As the curtain descended on the fifth day of the ILA Conference, foreign delegates began bracing themselves for long treks home, just as the jetlag was finally relenting for some. Meanwhile, Australian delegates were abuzz with the news of the political crisis enveloping Parliament House.
Day four was like walking into IKEA – you wanted everything, even if it wasn’t relevant to you or you had no practical use for it, and it was anxiety inducing to walk past a room without going inside. The sessions were topical, contentious, and the panelists colourful and compelling in their breadth and depth of experience.
Interesting and thought inspiring presentations were abundant on day three, with sessions spanning ocean management, investment disputes, modern slavery, emerging technologies in conflict, investment disputes across boundaries, international law education and a new topic that the ILA’s Director of Studies is very excited about and had many people talking at morning tea, cities at the frontiers of international law and governance.
Day 2 of the ILA Conference commenced with an invigorating opening ceremony, plunging us back in time to the to the very germination of international law, and the conditions that promoted its growth and proliferation.
Cara North is a Senior Associate at Lipman Karas LLP in London, and a Consultant for the Hague Conference on Private International Law (Hague Conference) on the Judgments Project. She has worked on a number of complex, high-value international fraud and insolvency cases, and has a particular interest in private and public dispute resolution. Cara will be speaking at the seminar on Challenges with Foreign Judgments, taking place on Wednesday 22 August from 9am – 10:30am. Her paper is entitled ‘A Piece of the Puzzle: The Judgments Project and Transnational Legal Cooperation in Challenging International Times.’
Tantalising us with a taster for what is to come, the ILA Conference’s Welcome Reception skimmed the surface of several themes woven into the conference program. Although it might seem obvious to a crowd of international legal minds, the speakers reminded us of why the international legal community such as that of the ILA is important, and how international law is a fundamental pillar of global harmony, peace and stability.
An information session about the work of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (the Hague Conference) will be delivered by Brody Warren, Legal Officer of the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on 23 August 2018.
Brody Warren was the 2014 Peter Nygh Hague Conference Intern. After completing his internship in 2014, Mr Warren was appointed as a legal officer of the Hague Conference, and he continues to hold that position. Mr Warren will speak about the current work of the Hague Conference and will answer any questions which prospective applicants for the Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship may have.
This article is part of a series posted by the ILA Reporter to mark International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
‘Treaty’ is a loaded word and concept. This is particularly the case when it is viewed through the lens of western jurisprudence which is applied to the politico-legal relationships between First Nations and colonial settler states.
In colonial relationships, the question of power is central to the view and version of how a treaty is privileged. Historically, the treaties entered into between colonial states and First Nations have favoured one treaty party – the colonial state, in every instance.
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