Military & Security Law

Lecturer
Research interests:
Professional Legal Education
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
International Humanitarian Law
Emeritus Professor
Research interests:
Veterans’ Entitlements and Military Compensation Law, Tribunals, Introductory Law, Foundation Law
Senior Lecturer
Research interests:
Parliamentary Process and Procedure, Constitutional Rights, Political Theory and Constitutional Law, Parliamentary and Electoral Democracy, Counter-Terrorism Law, Deliberative Democracy
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
Honorary Associate Professor
Research interests:
General Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Law and Development, Climate Change and Natural Disasters
SJD Candidate
Research interests:
International Security Law
Associate Professor
Research interests:
Military Discipline Law, International Humanitarian Law, Military Law, Naval Warfare Law, Maritime Security Law, Maritime Law Enforcement, Peacekeeping and Civilian Protection in Armed Conflict, Asia-Pacific Security, International Law and Security Institutions
PhD Candidate
Research interests:
Military Discipline Law, Military Law
Professor
Research interests:
General Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Procedure and Sentencing, Federal Criminal Law, Counter-Terrorism Law, Military Discipline Law, Rule of Law Reform
Honorary Professor
Research interests:
Public law, Commercial Law, National security
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
Honorary Professor
Research interests:
International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights, Military Law, International Criminal Court
Campus Visitor
Research interests:
Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Protective security, Intelligence, National security, Defence, International Security Law

Latest news

23
Dec
2019
David Letts, Hitoshi Nasu
CMSL Director Associate Professor David Letts AM, CSM recently caught up with former CMSL Co-Director Professor Hitoshi Nasu at the US Naval War College.
14
Nov
2019
Rangers at Kruger Park, South Africa
ANU Centre for Military and Security Law scholar Clive Williams MG shares his observations of poaching and wildlife crime in southern Africa.
11
Nov
2019
Ben Battcock, David Catanziriti
ANU School of Legal Practice scholars Ben Battcock (left) and David Catanziriti presented three background working papers at the Harvard Law School workshop.
24
Oct
2019
Veronica Koman (LLM '19)
ANU Law alumna Veronica Koman (LLM '19) has won the 2019 Sir Ronald Wilson Human Rights Award for her efforts to expose the humanitarian crisis in West Papua.
17
Oct
2019
Navigating the Backlash against Global Law and Institutions
ANU Law scholars are in the US this week for a global project exploring the populist-driven backlash to the international, rules-based legal order.

In the Media

10
Jan
2020

Why the Ukrainian airliner that crashed in Tehran was likely shot down

Clive Williams writes in The Canberra Times

08
Jan
2020

Sending in the military? First let's get some legal questions straight

David Letts writes in The Canberra Times

Research theme:
08
Jan
2020

Legal protections 'needed in ADF fire call-out', says military law expert

David Letts quoted in The Canberra Times

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04
Dec
2019

Put down those narwhal tusks: running towards danger is never a good idea

Clive Williams writes in The Canberra Times

27
Nov
2019

Drive

Donald Rothwell speaks with ABC

14
Nov
2019

ASIO officers broke law on warrant

Dominique Dalla-Pozza cited in The Saturday Paper

29
Oct
2019

The death of a monster: Islamic State is down but not out

Clive Williams writes in The Canberra Times

Upcoming events

No upcoming events found.

Past events

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.

07
Sep
2016

The continuing relevance of the doctrine of combat immunity?

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5.30PM to 6.45PM
  • Dr Cameron Moore, University of New England
  • A/Prof Rob McLaughlin, ANU College of Law

Going to war is the most profound exercise of public power, and killing in war is its most profound expression. As much as killing in war, or injuring, capturing and destroying in war, has been occurring since ancient times, there is very little in domestic or international law that expressly authorises it. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.
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?”

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. 

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. 

06
Mar
2019

North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Program

Professor Clive Williams MG
5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • Professor Clive Williams MG

The presentation will review North Korea’s non-ballistic missiles and rockets, examine its ballistic missile program in detail, look at the six “nuclear tests”, consider post-Summit prospects for “denuclearization”, and assess the North Korean ballistic missile threat over the next five years.

28
Mar
2019

Australia’s National Security Laws: 2018 in Review

Dr Dominique Dalla-Pozza smiling
5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • Dr Dominique Dalla-Pozza

Dr Dalla-Pozza will review Australia's national security laws implemented in 2018 and discuss lessons learned

03
Jul
2019

National security and freedom of the press

CIPL panel discussion
5.30PM to 6.30PM
09
Jul
2019

Counter-terrorism review in the United Kingdom

counter-terrorism uk
5.30PM to 6.30PM
  • Professor Fiona de Londras
19
Nov
2019

Book launch: Law of the Sea in South East Asia

Book launch Law of the Sea in South East Asia
5.15PM to 6.30PM

The book Law of the Sea in South East Asia will be launched by Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, Chief of Navy on 19 November 2019.

04
Nov
2019

Workshop on the Resort to Force by Australia and the United States

Marines fire an M777 howitzer at Mount Bundey Training Area, Australia, Aug. 27, 2019, during Koolendong, an exercise focused on interoperability between U.S. and Australian troops
10.00AM to 4.00PM

On November 4, 2019, the Harvard Law School Program on International Law (HLS PILAC) and the Centre for Military and Security Law at the Australian National University College of Law (ANU CMSL) will jointly convene a workshop at Harvard Law School.

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