 7.15PM
  • Dr Fernand de Varennes, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues

It is sometimes forgotten that one of the premises of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights is that it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law. 

20
Sep
2018

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

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.

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 Anthony Connolly, ANU College of Law and 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.

24
Sep
2018

The Tokyo tribunal: 70th anniversary of the judgment on Japan’s war leaders

Tokyo
5.00PM to 8.00PM
  • Professor Neil Boister, University of Canterbury
  • Professor Robert Cribb, Australian National University
  • Dr Kirsten Sellars, author

At the post-war Tokyo Tribunal, the Allied powers charged Japanese leaders with waging aggressive war, and committing war crimes against prisoners-ofwar and civilians. 

27
Feb
2019

EEZ Pickings? The nature and extent of coastal State jurisdiction over living resources in the exclusive economic zone

Camille Goodman
12.00PM to 1.00PM
  • Camille Goodman, Attorney-General's Department
13
Feb
2019

The crime of aggression: Useless, anachronistic - and beautiful

Kevin Heller
12.00PM to 1.00PM
  • Professor Kevin Heller
22
Feb
2019

Current issues in international law: A view from an Australian in the United Kingdom

Trina Malone Robert McCorquodale
12.00PM to 1.00PM
  • Professor Robert McCorquodale
25
Mar
2019

POSTPONED: The International Criminal Court at 20 years: activities, successes and challenges ahead

Helen Brady
1.00PM to 2.00PM
  • Helen Brady

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event will be postponed until a later date. We apologise for any inconvenience.

04
Jul
2019

27th ANZSIL Conference: International law futures: the intersection of law with knowledge, information and expertise

2019 ANZSIL conference
9.00AM to 1.00PM
  • Professor Christina Voigt
  • Dr Joshua Meltzer

International law increasingly faces a complex future. New challenges are constantly arising for the international community, often driven by technological developments. At the same time, existing challenges continue but manifest in new ways.

10
Apr
2019

Treacherous Pathways: Australia's refugee laws and policies and LBGTI Asylum Seekers

No Pride in Mandatory Detention sign
6.00PM to 7.30PM
  • Professor Nan Seuffert

In this talk Professor Seuffert (University of Wollongong) will address issues for refugees who are sexual minorities in Australia’s detention centres in the broader context of International Law and Australia's refugee law and policy. She will also touch on a current project analysing refugee claims based on transgender status in the new process using the Australian Administrative Tribunal.

21
May
2019

Walking the tightrope: Changing Chinese approaches to outward strategic investment, and Australia’s existing and possible responses’

Chris Flynn
12.00PM to 1.00PM
  • Chris Flynn

The post-war multilateral framework of international finance, trade and law is being changed or replaced to accommodate China’s re-emergence as a great power.

17
Jun
2019

Winners and Losers in an Age of Economic Globalization

Anthea Roberts
5.30PM to 7.30PM
  • Dr. Anthea Roberts

The world seems to be coming apart at the seams. Many of the apparent certainties of the post–Cold War era lie in tatters.

04
Jul
2019

Book launch: Research Handbook on Feminist Engagement with International Law

Research Handbook on Feminist Engagement with International Law
12.30PM to 1.30PM

The book will be formally launched at the 27th ANZSIL Conference by Professor Dianne Otto from the University of Melbourne. The book’s editors, Associate Professor Susan Harris Rimmer (Griffith University) and Kate Ogg (Australian National University) will discuss the contributions the publication makes to international law scholarship.

09
Jul
2019

Counter-terrorism review in the United Kingdom

counter-terrorism uk
5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • Professor Fiona de Londras
07
Aug
2019

Kennedy exceptionalism, the Vietnam War, and the limits of counterfactual history

Kevin Heller
5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • Professor Kevin Heller
15
Aug
2019

Securing maritime boundaries in the Pacific

Pacific
12.15PM to 1.15PM
  • Robyn Frost
  • Frances Anggadi
28
Nov
2019

Australia and the International Dispute Settlement System: The last 30 years

Australia & the International Dispute Settlement System: The last 30 years
4.15PM to 6.00PM

Join this panel discussion as we look back on the last 30 years of Australia’s engagement with the International Dispute Settlement System.

25
Feb
2020

Book launch: The Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Law

The Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Law
5.30PM to 7.00PM

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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